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Title: Time for big pike
Post by: THE BAIT SHOP GUY on October 07, 2017, 04:23:24 PM
Today's conditions are screaming "big pike time!" Overcast, south wind, falling barometer and water temps. I know if I was feeling better, that's what I'd be doing, right now. Find yourself a good weed bed and start trolling some big, musky sized spinners or crankbaits. This is one of the best times of the year for a shot at a 40+ inch slimer!

Speaking of big slimers, my dad put his good friend Max Hurd on this 41 inch pike back in September. His biggest one ever! Got it on a sucker minnow under a slip bobber in the Escanaba harbor. After a few quick pics, it was released.

Nice one, Max!
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: Perch2_Fayette on October 09, 2017, 09:55:49 AM
Wish I were in the U.P. chasing big slimers
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: Inside Bored on October 09, 2017, 10:19:40 PM
Gotta love it when you can catch giants like that right out from the launch!
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: Redrover on October 18, 2017, 08:39:28 AM
What kind of methods are you using?

do you ever run large suckers (12 inches+)?

I remember a fishing show back in the eighties and they were drifting the bay in high winds with a drift sock with large chubs on jigs and they were getting pike that were absolutely huge they probably had 5 big bodied fish as well as a couple nice walleyes
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: THE BAIT SHOP GUY on October 19, 2017, 12:02:08 PM
We've never tried really big suckers, just the basic 4 to 6 inch ones under a slip bobber.

We mostly stick to two main style of lures for trolling - 1 to 2 ounce spinner baits, and large shallow running crankbaits. Northland Bionic Bucktails are one of my favorite spinnerbaits. 7 or 8 inch Grandmas, Jakes, and shallow Depth Raiders are all good cranks.
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: Redrover on October 31, 2017, 03:27:24 PM
Is there a big pike report or all quiet on the western front?
Title: Re: Time for big pike
Post by: Blacklab on October 31, 2017, 08:09:15 PM
I like to catch my big ones through the ice, won't be long now said the monkey......