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trollingguy

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Good morning guys:

I had been using minnow heads on swedish pimples. The results have been mixed. Has anyone else been having better luck using other set-ups?

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john.wells

What are you targeting? If you are going for walleye and sauger, keep doing the minnow head thing. Sometimes you need to work it real slow and keep it tight to the bottom, often just holding it steady an inch or so off of the bottom will trigger a strike. Just kind of "pop" the lure up and down 6" to a foot a few times and let it settle and hover with a little quivering action. If you are after crappies, the same set up will work as well, but use your locator (if you have one) to determine the mood and depth of the fish. Also, maybe try a jigging rap instead of a pimple (both have their days out there) rigged with a head. Keep in mind that the fish out there seem to really be on or REALLY off!

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Thanks for the reply JW. With the swedish pimple set-up i have been getting crappie and walleye. With a gold colored buckshot jigging spoon i have picked up some nice sauger in the 16.5" to 17.5" range. The bite has slowed down since the snow around Christmas however.

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