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Offline StCroice

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Large Live bait
« on: Dec 20, 2018, 04:17 PM »
What's the largest live bait you guys have used on a tip up for pike?  Any tricks with keeping the bait from triggering the flag?

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #1 on: Dec 20, 2018, 04:58 PM »
Trim the fins, they canít pull as hard but can still swim

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #2 on: Dec 20, 2018, 09:31 PM »
Ha you can't go too big! Personally, a 10.5" golden shiner that I caught on a jig (never seen one there before). Put him on a tipup and got the fish in my avatar. 12.8lb.

I use polars and set in the thick groove, then tighten the freespool nut so the bait won't trip. I use a lot of bluegills for bait and they can trip a lot easier than a shiner or sucker when spooked.

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #3 on: Dec 22, 2018, 06:32 AM »
I like to use 8 inch plus Crappie where it is legal to do so. Pike love em.
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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #4 on: Dec 22, 2018, 10:01 AM »
Attach a downrigger release to the bottom of your trap, the type of release that resembles a clothespin. Adjust accordingly.
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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #5 on: Dec 22, 2018, 10:15 AM »
To fish or not to fish? That's a stupid question!




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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Rubber band.

I used to nip them with a nail clipper. Super clean and accurate cut.
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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #7 on: Dec 24, 2018, 01:11 PM »
Thanks guys good stuff!

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2018, 01:16 PM »
14" sucker... Cut just the tail fin off and that little nub with go like crazy but generate no force... Creates a helluva struggle
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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #9 on: Dec 24, 2018, 01:57 PM »
14" sucker... Cut just the tail fin off and that little nub with go like crazy but generate no force... Creates a helluva struggle
.        Like I said, do some trimming !!

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #10 on: Dec 24, 2018, 02:08 PM »
Trimming tails only goes so far. Few years back had a 6 -7" chub kept popping the flag. Every time I went out I clipped a little more tail. After 5 -6 trips out for nothing I just cut the whole thing off. Don't know how it did it, still had another false alarm. But only one. The flag after that was a 39" musky.
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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #11 on: Dec 24, 2018, 02:11 PM »
Trimming tails only goes so far. Few years back had a 6 -7" chub kept popping the flag. Every time I went out I clipped a little more tail. After 5 -6 trips out for nothing I just cut the whole thing off. Don't know how it did it, still had another false alarm. But only one. The flag after that was a 39" musky.
.       I also trim some fins, they will swim in a somewhat circle, and really look wounded!

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Re: Large Live bait
« Reply #12 on: Dec 24, 2018, 03:13 PM »
Trimming tails only goes so far. Few years back had a 6 -7" chub kept popping the flag. Every time I went out I clipped a little more tail. After 5 -6 trips out for nothing I just cut the whole thing off. Don't know how it did it, still had another false alarm. But only one. The flag after that was a 39" musky.
Chubs seem to be livelier than suckers... Also super rare to find anymore... Except in the creeks and irrigation ditches... But no baitshops seem to carry em except a stray one or two.... Redtail chub hooked through the meat of the tail was a go to for walleye when i was a kid
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