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I know some people turn up there noses at Pickerel but I don't mind them a bit. I'm sure there are a few others here that are like minded. So what's you favorite lure? I kinda like a chartreuse spinner bait but they will hit a lot of different things it almost seems like the fasterthenretreive the better sometimes. One of the locals swears by a Red Devil.

What's you favorite?

Todd

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Large Phoebe always seems to land a pickerel. Here in CT we have a place called "Pickerel Pond." There are some monsters in there which are always fun to catch! 

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Another lure that catches Pickerel decently is a medium sized Wiggle Wart. My blue/silver seems popular.

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a white fluke with the head dipped in red dye or colored with a marker to be "clown"

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If I were to target them, anything white.   

 

Caught a nice one on a frog last week in really shallow water in deep cover.  That was interesting.  

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Whatever the most expensive bait you own is always a good choice....at least for me it has been as they bite through my line and swim away grinning...

 

the few times i targeted them specifically, with a bite leader, i had success with anything shiny and moved fast seemed to do the trick.  really it seems like speed is more important than anything though in my experience.

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I would go with a spinnerbait by a very small margin, but they'll readily hit anything in your tackle box.

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Pickerel seem to bite on just about anything.  I have caught them on frogs, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, LCB, CB's etc.  All while targeting bass.

 

One lure which seemed to kill them one day was the Havoc Subwoofer fished as a topwater bait.  They hated that thing!  I went through 2 packs one day targeting them because I wasn't getting bit by bass from the bank.

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Buzzbait! Most fun way to catch them. Especially in shallow water where you see the wake coming.

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We've done lots of chain-chasing in New Jersey.

If you're serious about catching a trophy chain pickerel, I know of no lure better than a jig & dead minnow.

The minnow can be any species: a chub, sucker, shiner, saltwater killy....all a pickerel asks is that it's fresh.

A good delivery is a slow bottom drag with occasional twitches.

 

Pickerel will hit virtually any artificial lure, but all artificial lures are not equally effective (big difference there).

Our best artificial lures were various forms of spinner & fly and spinner & bucktail combinations,

(Think miniature musky lure).

 

Roger

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God i must have a caught a million of those things at the lake below the house trying to crappie fish. The old timers always called them jacks

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I've caught them on everything except topwater but they seem partial to spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps

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I've caught them on a lot of different things I will say this though. You really want to make them go crazy? Here is the setup......

 

Bait:

Zoom Trick Worms (Black)

1/4oz Bullet Weight

Texas Rigged.

 

Technique:

In my opinion the best way to catch them is on cool days with a fast retrieve (subsurface). The Trick worm can be off set slightly on the hook and shake the rod a bit as you reel it in. This will make the trick worm have a lot of wiggle action going on (can twist line you may want a swivel and leader). This absolutely drives them nuts. I found their fun to catch and usually target them this way when I have no bass biting. Keep in mind I am in Florida. Your pickerel may act differently.

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I never target pickerel, but they seem to have bitten just about everything I've thrown for bass, panfish, etc...

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Any fast moving lure. Spinnerbaits ans crankbaits in a fire tiger or blue girl pattern

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Most people have nailed it here, but honestly anything and everything I have thrown for bass Ive caught pickerel on. I dont target them specifically due to the 100% fact that I will catch them no matter what when Im fishing for bass. When I go bass fishing Im also going pickerel fishing, not complaining tho, love catching em. This winter the jerkbaits have been the best producer followed by jigs, I even had a day in early January when I was killin em with the super spook topwaters...

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You can't beat a small classic red & white DarDevle.

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I've caught my largest on a jackall flickshake, but when I target them I use Sammy's, buzzbaits, and frogs.

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I'm an avid pickerel fisherman, it depends on the settings. Always use a slow retreive though because they are looking to ambush, not fight. Wacky rig with a nail weight is excellent.

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Go to www.overstockedbait&tackle.com

I use the mepps Anglia inline spinner #5 steel leader.

I also have the super sized pike lures from over stocked bait.

At one swamp I fish at its Fed from Batam that's known for great northern pike. I was throwing a #3 mepps Anglian then the bite slowed down. I put on a number #4 mepps Anglian and caught a 32" pickerel. If the bite slows down with bass or pickerel, pike upside your lure the big ones come in to see what the little guys are doing but won't hit the smaller baits.

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I've caught LMB on just about every lure I use for pickerel...

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