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Where to hook minnow ?? #12698622
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I'm sure this has been asked a gillion times. Where is the best place to hook your minnow? Nose, Back or Tail.
Thanks in advance

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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12698642
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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12698644
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Depends on how you are fishing and what presentation you want. for example, if you are slow trolling, you would hook through the nose to keep the minnow Alive and running through the water correctly. In the winter, when the water is cold and shad are cold or dying, hook dead minnows upside down and let them lay on bottom, so the crappie can pick them up off bottom, just like they do the shad. Behind the dorsal, is primarily cork fishing or anchors down sitting in one spot fishing and relatively shallow, say 10foot or less. Anything deeper than that and I will Nose hook them. I never really tail hooked them, never found a reason I liked to do so, that the other methods didnít do just as well. But hey, ask Troy king or bush hog...they still use menners...I gave that up 4/5 years ago...I will use them occasionally at nigh, just in case the fish donít like my Jigs, or to start a feeding frenzy on some tight lipped crappie...but I donít have minnows on the boat anymore...

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12698648
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Through the bottom lip imo.

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12698670
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I asked Charlie Pak that exact question when I was a teenager. He said ďhave you ever seen a minnow swim sideways? Hook emí through the lips ď That advice has stuck with me ever sense.


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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12698884
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I used some for the first time a couple days ago. They wouldn't eat them unless they were hooked behind the dorsal fin. I literally reeled in my minnow and took the hook out of his lips and put it through its back and caught a fish 10 seconds later. I was fishing under a cork in 2' of water. The only time I had previously used them was for drifting and I hooked them through the lips then.

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699005
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I find when I nose them I caught whites but if I dorsal fin them I caught crappie. In many of my spots the two hang together. Grandpa always nosed them.

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699063
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I go through the nose in brushy areas because they donít swim as good and less likely to get u hung up and through the tail anywhere else, as far as catching percentage i havenít found that one is better than the other just my experience

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699079
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I hook em in the snout. Bottom lip first.

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: Txmedic033] #12699096
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Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
I used some for the first time a couple days ago. They wouldn't eat them unless they were hooked behind the dorsal fin. I literally reeled in my minnow and took the hook out of his lips and put it through its back and caught a fish 10 seconds later. I was fishing under a cork in 2' of water. The only time I had previously used them was for drifting and I hooked them through the lips then.


When they are dorsal fin hooked, they struggle as if injured...this will incite strikes when nothing else will, at times.

Interestingly, a real minnow fisherman knows that dead minnows should be removed from the minnow bucket, put in a ziplock and placed on ice as soon as dead. Dead minnows have multiple uses and at times can out catch live ones...just saying, there are many insights that need to be learned to become a successful minnow fisherman.

I like jig fishing these days, although I do honestly believe that three out of every ten trips I make, I could catch more on minnows than on Jigs...also, I could catch more fish another time or two out of ten trips, with fresh dead minnows, aboard the boat for my use....but I just got tired of trying to find a menner store that was open or had some in stock,...plus, I got ahold of better Jigs....plus, I had Laner and Tbox teach me how to effectively fish their jigs...I tried to get carptird to teach me how to fish the Boneheads, but he was always too busy... roflmao

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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699113
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What's a minnow ??? peep

Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699369
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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: bush hog] #12699371
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Originally Posted By: bush hog
What's a minnow ??? peep


Threw me off to Bush hog...I think it's thoes little baby fishies the city folks bring to the lake.... there will probably be a lot of em at the get together... bang


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Re: Where to hook minnow ?? [Re: pigboy] #12699453
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I like to alternate where we hook them. All spots will catch them. Primarily we hook them from the bottom up thru the top lip or nose, not too deep you will kill them. Sometime that's not working and we will hook shallow in back behind the dorsal. It seems like they like this presentation on the drop and it gets a lot of attention, more than nose hooked because it goes straight down, they do steal more this way though. When we free line minnows we will hook in the vent, or the pooper. This will cause the minnow to swim down and into hungry mouths. Hope this helps you catch more fish.

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