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Cusk Bait????
« on: Jan 27, 2010, 08:12 AM »
Has anyone tried using freshwater mussels for cusk? What else other than our usual shiners and smelts?

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #1 on: Jan 27, 2010, 08:15 AM »
Sucker, Grayfish, Chicken Livers, if you have any of the stinky baits they sell like Gulp try that on 1 rig.
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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27, 2010, 08:23 AM »
An old timer I used to Know, swore by Mackerel.

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #3 on: Jan 27, 2010, 08:26 AM »
An old timer I used to Know, swore by Mackerel.

I catch tons of cusk deep sea fishing with Clams, I wonder if they will eat that in the lake? I still have some in my freezer from this summer....anyone try that?

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #4 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:09 AM »
question for you cusk guys

I am going to try it this weekend. Things I know:
6 cusk trap (with name and address)
1oz weight
hook (SIZE??) no longer than 6 inches away from weight.

Am I missing anything. Thanks for the help.




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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #5 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:17 AM »
question for you cusk guys

I am going to try it this weekend. Things I know:
6 cusk trap (with name and address) ,,,Correct
1oz weight ,,,,should be at least 1/8 oz over 1 oz....go to AJ's.hook (SIZE??)
no longer than 6 inches away from weight ....Correct

Am I missing anything. Thanks for the help.

Not free spooling. Needs to be a set line resting on bottom. Sew on your bait if possible so the cusk dont take it off your hook. Run your hook through the tail the up near the head with the hook pointing back toward the tail. That way when they take it head first, the hook will be in it's mouth.

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #6 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:17 AM »
This will be the first time draz and i go for cusk aswell I am making my devices tonight.  but a question about the bait can you use live bait.

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #7 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:19 AM »
This will be the first time draz and i go for cusk aswell I am making my devices tonight.  but a question about the bait can you use live bait.

Absolutely!

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #8 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:31 AM »
I used chicken livers 3 years ago at the derby, and it was the first time ever that I didn't catch cusk.  After soaking for two days, the livers looked like a glob of snot, if I was a cusk, I wouldn't have eaten it either!!

I've heard crayfish are killer, most of the cusk I've cleaned were jammed with them.  Never tried them tho....

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #9 on: Jan 27, 2010, 10:51 AM »
Thanks for the quick responce guys.  i was going to get chicken livers to use now i won't bother.  Can you by creyfish anywhere by winnie

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #10 on: Jan 27, 2010, 11:06 AM »
Tried chicken livers a few years ago, no good not one cusk.

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #11 on: Jan 27, 2010, 11:38 AM »
So you can run heavier than 1oz. So is it a 1oz minimum on the weight.

Thanks Jig

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #12 on: Jan 27, 2010, 12:08 PM »
Sweeeeet! getting so pumped for the derby. This is also my first time trying cusk traps.  From what everyone has wrote looks like I'm going to it right so far. lol    I'll see some of you at A.J's at 4am Sat... 

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #13 on: Jan 27, 2010, 12:39 PM »
Crayfish can be hard to come by, usually everyone's sold out

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #14 on: Jan 27, 2010, 01:13 PM »
I'll see some of you at A.J's at 4am Sat... 

You'll be late at that time. lol
good luck out there

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #15 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:28 PM »
You'll be late at that time. lol
good luck out there

lmao,  god I hope not

Does anyone know if we are allowed to chum holes for cusk?  If so any good ideas for chum?

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #16 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:34 PM »
I've had good luck with large shiners so far this year, hey seem to catch the small cusk, which then get eaten by the big ones.

I'm going to try crayfish this year too. Whenever I gut cusk they always have crayfish in their stomach, I guess I should be fishing with it?!?  ;D

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #17 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:38 PM »
lmao,  god I hope not

Does anyone know if we are allowed to chum holes for cusk?  If so any good ideas for chum?

We have been using saltwater smelt heads for chum. It doesnt seem to attract the cusk, but the lake trout seem to like them. ;)

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #18 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:45 PM »
We have been using saltwater smelt heads for chum. It doesnt seem to attract the cusk, but the lake trout seem to like them. ;)

Sounds good!  I was hoping that the chum will attract the crayfish that will than attract the cusk.

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Re: Cusk Bait????
« Reply #19 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:49 PM »
is there a web site that has pics on how to rig crayfish?
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