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Hooking a minnow

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Well I learned something new and thought I would share it with you folks.

For years when fishing through the ice I would hook my minnow behing the dorsal fin, and even sometimes further back.............

Well I now hook it in front of the dorsal fin.

I have increased my catch rate by at least 60% by doing this.

Often times the minnow has its tail sticking out of the mouth of a fish, and so with the hook placement further up on the minnow my odds have increased in hooking a fish in the lips or even roof of the mouth.

I know probably everyone and their brother new this before my post here. But at least I know it now.

Just thought I would share my information.

As for Pelican Lake, I have been doing pretty well out there, for Walleyes, I catch quite a few, and some are even keepers, my personal best so far this year was a 22 incher, and considering they have mostly been small I was happy.

My son and I will be out there tonight giving it another try.


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You are right that works very well. Another little thing you can do is when you hook your minnow, angle the hook towards the head. This is just one more little thing you can do to ensure a solid hookset.

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That's a really good point Skipper. Thanks for bringing this up. The thing that sold me on hooking in front of the dorsal fin was watching the position of a baitfish on an Aqua-Vu. When hooked behind the dorsal fin-- and especially as you move toward the tail-- at rest, the minnow will actually hang vertically-- head pointed toward the bottom. Not the most natural position.

Hooking a baitfish as you suggest, on the other hand-- just in front of the dorsal fin-- holds the minnow almost straight horizontal at rest. Again, a much more natural presentation.

So that's how I've been deadstick hooking for several years now-- hook parallel to the minnow's body, point slipped through just forward from the dorsal fin, running toward the head, and exiting just a touch behind the head.

Always watch your baits on an Aqua-Vu-- you won't believe how much you'll learn about those little fine points so vital to "the right" presentation.

-a friend called Toad

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