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On the Hunt for a Master Angler 28-Inch Big Walleye

Aaron Wiebe is jigging ("or sharpshooting, as they call it in Europe") for big walleye in Northern Manitoba. Watch and learn this unusual technique.

Uncut Angling's Aaron Wiebe demonstrates a technique that specifically targets big walleye.

It's basically vertical jigging. It just requires you to do a bit of minor multitasking as you need to coordinate your jigging to the image on your electronics while moving your boat over the mark shown on the graph. No big deal.

It's kind of like ice fishing... except you're in a boat and there's no ice. Well, maybe it's not like ice fishing at all. But it does look fun and effective.

Wiebe is fishing Cedar Lake in northern Manitoba. He's on the hunt for a Master Angler qualifying 28-inch walleye.

"Sharpshooting" is where you basically motor around the lake looking for individual fish - big fish - on your boat's electronics. Once a fish is spotted on the graph you reverse the direction of the boat a little and then go over the spot where the fish was located, dropping a vertical jig down to the fish to try to entice it to bite.

Wiebe made a comment in the video that generated some questions from viewers, stating that it wasn't really ethical to target fish that were deeper than 30 feet on the graph. Several folks wondered what he meant by that.

The answer is this: If you're fishing catch and release, and a walleye is brought to the surface from a depth of around 30 feet or deeper, it has a lower chance of surviving the pressure change it will undergo as it's brought up too quickly. It's called barotrauma.

This method isn't really conducive to catching a lot of fish. It's geared towards big walleye specifically (Wiebe's smaller catches notwithstanding). He caught one very nice walleye - just under 28 inches - in several hours of fishing.

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