Grandpa’s Lures: Week One

Williams 60

We got off to a slow start for the first stage of the Grandpa’s Tackle Box Project.
It took a bit longer than expected to get into town to get some new rings and hooks.
After that I was away from the cabin for a few days.

We also had some nasty weather that came through and knocked out a few power lines in the area but everything seems to be on the mend and I actually had a chance to do some fishing with one of Grandpa’s Lures while this was all going on.

I decided to start with the Williams 60 spoon. It cleaned up reasonably well and managed to catch a few fish. At last count I caught 9 small northern pike in the range of 14 to 24 inches and 3 walleye.

Walleye Caught on Williams 60 Spoon

Here’s a picture of the largest walleye.

This old boy measured 21 inches and by the look of him, has been around for quite a while. We snapped a quick photo and sent him on his merry way.

All of the fish were caught in less than 8 feet of water, mostly located around thin weed beds.

The interesting thing I found with the Williams 60 is that half of the fish hit the lure as it was sinking just after impact, or during the pause after I gave the line a short jerk on the retrieve. This spoon flutters nicely as it sinks and really seems to catch the attention of the fish.

I will come back to the Williams 60 lure later in the summer. I’m sure it can catch a nice “Jack” in the 30 to 40 inch range.

So, I would say that the project is off to a slow but successful start.

Stay tuned for the next report. I have been watching the action on the water and have almost decided on which lure to use for the next stage.

Written by: Andrew Walker

Go to the Northern Pike Fishing Techniques page.
Go to the Muskie Fishing Techniques page.
Go to the Walleye or Pickerel Fishing Techniques page.

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