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Old 03-09-2019, 09:50 AM
Honkerslayer Honkerslayer is offline
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Default Favorite Pike lures

We always go in early June when the big girls are still shallow and I love casting for pike. Wondering what everyone’s go to lure for big pike is. I’ve probably caught more 40”+ on f18 rapala in fire tiger than anything else, but I’ve been doing well on big paddle tail swim baits too. 5”-6” like the storm 360 and others. Spoons are ok but seem to catch more small fish.
What’s your favorite??
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:06 AM
lionfan19 lionfan19 is offline
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Honkerslayer, how dare you say that about spoons!!!!!!!! In my younger days I loved to throw those big rapalas and work them with a body twisting jerking motion back to the boat. Fish would hit them on the pause and I remember feeling a heavy weight on the line when I went for the next jerk. The only thing I did not like about those floating minnow baits was when you get those pike that follow it to the boat and I would find myself dead in the water where with a spoon I could toss the bait back at em or let it fall if needed. Sometimes I wonder if its more about having confidence in a certain bait. I get to thinking, hey I have caught fish on this before so I know it works so I am gonna keep throwing it.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:21 AM
MikeinMN MikeinMN is offline
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You may be right about some smaller fish on spoons, but a Doctor Spoon is still one of my favorites. I prefer a Rapala Husky Jerk to an Original Floater, and wish Rapala would make a size 18 Husky Jerk. I also like a big spinnerbait for pike. I have a few baits that were made by an old Eagle Lake guide called Foxfire spinnerbaits that are great baits, they're kinda like a Joe Bucher Slopmaster.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:21 AM
Honkerslayer Honkerslayer is offline
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I don’t mind fishing spoons at all and I do, but it seems I get fewer of the big ones. That’s just me though! Tight lines!!!
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:22 AM
DanL DanL is offline
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For big pike my favorite lure is a double Showgirl. It is also hard to beat a 7" or 9" Suick.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:42 AM
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1 1/8 oz JSM, tipped with a power grub, knows how to swim though dead reeds.

I've had success fishing Suicks, slowly, even allowing them to sit for a minute or so before twitching or jerking. Post spawn pike sometimes need to be tricked into eating. A slight breeze gives them all the action needed. Got the idea from dead bait fishermen talking about big pike hitting their bobber. Hard to figure why guys continue to fish dead bait when pike want to eat their bobber.

I'd rather fish than watch a bobber.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:49 AM
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Zara spook in shallow 2 feet of water SO FUN
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:52 PM
kona77 kona77 is offline
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I second the comment from Golden Eagle about Johnson Silver Minnows tipped with any kind of white plastic.. Caught 4 fish over 38" last year on a perch colored DR Spoon so that was my favorite pike lure last year. We have had a lot of luck with DR Spoons over the years. As someone mentioned earlier your best lure is what you end up using the most. We have started throwing some of the bigger swim baits but spoons still out produced them the last two years..

Actually my favorite BIG PIKE bait is a 3'-4' floating worm harness.. Have caught my two largest Northern's on them when fishing for walleye's
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:20 AM
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#1 all time lure for putting big pike in the boat - 6" grandma bait/perch pattern. #2 - black Bucher buck tail with chrome blade. #3 Rat-L-Trap/Blue Chrome - 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:18 AM
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Default Dr. Spoons

Another vote for Dr. Spoons and Johnson Silver Minnows. We had some great success last June with catching a number of 40+" pike on both weedless and standard spoon types. The sizes were 1 3/16 oz and 4 1/2" long in both versions. I believe the JSM were 1 1/8 oz.

I did add 5" fat curly tail grubs with a skirt to the weedless spoons and changed the treble out to a 5/0 siwash hook on standard Big Doctor P285 models for easy hook removal.

The firetiger pattern was on fire. The beat up spoon was after just one week of fishing on the trip. The hammered nickel pattern produced my personal best pike of 45". That spoon has officially been retired and replaced

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