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Old 01-07-2009, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when you guys are targeting perch and using minnows, do you normally use jig heads, plain hook and splitshot, or something. secondly do you hook the bait through the lip or behind the dorsal?



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I like to use jigs that hang horizontal on the line...by this i mean a jig like a Genz worm. And i hook the minnow through the lips...through the bottom and out through the snout.
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I like hooking the minnow through the tail (learned it from Beer, Bait & Ammo) The minnow really stays active longer and seems to get more attention the any other way. I also use a jig like a genz bug or rat finkie.
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I always have a plain hook & splitshot rigged up on one rod. I hook the minnow behind the dorsal as well. If the fish are biting agressively I place the shot about 12-16" above the hook. If the fish are still around and not biting as well, I move the shot down to about 5-6" from the hook to limit the movement of the minnow. If the fish are in a negative mode I prefer a ratfinkee but I still hook the minnow behind the dorsal. This keeps the minnow more static but puts out alot of vibration as the minnow struggles to "swim off" the hook. When fishing very small minnows I really like the Owner Mosquito hooks in size 8 or 10 & Gamakatsu walleye wide gaps for bigger minnows.
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I like hooking the minnow through the tail (learned it from Beer, Bait & Ammo) The minnow really stays active longer and seems to get more attention the any other way. I also use a jig like a genz bug or rat finkie.
Ditto on that. I like smaller jigs that the minnow can struggle against.
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I used to do the tail but changed to the lips. I find it results in more hook-ups. The fish take the minnow in head-first. I use either a plain light-wire hook and splitshot or a small fatboy.
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I used to do the tail but changed to the lips. I find it results in more hook-ups. The fish take the minnow in head-first. I use either a plain light-wire hook and splitshot or a small fatboy.
I'll do that set up too especially in the summer under a slip bobber.
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I usually tie a light gauge hook about 6" below a small spoon. Hook a small minnow through the eyes (never gets off and if you do it well says active for a long time). This way the activity of the minnow below the spoon helps draw attention, but you have to use a lightweight spoon.
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