AJAX Guide Service – your fishing adventure awaits!

May 6
Posted by The Guide's Wife Filed in In Entertainment, On the Water

ajax guide serviceThere’s nothing better than coming up north to Leech Lake on a fishing trip and landing that big ol’ fish you’ve been dying to catch! But where do you go to catch that fish? How can you optimize your chances at landing the “big one” to take your glory pictures with and post online to make all your friends wish they were there? It’s a big lake out there and knowing the right spots is crucial. Do you need some help? Do you need the equipment and a boat and maybe someone to show you the ropes? Most of us do! The best way to get the much needed help is to hire a Guide. But what can they offer you? There are at least 5 reasons why hiring a Guide is the best way to go: and here they are.

1- You will catch more fish.  They know the water, they are out there everyday, learning where to put you at the right place and the right time.

2- You can try new stuff!  They usually have new and fun things to try out, reels-rods-lures and electronics, so you can try before you buy.

3- They can teach you about the lake and about how to catch fish. They can show you where to go that is safe and new ways to fish on new waters.

4- Going with a Guide is cheaper than getting your own stuff! Enough said, right?  All of the expenses and the insurance and the equipment upkeep is off your shoulders.

5-  It’s FUN and EASY! That can only be a good thing.  Guides will help you with anything you don’t want to do, tie your lines, set your lures, running the boat, taking the fish off and cleaning them.  Those are all things I do not like to do, so a Guide sounds like a great plan to me.

But who?  Problem solved: Ajax Guide Service to the rescue!! Who is this Ajax Guide Service you may ask? Why Ajax? The owner is Adam Jackson- therefore: AJAX.  Clever! Is he any good?  Oh my, yes. Adam has been in the business since the young year of 1996 and has loved every minute of it.  He spent the last 8 years in the beautiful state of Alaska as a professional Fly Fisherman.  He is a USCG licensed Captain and is fully insured along with his Lund 2011 ProGuide beauty.  He has credentials, baby.  This guy knows what he’s doing and besides all of that, he’s easy to hang with and loves being out there!

Check out his website and see some pics of him and his lovely family who are avid fisher’s as well! So head on over to Leech Lake and book a trip with Ajax Guide Service– let them guide you to the fish.  Let your Leech Lake adventure BEGIN!  www.ajaxguideservice.com

Where to Catch Walleye on Leech Lake – Shore fishing

Jul 11
Posted by Your Guide Filed in On the Water

You do not necessarily need a boat to catch Walleye or Panfish on Leech Lake. There are several places near Walker that shore fishing can yield some great fish. These shore fishing spots are productive, almost all year. In and near Walker, any of the bridges over the channels of Leech Lake are great spots for Walleye fishing. Another great spot for Panfish and Walleye are the public docks, right in town, on Walker Bay. A local Musky fisherman caught one of his biggest Muskies at the public docks. When you get to town, ask a local for directions to one of these shore fishing spot.

When to Fish
In the spring and fall you can fish almost any time of day. When the sun is out the shallow water warms up and the fish love it there. A cloudy day is great for fishing and if it is raining there is no better time to be fishing. You will catch more fish in the spring then any other time of the year.

In the summer the morning or evening are the best time to fish. If it is a clear, hot, sunny day you are better off doing something else but you can still catch fish. But just like in the fall or spring if it is cloudy you will do well. If it is raining, that is even better!

Assorted Tackle
You don’t need to bring a huge tackle box just bring along some 1/4 oz jigs and a few spinners. Leech Lake is notorious for great activity on chartreuse colored lures, which is a green color that borders yellow. This is the color I always start out with. If they don’t seem to be going for it, try another color or different type of lure. If you are fishing at night or early morning try using a glow jig. They can work wonders at times.

Cast out as far as I can and troll in whatever type of lure you have. Walleye are predatory fish and if they feel or see something moving quickly they are likely to go after it.

The Right Line
Choosing the right type of fishing line is essential. If you are using light line, like Trilene Sensation, for shore fishing, you are likely going to loose many lures on the rocks or weeds. If you are going to get monofilament (mono) fishing line, which is most commonly used, you should get something like Trilene XT (Extra Tough) line which is great for most shore fishing situations. A 6 or 8 pound test line is best.

If you really want the best, you should pay the extra cash and get some braided line. When you compare mono and braided line of the same pound test, the braided line is always going to be thinner, harder to cut and harder to snap. It also has less memory. Mono is high memory, which causes fishing line to twist up and tangle. Some people use a florocarbon or mono leader when they use braided line since it is harder to see.

Fishing Rod / Reel Combos
It is always best to bring at least two combos (a rod and reel) with so if you end up loosing a lure you can still have a line in the water while you tie on another lure on. It’s a good idea to have two different types of lures set up in case the fish aren’t too keen on that color that day. A spinning combo works best in most shore fishing situations.

Essential Equipment
Besides the obvious there are a few essential tools you will need, which will make the experience go smoothly and enjoyably.

  • 5 Gallon Bucket – Bring one or two to throw your fish in. If you want you can buy these at sporting good stores but you can always stop in a fast food restaurant and ask if they have any that they are throwing away.
  • Pliers – You do not want to reach into the mouth of a Walleye to get a hook out or you’ll get bit! They make pliers and other contraptions just for this.
  • Line Clippers – You will need to cut that line some time.
  • Food – Bring a backpack with food so you don’t have to leave if the fish are biting.

What to Wear
It is in your best interest to wear some boots in case you need to walk on shore rocks, covered in moss and algae. Water-proof boots are best if you have some that you won’t get too hot in. A good rain suit is a great idea too since the fish bite most when it rains. This is when fishing under a bridge is quite nice.