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    Default Cant find minnows? Try this

    I constantly fight to get minnows when I need them. I like to be on the water just before sunrise but no bait shops around here are open that early and I dont want to pack them around the day before. I got these to try out. Powerbait minnows. I had 2 other guys in the boat with me. They were throwing real minnows and I was using these of course with the slabsauce. Threw em on a bobber like I would a regular minnow and worked just as well. I was catching crappie just as they were, if not more because I didnt have to rebait. I hooked it in the middle of the back so it sat horizontal like a minnow would. Great thing, they blew through 4 dozen minnows by the time we were done, I was still using the same plastic minnow I started with. I used 1 of these baits all day. I dont think Ill ever worry about getting live minnows anymore. And I dont remember what I had paid for them, but I bet it was less than a couple dozen minnows. They come 18 to a pack. Has anyone else tried these? We were out on patoka lake over the weekend.

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    Sounds like they work well.

    I had a 14 foot astroglass years ago. Had an Evinrude 150 with a 90 hp cowl on it. They boat would fly.
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    I've tried them. They definitely work. My brother swears by them. He calls them black beauties. I prefer them to live minnows since you don't have to spend so much time rebaiting. They last longer than gulp minnows, which also work well and they're cheaper.

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    I have picked these up many times only to lay them back down without buying them... Now I think I will give them a try and see what happens!
    Rick

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    It's the things like this, that you learn after you know it all, that are really important!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
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    While ive had these for more than a year, i hadnt tried them till i read this post.
    I used a #8 hook and rigged it like i would a jig with a split shot about 6” up the line.
    I trolled it very slow along the weed edges and had 3 solid hits within about 5 minits.
    None of them stayed on, so i switched to a 1/32 oz jig, keeping the split shot also.
    I then landed 4 in the next 15 minits or so, again moving very slow along the weed edges.
    But the next hour or so at a different area only produced 1 more.
    Definatly worth trying them for sure , and i will try them in deeper water as you described.

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    I use them pretty often. I like these more than gulp because they dont dry up on your hook! I like to rig them on a really light jig head (1/64 usually) and put that under my normal bobber or slip bobber setup. The jig head helps keep them straight like a live minnow also. The trick is finding a light jig with a big enough hook, I've had to have them custom made before but another trick is to cut the collar off a barbed-collar 1/32 jig with some side cutters. This leaves about a 1/64-1/48 jig and that works well.


    Do they work as good as real minnows? For me 9 out of 10 times yeah, but like all plastics when the crappies arent in a feeding mood I have had my butt whipped by real minnows. And sometimes its the opposite, sometimes when they are negative they will eat plastics and not live minnows.

    The 2 inchers are $5 for 18 around me, but often you find them in the bargain bins at $3 because they are more expensive than most other crappie baits on the shelf and they dont sell well. I've had to have local shops order them for me, and had to buy 4 packs up front because they claim they cant sell them if they stock.

    The black shad, smelt, and pearl white are my best colors. Ironically my best gulp minnow color is the chartreuse shad, powerbait has the exact same color but they dont seem to hit it well for me.

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