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pike bait size

1-4 in
5-10 in
11-15 in
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pike bait

Postby fishnut » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:27 am

what do you guys think about size of bait? i'm thinking 2 12 inch suckers.
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Postby Jim111 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:59 pm

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
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Postby alanorses » Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:03 pm

7 inch perch
december fifth 2007 was day one of fishing gotta love early ice//however i am a little obsessed it was 2 inches (in spots)
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Postby carlos the iceman campos » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:00 pm

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
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Postby zillathefishkilla » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:05 pm

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.
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Postby Panfish Hunter » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:01 pm

just use a hot dog :D :D :D :D
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Postby MuskieJim » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:34 pm

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.
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Postby luckyguy1666 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:54 pm

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
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Postby jmwall24 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:17 pm

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.
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