Much like a chain, your walleye spinner rigs (crawler harness) are only as good as your weakest link. Store-bought spinners can work fine, but building your own ensures much better components for less money than a stock model.

Line, beads, hooks, blades and clevises are all available in different grades and types. And properly hooking up the crawler is just as important as having good hooks. Check out the video to see how I hook crawlers to ensure they run straight and look natural to monster walleyes.

Editor’s note: Capt. Ross Robertson of Bigwater Guide Service and his crew provide educational guide trips for monster walleyes and smallmouth bass. The Bigwater team fishes ice-out to ice-up on the Great Lakes, spending the majority of the year on Lake Erie’s western and central basins.

Images and video by Capt. Ross Robertson

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