By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The 2013 fishing opener is nearly here.

For tips on what it’ll take to snag winners, guide Steve Carney shares his insight.

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“A standard jig is good for normal part of the season, but this time of the year I’m going to use a bait that’s very small,” Carney said. “This has a very long shank on it.”

Another rule is don’t just fish for walleyes — pan fish can be fun and found with the same presentation.

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“Everybody thinks of a crank bait as five, or six inches long,” Carney said. “But this is a tiny bait. I want an option for crappies, too.”

As for the weighty issues of sinker size, take note.

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“Most anglers put a great big heavy boot-type weight on it,” Carney said. “I don’t want that. I want something very light, something that’ll pull through vegetation.”

Mike Max