Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
cribbageboy

Minnesota Fishin' Rig

15 posts in this topic

Me and a buddy of mine have been hittin' the minnesota pretty heavy for the last couple weeks. Although we hadn't normally done a lot of river fishing, we thought we settled on a pretty good rig. We weere useing a 3/4 ounce egg sinker with about a 3-4 foot section of 15 and 20 pound test power pro, capped off with a red or grey circle hooks. Although we seeem to get a variety of fish, we are missing a lot of "should be" hook sets. I guess my question is whether or not we a re using the right rig. Or if you have any tips on how to set the hook. (Harder.....Lighter)??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depends on what you are fishing for?

Try shortening your leader to about 16-24 inches and you don't set the hook with circle hooks. Also with circle hooks you don't want to load it up with bait since that might interfere with the hook being able to penetrate causing you to miss fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey rushing i am using an open faced reel with a st.croix rod that i use for muskies so when i go catfishing is it a good idea to have my drag set all the way down so that if one takes it i hear the drag or what would be the best idea...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well the best idea would be to get a spinning reel with a bait feeder feature. I use a Tica Sportera 4507 but the Okumas are alright too. But if you don't want to do that then you can get away with loosening your drag enough so the fish can take out line. That way only really works while using circle hooks but count on losing alot of fish while messing with the drag.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Perfesser Rushing, I just picked up a Mitchell 7500 Full Runner with the bait runner feature. Have you had any experience with this model? The thing is a beast and I got it for about a third of what they're selling them for on e-bay. I,m filling one spool with 80 pound Tuf Line and I've got it on an 8 foot heavy Ugly Stik. Does that sound like something that would give me a chance with a flathead?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yea i use circle hooks and then for bait i use night crawlers and cut suckers... is that the right bait or should i be using something else.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depends what your fishing for. Generally your going to have more luck on live bait. Bullheads, creek cubs, suckers---and recommended in that order....for flathead...you will catch everything under the sun with crawlers-and generally you get mostly channels on the cutbait.

jk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Hey Perfesser Rushing, I just picked up a Mitchell 7500 Full Runner with the bait runner feature. Have you had any experience with this model? The thing is a beast and I got it for about a third of what they're selling them for on e-bay. I,m filling one spool with 80 pound Tuf Line and I've got it on an 8 foot heavy Ugly Stik. Does that sound like something that would give me a chance with a flathead?


Nope, I havent had any experience with those but I just looked them up and they look like they will do just fine! Sounds like you're all geared up for them flatties! I'm interested in hearing how your reel works out for you. Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

yea i use circle hooks and then for bait i use night crawlers and cut suckers... is that the right bait or should i be using something else.


Like JTK said, Depends what you're after. If you are just after whatever swims then worms is the way to go for sure but if you're after channels cut bait but if you're after flatheads then live bait is what you should be using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fish in jordan off the point just west of the access, i dont know if you have fished there or not but do you think that my chances would be better going after flatheads or channels cause i can only fish from shore... i was there a couple days ago and i was using crawlers and i caught a couple small channels in about an hour with my other buddy and then he caught a shiner and we cut that and used it and we had two runs with those but no fish. he had it hooked and it was good size but it got off.so what im asking basically is what i should fish for (channels or flatheads) and what kind of bait? sorry i ask so much im new at this. i really appreciate your help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

90% of my fishing is from shore. What size circle hooks are you using? You should try a bit bigger hook maybe. I use 8/0 circles. Well if you are having fun doing what you're doing then I say keep on keepin on but if you want to specifically target channels or flatheads, I suggest getting some medium to large size live suckers and use them till they are dead then cut them up and go after channels. It does kinda sound like your gear might be kinda light for flathead fishing though. Not saying it wont work but you'll be kicking yourself if you hook into a nice one and break your line.

Just make sure if you catch a nice flathead you get a picture of it and release it to be caught another day! Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yea well on my spool i have 20lb mono and then for my liters im using 50 lb braided spider line so i mean to me thats heavy duty but the hooks we use are only 2/0 so yea you suggest that we go bigger hooks then. and then do they bite just as good during the day as the night cause im thinking about heading out tomorrow before work. using prolly medium suckers then and then what size egg sinker do you use when your fishing from shore?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your fishin with a buddy why not split it up one live bait one cut?See what happens! Experiment! cool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only time I use egg sinkers is 3oz ones for bobber fishin.

I use 4-5oz bank sinkers for my river fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

alrighty thanks man ill keep you updated on how i do!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Wheres_Walter
      We struggled on walleye on Frazer bay this saturday, so sunday morning I started throwing senkos.  Not quite consecutive casts like Wanderer, but i went all morning catching nothing, then caught these two cousins with 3 min of each other, smallie off the point, then the big mouth around the corner in a shallow bay.  18" smallie, 17" LMB. Good fun.    We did get about a dozen walleye on sunday night after the storms chased 15 boats away from the point we were fishing.  Mostly small, but a couple keepers.  Chartruese Jig and rainbows in about 10-12 FOW.  Couldn't buy a bite with a chub.  
    • monstermoose78
      I have good Jeremy how have you been doing. I need to get out fishing with you soon.
    • Walleye #1
      Stick in the Mud   I do think sometimes that those fish see so many jigs and shiners that something such as a crawler or leech is a great change up and will get bites.  Also with the bug hatches that are happening, those are two great baits.       Leech Lake   Leech Lake Walleyes once again found themselves spread out and in different areas and related to different pieces of Leech Lake structure.  Shiners and Leeches seemed to be the bait of choice for those Leech Lake Walleyes, but plastics are still catching some fish.  Be sure to stop in at Full Stringer Bait and Tackle, Swansons Bait and Tackle, Tutts Bait and Tackle, or Sportland Bait and Tackle for all your bait and tackle needs.     West End The LOA Fishing Guides found much of their success on the West End of Leech Lake.  Focusing in on the flats around West Goose in depths of 7-10ft of water, as well as the wind blown points such as Duck, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail, Pine, and Bowmans.  Sucker Bay also proved to have a good wind driven bite throughout the weekend.   A Jig and Minnow was the best presentation by far, but in most instances instead of jigging it, dragging or swimming it along the bottom seemed to work best, but when the front came in on Sunday the Leech Lake Walleyes were snapping and aggressively jigging was provoking the bite.  When things slowed down, slowing down with a lindy rig and leech put fish in the boat as well.  Green cabbage once again was a key to finding active walleyes and jumbo perch in 5-8ft of water.  Pitching an 1/8th oz KenKatch jig with a shiner caught Leech Lake Jumbos, Walleyes, and pike.  Slip bobbers and leeches/shiners also have put fish in the boat being either fished in the weeds or windblown points.   East End/Main Lake On the Main Lake, the rocks still were producing a great bite as well as some of the East End points such as Battle, Sugar, and Five Mile when the strong Westerly winds were blowing.  Annex, Submarine, Pelican, and North Bar were all producing fish in 10-14ft of water. Lindy Rigs with leeches or shiners seemed to work best, but the biggest fish still seem to want a 1/8th or 1/4oz jig and shiner.  
      Leech Lake Crappie and Bluegill fishing still remains strong.  When the weather warms up for a couple days both species are moving onto their beds and are actively feeding.  Looking to Boy Bay, Millers Bay, Shingobee, and Steamboat for the best action in 3-6 feet of water.  Just remember to use selective harvest as these fish are more vulnerable.  
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Hit Waconia Saturday morning for bass. Caught about 40 largemouth--most from 14 to 17 inches, with a few 17 and 18 inchers--and several nice pike. Fish were in cabbage out from bedding areas, in about 6 to 9 feet of water. Fish were scattered, lying in the weeds looking up for sunfish that are staging in these areas preparing to move in and bed. With this situation, we buzzed spinnerbaits and weedless spoons over and through the tops of the weeds, and the bass aggressively came up on them, as well as some pike. Had one lazy muskie follow as well. Got good footage for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Added footage of a couple smallies from out in the Hutch area Saturday evening. The bass fishing will continue to get better as the water warms, with more big ones, and the sunfish bedding bite is probably only a week or less away. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.    
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Out on Washington Saturday afternoon and evening after hitting Waconia for bass Saturday morning. Caught largemouth, smallmouth, and pike. Added footage of a couple smallies to the largemouth and pike footage from Waconia for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Caught the bass and pike on Washington in four to seven feet of water, out from bedding areas, on spinnerbaits, Rippin' Raps, and Shadow Raps. Up on Mille Lacs this coming weekend for a walleye tournament, then will be back out in the Hutch area the next weekend guiding. We were targeting bass this weekend, but got a tip that walleyes are biting on a couple Hutch area lakes on live bait. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Geez Terry! Now you will be telling me that walleyes are only good muskie bait! Cliff
    • JeremyCampbell
      Nice report Cret Musta been a thrill getting that 9.75 Gill.  
    • JeremyCampbell
      Wow dude lol Sup Moose how you been?
    • guideman
      Vermilion has excellent fishing for both bass species   The east end has the best Smallmouth action and the west end has the best Largemouth action, however you can catch either on both sides of the lake.  For Smallmouth, rocks, docks, points, saddles, reeds, wood and the shoreline rubble are all very productive. Most of the green bass are found in or near the slop and the west end has the best of what they like the most. Spinnerbaits, any color as long as it's white, stick baits, cranks, topwaters, jigs, swim baits and soft plastics all work for Smallies. Jigs, topwaters(Frogs) plastics and a host of other stuff will catch the green bass. Have a great time, the midweek traffic is very minimal.   "Ace"   "It's just fishing man"
    • guideman
      Bla bla bla, all this Walleye talk is boring me to death.   The real opening day is this Saturday when the Muskie opener comes to Minnesota and the Big V.  I'll be out fishing with my son and grandson searching for some real fish.   The weather looks great, my baits are all sharpened and the new line is on all my rigs. Bucktails, Glittertails, spinnerbaits and minnow style cranks will make up most of our arsenal, however we will also be tossing a few topwaters looking for those Big green girls and not even talking about Walleye fishing.   Have a great weekend everybody!   "Ace" "It's just fishing man"