Although a "BB and B" might sound like a fancy after dinner drink, it's actually one of the most effective set-ups you can master for catching lots of walleyes.
"BB and B" stands for "Bottom Bouncer and Board". And while the thought of using a bottom bouncer with a planer board might not sound like one of the simplest set-ups you can put together, it really isn't that tough to master. There are some tricks however to using the combo effectively.
Bottom bouncers and boards is a terrific set-up for finding fish. Think of it as a deadly "search and destroy" weapon in your walleye arsenal. Not only does the set up allow you to cover lots of water, it also keeps a bait in the strike zone, where it has to be to catch more walleyes. A spinner and bait is arguably the most irresistible presentation a walleye can encounter. If you put it in front a walleye, he'll probably eat it.
The first step is determining what water you want to cover by studying a contour map or checking out the terrain with a good fish finder, or by using a GPS's plot trail feature, you can actually create your own map of the area you want to fish.
Let's start with a flat. Often in early summer, flat's in the 10 to 25 foot range can hold foraging walleyes. It's usually best to cruise around the entire perimeter of the flat before you start fishing, drawing the flat with the plotter trail on your GPS. Now, as the flat is fished, the GPS traces what water is covered and what water isn't. Icons and waypoints are particularly helpful on flats to mark prime locations, like where walleyes are caught.
The idea is to use the bottom bouncer to keep your bait just above the bottom, letting the wire leg of the bouncer keep you out of snags and keeping your spinner in the strike zone.
Determining a good boat speed is crucial. You want to be going just fast enough so the blade of the spinner turns. Drop the spinner over the side of the boat and adjust your speed accordingly. It will probably be around 1/2- to 3/4- miles per hour. I almost always troll with a 15 hp four-stroke kicker outboard from Mercury. It's super quiet and smoke free, which makes trolling more pleasurable. A good choice for tiller-steer boats and others who don't have a kicker is an electric trolling motor.
Keep your trolling speed fairly constant, since slowing down will cause the bottom bouncer to fall on its side. If you speed up, you'll lift the whole rig out of the fish zone. Use as light a weight as possible--one ounce or less. A Bass Pro Shop XPS Bottom Bouncer is perfect for working a 10 foot flat with 10/4 Fireline, which has 10- pound breaking strength, but four-pound diameter. The fine diameter keeps water resistance from lifting the rig, even with its lighter weight. If you are using conventional monofilament, fishing in deeper water, or having trouble getting the rig to stay on the bottom, go to a heavier bouncer.
Find the bottom as normal, letting out line until the tip of the wire is ticking the bottom. If you're