15 Minutes with: Guide Bernie Keefe
Here’s what we learned…
Location: Lake Granby, Colorado
Tides: Frozen Tundra
Approach: Lakers bite all day, they are more sensitive to pressure (fishing) then anything else. I like to use a run and gun approach, hit an area hard. If the fish are there we stay a little longer, if we do not see anything we move through quicker. We find structure then “drill it up” sometimes drilling 50-60 holes on one hump.
Rigging Selection: The jig head depends on the depth and how fast the fish want it to drop. Generally a 1/2oz – 3/4oz jig head works fine.
Bait Selection: The Hogy® 10inch Jigging
Why this bait? The bait fish in the area (trout, salmon and suckers are 10”).
Colors: White, lakers love white, amber it’s a good natural color up here then black everything contrasts with black.
Retrieve: Dead stick, watch your graph and your rod tip, slow jig then snap jigging. The fish will let you know what they want.
Rod: Jason Mitchel 40” heavy rods long sensitive rods to bury the hook in a bone hard mouth.
Reel: Wright McGill Sabalos 25: Best drag on the market.
Line: Trilene 100% fluorocarbon 10 lb test, braids freeze up and fishing under 60 ft deep flouro works great