There is no doubt walleyes, or for that matter many freshwater fish, prefer leeches on their menus at least sometime during the open water season. Some anglers rarely use leeches, but they can provide some of the hottest angling of the year no matter the species being chased. Leech availability usually starts the beginning of May and often will run through the end of summer.
Plastics have earned a solid place in my and other angler’s presentations for good reason. Action, color and scent have literally been produced in products matching that of live bait. Plastics create an advantage because they require no care, are always available and can be used with a variety of jig weights and styles.
Northland Tackle realizes the importance of plastics and leeches and just introduced in the Mimic Minnow Family a new member called the Limber Leech. Its unique lifelike and segmented flat body provides a gliding/swimming movement that fish have a hard time resisting. The Mimic Minnow Limber Leech comes pre-rigged in 5 convenient jig sizes and 8 different colors to compliment different depths and water conditions.
After a few hours of casting the Limber Leech on emerging weedlines, I wished that this would have been available years before. Walleyes didn’t merely bite this new jig, they chomped it! The unmatched action was apparently hard to resist. Many fish bit as the lure was sinking just after the cast, with no retrieve at all.
When there was no immediate strike, I found that a jig-and-drop cadence produced the most fish, following the bottom contours with occasional hesitations. The lure is versatile because by varying the weight of the jig head, just about any depth can be fished with it.
For anglers not accustomed to using leeches, the Northland Mimic Minnow Limber Leech will give them a new option that can be fished very easily. For others who use live leeches on a regular basis, this jig will become a “Go-To” jig starting in May and will become a major player in their arsenals.