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Old 10-19-2002, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I love fishing with plastics, but have never used Mini-Mites. Well, with the water cooling down I thought I'd need something that I could fish slowly, and saw a six-pack of the little guys all cute in their little tubes, and thought what the heck? I fished them on an ultralight rig below a small Thill float and had a lot of hits, but couldn't set the hook. Finally I was able to land a fathead-sized largemouth. "Okay," I thought, "small lure, small fish." Then I picked up my spinnerbait rod (I also love those spinnerbaits) and picked up an eleven-incher. True, not a keeper, but it ties the biggest I've ever caught on that spot.

Can anyone offer a suggestion on the Mini-Mites? Is the float method a good one to use? How can I prevent pulling the jig out of their mouths? What else works well in colder water? Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2002, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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what I like to do is take a pare of pliars and twist the hook so it is slightly off-set seems to work well for me!
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Thanks, Salmonfever. I've heard of that one. I'll give it a try next time.
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Old 10-22-2002, 07:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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they also make a larger version of the mini mite I forgot what they call them but they look exactly the same only larger. I haven't had much luck with the larger ones except spring time in lake michigan tipped with a peice of squid for coho and browns and an occasional king. I think the smaller ones work best because of there slow sink rate.I have had a ball with those fishing blue-gill, crapie, and perch.good luck on your nexty outing
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Old 10-22-2002, 08:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The big ones are called big mini mites I think.
Fishing them under a float is one of the best ways to fish a mini mite.
The main attractor as far as I'm concerned is the flared end.
When you move the jig the flared end causes the plastic to flutter a little as it settles.
To keep the plastic on the small jig try a drop of super glue.
I would also give a small Case hellgrammite a try.
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Old 10-22-2002, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Mini mites rock.Try tipping them with crappie minnows...that seems to be a great balance for me.They sink slowly enough to create a good drift if current is slow enough.By keeping a little tension on the line you should be able to keep your presentation right above the bottom.When fishing them under a float tip with a maggot or wax worm.....very effective..fyiHD2
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