Long Wired Bait-Walker
Long wired Bait-Walkers are being used by anglers working stick plugs and crank baits for any number of bottom hugging species such as largemouth bass, walleye, smallmouth, stripers and certain species of trout. The longer, higher wire system elevates the lure enough off bottom to allow proper action and helps prevent snagging. Catfishermen find this rig helps when straightlining down stream for finicky feeders. The most popular sizes for both trolling plugs and straightlining for catfish are the 1 1/2 oz. and 2 oz. sizes. To learn more about straightlining, pick up a copy of Dan Gapen's Catfish book (see page 115).
The Long Wire Bait-Walker sinker was added to the Gapen line to give the angler who works plugs over mossy and stick-riddled bottom an advantage. The higher arm holds the lure up just high enough to prevent moss from fouling the hook. It likewise increases the sense of "fallback" for the catfisherman when sensing the catfish bite while straightlining.