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pike bait

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:27 am
by fishnut
what do you guys think about size of bait? i'm thinking 2 12 inch suckers.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:59 pm
by Jim111
I've taken three pound pike on 14-inch bait before and 25-pounders on three-inch shiners. If a fish is near a bait and it's hungry, it'll hit, despite the size. So in general, I don't feel you need absolutely HUGE bait to catch big fish. Just my opinion... -Jim

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:03 pm
by alanorses
7 inch perch

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:00 pm
by carlos the iceman campos
i use whatever they natural feed on so usually a small gill but if i get a perch i instantly change the baits out
i rarely use shiners cause its free to us a small gill or perch and i have found they hit the gills the same as shiners and hit the perch a lot more than anything else

PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:05 pm
by zillathefishkilla
Im not 100% sure or not, and i would have to consult the fishing rule book, but i believe it is illegal to use perch as bait. I believe it is legal to use gills as long as you dont cut the spine fin off.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:01 pm
by Panfish Hunter
just use a hot dog :D :D :D :D

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:34 pm
by MuskieJim
A recent In-Fisherman article researched the preferred prey size for both muskies and pike. I use huge baits all the time, but even I was surprised at the results. They found that esox usually prefer prey that is 1/4 their size or a little larger. 48" pike are horsing down 12" prey all day long.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:54 pm
by luckyguy1666
whats ur fav way to hook then? im guessing through the back? i have never targeted pike in particular but i would love to give it a try

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:17 pm
by jmwall24
I prefer shiners 6" or a lil bigger, but I'm with Jim, they don't have to be huge to catch big fish. My biggest pike this year (nothing huge, just 31") was caught on a dinky 2-3" shiner. I also caught a 12" pike on a 6" shiner, the flag went off 8 times before he was finally able to get the minnow in his mouth past the hook. Obviously a bigger minnow is more easily seen, but if the fish is hungry and sees it, it will eat it. This time of year, late in the season, the minnows from the bait shops seem to get smaller and smaller, but I usually catch the most fish, and the biggest, at the end of Feb and early March. If the fish are active, it won't matter a whole lot.