This is not my new 9000 word article on successful Tactics using
cut-bait on Lake Michigan. This article, which is pretty good was
written by a young man in his mid-teen during the winter of 2000
CUT BAIT TIPS
word about the author, Walter Piecuch is from Rochester, New York
and fishes Lake Ontario with a passion aboard his dad's boat
"Slimy Hooks" and boat. He's been using this west coast
method to catch all species of fish that prowl the waters in Lake
Ontario. He has composed this article with only minimal support
from me. Oh, by the way Walter is only in his mid teens and is
looking for a summer job aboard a charter boat. These are Walters
photos and story that we should all pay attention too!
photos are thumbnails click on for full size
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West Coast Methods for
Great Lakes for
Salmon and Trout
From July until the salmon move into shallow water for spawning they can
be taken on these methods. For flashers color is important. I think
these are the best flashers. Green glow, purple glow, red glow, coho
special (on a red or a pink blade) blue/silver, chartreuse, monkey puke
(great name huh) blue angel, magna glow green frog and magna glow mother
of pearl. These colors are available from OKI tackle. For hotspots
mostly the same colors as above and add in bull frog. As for salmon
slashers a blue angel and transparent purple. I always stick with the 11
I have had very little luck with the small ones. For teasers I only use
Rhys Davis Large Teasers. For colors I go with green glow, red,
chartreuse, chartreuse glow, purple glow, silver, coho special, blue
glow, monkey puke and white glow.
Now for some rigging tips:
You have to decide of you want quality or quantity because it will make
a difference on your set up. I'm assuming you know water depth the fish
are coming from and that your setting up on a big school of kings. Yeah
right. If it were only that easy. Anyway lest say you have friends on
the boat and they want fish and don't care on size. Tie on a flasher of
choice tie the line directly to the flasher. Then tie your teaser on.
Don't forget the piece of herring That goes inside the teaser. I make my
own leaders but if you bought them pre rigged make sure you have at
least 60 inches. On my leaders I put a tinsel squid/fly 30 inches down
the leader. I feel that it gives the rig more attraction. Sometimes 2-3
Now, the tricky part (you'll get the hang of it after a while), you'll
need to bend the flat part of the teaser down away from the bait to give
it more action. It should be a roll opposed to a spin. You don't want to
bend it if your after big fish or ones that are not feeding actively.
Now run the hook down to the end of the bait and use a tooth pick to
hold it there. Now you are ready to send it down. I start 20 feet behind
the ball and then adjust. Your speed should be 2.8-3.5 MPH. It seems
fast but is good for the 15-25 pound kings. If your after the big kings
then slow your sped down to 1.5-.2 and run the teaser with the bend that
is out of the package. Also you may need to increase the leader length
behind the flasher to 6 feet.
Another tip is to run larger herring strips. For me, the bigger kings I
try to find them where they lay right on the bottom. Run the rigs 1-2
feet of the bottom. Longer leaders of riggers may be needed. Sometimes
running 50-60 feet back is necessary. There are some other methods I use
that seem to produce well. First with the clear water we know encounter
running less flashers is better. I run 1 on each side of the boat with
the middle rigger using a j plug or plain cut bait rig run down 5 feet
deeper than the other riggers. This is called the V pattern. Also you
can stack rods on the middle rigger. I like to stack plain cut bait rigs
3 feet apart and run them 20 feet back farther than the outside riggers
to catch drop back fish. This works when fish are spooky.
Plain cut bait rigs work off of dipsys also. Sometimes I run wire dipsys
and sometimes I put them on the riggers so it will at the same depth as
the flashers but out to the side. Another tactic for shy fish. One last
thing I should mention. I use glow colors in low light conditions and
non glow colors when the sun is up. Sometimes the fish like glow stuff
in the middle of the day so be diverse with you settings. I also like to
match flasher and teaser colors.
Example: Glow green teaser on a glow green flasher. This is a
very versatile bait that will out produce any lure when it is used
correctly. These set ups can be used from late July until the salmon
enter the rivers to spawn.
Always use a 60 inch
leader from bead chain swivel to hook.
Always use stick on
Always use at least 11 inch
Always use a squid or
two on your leader.
Always try to use fresh
cut bait. It can be refrozen up to 2-3 times.
Always use high quality
line for you leaders. I use Trilene big game 40 pound. Seguar fluorocarbon
is good also. Just costly. You HAVE to use 40 pound line. Vicious
kings have been known to bite through 40 pound test on the initial
This article was not written by me. This is not my view now of how to be successful with bait. I found some things like the fluorocarbon line to be soft and it got bit off in a hurry. I never seen the need to bend the holders. However, there are some sound tips in here. No where in this article is the twink rig
mentioned. However it is shown in a photo above. Green glo was not my number one producer, Red-clear, red-glo was. Blue-glo-blue was next. I appreciate Walters effort 4 years ago.............Capt. John King