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Offline huntneiowa

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Minnow heads
« on: Dec 18, 2017, 03:49 PM »
I hear all the rage about just using a minnow head. Iíve never tried it but might this year, my question is what do you do with the rest of the minnow? Toss it in the ice hole as kinda like chumming, or just keep them for lunch?

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Re: Minnow heads
« Reply #1 on: Dec 18, 2017, 03:54 PM »
I usually start using them when Iím re-baiting a jigging rod or tip up. Iíll take the dead minnow (or whatís left) and throw it on a spoon or jigging rapala etc. I wonít take a live minnow and pinch the head off though, I think thatís a waste. Never tried the plastics so Iím interested to hear some opinions on them  :tipup:

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Re: Minnow heads
« Reply #2 on: Dec 18, 2017, 04:39 PM »
But do you throw the rest of the minnow down the hole?

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Re: Minnow heads
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2017, 05:35 PM »
I had a similar question a few days ago. I'm broadening my horizons by employing a jig rod to augment my tipups so I'm somewhere on that learning curve.

There was some good discussion on that thread. You can see it here:

My first experience had me using the head, then the tail and lastly the midsection(s) and catching fish on all of them. I do believe that lure action changes somewhat depending on the piece used and the placement/hooking method of said hunk o' meat.

Rather than dismember a live minnow I'd saved and salted a few floaters from the minnow bucket from that morning.

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Re: Minnow heads
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2017, 05:58 PM »
I will use a minnow head on a spoon. Depending on the body of water I'm fishing I may step on the rest of the minnow and put it on a dead stick setup. Crappie seem to love this at times. On one occasion minnows that had been stepped were the only thing Crappie would  bite on.
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Re: Minnow heads
« Reply #5 on: Dec 19, 2017, 05:40 AM »
I use the minnows head but keep the body just in case the fishing get hot and I run low on bait..


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