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MuskyBug85

Muskie Suckers

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Just thought i would let you know with fall approaching fast that if you guys need BIG suckers for the fall Northern Bait will be carring them all fall. how big you ask well last night i took some as long as 18" with me to the 'trap and lost 2 fish boat side. i wasnt running stinger hooks and i got too excited didnt have them hooked very well. didnt see any fish casting and the two lost were in water we had already casted at. its starting to be sucker time boys, not long and the 14" jakes and beleivers get to come out and play. good luck and tight lines boys. i wont be out there playing this weekend due to school starting and goose season beganing so it looks like i am done with Muskies until middle of October. JOnah

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JONAH: i'm glad i could help you out and give you a little info on the muskies you had hooked boat side last nite. the sucker bite doesn't start only in the fall i use them from opener to freeze up and as stated before my dad and me have caught many muskies, his saying is they come a dime a dozen smirk.gif

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how big you ask well last night i took some as long as 18" with me to the 'trap and lost 2 fish boat side.


EIGHTEEN inches!?!?!?!?!?!?! shocked.gif Holy crap... that's the size of the fish that I'm hoping to CATCH!!! crazy.gif (Well, not really... wink.gif)

If not too much trouble Jonah, could you elaborate on the type of rigging you were using? (line-test, bobber/not, leader, hook-size, weight <as if you'd need one>, etc.) Or, would NB be able to set us up when we bought the "minnows"?? <lol>

Curious... for "minnows" that size, what is the DNR rules for "dumping your bucket" afterwards? Lake... or ground?

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like to to drift weed edges with them and i rig them on 1 oz jmac jigs generaly with a stinger hook, but i didnt rember to grab them out of my fall muskie box. i fish them on 65lb power pro. the guys at NB would be able to set you up for sure. and as far as dumping buckets dont leave till there gone. hahahaha. JOnah

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BOBOMAHA:

if you would look back at (muskies in the reeds) i stated about jig and minnow, what size, color and what depth we fish. there is alot of good spots on the lake but when fishing the lake for over 25 years you weed out the bad spots. i can tell you that any submerged islands on the main lake is very good. hope that answered your question and if you have any more let me know

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Well, not staying on Mantrap, so by down-sizing a "little", I should be able to apply the same technique for big northern on 8th Crow Wing...

Wow... 65lb. line! shocked.gif I'm not sure my ANCHOR rope is that big!! grin.gif I've always fished with 10-14lb and even then find myself backing off to less (test) because of the clear water (day-time). But then again, I'm usually fishing for them smarter basses... wink.gif

One last question... when you say "drifting weed edges"... then you've just got the line hanging over the boat, NO BOBBER, NO TROLLING... just "straight-lining" it?

wow...

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Hey Guys,

I've never fished for muskies with sucker minnows how does one set up with one and what spots do you guys look

for when sucker fishing. Also isn't September have a good

topwater bite out there. I'll be up there on tueday how

much do suckers cost.

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Please use circle hooks or quick strike rigs. The "swallow" rigs of the past are deadly to muskies, VERY high fish mortality.

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captainmusky: the jig and minnow combo i use you set the hook as soon as you feel them strike, of all the fish we have caught the hook has never been too deep . i feel this is a better than throwing them big hard bait with all them treble hooks hanging on them.

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captainmusky: the jig and minnow combo i use you set the hook as soon as you feel them strike, of all the fish we have caught the hook has never been too deep . i feel this is a better than throwing them big hard bait with all them treble hooks hanging on them.


I agree, I was referring to the bait rigs that many refer to as swallow rigs since the angler has to let the fish engulf the bait for many minutes (basically allowing them to swallow it) before setting the hook.

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