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What livebait as fall progresses?

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As the fall season nears and progresses, what seems to be the productive "meat" for Pokegama 'eyes? I would imagine a minnow bite, and if so, does anyone feel one type of minnow is better than others? Shiners (silver or golden), rainvbows, etc.? Are crawlers still a good option?

Any help is appreciated.

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goldies or crawlers are both a good bet as is trolling in the evening all seem to be working right now

Jason

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Big red tail or creek chubs seem to be well liked. By big I mean 4-7 inches. Smallies, walleyes, largemouth and of course pike seem to love a big chub on a lindy rig. You here a lot about redtails, but I actually perfer creek chubs. They are tougher and really telegraph a strike. I love "feeling" a big fish look at the chub and then.... Anyone have any updates about who's got good chubs in GR?

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Stick, I would second what gkl said, redtails and creek chubs.

These minnows seem to fish themselves, meaning if you can find fish and sit in front of them, you can usually get them to open up. If hooking them lightly thru the upper lip doesn't work, hook them in front of the tail.

Often times these minnows try to burrow into the bottom to avoid being crushed and end up with green moss on the hook, so I will keep my sinker a couple of feet off bottom. I know that Bens bait has some redtails and Freds has creek chubs, you might have to pay extra to pick thru them but its worth it. I think that crawlers are still a good option if you can fight thru the perch, bluegills and rock bass.

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Thanks to all helping out here. I do love fishing with the big minnows in the fall. Heck, if I don't catch anything, I can fillet up what's in the minnow bucket. grin.gif

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