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Jigging for Pike

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Has anyone had experience using jigging techniques for Northern on Kabby this early in the season? Any feedback on whether to stay shallow e.g. bays and weeds vs. 20-25' flats?

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We fished northern in the bays around Sphunge last week, and found only small northern back there, taking spinnerbaits. No reports of any big fish from weedy shallows. Water temps last week were near 70, so I suspect the bigger fish have long since moved out to the deeper water. They could be tough to find, unless you can spot some baitfish on your locator and drop a bait straight down on them. They could be in 35-55 feet of water by now.

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    • james_walleye
      DLD I'll keep rigging as long is I can keep catching good fish but entering into August I'll start to pull leadcore more.
    • Wanderer
      Ace, honest question here with no intent to debate, just learning more about muskies. What surface temps do you consider to be too warm for handling muskies?
    • DLD24
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    • CigarGuy
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    • BrianF
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    • kelly-p
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    • CigarGuy
      Just got up here. Road construction sucks.....four hour trip took almost 5 hours.  Thanks Del, back end of the boat was out of the water last weekend. Do you guys use zip ties to secure the dock boards, big rocks or ?...…any good ideas?  This was supposed to have been posted last night.  A couple of ratchet straps and I'm golden. Molly the dog is helping me watch my bobber 😀 Two eagles and 5 loons, no fish!!
    • JBMasterAngler
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    • delcecchi
      Saw one up Norwegian bay tonight with like 10 basketball size rocks.   Never had to do anything with my old dock since height was adjustable so got no advice there. Posted 3 pictures to be sure I got the right place.  Bits are (nearly) free
    • CigarGuy
      Just got up here. Road construction sucks.....four hour trip took almost 5 hours.  Thanks Del, back end of the boat was out of the water last weekend. Do you guys use zip ties to secure the dock boards, big rocks or ?...…any good ideas? Just got up here. Road construction sucks.....four hour trip took almost 5 hours.  Thanks Del, back end of the boat was out of the water last weekend. Do you guys use zip ties to secure the dock boards, big rocks or ?...…any good ideas?