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Offline Stickhick86

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Perch Belly
« on: Mar 07, 2019, 06:24 PM »
I have heard of a lot of people using Perch belly pieces as bait but have never seen it done. Are they being used on jigs or set up on tip ups or both? I have heard they work for both perch and walleye and I was thinking about giving it a try. If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be great. Thanks.
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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #1 on: Feb 12, 2020, 01:53 PM »
No perch up here, but pike belly works very well on everything.  Big strips for lake trout and pike,  two to three inchers for whitefish, grayling, rainbows, and burbot.

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #2 on: Nov 22, 2020, 04:33 PM »
I have heard of a lot of people using Perch belly pieces as bait but have never seen it done. Are they being used on jigs or set up on tip ups or both? I have heard they work for both perch and walleye and I was thinking about giving it a try. If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be great. Thanks.

I've seen people do it. They usually cut a u or v shape part out of the belly then hook it on the spoon or jig. Works well if you don't have bait.

What works even better is popping out a perch eye and fishing with that. Be careful though because it is illegal in a lot of states.......Mainly because idiots were popping out the eyes on a perch then throwing it back in the lake. It's one thing to use an eye from a perch you iced and plan to eat that's dead and taking it from one you plan to throw back.

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #3 on: Nov 22, 2020, 04:47 PM »
My father would use perch belly strips for bait when he ran out of minnows. As I remember they seemed to work well.
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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #4 on: Nov 22, 2020, 05:11 PM »
X2 on the pike belly...
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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #5 on: Dec 23, 2020, 12:38 PM »
In Illinois:  " It is illegal to cut up or dress or be in possession of cut up or dressed fish on any body of water where there is a size limit for that particular species of fish".  We used to use perch belly meat when catching perch in Lake Michigan.  It was a very effective bait that lasted a long time on the hook.  You just had to include the cut up fish as part of the daily quota.

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #6 on: Dec 24, 2020, 10:57 AM »
My dad showed me that trick 50 years ago and I still use it today.  He would turn the perch on its back and take a knife and scale it.  You want the scales off because the strip of belly undulates better without the scales.  Then he would start at the bunt hole and cut a strip about an inch or so wide and three inches long.  Where he started at the ars, he wouldn't go as wide and get wider with the cut as he got to the head, so that the piece of flesh looked like this <.  Then he would hook the strip onto the hook on the wide end, so that the thinner tail part would flap as you jigged.  We caught a lot of perch using this method.  Usually when we ran out of minnows, but sometimes we did it on one rod while using minnows on the other.  I'll tell you this, if you put one on your hook, they last a long time before you have to rebait!

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #7 on: Dec 24, 2020, 11:07 AM »
Thanks for the input
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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2020, 11:21 AM »
I have used the V shape piece of meat under the chin of the perch. It is between where the gills come together and the chin meet. Hook the V point of the meat on a jig it’s usually 1/2 inch to 1 inch long. It is soft but stays on the hook. Good action!!

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #9 on: Dec 24, 2020, 11:29 AM »
In Illinois:  " It is illegal to cut up or dress or be in possession of cut up or dressed fish on any body of water where there is a size limit for that particular species of fish".  We used to used perch belly meat when catching perch in Lake Michigan.  It was a very effective bait that lasted a long time on the hook.  You just had to include the cut up fish as part of the daily quota.
I understand that that is the law where you are from, just don't get how cutting the belly out of a perch, is going to affect its length?  Again, I realize it is the law there, just seems to me to be a dumb law, unless you are changing the length like filleting one out!

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Re: Perch Belly
« Reply #10 on: Dec 24, 2020, 11:34 AM »
In PA, there is no size limit on yellow perch, just a creel limit of 50
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