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QueticoMike
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11/09/2017 12:00PM
What are your top 3 most productive soft plastics in the Boundary Waters or Quetico?

Everyone knows my top one.....

1) ZMAN Shadz - 5 inch jerk shad ( AKA StreakZ, Zulu, and Z-Too )
2) Strike King Green Pumpkin Tubes ( 3.5" and 4.5" )
3) ZMAN RaZor
 
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tarnkt
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11/09/2017 12:17PM
1) 4” senko or generic stick worm equivalent wacky rigged weightless on a wide gap hook

2) Berkley ripple shad 3” or 3.5” either vertically jigged or used as a swimbait

3) soft plastic jerkbait (fluke, Zulu, etc)
HowardSprague
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11/09/2017 12:37PM
YUM Crawbug
QueticoMike
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11/09/2017 12:44PM
Anybody have much luck with those creature baits up there?
zski
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11/09/2017 01:24PM
5" senco
4" twister tail
creature: someone i was with a couple years ago caught a nice walleye on a creature. He wasn't even trying. the lure was hanging in the water off the edge of the canoe and wham.
AmarilloJim
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11/09/2017 02:57PM
3" curly tail is all I take.
QueticoMike
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11/09/2017 05:52PM
quote AmarilloJim: "3" curly tail is all I take."

What brands do you use? Any colors more productive than others this year?
11/09/2017 07:05PM
Smallies: 5” white senko whacky style

Walleyes: 3-4 inch Northland Impulse twister tail or B-fishin tackle 4” AuthentX Moxi. I like white and chartreuse the most

I want to start doing more swimbaits and zulus.

T
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11/09/2017 08:39PM
quote tarnkt: "1) 4” senko or generic stick worm equivalent wacky rigged weightless on a wide gap hook


2) Berkley ripple shad 3” or 3.5” either vertically jigged or used as a swimbait


3) soft plastic jerkbait (fluke, Zulu, etc)"

Never had any luck with a 4" last time I was up there. Nothing. But had a lot of with the 5". Same down here in Indiana, 4" just didn't seem to entice them like a 5"
zika
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11/09/2017 10:27PM
Kaelen's line of tails.
mastertangler
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11/10/2017 06:18AM
Good topic, I am interested in what folks are using. No secret I have been using oversized swimbaits for pike but I haven't been using plastics much lately for bass or walleye.

The Big Bite Baits Warmouth is an impressive little package but I have mostly been using it as a Chatterbait trailer rigged sideways. The pros like this bait quite a bit.

I have had excellent success however with a Charlie Brewer 4" motor oil worm colored worm (the one with the orange tip on the tail) coupled with a 1/16 oz slider head. This combo on light line has accounted for the majority of my larger bass and is particularly effective in tough situations like clear water and sunny days. Pretty much can't miss, they will eat it if your line is light enough.
QueticoMike
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11/10/2017 11:28AM
I would have figured there would be more than 9 people on this forum who use soft plastics up north. Maybe it is just a lack of people reading threads about fishing during this time of the year? Hopefully some others will join in, would really like to know what has been productive this past season, always looking for something new.
amhacker22
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11/10/2017 12:35PM
I don't have much experience with soft plastics, but I have made an effort recently to add them to the arsenal. I bought some Z-Man ned rig jigs and white split tail worm-type items, and have actually had a bit of luck with them. I'm anxious to get out some more next year and really give these a try...as well as a fancy new sonar!

I feel like some familiarity with plastics will be critical to future Q trips, and a whole lot easier to haul into bwca than live bait.
Gadfly
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11/10/2017 12:40PM
I use them now and then when fishing is slow but mostly stick to live/frozen bait and don't really mess around with anything else.
Spookmeister
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11/10/2017 02:35PM
1. 5" senkos around any weeds
2. Flukes/zulus as a topwater alternative
3. 4" Dead Ringers for neutral/negative fish. Similar to Mastertangler's 4" worm setup.

No color preference on the senkos. Watermelon and shad colors on the flukes, and watermelon the clear top choice for Dead Ringers.
ParkerMag
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11/10/2017 03:27PM
quote QueticoMike: "quote AmarilloJim: "3" curly tail is all I take."


What brands do you use? Any colors more productive than others this year?"

Kalin's, white or bluegill.
bassnetAmbush
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11/10/2017 03:39PM
I’m boring. 4 inch BP triple ripple in white or black....pumpkin 2.75 inch salt Craw. Although, in October we were in the White Otter area and killed them with amber pepper 4 inch grubs....3 or 4 to 1 over black or white. Cloudy, rainy, cold, 30-35 ft deep.
QueticoMike
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11/10/2017 04:11PM
Has anybody tried the dual tailed twister jigs? I never have, but I am intrigued by them and might have to give them a go. I would think a green or brown one would really resemble a craw.
iwegean
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11/10/2017 04:56PM
White 3" Mister Twister. 4" Milky Salt and Pepper Power Bait. 4" Kalin's, Blue Pearl.
Dark colors work too at times....I bring too much stuff.
11/10/2017 05:49PM
The Only One I take. Bass and walleye eat 'em.



bassnetAlsike
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11/10/2017 08:54PM
Be a tad careful....double tails are A LOT of movement. Jigs generally ar a neutral-ish lure. Probably going to take a bit of research to find the right times. I have used them successfully...and single tails were just as productive. Just thought about this: when fishing in current, the double tail will probably make a jig a bit mor buoyant, slowing the fall.....might be advantageous when letting it “sweep” downstream.
mastertangler
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11/11/2017 06:21AM
I like the double tails but as bassnetalsike has pointed out it's a lot of movement. I like them in darker colors which seems to tone them down a bit. I usually use them as a trailer on a skirted jig.
zski
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11/11/2017 01:46PM
quote AndySG: "The Only One I take. Bass and walleye eat 'em.




"



a couple years ago i found a gulp alive minnow in the stomach of an LT that we had for dinner... :-)
24kGold
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11/11/2017 02:11PM
green pumpkin tubes
6" Z-Man lizards in green pumpkin
silver flukes
grubs
worms
(Get the idea? I have great luck with pretty much any soft plastic I use up there. Just depends on the time of year, water temp and where I am.)

Terry
Captn Tony
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11/12/2017 06:11AM
Ring worms, flukes, and white twisters
Basspro69
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11/12/2017 02:54PM
Berkley Swim shad

4 inch Berkley black power worm with a Charlie brewer slider head

3 inch Berkley power twister tails
dbpmw3
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11/12/2017 03:32PM
Last year we did well with split shot rigged tubes (Gitzits) and with the new Storm 360 search baits.
bwcasolo
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11/12/2017 06:07PM
i have only one, it has been used exclusively for 25+ years, a 4 inch black, berkley power worm on a charlie brewer weedless hook, also black.
Bdubguy
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11/12/2017 07:56PM
In my early years, used 3" twister tails almost exclusively. White and chartreuse for walleyes, smoke and pumpkinseed for smallies. Then transitioned to jig worms for smallies, 4" green pumpkin or similar.

Swimbaits would be in my top three, YUM Money Minnows mostly.

Have only recently tossed Zulus. Have yet to pitch a senko. Want to try Ned rigs too.

I am really sold on the Z-man plastics. But I have literally boxes of the other stuff I feel I need to use up...
AmarilloJim
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11/13/2017 07:06AM
quote QueticoMike: "quote AmarilloJim: "3" curly tail is all I take."


What brands do you use? Any colors more productive than others this year?"

Mister twister or Cabela's brand.
White, milktreuse, chartreuse, black, orange.
They all seem to work well.
I mainly pitch currents for walleye.
QueticoMike
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11/13/2017 08:19AM
quote Bdubguy: "In my early years, used 3" twister tails almost exclusively. White and chartreuse for walleyes, smoke and pumpkinseed for smallies. Then transitioned to jig worms for smallies, 4" green pumpkin or similar.


Swimbaits would be in my top three, YUM Money Minnows mostly.


Have only recently tossed Zulus. Have yet to pitch a senko. Want to try Ned rigs too.


I am really sold on the Z-man plastics. But I have literally boxes of the other stuff I feel I need to use up..."


Yes, the Z-man plastics are so much better than Zoom flukes, I am surprised to see that people still use them. If they saw how much stronger and durable those lures made from ElaZtech are maybe they would switch. They last 10 times longer than flukes, just seem like a "no- brainer" to me. I have yet to have anyone tell me they have caught 75 to 100 fish on one fluke. I don't think I have heard anyone say they have caught more than 10 on one. Save some money, buy ZMAN.
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11/13/2017 04:51PM
quote AmarilloJim: "3" curly tail is all I take." +1 on a jig or a jig spinner is always my go to especially if fishing is slow , my #1 color would be yellow , Mr.twister brand
oth
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11/14/2017 12:28PM
Kalins,Slimers,Elaztech
MeatGun
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11/14/2017 12:37PM
Gulp 5" leeches
Berkeley 3" power bait grubs- chartreuse or black
Toss up between Senkos (297) and tubes ( currently I like Mizmo).
I had some fun experimenting with Jackall clone fry on a drop shot rig for walleye.
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11/14/2017 04:25PM
Senkos. Its all about a Senko.

For smallmouth 4 inch is the key. They have much smaller mouths and I find we get better hooksets with a 4 inch model. Watermelon

-FT
QueticoMike
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11/14/2017 05:30PM
quote FishermanTed: "Senkos. Its all about a Senko.


For smallmouth 4 inch is the key. They have much smaller mouths and I find we get better hooksets with a 4 inch model. Watermelon


-FT"


How are you rigging your Senko?
MEPPS
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11/14/2017 06:22PM
Senko's -wacky in watermelon
Gulp Minnows
Zulu's
mastertangler
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11/15/2017 07:17AM
quote QueticoMike: "quote FishermanTed: "Senkos. Its all about a Senko.



For smallmouth 4 inch is the key. They have much smaller mouths and I find we get better hooksets with a 4 inch model. Watermelon



-FT"



How are you rigging your Senko?"


That was my first thought. I had good luck at Presque Isle using Senkos and mushroom jig heads (Ned rig).
QueticoMike
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11/15/2017 08:07AM
quote mastertangler: "quote QueticoMike: "quote FishermanTed: "Senkos. Its all about a Senko.


For smallmouth 4 inch is the key. They have much smaller mouths and I find we get better hooksets with a 4 inch model. Watermelon



-FT"




How are you rigging your Senko?"



That was my first thought. I had good luck at Presque Isle using Senkos and mushroom jig heads (Ned rig). "


I don't know how often FT frequents this site, but I know there are some monster smallies in his lakes up there. Just curious about his rigging. Maybe it is a simple wacky rig?

lundojam
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11/15/2017 06:42PM
gqualls
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11/15/2017 07:33PM
Lots of interesting comments. I have to admit I have not tried a lot of what others have used with great success. My three favorite soft plastics are:

#1 : Three inch curly tail in smoke/flake color scheme fished on an unpainted 1/8 ounce ball jig head.

#2 : Three inch curly tail in motor oil color scheme fished on an unpainted 1/8 ounce ball jig head.

#3: 4 inch worm with curly tail (black, brown, watermelon) on a 1/16 ounce Charlie Brewer slider head.

I usually do not fish deep water. My largest Pike and Walleye have been caught on one of these soft plastics. I have never gone to the BWCA without a good supply of plastics and jig heads.

Thanks for all the other ideas. I do have some zman baits but have not had a chance to fish them yet.
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11/17/2017 11:40AM
quote lundojam: " "

I usually wacky rig like this; often with an o-ring and often with a nail weight or screw in flat end. you can also do a drop shot rig. I like the nail weight better in river or narrows/current.
Also; on a curly tail grub....I have taped down the grub tail flat , masked off the grub body and spray-painted ONE flat side of the tail for extra attraction. There are times when this turns the bite ON. Usually siver to a white grub or gold on a black. This tip has pleasantly surprised me more than once when the bite was slow for whatever reason. My favorite "factory" color list on grubs includes a salt/pepper smoke clear or pearl and on senkos I prefer a green cast.
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11/18/2017 12:17PM
Not much for me to add that hasn't already been said.

Soft plastic jerkbaits
Curly tails
Tubes
Senkos
Gulp minnows

If they won't bite on one of those, I'm changing lakes. :)
 
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