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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:26 PM 02/16/06 (CST)
I have never fished for Northern, what are the best techniques for attacking these monsters. I have bass fished for a number of years now mostly in the south, but am about to be moving to Southwestern Minn. Any advice will be helpful.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:44 AM 02/17/06 (CST)
Personally I like to use (75% of the time) the same 3/8 oz spinner baits that I use for Bass. I had a LOT of good pike fishing last summer with the Rapala X-rap that was introduced. The red/white color was best for me.. The pike hit it on the top of the water or on a pause during the twitching retrieve.

I know you can troll spoons .. like the silver minnow, and do well on pike also, but I've never done it.

Unless I'm fishing the spinner baits I always have at least an 18 inch leader tied on, since baits like the X-rap cost over $6.00 each and you don't want to donated them to the river or lake you're fishing. I've never had a pike cut my line with a spinner bait, but with lures, they have.

just a couple ideas anyway.. I've done fairly decent the past couple years Pike fishing in the same waters I fish smallies. Learned that they'll really hit the same types of lures more often than not.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:49 AM 02/17/06 (CST)
I used to fish pike a lot when I was younger. My favorite was a red and white Daredevle. I have caught some monster pike on these. I have also been relatively successful with RedEyes. Both these are made by Eppinger. Also live bait like big suckers work well too. Make sure you are fishing with a leader, preferrably steel. One thing to keep in mind. Northerns will eat fish up to 1/3 its own size. If you are fishing waters that are supposed to have monster pike in them, don't be afraid to use some monster bait. I have caught northerns on the Huskie DareDevle which is 5.5 inches long and 3.75 ounces. That is not including the treble hook. That is a pretty good sized lure. My favorite though, for DareDevle, is the Troll Devle at 4.5 inches and 1.5 ounces. These are big lures and you can cast them a long way.

I also boober fish with big suckers. Big bobber and Big suckers! I usually bait them through the tail and they will pull your bobber around all over the place. Once again, make sure you are using a leader.

I am sure others have some stuff to contribute too. On a side note, I was once out in a small boat trolling using one of the red and whites. The Pike were very aggresive that day. I was heading home and I didn't even have the DareDevle in the water, it was hanging over the side of the boat. In fact, I was clipping along at a pretty good speed, probably 8 mph. A huge Pike jumped out of the water and hit that spoon and almost pulled my rod out of the boat before I could get to it. What a hoot that was. Pike can be pretty dumb. It was about an 8 lber. When they are aggresive like that, you can catch them on anything... including your toes! So watch out when your dangling them off the end of the dock ;-) HaHaHaHaHa



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:55 AM 02/17/06 (CST)
I live in northern Mn and there is alot of pike water up here.They are my favorite fish to pursue. I have had the best luck using a big spinnerbait tipped with a large sucker minnow. It's abig lure butto catch monster pike you need to use a big tackle. The red and white daredevil technique works good also with a steel leader. Find the weed lines and have fun!
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:24 PM 02/17/06 (CST)
Thanks for all the help. When using a daredevil, how fast for a retrive do you use? Someone mentioned spinnerbaits, do you use colorado or willow style blades? How long of a steel leader do you typically use?
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:43 PM 02/17/06 (CST)
I've caught plenty of pike with different spinner bait blade combinations.. 90% of the time the skirts are white.. white/red .. or white/chartruese(sp). when I'm bass fishign I prefer the Willow/colorado combination, but for Pike I've had pretty much success with any combination or a solor colorado.

Oh yeah.. the other spinner bait I've done real good is a red/white blade MEPPS in line spinner that I burn through the water.. pause and burn..and pause and burn..
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