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markkstanley

Tested some Gulp Alive - the 1" fish fry and minnows

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markkstanley

Headed out on Tonka in Phelps area to a spot I knew would produce from past years. Not a big fish spot by any means but I wanted to try out some Gulp Alive. Set up in 22 ft and sent down a Ratso caught 3 crappies quickly. Changed out the plastic for the Gulp fish fry - kept catching fish. Did notice a difference though. The crappies would just totally inhale the Gulp and hold on a lot longer. Could not catch a crappie deadsticking the Ratso but could with the Gulp fish fry. That test over switched over to the Gulp 1" minnow versus a deadsticked actual minnow both on teardrop jigs. Thought that would be fair test as real minnows wriggle and I could replicate that somewhat jigging the Gulp. Result: Gulp and the real thing were pretty much even. Took the Gulp out hole hopping and did well. Guess the trade off here is that Gulp smell on your hands versus getting wet dipping in the minnow bucket. Gulp did hold up for a few fish more than a minnow would too. This small sized minnow also produced a couple of nice gills.

Ended up catching somewhere around 30 crappies in the 6" to 7" size with few 9". Ice measured 14" where I was. Fun night.

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redneckiceman18

really mark i never had that much luck with gulp vs. the live minnow ill have to look into it more how bout the gulp maggots

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Supercrew

Gulp Rocks...

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thehawk

I dont have as indepth report as mark, but I have used the gulp maggots and done very well. they do hold up for multiple fish and that is a plus.

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Urban

Just limited out on the Gulp Alive Minnow heads the other day... on one minnow head that I put back in the jar! They will last awhile.

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Moonie

Thanks guys. I am heading to Gander this afternoon and was debating on buying these. I've used Gulp with success texas rigging in the summer. Good to have reinforcement for spending the bucks on the stuff for this winter! I'll definately buy the minnow heads and am looking for something similar to those shrimpos.

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ryan fritz

i keep looking for the 1 inch minnows and grubs but cant

find them at gander. do they have them somewhere other than

the gulp displays

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takeakidfishing

I have been using the pink gulp minnow fry for the last month on a ratso glow white head and it is awesome!! The pink is really hard to find. Keep it moving and shakin and it really produces even on lethargic crappies.

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markkstanley

I found my jars at the Eden Prairie store. Didn't see the minnow heads there. Looks like I need to give them a whirl. Think they'd be a dynamite combo with CJS Slender spoons.

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EBass

Cool report Mark, now what about dem eyes? Tonka boy and I are heading out on Sunday.

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Moonie

I found my jars at the Eden Prairie store. Didn't see the minnow heads there. Looks like I need to give them a whirl. Think they'd be a dynamite combo with CJS Slender spoons.

Selection was not good in EP last night. Went to Maple Grove this afternoon. Much larger selection in two locations. On a rack and near the ground under the pegs of ice lures towards the back of the store. Picked up some 1" minnows, glow fish fry and minnow heads. Will put them to the test this weekend.

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markkstanley

I get my fill of walleye fishing between Pool 4 and fall trolling on Tonka. Haven't ice fished for them in a few years. All about pannies and pike through the ice for me and not much piking of late either.

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goblueM

i just got some chartruese fish fry and boy those outfished live minnows about 5-1. I haven't liked much gulp for open water but the micro stuff for ice fishing is awesome

like mark said i don't really care for the smell though. Caught about 50 crappies and gills yesterday, nothing big but fun action!

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awkwardjim

lol talk about smell. i left a jar of the gulp leeches in the back of my black suv this summer. for a couple months . and the juice all leaked out of the container... nasty. i havent bought any since... does that stuff freeze if left out in the cold???

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skee0025

Just limited out on the Gulp Alive Minnow heads the other day... on one minnow head that I put back in the jar! They will last awhile.

which minnow head were you using?

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dudewheresmyboat

vados has a good assortment

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Moonie

Tested them this weekend on a small lake N of Mille Lacs. 1" minnows, heads and fry all produced quite a few crappies. My verdict is still out on if they outperform live bait, but it's nice not having to constantly re-bait your hook. also, I need to find a different container to put them in as a couple jars seem to leak a little (and yes the lids are on correctly). Used needle nose pliers to get the baits out of the jars to avoid dunking my fingers in that stinky stuff.

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fisherman-andy

Joes Sporting Goods and Mills Fleet Farm had a good supply. I bought 3 colors. Luma Glow (white), Natural (pink), & Chartreuse combo onto a glow jig head such as a Ratso or Slug Bug. Very deadly on the Crappies.

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