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CHUBBY DARTERS

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Where can you find the largest assortment of chubby darters and who makes them ( JB's , Northland, JR's). How many hooks are on them and how do people fish them. They are new to me have never seen one and never fished one and want to try it at LOW over Jan 6-10. Very Good!!

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Salmo makes the Chubby Darter.

They are very similar to a jigging rapala or nilsmaster. Or you could describe them as a vertically jigged Rapala Shad Rap but they are missing the plastic lip on the front of the bait. They essentially look like a large roundish minnow with a treble hook on its belly and a treble at the tail.

I don't have a photo to link to handy, I'm sure someone else will be able to post one though.

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Don't remeber who makes them but i just picked up two tonight at fleet farm!!

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here's a couple in size 4. picked them up at sportsmans warehouse in st. cloud. they had quite a few but not in the ice fishing section. heading to LOW monday. grin.gif

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Now thats service!!!! Thanks for the quick detailed responses. Thats whats great about this forum fast great answers to questions. Do you hook a minnow head on one of the hooks or a whole minnow?? Is perch the prefered color?

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In my opinion they are nothing like Jigging Raps. Jigging raps make a circle and the pattern is pretty close to the same all the time. The darters do just that they dart all over the place and the pattern is erratic. Backwater Eddy talked about them and that is were I first heard of them and I began using them last year up there and they have caught fish for me ever since. Darters and JR crushers are my go to lures for LOW. I use just the minnow head on the bottom treble. I have had great luck this year and last year with Orange&Gold. The new orange luminecense is suppose to be good. I got one of these before last weekend but the Orange & gold worked good enough that I never tried anything different.

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HEY WICKY,, JUST GOT BACK FROM LOTW AND TRIED THE DARTER FOR THE FIRST TIME, I CAUGHT 35 TO 45 FISH IN THREE HOURS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON DURING THE BLIZZARD. I KEPT IT 2 TO 6 INCHES OFF THE BOTTOM, SOMETIMES I WOULD ONLY JIG IT 1 TO 2 INCHES AT A TIME AND OTHER TIMES MAYBE 6 TO 10 INCHES. JUST KEEP EM GUESSING, I BOUGHT MINE AT THE LOG CABIN BAIT ON WHEELERS POINT, THEY WERE 6.49 EA. I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT COMPARES WITH FLEETFARM, I KNOW THINGS ARE A LITTLE HIGHER UP NORTH BUT IT WAS SURE WORTH IT. HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK----P.S. MINE WAS GOLD WITH A RED BACK,NOT SURE OF THE SIZE # BUT IT WAS ABOUT 1.5 INCHES LONG.......

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WICKY.... DIDN'T REALIZE TILL I READ THE OTHER POST THAT I FOR GOT TO MENTION THAT I FISHED THE DARTER WITH A PINCHED OFF FATHEAD ON THE BACK TREABLE--GETTING OLD I GUESS,,,,,,

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Thanks wicky for asking that question.... grin.gif I have never heard of them or knew what they looked like. Hope to pick a couple up before I go up in two weeks. I'm new to the forum and come to the conclusion that this place is great!

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I bought a couple from Cabelas.

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What size would you recommend for LOW?

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I like the 1 5/16 size the most but all the other sizes will work well.

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Picked up a couple of Chubbies at Scheels All Sport in St Cloud yesterday. Salmo as mentioned is the manufacturer and are located in Mpls. We'll find out Monday how they work. From the posts here I would expect pretty darn good. Thanks for all the info guys. Good luck, hang on. Bill smile.gif

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Has anyone seen them at Gander MT????

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Yup, they are in GM. They are made in Poland!

By the way, i'm half Polish, half Finnish!

So Der! shocked.gif

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I bought another one at Scheels for $6.99 a couple of weeks ago & then saw them at Fleet Farm for $5.89. I haven't been to Gander for quite a while.

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Maybe grab a few smaller sized Rat-L-Taps too. Chubbies can and do work great at times but are quite spendy, Traps will work as well and are a bit easier on the wallet.

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I have had the best luck with the CD4 and CD5 sizes. I have a few of the CD6's too, but they seem a little big so I like to stick with the smaller sizes. I like to tip mine with smaller chunks of bait, such as Bio-Bait chunks, waxies, or spikes. I like the Bio-Bait the best though, because it sticks on the trebles the best and still seems to have the natural flavor of live bait. The smaller bait doesn't alter the action of the Darter as much as a minnon head does. Salmo makes real quality fishing lures. I uses their lures for everything from crappies to muskies for open water fishing. A little spendy, but if you search hard enough you can find them on end of the season sales and such.

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