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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:37 PM 06/29/07 (CST)
My old pappy used to say that the secret to catching lots of fish was to put high percentage lures in high percentage places a high percentage of the time. That has been real apparent in several fly ins where I was only allowed 50 lbs total weight for gear, lures, clothes, etc. With that in mind, What would you pick for your lure/bait selections if YOU WERE LIMITED TO ONLY 3 LURES/BAIT FOR A PARTICULAR SPECIES FOR THE ENTIRE OPEN WATER SEASON? Here's my picks.

MUSKY- Spinnerbait, Minnowbait(7" Rapala Magnum or largest Smithwick Rogue--pick em'), 6-12 inch sucker, (Suick as honorable mention)

PIKE- Spinnerbait, jig (choice 1 is a 5" curl tail grub), minnowbait (6" Rapala)

LARGEMOUTH- Zara Super Spook, jig (3-5 inch curl tail grub), spinnerbait

CRAPPIE- Bait rigging w/ minnow, jig (1 1/2 inch curl tail), never needed a third choice

WALLEYE- Crawler spinner rig, jig w/ minnow, minnow bait (#1 choice is original Rapala) can be weighted w/ a split shot on line in front of lure to become a suspending lure----very versatile

LAKERS- Spinner Rig w/ minnow or chub, jigging spoon(Pirk minnow is choice 1), Magnum size Rapala Husky Jerk. ALSO--a great combo is to put the husky jerk on the bottom portion of a 3 way swivel w/ the spinner rig on the top potion. By doing this you can troll a 10 - 15 foot depth range. By using weight on the line you can then troll that range at whatever depth you find fish at. The husky jerk dives deeper and the spinner rig rides up---especially if floating rig is used. Have not used on walleye yet but would think effective also--if someone has used on eyes let me know how it worked.

STREAM TROUT (RAINBOWS,BROWNS,BROOKIES,CUT THROATS)- Nightcrawler w/ split shot and hook, small Panther Martin spinner, small jig( maybe 1/64th or 1/80th ounce that is a crawdad or crustacean imitator)


SMALLMOUTH- live bait rig (minnow or crawler), Minnowbait (original Rapala), #4 Blue Fox in line spinner

Those would be my picks--obviously some other lures/baits would be more effective at certain times or under certain conditions than the ones I chose, but if limited to only 3 options to cover all conditions for all open water season for that specific species these would be my picks.

So what are your picks to simplify the choices so that you have a high percentage lure in the water a high percentage of the time and can cover the water column from top to bottom??

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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