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Meat rigs/cutbait:What's your take? (Discussion)

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Thanks Tim and thanks also for the idea :)  Les

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We messed around with meat rigs a few times during August this year on lake O. It was deadly for a day, then not so much. After reading this thread, I have picked up some things we did right and wrong. I thank you all very much. Now... One thing we did was use a "standard" 36" leader behind an 11" flasher. I know everyone says try everything, but can we get some recommendations on what leader lengths work? Any more info on this would be much appreciated.

Barndog

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Barndog,

 

for a multi species spread during the spring and early summer leaders of 48" - 60" particularly with teasers/twinkies.  Late summer/fall for staging kings, I like them clean (no teasers) on a 72" leader,  and troll slow(1.7-2.0 at ball)

 

Tim

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And there you have it.....the secret to success...seasonal adjustments in both speed and distance and "to tease or not to tease". Thanks Tim. Great info as always. Les

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Forgive my ignorance but what is a teaser

look back at earlier posts in this thread, I have a couple examples posted in post #31 back on page 2.

 

Tim

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Perfect! Thanks Tim. I thought we were a bit shorter than we needed to be.

 

Great thread Les.

 

Randy

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learned a bunch reading this thread, keep it up.

 

just started using meat 2 years ago, twinkie style rig, familiar bite "fillets", smelly stuff but the kings inhale em'...

 

The only bad side, my flies don't see the water much lately, wonder sometimes if thats a bad thing...

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Not often, the only time I've lost any was when the toothpick pinning it into the head got ripped out.  One of the rockets in one of my pics earlier in this thread has close to a dozen fish on it and is still good as new.

 

Tim

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Tim,

Do your order direct from them or is there a better source?  $13 shipping seems steep for a few of them things.

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Another option that I've used is to take a rubber bass bait, like a fluke, and stick a straightened paper clip through the length of the body to allow you to bend it.  A lot less expensive and it works.  Apply scent as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim,

Do your order direct from them or is there a better source?  $13 shipping seems steep for a few of them things.

 

Yes, I know the shipping is a little expensive, coming from Canada.  From what I understand, Mike is pretty much a one man show working out of his house.  I've never placed an order where he didn't throw in a couple free ones, so that kind of offsets the shipping costs a little.

 

Tim

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some really great info I'm looking forward to trying bait  this year. One question can you run bait with other rigs like spoons or should you keep everything in bait? I have 3 down riggers, boards and so forth.

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I am gonna also run a meat rig this year and use smelly jelly on all my baits

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Sticking with the cutbait theme, Isee that there are many choices for "Meatheads" for herring strips. What are some favorites and why? Any info or opinionswould be appreciated. Thanks.

Randy

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Barndog I've been using cut bait for over thirty years and it's always my first rod and deepest rod down. As said before Rhys Davis was the best cut bait on the market. I've been Pro Staff for Hot Spot for about the same time and I run my cut bait with their "Rollerbaiter" about five feet behind an 11" Flasher, usually a Hot Spot Bullfrog or White Lightning. The Rollerbater comes with the leader attached and is equipped with a rudder so you don't have to waste time at the side of the boat to check on the correct roll. It comes in three sizes but the correct one for cut bait is the number 3.

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I like the products sold by Big Weenie and Captain John King.  Put a earie dearie strip in...insert toothpick.  Good to go!  No tuning. 

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Ok, so I bought some Big Weenie heads made for cutbait and strips and tied my own rigs. I also bought a a premade rig with the twinkie teasers. I tied some tournament ties the same as whats used with Atomiks and some single treble rigs. Gonna give it a real go and I will post how I make out later in the season. Good luck and tight lines to all this season!!!

 

Randy

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has anyone ever used the whole alewives from GLT??  Do they fit into the 'standard' whole bait head (like BW)??

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At one point last summer i had trouble finding the eerie dearie strips so i bought some whole bait.  It was way more work!  Most of them had to be filleted to get them to fit in the heads.  And they spoiled faster. 

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I never noticed much of a difference rigging between the whole bait and the strips.  What size whole bait did you get??  Try a smaller tray next time.  Should work out better.

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has anyone ever used the whole alewives from GLT??  Do they fit into the 'standard' whole bait head (like BW)??

GLTS sells heads that the whole Alewives fit into nicely.  They wont fit in a standard cut bait head.  I've used the GTLS Familiar Bite Whole alewives and done well with them.  The problem with them is it is touchy tuning them to roll properly, the single hook on  the harness gets inserted into the alewife near the tail and the line gets pulled through the head to put a curve in the fish, which is what gives it the rolling action.  Getting that right can be tricky, but when you do it works great.  I've found the smaller red label alewives easier to tune correctly than the larger green label ones.

 

Tim

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