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Brandon Klatt

So I don't usually fish for pike often with tip ups and I'm just wondering if dead suckers work well? All of mine died literally after 1 day and it seems a shame just to toss them away, especially when they cost $6.50/dozen

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monstermoose78

They work

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Wanderer

I’ve saved dead/dying suckers before.  Pull them as soon as you can and freeze em.  I’ve sprinkled them with salt before bagging and freezing.  Fish them on the bottom.

There was a time I targeted big pike with big minnows and would actually kill a minnow before sinking it to the bottom with one of my lines.

As with everything, it’ll work better some places at some times, not as much as a live minnow other times.  Later season when pike cruise just below the ice scooping up the dead loss of the winter, suspending your dead sucker a foot below the ice can be your big fish ticket.

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AlwaysFishing23

I’ve had the same issue with keeping them alive. Dead bait works way way better than live bait anyway. Defiently going to give that a try wanderer!

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Cliff Wagenbach

They work. And as stated, sometimes better then live suckers!

Cliff

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Brandon Klatt

Thanks for the replies guys. Usually target panfish and eyes so actually going for pike is kinda a whole new world to me. lol

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PRO-V

I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.

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Wanderer
1 hour ago, PRO-V said:

I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.

I prefer ciscoes too.  I just don’t always have access to them.  They leave a better scent trail.  That’s part of the reason for a little kick of salt on the frozen suckers.  Anise could help too.

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PRO-V

Gulp spray seems to help also.

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