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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:42 PM
I'm going to build some large musky/pike poppers.
My question is, has anyone had any success using such a thing for topwater musky fishing? I usually see only creepers and other prop baits built for musky so I'm curious as to any experience anyone has had with poppers.
I'll post a pic of the one I built later. (Gotta retrieve my camera from the Botswain's Locker on my boat:lol:)
Posted 23 May 2007 - 09:30 PM
Man I have one that kills the smallmouth.....it throws up the most beautiful bubble with each pull...it amazes me everytime I use it.
Posted 24 May 2007 - 09:18 AM
I think most guys have a hard time slowing down enough to fish creepers or hawg wobblers, and would really have a tough time going slow enough to fish poppers.
That said I could see it working as a throw back bait possibly.
Posted 24 May 2007 - 11:29 AM
i've caught pike here in the uk on hula popper's which make a lot of noise for there size,i'd suggest if your making a big popper go for a more subtle Plaster of Paris as opposed to maximum noise and commotion
Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:23 PM
I have caught a few musky at Alum Creek fishing for bass with poppers and buzzbaits, no giants biggest was probably around 30"
Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:42 PM
I'm going to give it a go this year and see what happens. I'm thinking that during mid-season, when the fish are often suspended under schools of bait fish over the open water, might be the time to be heaving something out there that looks like an injured shad or other bait fish.
I'm also going to be doing some night fishing for muskies around the 4th of July and the night bite on one of my local musky lakes really heats up around the 4th.
We also have a period when the muskies are "porpoising" and eating bait fish off the surface over open water. Can't seem to get them to eat anything we throw at them, so maybe a popper might trigger a reaction strike. I'll probably try a few different colors too see if that makes any difference.
I appreciate all the responses.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:55 PM
Good luck trying it out! Make sure to bump this thread with some progress reports. I also have caught pike on top water lures such as bass sized buzz baits. They are agressive so it may be what ever looks like an easy meal. Heck, I've caught them on jigs while fishing for bass so it's anyones guess.
Posted 26 May 2007 - 01:57 AM
Hi fatfinger!!Nice to see a musky treat!!Never fish for musky with poppers!!But i am pretty sure that they could work nice!!but try to make a popper that can work fast!!I am sure that it would catch more muskys!!prop surface lures are very good on night fishing!!!I made one a few years ago and it work very nice!!I am addicted to musky night fishing!!For me it's the best time to be on the water!!It's peaceful and there is no other boats!so the fish are feeding big time for sure!!!ad a lot of success on night fishing in the past!I like to troll whit some spinner baits at night!!!allways got a lot of fish that way!!dont realy know why but it's a very productive pattern!Hope to see some nice musky pics on your popper later !!!cheers.muskydan666
Posted 31 May 2007 - 09:51 AM
Here's what I've got so far.
Its chopped out of pine and it has four glass rattles in the head, which I've decided to leave exposed so that they rattle a bit louder, as opposed to burying them under putty and paint:
I put a coat of envirotex on after soaking the bait in sanding sealer. The envirotec smoothes out the finish and provides a good seat for the white Krylon stuff that bonds to plastic (which is what I use for primer on all my baits).
*Note the paint on my hands from last nights painting seesion.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:09 AM
Great idea with the rattles....that should be an outstanding bait. I do the same prep work before painting...great minds think alike.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:26 AM
Thanks, Rj. The rattles worked out great. I bought two packs of them.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:13 PM
Very nice fatfinger!!!!!Look's awesome!!!Let me know when to tryed it on the water!!!Hope that you catch a few girls on it!!!!Cheers.Dan
Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:53 PM
Awesome bait and I love the rattle idea...can't wait to see how it produces for ya.
I'd bet it would be a killer striper bait as well.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:17 PM
I had not thought of using it for stripers. I could give that a try at West Branch, Terry.
Its out in the paint shop under primer. I'll probably squirt paint at it tomorrow.
Thanks, MuskyDan. I'll post something about how it performs later in the season.
Posted 04 June 2007 - 03:52 PM
Dude you need too add a giant propeller blade or a flaptail too hte back of it,that would really make it noisy!
Posted 04 June 2007 - 04:26 PM
Flap Tail would look awesome on that bad boy! Nice work Fat Fingers!
Posted 06 June 2007 - 02:02 PM
Wow. I would love to see one with a rear propeller, or one that would walk side-to-side while it pops!