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minnow threading
« on: Dec 02, 2010, 10:03 PM »
A guy at work swears by threading your line on a sewing needle and stiching it just under the skin below the dorsal fin of the minner and the attaching a small sharp hook. Ever tried this technique.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #1 on: Dec 02, 2010, 10:21 PM »
That is a saltwater trick used for BIGGER minnows... I bet it would work on the little guys though!
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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #2 on: Dec 03, 2010, 08:04 AM »
I thread minnows all the time for  :tipup: fishing.
I make a 2-3 foot leader with a loop at one end Adan a #12 to 8 Treble hook at the other.
I start right behind the Brain on the Minnow and poke just under the skin.
Run the Needle parallel with the minnow just under the skin to the rear of the Minnow.
Attach the loop end of the leader to the needle and feed the leader through the minnow.
slide the shank of the hook just under the skin up to the barbs.
When it is done the Minnow is swimming freely with the treble hook mostly hidden and laying tight to the Minnow.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #3 on: Dec 03, 2010, 09:03 AM »
I thread minnows all the time for  :tipup: fishing.
I make a 2-3 foot leader with a loop at one end Adan a #12 to 8 Treble hook at the other.
I start right behind the Brain on the Minnow and poke just under the skin.
Run the Needle parallel with the minnow just under the skin to the rear of the Minnow.
Attach the loop end of the leader to the needle and feed the leader through the minnow.
slide the shank of the hook just under the skin up to the barbs.
When it is done the Minnow is swimming freely with the treble hook mostly hidden and laying tight to the Minnow.


 I do it almost the same way. But use a 6"-8" leader and attach to the tip up with a small swivel. Also use a two prong hook instead of a treble.
 
 It is the only way i use minnows on tipups,really high hooking percentage ;)

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #4 on: Dec 03, 2010, 09:14 AM »
Excellent hooking percentage! From what I heard, a fish will always try to take a minnow head first. This is where your hook will be! Don't know how it will work with a big finicky Walleye?!?!

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #5 on: Dec 03, 2010, 09:26 AM »
I posted some pics in a thread last winter. Ice fishing tips/tipups(page 5)/hooks on tipups.

Hope it helps.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #6 on: Dec 03, 2010, 11:14 AM »
Big waste of time with minnows you can buy in Wyoming! Maybe big pike baits? Not much of that around here.Ill have 3 lines in by the time you kill your first minnow. There is a good video about hooking a minnow on the new slick jig on youtube, in the mouth out the gill stick hook in behind the dorsal, something like that.Check it out maybe someone knows how to put up the link?The biggest thing is to check your tip-ups often, gets the minnows going to! Lips and behind dorsal will work fine to IMO.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #7 on: Dec 03, 2010, 12:18 PM »
I didn't know it was a race. ;D It might take 30 Seconds extra to thread a minnow. I might kill one minnow to every 100 that i thread.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #8 on: Dec 03, 2010, 04:22 PM »
I didn't know it was a race. ;D It might take 30 Seconds extra to thread a minnow. I might kill one minnow to every 100 that i thread.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #9 on: Dec 03, 2010, 06:42 PM »
Hardly ever lose a minnow,usually catch the fish. Seems like when you don't hook them up is when your using larger minnows and a smaller perch tries to take it and decides its to big and lets it go.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #10 on: Dec 04, 2010, 10:25 AM »
It maybe a race when you have eye in your name and there is an hour of prime time twice a day and you drive 3 hours to get there and you have to come home! Or your behind me chasing those schools of perch. When it comes to ice to have your hands in it and the minnow out of it doesn't make much sense to me ;There are a lot of good ways to hook a minnow with out the sewing machine!

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #11 on: Dec 04, 2010, 12:09 PM »
it may take me a few more seconds to thread a minnow but i have caught  three or four perch on the same minnow when the bite is hot they just push the minnow up the line instead of knocking it off.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #12 on: Dec 04, 2010, 12:56 PM »
I often will sit in my warm shack and pre thread a few minnows, always keep a few extras in the Minner Bucket ready to snap on the swivel. As far as Perch goes, I Jig for those with the Vex.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #13 on: Dec 04, 2010, 01:08 PM »
yes no doubt using electronics is the most effective way to catch fish,have to thank minnow guy for showing me that a few years ago,but as far as tip ups go i like the threaded minnows because i never have to worry about stolen bait if a fish grabs it he will trip the flag.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #14 on: Dec 04, 2010, 01:21 PM »
I agree with what both Icen and Duckman both said. Over the last 30 something years I've tried many different ways  of rigging minnows,hooking minnows,and gear setups. I have to say i always come back to threading minnows. Does not take much more time,lose way less minnows,and have a better hook up percentage.

But that's just my opinion. By the sharing of the idea it just gives others the chance to TRY it and make up their own minds. Not saying its the only way,and its not the fastest(if that's important,not my highest priority)just another option to try. To each his own. ;D

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #15 on: Dec 04, 2010, 01:33 PM »
Used to sew baitfish when fishing salt water, it was usually more an issue of proper presentation. Do you find that threading gives a subtler presentation?

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #16 on: Dec 04, 2010, 01:41 PM »
i use small trebles and they sit right on top of the minnows head dont know if you could call that subtle but it is affective.i dont catch every fish that hits but one thing ive noticed is on the first hit if i dont get the fish they normally dont get the minnow .ive dropped it right back down and had hookups before i could get my tipup reset.

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #17 on: Dec 04, 2010, 02:02 PM »
One reason I like doing the threading of minnows is that it had some really low mortality on them. IF the fishing is slow, at the end of the day you can pull the line back through the minnow, throw it in the bucket, and it will be alive the next weekend. If you're just hooking a minnow, your barb is going to rip a chunk out of them and they die. Saves money on those slow weekends.
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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #18 on: Dec 04, 2010, 03:13 PM »
I use 5" Al's Treading Needles, easier to handle larger needle with cold fingers. I also keep pre made leaders on a Snell holder(round tube style). I also take a hook file and sharpen the needles as much as possible so they easily poke through the skin. The biggest problem that i have is keeping track of the needle. This is the website  for the Needle http://www.alsgoldfish.com/Baiting_Needles_p/bn.htm

This is a cool device that i just found for keeping track of the Needle http://themagneedle.com/

Hope this helps

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Re: minnow threading
« Reply #19 on: Dec 04, 2010, 03:19 PM »
Good points IcenEyes. I also use the same needle. I just stick the needle in the bill of my hat,stick a finger on it once in a while though. lol

 

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