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Offline A man called horse

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Alternative pike bait
« on: Jan 18, 2019, 01:24 PM »
Itís gotten so metro around here we no longer have bait shops.
Has anyone substituted whole talapia in place of sunnies or suckers for pike bait?

Offline sledneck22

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #1 on: Jan 18, 2019, 01:31 PM »
I've personally witnessed plain ol Oscar Meyer wieners with a quick strike rig work for pike bait.

I'm pretty sure I've seen it on tv too. I believe Larry Smith Outdoors had an episode where they were using them.
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Offline Whytie

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #2 on: Jan 18, 2019, 01:32 PM »
Do you have access to any frozen sardines or herrings? Some grocery stores sell them frozen. I've had better luck with herrings around here.

Offline stinkyfingers

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #3 on: Jan 18, 2019, 02:15 PM »
Talapia? That's kinda funny but I'm not sure why. Don't think tilapia will work unless served over quinoa with a light caper sauce and an arugula salad. Add a cool and fragrant sauvignon blanc to drink. Lighthearted banter in the background.

  Mr. Pike would prefer the weenie alternate served with a quickstrike rig. Oscar Meyer brand may be coming in too snooty. Cheaper the better, "Scotch Buy", or Bar S ten for a buck is more to the gentleman's taste.
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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #4 on: Jan 18, 2019, 04:48 PM »
I had an old timer tell me that he used to use raw venison chunks when ice fishing for pike.  Especially if its thawed out and laying around a few days.
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Offline Yukoner

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #5 on: Jan 18, 2019, 05:37 PM »
Half a frankfurter.

We use the cheapest ones you can buy.  They have the highest fat content, and seem to produce best.  Some guys draw a couple of eyes on them with a sharpie, but I never have.


Offline 32footsteps

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #6 on: Jan 18, 2019, 06:22 PM »
Asian grocery store frozen seafood section. Anything in there will work.

Offline appleye

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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #7 on: Jan 18, 2019, 06:53 PM »
If the grocery sells sea food ask if they have smelt. Most of the time they have it in the freezer for cheap. I got two dozen today for 1.50$. Cheap bait! Hot dogs also work well as stated. I run both.
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Re: Alternative pike bait
« Reply #8 on: Jan 19, 2019, 04:02 PM »
we use natural baits here.  small gills perch or crappie.  better get u a bait tank and stock up by hitting some creeks before freeze up.

or bag of smelt from wallyworld.

I would think shrimp would work good too.
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