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Offline Whopper Stopper

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Golf Ball Guys
« on: Dec 30, 2016, 05:54 AM »
I finally got around to painting up a couple of golf balls and tried them 3x so far. My hole is big enough that I can have a ball down and also a 12"-14" sucker minnow.

Over the 3 days on ice using the ball , I have watched a lot of fish and in my case it seems like 2 - 5 pound northerns came into the ball. Anything over that came strictly into the sucker. Do you ball users find this to be the norm or have you had luck seeing bigger fish on the balls?

None the less I was impressed how well the balls drew the pike, and bass in.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2016, 09:40 AM »
Do you have it on a spinner or just let it rest motionless?
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #2 on: Dec 30, 2016, 10:49 AM »
I have been putting the string between my thumb and forefinger and spinning it every 3-4 minutes. About every 1/2 hour I give it a tug up and down. So far it's been a toss up on moving or still when they come in.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #3 on: Sep 19, 2021, 07:19 PM »
Just bumping this up because I would like to see more answers to this question also. Thanks.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #4 on: Sep 20, 2021, 10:11 AM »
I use painted golf balls quite a bit - seem to use the half red / half white most times.  I also add a small eyehook to the bottom and at times attach various spoons (no hooks) to add a little flash - I do use a battery operated spinner to rotate the rig.  Works surprisingly well and it's interesting to watch a pike s-l-o-w-l-y glide in and stare at it with some gently bumping it.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #5 on: Sep 21, 2021, 07:51 AM »
Is this for spearing or hook and line fishing?
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #6 on: Sep 21, 2021, 07:52 AM »
Is this for spearing or hook and line fishing?

Nevermind, I should have looked what category this was posted in. Makes sense now :)
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #7 on: Sep 21, 2021, 08:22 AM »
My first year spearing ever i had a red/white golf ball with a wind chime spinner slowly rotating the ball.a northern rushed in and swallowed the ball  and that gave me time to spear it right in the head.i have not done well spearing since that day.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #8 on: Nov 13, 2021, 05:52 PM »
 do i have to buy new pro v1's or will pinnacle golds work just as good?

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #9 on: Nov 13, 2021, 10:29 PM »
do i have to buy new pro v1's or will pinnacle golds work just as good?
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #10 on: Nov 14, 2021, 07:25 AM »
very intresting

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #11 on: Nov 14, 2021, 11:08 AM »
When I was a youngen my Dad took me on Lake Winnebago to see his friends sturgeon spearing shack. I'll never forget  looking down the hole and seeing a Blatz beer sign 10 feet down. He told me I should keep that a secret. Well the word is out now.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #12 on: Nov 15, 2021, 07:28 AM »
So. Let me get this straight. A golf ball is attached to the line somehow with the bait/decoy below it? And it works as an attractant?
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #13 on: Nov 15, 2021, 07:49 AM »
So. Let me get this straight. A golf ball is attached to the line somehow with the bait/decoy below it? And it works as an attractant?

Typically it's just the golf ball by itself attached to line via a screwed in eye hook. I will sometimes add a second eye hook at the opposing end (bottom) of the golf ball and attach a spoon such as a Daredevil or the like.  Some guys will just spin a large spoon by itself.

Often times the golf ball setup is run on one side of the spearing hole and a typical decoy is run on a second line on the other side of the hole at a different depth.  Having the two lines in the water can help judge the length of a fish if you know the distance between the lines, 25" apart for example.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #14 on: Nov 15, 2021, 08:02 AM »
When I was a youngen my Dad took me on Lake Winnebago to see his friends sturgeon spearing shack. I'll never forget  looking down the hole and seeing a Blatz beer sign 10 feet down. He told me I should keep that a secret. Well the word is out now.

Fish are pretty curious creatures for the most part and will investigate a lot of things like that sign.  Bowling pins are another favorite deke you often see used.  For pike I've started using the cleaned up and dried shoulder blades of deer I harvest that I paint up - read somewhere that's what Native Americans used for decoys many generations ago.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #15 on: Nov 15, 2021, 08:14 AM »
Yep, they're not the brightest creatures, by any means. Anything unusual suspended tends to attract attention. My Dad used old full beer cans painted with different color stripes on them as decoys when I was a kid, and they worked.

Just tied the line to the pull tabs. If he lost one, all he was out was an old skunky can of beer.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #16 on: Nov 15, 2021, 08:20 AM »
Best use I've ever heard for golf balls yet!  ;D
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #17 on: Nov 15, 2021, 09:26 AM »
Best use I've ever heard for golf balls yet!  ;D

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #18 on: Nov 15, 2021, 11:55 PM »
Yep, they're not the brightest creatures, by any means. Anything unusual suspended tends to attract attention. My Dad used old full beer cans painted with different color stripes on them as decoys when I was a kid, and they worked.

Just tied the line to the pull tabs. If he lost one, all he was out was an old skunky can of beer.
Interesting. Especially since a full beer can floats.


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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #19 on: Nov 16, 2021, 06:09 AM »
Interesting. Especially since a full beer can floats.

They certainly did not float when they were spear decoys. Maybe he cracked the tops or they were empties? I am pretty sure they were full, but I could be mistaken, it was a long time ago.

I was a little kid at the time 30+ years ago, but they were most definitely old painted beer cans. White and red, and yellow and black stripes were the two patterns I remember he used on them. There could have been others, too.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #20 on: Nov 16, 2021, 09:40 AM »
Empties would make sense. I might try it. Cheap and plentiful. Plus the no wasted beer part is a definite bonus. Budweiser already comes in red and white. Thanks for the idea.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #21 on: Nov 16, 2021, 09:52 AM »
I remember him spearing quite a few, so they did work. Not sure if they're better than a decoy, but definitely cheaper  :P

We didn't do much spearing after I was maybe 6 or 7. The old truck Dad had bit the dust, and he got a little 4wd Subaru wagon to replace it, so we had no way to haul the hardfloor house. Ended up downsizing to a little portable, so spearing was pretty much out after that, unless we went out with someone with a permanent already set up.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #22 on: Nov 16, 2021, 10:22 AM »
Probably could (or should) start another thread but just came across this.

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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #23 on: Nov 16, 2021, 10:32 AM »
Thanks. That's all I need. More stuff to try....Thinking those practice balls with the holes, painted, and attached a foot or so above bait on my tipups.  :-\
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Re: Golf Ball Guys
« Reply #24 on: Nov 16, 2021, 11:07 AM »
Well, it's a better use for Busch Light than drinking it  :whistle:

 



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