Jointed Wally Diver
February Walleye Lure of the Month
The Cotton Cordell Wally Diver is their best selling lure. It works wonders catching largemouth, smallmoth, crappie, trout, kokanee, and perch. But there was one fish that the company was really trying to catch: the elusive walleye. How could they alter this lure in the slightest to make it more appealing to walleye? The answer was to turn the Wally Diver into a jointed, diver that would jolt and dive around the water.
The typical crankbait trolling speed is just under 1 mph to 3 mph. But more important than the trolling speed, it is the retrieve cadence and trolling cadence. For this, we consider the nature of the fish. Walleyes are notorious for falling in behind a crankbait and following it for a short or for a long distance before overtaking it, opening their mouth and using suction at the same time that they continue to swim toward the intended prey from behind. So then, it’s the slight interruption of the straight speed that the wally jointed diver has that gets walleyes to strike.
The angler pauses, just hesitates the lure, once or twice during a straight retrieve along a weededge, or anywhere else for that matter. It’s this change in the steady retrieve cadence that finally gets the walleye to bite. The new cripped baitfish movement makes the walleye strike even when fish are unwilling to commit to other lures.