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Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« on: Nov 25, 2015, 12:00 PM »
I have a handful of 4 lb freshwater drum sitting in my freezer and am planning on cutting up 1-1.5 inch squares of the flesh and salting them.  I'll give them a shot this winter and see if their pungent odor can attract some strikes.  Has anyone every done something like this before?  Maybe with suckers or other bottom feeders?

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 25, 2015, 12:03 PM »
how about long strips....would look more like bait i would think...like as long as the fish.....
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 25, 2015, 12:07 PM »
You should put your location in your profile.  Don't try this cut bait thing in New York!  We have to use certified disease free bait only.  Frozen smelt, shrimp, etc are not considered virus free..  Just sayin'

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 25, 2015, 05:46 PM »
legend hmmmmn never thought about that.  I'll have to give it a shot.  Thanks frigidaire for the heads up.  As far as I'm aware it's legal in Michigan, although I could be wrong.

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 26, 2015, 09:58 AM »
I use chunks of cisco on my jigs and full baits on my dead lines.
Can't say I have tried chunks like that though.
I'm sure strips would be awesome though.

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 26, 2015, 10:34 AM »
I am far from a Pike expert, but I think you will do best with them late in the season when there is the most dead fish under the ice...

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 26, 2015, 08:36 PM »
I catch pike on hot dogs (no BS). They are pretty shameless creatures.......
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 27, 2015, 09:06 AM »
Thanks guys for the input.  If this works anytime this season, I'll bump up the thread with pictures.

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 30, 2015, 01:20 AM »
I catch pike on hot dogs (no BS). They are pretty shameless creatures.......

Me too!

Hang half a dog just off the bottom.



Some days they outfish everything, including plastics.



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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2015, 08:47 PM »
I have also uses chunks of cut tullibee / ciscos on set rods.
Hot dogs have worked for me as well as older fatty bacon. :)

Give the freshwater drum a try, you never know what they will go for. ;)

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 07, 2016, 08:43 PM »
I've caught pike in the spring during softwater using fresh caught cut drum while targeting cats
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 08, 2016, 01:18 PM »
Thanks Adkrs I didn't know how effective it was.  I'm still waiting to test it out but the temperatures have been in the high 30s lately, so hopefully within a few weeks I'll give it a go.

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 10, 2016, 12:52 PM »
Agree on the hot dogs.  They work!  Never tried cut bait otherwise!

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #13 on: Jan 10, 2016, 01:10 PM »
Btw drum are tasty if you cook em without freezing first  ;D
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #14 on: Jan 13, 2016, 10:13 AM »
I hear ya.  Not a bad tasting fish but after a couple fillets you start to get tired of it.  The nice thing is the bones come out easily since they are so huge  :laugh:

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #15 on: Mar 09, 2016, 06:57 PM »
Well with the season ending for me I didn't end up catching any pike on the drum chunks.  They did seem to work well for chumming in perch and the occasional walleye though...

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 30, 2016, 10:07 AM »
I use cut bait for pike all the time. I us PK flutter jigs with oversized hooks and a strip of bait the size of the jig.
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 30, 2016, 11:58 AM »
I have used cut bait with lots of success
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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #18 on: Jan 04, 2017, 08:34 AM »
Thanks for bringing up that question, lots of good ideas...

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Re: Anyone ever use cut bait for ice fishing pike?
« Reply #19 on: Feb 01, 2017, 08:16 PM »
I accidentally brought salted sucker fillets instead of my smelt I had in the freezer, having no choice but to use the small fillets I was pleasantly surprised with a nice 32" northern. Plus it was caught by my 5 year old daughters! I don't think they'll be my first choice but it did work.

 

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