Fishing for Walleye, Trout, Pike, Bass, Stripers,
Salmon and Whitefish with Bay de Noc Lures
with bait on a Swedish Pimple while still fishing, vertical
jigging, slow drifting or ice fishing for lake trout, pike
walleyes, salmon, bass, whitefish or stripers is very effective.
For lakers, use our Swedish Pimple #9 - 1 5/8 oz. # 8 - 1
oz. Or #7- ¾ oz. Weight in relation to water depth. Use wire
line in really deep waters, Dacron line for less stretch in
moderate depth and monofilament for shallow water (30 feet
split ring on the front of the lure and tie the lure directly
to your line or leader with the improved clinch knot of at
least 5 turns. If the fish are sluggish and hitting slow,
prepare to cut bait of sucker flesh, smelt or herring as follows:
Scale the piece but leave the skin on. For treble hooks, cut
a piece 1 ½ inches wide, 2 inches long. ¼ or 3/8 inches thick,
tapered to 1/8 inch. Slice the bait each ½ inch from the thick
top. Hook it on the treble hook 3/8 of an inch in, on all
3 barbs. This will pulse as you bob it. It's great on suspended
game fish. Let the lure and line run down freely, as fast
the lure will angle run out 20 feet or so by the time it reaches
bottom. Take in 5 feet of line fast and let the lure work
back to directly beneath you. Wait to bit to take the followers!
None? Let the line out to find true bottom. Take up the slack
an extra foot. Mark the line at the guide for the next run.
Start your jig routine of bob, wait, shimmer, wait and bob.
laker hit, strike at once. They usually don't toy. If you
miss, continue to jig slowly. Lakers often slash at a bait
and come back for it again. On any retrieve of line to check
the bait, use the same routine on the way up in case of a
stray. Rebait with a fresh cut for taste and odor, repeat
the free run. In some areas a white or yellow strike zone
flipper instead of red may work better.
a rule, the favorite finishes in order are Nickel, White Pearl,
Gold, FYN, FON, PFO, PFY, NB and Prism colors of ZY, ZR, ZB,
ZG CH, GLO, LV. For most trout salmon and whitefish. Some
specialists also make up a rig of a 3 inch dropper of mono,
a single 2/0 hook on the end and one at 2 inches. The dropper
is tied to the split ring treble hook removed and the single
hooks buried in the cut bait slash.
keep the dropper shorter than the lure body to prevent fouling
when jigging for lake trout and salmon. This same rig, but
with a #6 or #8 single hook and tiny bait is a favorite smelt
bait on Lake Champlain. This also works well on most pan fish.
whitefish specialists use this dropper rig with a #6 treble
hook and yarn fly. They also often add a treble hook to the
top split ring, small flippers and beads on each barb to take
their limit daily. Warm all beads to soften them. In fishing
for whitefish, set the hook firmly, but without a jerk.
them carefully as they have soft mouths. A gaff hook is the
surest way to get them out on the ice. Try any rig or variation
you like but always use the jig routine of fast run, wait,
bob, wait shimmer and repeat the bob, wait and shimmer. If
the lure fouls the line, reduce the lift and twitch as currents
may cause extra action.
7N, 8N and 9N are, unhappily, a secret lure for blues, bonita,
stripers, kings, cobia and rock fish.
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