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Old 12-07-2009, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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which kind of bait do you prefer for pulling through the ice?
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on the day and what species.
Some days all it takes is plastic and other days they want a little meat added.
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Plastics, I quit using live bait four years ago and I won't go back!
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Plastics, I quit using live bait four years ago and I won't go back!
True but it seems to me one time on Pistakee you were somewhat impressed by how I was doing.
Ed just proving that you don't have to be in the panfish mafia to catch fish.
Although you did make one H%LL of a sub-sandwich for me!! :P
I can catch fish and have fun but yowzaa, I still remember that good eatin' on the ice!
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Which ever is catching them best. Can't see wasting time putting meat on a hook when it's not needed. Can't see going fishless or giving up bites when they want some meat. Easy to go with plastic anytime. Hard to go with bait if you don't have it. Most important is to ENJOY how you choose to fish and not put down those who fish differently from you.
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I've caught fish on both. But I always have some waxies, minnows, and roaches along. If the bite is hot, I'll try just plastics. But more often than not, I'm using the live bait too.

I've got an aerated cooler in the garage stocked with minnows and roaches. When it gets really cold out, I add a fish tank heater to the cooler, (at the lowest temp. setting), to keep the water from freezing. I also buy the big tub of waxies, and spikes, and keep them in the dorm refrigerator. This way I can just head out to the ice without having to stop for bait.

I fill an old Altoids tin with the grubs and rubber-band a chemical hand warmer to it. It keeps the bait nice and lively on the ice.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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How about whatever works Bring on the ice
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I can't be bothered to lug minnows around, but i frequently have spikes with me if I remember to get them. In some situations, Wigglers are unbeatable. I guess I am usually 80% plastics/20% bait (usually tip plastics)
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plastic are the way to go and I would never tip plastics with live bait
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