Walleye anglers have a new weapon for putting fish in the boat this season: Lindy Fishing Tackle’s revolutionary Live Bait Jig.

Brainchild of longtime Northwoods fishing guide Jeff Sundin, the jig features an innovative design that generates strike-triggering swimming and darting motions on the cast, drift or troll.

“It works with whole nightcrawlers, as well as leeches and minnows,” said Sundin, who, with his clients, perfected the jighead during an exhaustive trial-and-error development process that spanned three decades.

Sundin says the Live Bait Jig excels when fished on light tackle, in an erratic twitching manner his clients dubbed “wiggle worming.”

For active fish, keep the jig just off bottom. “If the jig touches bottom when you drop the rodtip back, you’re close enough,” he said. “The action of the bait drives walleyes and other predators crazy. They aren’t shy about coming up to smack it.”

The Live Bait Jig also shines when finicky walleyes demand a less-animated approach.

Although it’s not really a stand-up jig, it wants to stand up,” Sundin laughed. “So when the jig settles, the bait is elevated at a natural angle. During a slow bite, you can fish it with slight lifts and drops, to tickle bottom and kick up a little dust, without getting stuck on every blade of sandgrass.”

Jon Thelen, host of Fish Ed Television and a veteran fishing guide, is also excited about the new Lindy Live Bait Jig.

“This is one of the deadliest jigs I’ve seen come along in years,” said Thelen. “Because of its horizontal design, the Live Bait Jig is always working,” says Thelen. “It’s perfect for looking for fish and keeping up with moving schools on flats, breaklines and ledges. As a bonus, nine out of 10 fish that hit the jig are hooked solidly in the snout.”

The Live Bait Jig catches walleyes and other gamefish all season long, but if you’re gearing up for May walleyes, Sundin offers the following tips.

“From mid-May to mid-June, I fish it primarily with minnows,” said Sundin. Shiners and rainbows are great, but a big fathead is hard to beat.” No matter the species, he normally hooks it through the mouth and out the top of the skull, so the baitfish rests firmly against the head of the jig.

“Rigged this way, the minnow acts as an extension of the jig and naturally wants to dart and hop,” he explained.

In spring, the setup excels on shallow near-shore breaklines. Sundin positions his boat over deeper water,  casts onto the shallow flat above the drop-off, and retrieves it back down the break.

“Pitch the minnow out, let it fall, then retrieve it with a twitching, hopping motion,” he said, noting that the Intensity of his jig strokes varies with the mood of the fish.

“It ranges from almost rip-jigging on the aggressive side down to real subtle pops,” Sundin said. “Experiment. The fish will tell you what they want at the moment.”