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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:54 PM 06/30/07 (CST)
I've always been a big proponent of ultralight tackle, but have mostly used it for panfish, like everyone else. A couple of weeks ago, though, it occurred to me to see what a Northern would feel like on a 5 1/2' rod with 4# test line. I was at Bald Eagle lake, and was doing pretty good on medium-sized northerns with my regular tackle, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I tied a 6" long plastic coated wire leader, and clipped the business end to a Black Mepps spinner from my ultralight box. Now, that's a small lure for northerns, but what the heck?

After a couple of long, long casts with that Mepps, retrieving fairly slowly...BAM! I was into what I was pretty sure was a Northern.

The drag on the little Penn 420SS was really getting a workout! The fish made some decent runs, followed by a careful pump and grind to work it closer. Then it saw the boat and took off again.

It took at least 10 minutes before I got the net under Mr. Pike. It was a small fish, by normal standards, about 24" long, but the battle was major. A great time!

A few tips for you all, should you decide to do this: Make sure your rod and guides are in perfect shape. The drag is super critical, too, and shouldn't be adjusted too close to the breaking point of your line.

I was using a small Mepps spinner, but small sizes of crankbaits would also work out, I'm sure. It seems like Northerns don't mind eating in small bites.

Next time you're in a good northern bite, break out the ultralight tackle and go for it. It's a blast!





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:32 AM 07/01/07 (CST)
hay Mm

im all for a good fight when fishing but we all need to remember the fish, a long battle puts a lot of stress on fish.
if it was me id stick to the heavy tackle and go for the big girls
and get them in as quick as you can
just my opinion tho
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:01 AM 07/01/07 (CST)
Well, that northern gave me a good splash with his tail when I released him, then dashed off back to the weeds.

He was a good eating size, too, but I decided not to take him home and cook him.

I understand your point, but the fish I've caught on ultralight tackle have never seemed the worse for wear. I could also make an argument for tiny little treble hooks injuring the fish less than great big ones.

The bottom line is that some released fish do not survive, whatever the size of the tackle. This one did just fine, though.





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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:16 PM 07/01/07 (CST)
no i totally understand your point
just last summer i was eye fishing in Canada and i was fishing a reef out in 30 50 feet the eyes were down there following the siscos
well anyway i hook a 39 3\4" pike with 10 pound line well and a single hook between the fight and the depth, the fish didnt make it, i didn't want to kill that fish but that's what happened and
your right sometimes released fish dont make it i did every thing i could to revive that fish and it even swam away then to float to the top his air blater had expanded so much he couldnt go back down i even tried to fizzel the fish she still didnt make it so i had to keep it
i guess after that epasode it made me think of the fish more
and i didnt mean to afend you if i had
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:27 PM 07/01/07 (CST)
No offense taken. I'm a catch and release guy. I just don't keep fish except on rare occasions.

This pike was taken within 2 feet of the surface, so the swim bladder wasn't an issue. It was a healthy young Northern, and was in fine shape when I released it. Like I said, if I'd have killed it, I would have taken it home and eaten it.

Northerns are kinda nice fish. They fight good, but once you pick 'em up they usually relax and let you get the hook out of them, then splash you in the face when you release them. I guess it's their payback.

I'm not a deep water fisherman much, so I don't remember ever having a fish blow a swim bladder.





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:37 PM 07/01/07 (CST)
Hey Mineral Man....long time no see.

What are you doing fishing a spinner? I just knew when I saw the title of the thread, and that you started it, that you had caught some pike on the "Super Duper Spoon". If I'm not mistaken wasn't it you that has had great success with it? I seem to remember you being a big proponet of the "Super Duper" spoon? The gold one with a red head as I recall...although I may be mistaken about that.

Anyway...great to see you posting. Do you still use the Super Duper as a "go to" lure or has it just become one of many now?

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:51 AM 07/02/07 (CST)
I still use the Super Duper, and it has caught a bunch of Northerns. I've not caught a walleye on it so far. It's one of the lures in my arsenal, but I use all sorts of artificials.

The bigger Super Dupers are hard to come by these days, so I reserve them for waters where I'm not likely to lose them. I wish I could get up and do some lake trout trolling. I'm betting they'd be dynamite for that.

I did catch some crappies the other day on the 501 size, though.





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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:10 AM 07/02/07 (CST)
You know..if you could get up north later in the year..late September or so you would have a good chance to catch the lakers up shallow on the fall spawn run. THAT is a blast...some of the best fishing in the world is to catch lakers shallow.IMHO

If you can tie into a few of those laker bad boys in shallow water on light tackle with your super duper....... well a guy might just forget what a walleye looks like!

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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