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yes-use it frequently 17 40.48%
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no-i feel its unfair 2 4.76%
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how do yall feel about live bait use?
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would rather feed them than fool them.
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good point. live bait is a big topic with musky so i wanted to hear some opinions
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'll use it for everything we're going to keep and eat. Trout, crappie, walleye and panfish specifically. As a bass guy getting them to eat a fake is half the fun. Plus I don't want to risk a gut hook, which are more common with bait than artificials.
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it can be very rewarding and very frustrating at the same time.
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I do see a problem with live bait for some species that is intended to be released. Musky & brown trout are just some that you just have to let them take it all the way down to hook them so I don't. They pick it up but the hook is not where it will catch untill swallowed. The other porblem with musky is most fishermen don't know how to handle them & don't have tools to remove the deep hook.
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nothin like a live shad squirmin on the hook bout the time a bign inhales it and a gallon er two a water , then u know what time it is Set The Hook !
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An extremely wise striper fisherman once told me...You have to love catching quality bait just as much as catching stripers. Without the first thing, the second thing will not happen. I took his advice and now practice throwing my cast net until my arm is sore.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I love using live bait for anything such as crappie, bluegill, catfish, etc. If me and JoeP are bass fishing I will always use artificial. I have recently found a couple of crankbaits that will catch more bluegill than even worms or crickets. Any rodeo or tournament situation, obviously, it' artificials. If we are just fun fishing and the bass are not biting fakies then I will resort to nightcrawlers, always take a cup with me. Caught my biggest SM on a night crawler. I like minnows but can't always find them easily. I have never thrown a cast net for my own shad but I have picked up a dead one or two floating and used them. This year when the cicadas were in full force I caught a bunch of those and had great luck with them. In the fall the grasshoppers are huge and bluegill will eat those up.
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Live bait for Striper and Bass in the fall.
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