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I was wondering what you guys are using for a your top three lure presentations. The only one I've really had much luck on is a Spoon tipped with a minnow head.

I just picked up the 2002 Ice Fishing Guide and I'll let you know how they work for me on Tuesday.

Thanks,
Jess

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The Varmint spoon is always a good one. My favorite for a set-line is a red Gamakatsu hook with a blue bead above it. Always seems to catch the eyes. Gem-N-Eyes can also be very good. Let me know if you find any Hot new lures. Good Luck

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IM A FAN OF BIG BAITS, LOVE THE 1/2 - 5/8 OZ. PIMPLE STYLE BAITS, SLAMMERS, KASTMASTERS,BUCKSHOTS ETC. WHEN THE PERCH ARE GOING THE'RE TOUGH TO BEAT, THEY ADD ALOT OF FLASH AND GET DOWN THE HOLE FAST. ALTHOUGH YOU MUST MATCH YOUR RODS AND LINE TO ACCOMODATE THE BIGGER BAITS, TOO LIGHT OF A ROD AND THE BIG BAITS WILL JUST FEEL LIKE MUSH MAKING IT HARD TO DETECT LIGHT AND LIFT BITES. GOOD LUCK BOYS AND KEEP POSTING UP

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Thanks for the info! I've printed this out and I'll let you know how things turn out.

Thanks,
Jess

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Walleye:
1)Buckshot Rattle Spoons tipped with a fathead minnow
2)Flutter Spoons tipped with a fathead minnow
3)Swimming Rapala tipped with a minnow head

Perch:
1)One-inch glow spoon tipped with maggots
2)Glow Demon tipped with maggots or a crappie minnow
3)Spoon with a 4-inch piece of mono tied to the end. Put a horizontal jig on the end of the 4-inch mono and tip with maggots.

Good Fishing, Matt.

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