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#2090806 - 12/08/09 01:33 PM
Best crappie ice fishing lure
bogwalker Offline
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What ice fishing lures have you had the most success with?
Do you use bait on them?

"Ignition,explosion,expansion & expulsion." Festus Hagen
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#2090807 - 12/08/09 01:34 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: bogwalker]
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flirty girty
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#2090809 - 12/08/09 01:34 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: bogwalker]
pow & legend Offline
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My favorite is either the popular Demon with a minnow or the rat finkie tipped with a wax worm
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#2090827 - 12/08/09 01:43 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: pow & legend]
Spearing Machine Offline
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white/pink demon or forage minnow both tipped with a crappie minnow

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#2090829 - 12/08/09 01:45 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: pow & legend]
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Ratso... white head, pink body
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#2090834 - 12/08/09 01:47 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: luv2fish]
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speaking of the flirty girty jigs... does anybody know where i can buy some besides the website?
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#2090841 - 12/08/09 01:49 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: jwmiller33]
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Genz fat boy or genz worm-each tippe dwith 3-4 colored larvae.IMO most people go too big with sticking a minnow down the hole. I have personally had great success.

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#2090850 - 12/08/09 01:52 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Blainebob]
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#6 Glow head glow body Ratso all by itself hammers the craps

...There I was back in the wild again... And I felt right at home, where I belong...
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#2090854 - 12/08/09 01:53 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Blainebob]
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Demons, mud bugs, bro bugs and hali with a dropper.

Oh, btw, they have flirty girty jigs at fleet farm.

Jon><>
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#2090861 - 12/08/09 01:57 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: deadeye]
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Originally Posted By: deadeye
Demons, mud bugs, bro bugs and hali with a dropper.

Oh, btw, they have flirty girty jigs at fleet farm.


really? thats good to know. which one did you see them at? i was at the FF in maplewood and blaine but both at the beginning of when ice fishing stuff was being put out
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#2090863 - 12/08/09 01:57 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: deadeye]
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Do you add bait to the Ratso?
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#2090891 - 12/08/09 02:11 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: miller27]
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really worked into the ratso's last season, all alone with no bait

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#2090894 - 12/08/09 02:12 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: miller27]
takeakidfishing Offline
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Loc: MN, Belle Plaine
Glow red frostee spoon, Glow white with pink body ratso. Yes you can add a waxie or eurolarve for taste if the are finicky.

Mike Z.

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#2090896 - 12/08/09 02:13 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: bogwalker]
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Crappie Knockers - red and green
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#2090905 - 12/08/09 02:18 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: LivingTheDream]
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Loc: MN - Wright County
small glow jigs with crappie minnows. Although I must say my success rate increased about 500% with the purchase of a flasher.
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#2090914 - 12/08/09 02:22 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: tsande00]
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Blaine FF has Flirty Girtys.
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#2090933 - 12/08/09 02:36 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: miller27]
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Originally Posted By: miller27
Do you add bait to the Ratso?

I NEVER do for crappies

I'll add 1 euro or a GULP! Maggot to a Ratso if there's gills in the area.

...There I was back in the wild again... And I felt right at home, where I belong...
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#2090992 - 12/08/09 03:05 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Fred_Bear]
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Orange glow demon with a waxie or a minnow head. It always produced.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. 
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#2091145 - 12/08/09 04:24 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: OnAFly]
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Ratsos and shrimpos

Green and pink demons

Glow Green Neon Lights Flickertail jigs


So many options.
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#2091188 - 12/08/09 04:52 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Beaver15]
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I usually use the same type of stuff I use for bluegills. Sometimes I will use something like an Angel Eye or smaller size spoon, but I have good luck with typical panfish jigs.

I like things like Genz Worms or Fatboys, the last few years I have really been liking the Little Atom Optic Stealth jigs. Also, I used to use waxies or wigglers, but I have almost exclusively to Little Atom Plastics the last couple years, and they have been working GREAT!

Minnows work, spoons work, panfish jigs work. Most everything will work at some point or another, but I find that most times I can catch them on #10 or 12 panfish jigs and plastic.

gill man
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#2091196 - 12/08/09 04:58 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: gill man]
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Rat Finkee's with a couple Gulp Alive Maggots for me!

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#2091208 - 12/08/09 05:05 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Bran32]
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I have good luck with the glow ratso. Tipped or not, it seems to work. Also use the small Chubby darter if they're aggressive. Angel Eyes tipped with a minnow head has been a producer when the bit slows down.

Of course, there's always the Fiskas Wolfram epoxy jig tipped with a wedge or nuggie! That's a killer!
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#2091226 - 12/08/09 05:20 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: hovermn]
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Anyone used the Bro Bloodworws? They look like a copy-cat of rastos with some different color options so I'm guessing they would work well.

...There I was back in the wild again... And I felt right at home, where I belong...
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#2091231 - 12/08/09 05:22 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: Fred_Bear]
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I start with the Ratso and no bait. But if my buddys are kicking my a$$ I might tip it with euro.


Edited by luv2fish (12/08/09 05:22 PM)
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#2091234 - 12/08/09 05:25 PM
Re: Best crappie ice fishing lure [Re: gill man]
Steve Foss Offline
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Vingla tipped with either a minnow head or a waxie or two.

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