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#10971730 - 07/12/15 10:53 AM Fishing with Grasshoppers
Scott in Flower Mound Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
Posts: 559
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
It's that time of year when the grasshoppers are everywhere around the ponds I fish. Does anybody fish with grasshoppers? If so, how do you rig 'em? I could catch a million of 'em these days. Seems like they could be put to good use.

Thanks,

Scott

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#10972313 - 07/12/15 05:00 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
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Registered: 01/12/07
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The yellow ones depicted in the link are best. I use a long-shank gold hook and hook them underneath the chin and out through the stomach.

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2011/08/09/differential-grasshopper-2/

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#10972457 - 07/12/15 06:33 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/13
Posts: 2003
Loc: Lake Lavon
They work try free lining them on them surface no weight something will get them if they are flopping on the surface. I fly fish with a grasshopper fly its small but the sunfish kill that thing. I had a big catfish take my sons grasshopper once it ended up breaking him off but I got a good look at it and would guess it was close to 5-6 lbs.

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#10972498 - 07/12/15 06:52 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
Scott in Flower Mound Offline
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Thanks for the feedback. May have to make a grasshopper/cricket catcher, and give it a shot. There's a million of 'em where I fish.


Edited by Scott in Flower Mound (07/12/15 06:53 PM)

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#10973151 - 07/13/15 06:40 AM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
CajunPOG Offline
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I like to hook them under the collar behind their head. They stay alive longer like that.

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#10973606 - 07/13/15 10:18 AM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
txbassnewbie Offline
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Loc: Flower Mound
+1 grasshopper poppers are definetly hitting right now. i know you can use them on reg fishing set ups

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#10973782 - 07/13/15 11:27 AM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
GoldSpoonr Offline
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Loc: Anna, Texas
My uncle uses them for trout with success...what are you going after?
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#10974718 - 07/13/15 06:08 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
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I have caught sunfish, bass, catfish and an occasional crappie on grasshoppers. I use a #4 or #6 gold Aberdeen Eagle Claw, hook them about halfway down the torso, and freeline them. They will cause a bit of commotion on surface, which bass and 'gills will surely notice and investigate. Light line, so it floats longer helps.

For Cats, I catch the big green ones with the dark brown/black wings, impale them on a catfish hook and tight line them on bottom. You'd be surprised what good bait they can turn out to be.

Grasshopper fishing takes me back to my kiddom, on hot summer days on 5 mile creek. Grasshoppers was the bait of choice. Catch a bunch in the pasture, keep them in a glass coca cola bottle, and then try to get em out of there so you could bait up!

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#10976743 - 07/14/15 03:18 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
spazm09 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/09
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Loc: Dallas, Tx
I pull the big legs off and put em on a small hook a foot under a cork and catch bluegill all day long.

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#10978728 - 07/15/15 02:03 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: CajunPOG]
Fishbonz Offline
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Originally Posted By: CajunPOG
I like to hook them under the collar behind their head. They stay alive longer like that.
thumb thumbI lost a 8ft Pro Angler @ Navarro Mills Crappie point using a grasshopper hooked the same way you suggest. I had no sooner rig it up and while baiting up another rod,BANG over the rail it went.I didn`t even get a chance to react or see what hit it.Anyone have any idea? noidea

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#10979145 - 07/15/15 04:59 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Fishbonz]
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Originally Posted By: Fishbonz
Originally Posted By: CajunPOG
I like to hook them under the collar behind their head. They stay alive longer like that.
thumb thumbI lost a 8ft Pro Angler @ Navarro Mills Crappie point using a grasshopper hooked the same way you suggest. I had no sooner rig it up and while baiting up another rod,BANG over the rail it went.I didn`t even get a chance to react or see what hit it.Anyone have any idea? noidea


Pretty much anything in the lake will nail a hopper. When I get a rod 'n reel pulled in and have to go in after it, the culprit is usually a gar. I do know an ole boy who caught a 7# bass that way, though.

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#10979723 - 07/15/15 09:17 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
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Loc: south DFW
Bonz, I'd bet it was a catfish. I have caught some really nice ones on minnows while crappie fishing at crappie point.
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#10979822 - 07/15/15 09:57 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: forsanmedic]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Loc: Lake Lavon
Originally Posted By: forsanmedic
Bonz, I'd bet it was a catfish. I have caught some really nice ones on minnows while crappie fishing at crappie point.


+1 for a channel cat, maybe a really big bass though.

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#10982422 - 07/16/15 11:56 PM Re: Fishing with Grasshoppers [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
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Catfish are crazy for them.
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