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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Steve Foss

Do you tip your laker lures?

Recommended Posts

Steve Foss    0
Steve Foss

Hey all:

Since I started winter laker fishing lo those six years ago, I've been tipping all my jigging lures with a minnow head or a piece of cut cisco.

Most laker takers I know do the same thing.

The theory being, of course, that the little added smell/taste of something fishy makes the fish more likely to bite.

I'm starting to rethink that. My reasoning is that some lures, like the chubby darter I was using today, really get their action ruined by even a small chunk of bait on one of the hooks. Tipping spoons doesn't affect them on the jig, but quite a few spoons don't have as nice a sideways falling flutter with meat attached. Jigging Rap action, as far as I can tell, isn't affected by tipping.

Starting mid season last year I quit tipping some lures whose sweet action was compromised by the meat, and I didn't notice any fewer fish on the untipped lures. The chubby darter I caught my laker on today also was untipped.

I'm interested in whether you all tip all the time, none of the time and part of the time. And why.

I mean, not having to cut up slices of cisco/smelt or bring live minnows for pinched-off minnow heads would simplify things, and the longer I do this, the more interested I am in simplification.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Surface Tension    263
Surface Tension

Steve good topic.

I tip my lures.

What I've seen is when a Laker comes in hard and fast they could care less if that lure is tipped. In fact I've played cat & mouse on lakers working them off the bottom and eventually just under the ice. To my horror I watched as half a minnow fell off when a laker came in and swatted. I continued the action anyway and the laker returned a did the smack down on the bare jig.

There are those times when a Laker comes in slow, takes a couple passes though and then takes the lure. I've convinced myself the tipped lure made the difference there.

A lot of laker fishing boils down to being confident on what your using and that persistence will prevail. A half a minnow sure helps me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Capt.Blaine    0
Capt.Blaine

If you put a real skinny and small peice of smelt on the tail of a Chubby Darter it gives it a little more flash. Granted yes it wont wiggle as hard but there is more to wiggle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lisa Almquist    0
Lisa Almquist

Capt., Does that mean it's a more desirable presentation cause it's got more junk in its trunk? Sorry! Couldn't resist! \:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Capt.Blaine    0
Capt.Blaine

I knew some one was going to go there! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ripstick    7
ripstick

Duhhhhhh. Mack truck could have drove in that one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JustinG    0
JustinG

I never tip lures or jigs with anything. Either those trout will fly up and smack it hard, or, I will raise them up into my sight and play some fun games with the finicky ones until I see them take a little nibble at it-then Whammo!! I set the hook!!

Justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Big Country    50
Big Country

I always tip them. Not only that, but I like a little added scent when fishing trout or salmon. I've experimented on Superior with scented versus non-scented and have seen a more positive result with the scented. BC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander    72
Northlander

BC what scents are ya using? I find the bass scents seem to be better than the trout or walleye scents. What have you found?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Big Country    50
Big Country

Northlander, WD-40 was a favorite of mine waaaay back when. I now use a specific Trout & Salmon scent. Seems to make a difference for me. I like to clean all my lures before hand and also use the non scented biodegradable soap on my hands while trolling in the boat. All in all I believe masking the human smells makes the difference. On Lake Superior I seem to always have gas, oil, grease on my hands before the ride out. Using the soap and then scents has worked well for me. I am in the begining phases of trying said tactics for winter fishing. Stay tuned! BC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jim Almquist    93
Jim Almquist

BC you sound a lot like me when it comes to the scent thing. I always pinch my minnow heads off for jigging so that is the scent I have on my hands. I like to handle a couple of fish and get there scent on my hands and I always have some bio soap with in the tackle box winter and summer. A little secret sauce too grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lisa Almquist    0
Lisa Almquist

 Quote:
I now use a specific Trout & Salmon scent.

Wouldn't want to shoot me an email would you BC? ;\)

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • Wanderer
      Leeches are somewhat seasonal and not as prevalent later in the open water season (now).  It's the nature of the bait. Vados would be my first call between the Cities and Mille Lacs but you could always try calling a few shops on the southern side of the lake.
    • delcecchi
      Back in the old days..... before I retired and we used to come up labor day, I used to fish steep breaks into deep water.  My favorite spot was the north/west tip of Schmidts Island.   There is a little flat than breaks into like 40 feet out in front, more or less, of the dock that goes with the little chalet style cabin.   There are probably other spots along that headolakes shore of the island that are good, so check it out with modern electronics.   I don't know if that area is still working or not.   Jigging raps might work there.  I used a rig with a pretty heavy sinker so I could tip toe over the rocks up and down the break.   Caught what was my PB walleye for a long time on that spot.   Neighbor got a 30 incher somewhere along there.  This is all historical, so maybe not much help anymore.  BTW I typically fished there in the evening.   Never really tried it during the day. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      Jeez no. I can barely remember the netting discussion, let alone which side that I was arguing! Yup, you can see us cruising past quite often probably intent on satisfying the little one's quest for some ice cream at Moosebirds. She loves Sue and Ron. I'll definitely wave or stop by if I see you. I'll be up the next two weekends.
    • Wakemup
      How do you guys like to fish the west end as we transition into September and early fall? My next planned time at the cabin will be Labor day, I'm sure it'll be plenty busy on the lake but hoping to find a few quiet spots in the mornings and evenings to do some walleye fishing.
    • leech~~
      Plus+1  The size seems to drop off late in the year. Last year bait shops I went to were selling Large as Jumbos and small as large!
    • RuddyDuck
      Reminder, meeting tonight at 7:00pm in Annandale and written comment period runs til August 28th. The email addresses for comment are on pages 18-19. Comment now or the days of fishing your favorite lake anytime you want, will be over! I’m sure this is coming to a county near you if this goes thru out here.
    • gimruis
      Not uncommon at all for this time of year.  I used to try and find some regularly around Labor Day and always ran into problems.  I think its just the nature of the bait business.
    • BringAnExtension
      Does anyone know where I can get some jumbo leeches between the Twin Cities and Mille Lacs?  I would even settle for large.  There seems to be a shortage of supply. Thanks!
    • proguide
      Our prayers were answered from the south with some river flow. For now the river is back to easier and safer boating so we can get around.
        The catfishing has held steady, same as the past two weeks. The fish have moved to the shallow off current sides of the river since the nights have recently become cooler.  Sits have become longer to 25-35 minutes per spot to allow the fish to find the bait.  Mid-Day don't be afraid to find some current or move back to the middle to see if the fish have moved out to feed.
        Bait has been frozen suckers and frogs.  All other baits just don't seem to have the same effectiveness.
        We are entering into some transitions to fall and things will be changing over the next week or two.  The new flow should get the fish moving a bit more and that fall feed should ramp up over the next couple weeks.
    • PRO-V
      Also check for water in the fuel filter. At higher rpms water droplets travel to carbs and causes poor combustion. Happened to me some years ago. Had to drain water out of tank.