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Clipped Minnow Fin Fishing Trick

Anna River Monising Bay, Munising Michigan USA
This fishing tip or trick ,is one of my most favorite!  It works like 97% of the time... whether you're ice fishing, still fishing fishing off the bottom, fishing from shore or attached to a second, sitting  pole with a bobber along side of your craft.     
This angling method sends out a distress call to advantageous game fish waiting for an easy meal. 

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Here's how it works...

When it seems fish just won't take an artificial lure or live bait it's a good sign their feeding mode has been temporarily shut down. Many factors can be attributed to their unwillingness to feed; weather conditions, light levels, spawning periods, predatory fish threats, just to name a few.

Periods of inactive feeding patterns usually mean fish have retreated to cover and protection, making it even more difficult to locate their holding areas.

Try this trick the next time you encounter closed mouth fish. First, locate potential fish concentration areas. Usually fish are holding near or in weed beds or cover adjacent to sloping drop offs and related structure. Use of an updated lake contour map will provide excellent clues to these areas...and along with a GPS receiver and a reliable fish finder you can increase your chances further in locating possible game fish holding territories.

 

 

Next, set up a slip bobber rig on one rod and make adjustments to suspend your live bait (minnow) just above suspected submerged structure and fish concentrations. Then grab a medium to large size minnow and a fingernail clipper and clip off a portion of its upper or lower tail fin. (I prefer to cut the lower fin myself.) Either way your minnow will frantically struggle due to its unbalanced equilibrium, caused by the weight of the hook and its missing portion of fin.

Cast adjusted slip rig and minnow in suspected fish holding area. Notice the enhanced movement of your line balance and/or bobber. With another rod, attach a preferred lure, such as a Rapala countdown model or double jointed shad or perch representation, and make continued casts within the area of your clipped fin minnow. More often than not, the frantic minnow signals a distress vibration caused by the clipped fin and triggers curious game fish to investigate. Meanwhile your Rapala portrays itself as potentially targeting in on your super-active minnow and making itself a likely candidate for unsuspecting large-body game fish.

Be careful though, you could very possibly display a miniature feeding area and end up with having a battle on both rods at the same time. When the excitement erupts, be sure not to get your double hitter tangled up with one another. This method also works great while fishing for crappies pan fish and trout, using small minnows and smaller size artificial lures. 

Good Luck!

 

Document updated
Tuesday, 26-Nov-2013 19:17:45 EST


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