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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:35 PM 01/09/10 (CST)
So I have been out a few times this season, and can't get any pike to go for my Tip-up sucker minow. I have tried different size minnows (suckers), live ones, dead ones, and in all depth ranges between 7 and 20 or so feet of water. Is anybody having success with this? Is there soemthing spacific you are doing that may help?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:16 PM 01/09/10 (CST)
How are you hooking your minnows ?
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:07 PM 01/09/10 (CST)
The biggest mistake that people usually make is heavy line and leaders. It may sound backwards but if you are using a heavier braided line tip it with 6 feet of 6lb mono. Don't worry, the northerns usually don't bite you off. You will lose a few, but you will get 10 times as many bites this way. Just play them gently.
The size of the minnow does matter, keep it smallish, real big isn't the answer for real big pike. The majority of the fish you will catch are 20-24 inches. A 8" sucker is just too big this time of the year, Unless you are in big fish territoy like LOW or Red, but even the big ones like a small snack. Hooking the minnows in the lip or dorsal usally won't make a difference, but some days it will. So do one of each and go with their preference. The real trick though is location. You need to find the right weeds, especially any greenish ones. Look on top of the flats and sunken islands. Shallow is OK and sometimes necessary, 4-5 feet deep can be real hot. I usually am not any deeper than 8-9 feet, and as close to the drop as I can get. Good Luck.
sauzal1021
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:55 PM 01/10/10 (CST)
This may not be true all the time. Weights could make a difference. I've been out a few times with people that think because they are working with a bigger minnow they need more weight to hold it down. Less weight if any in in 5-7 fow gives the minnow more movement and a longer life.

I'll back this up by saying I've done a lot of spearing and the pike seem to be more responsive to a lively minnow. Good luck.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:12 AM 01/11/10 (CST)
have u tried using SHINERS instead?
i have been ahving more luck with shiners than i have with suckers
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:41 AM 01/11/10 (CST)
Yeah, I am kind of having the same problem with my tip-ups, no luck. Last week when I was out we were fishing in 7 fow and tip ups around our shack, and we wound up pulling in a few northern on our rods. My friend wound up pulling in 10-11 lb, 35 1/2 incher on his UL with 4 lb test and we were using Euro's. He also hooked into another one of similar size but as it got close to the hole, it put up one last fight and it lost him in the weeds. But yeah, they chose to bite on Euro's and not the sucker and shiner's we had around us. Kinda weird.





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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:35 PM 01/12/10 (CST)
My bet would be that the snow pack has reduced the light, killed off most of the weeds by now, and reduced oxygen levels, and the fish have gotten real sluggish and are not moving much, so downsize your baits, use scents, smelt, and move around a bit. This time of the year you might get only one bite per hole because the fish aren't cruising much. The fish just can be darn picky at times, I've seen dead smelt laying on the bottom out fish the liveliest shiners. But I would be as mobile as possible now, and be looking for any green stuff still left.
MonsterMechanic
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:58 PM 01/12/10 (CST)
Suckers vs. Shiners...no contest. I will never use Suckers if Shiners are available. What are you hooking them with? I like to use a stamped silver or gold spoon. I don't use a leader either. But most of all---> go deep. I can pull numbers and numbers of small Pike near the weeds, but if I want the big ones, I go deep. Lately I've been in 16-18 feet of water(FOW). If you have a camera, then you will see the lunkers cruising by every two hours or so. I pulled a 9.3lb. Pike on Sunday with a pink 1/16th ounce jig tipped with one wax worm, and 4lb. test. It took me a good 10-12 mins. to land, but I got it. 9 out of 10 times my line would have been bitten off, but it goes to show that the size of the bait doesn't always matter. Although, I have landed most of my big Pike with Shiners in the 5-6 inch range. I have landed some very large Pike near the weeds, but it seems that when I have one on in deeper water, they are almost always big. Just my 1 cent, replies will add another cent.

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