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Are Red Tails An Over Rated Fall Bait?...Yes!

  • Blog Post by: Josh Hagenmeister
  • September 22, 2009 - 2:56 PM

Im putting my head on the chopping block--that is if you're into fishing the almighty Redtail minnow.  It is amazing to me how many anglers rely and depend on Redtails as a staple bait to catch walleye--summer or fall. Even many fishing guides I know are addicted to the redtail curse.  The curse is the $12 per dozen minnows.  I did a little math the other day and if my boat used just one redtail per walleye all summer and fall my bait bill would easily run into the $6,000 range--ouch!!.  That doesn't even include the minnows that die, fall prey to other fish, or missed hook sets by numerous clients.  So what do I do?--I utilize the almighty night crawler.  
I depend on thousands of devoted night crawlers to catch walleye from May through October with water temps as low as 39 degrees.  They are cheap, durable and catch everything--they are my best employees.  Crawlers work in 3 ft of water or 60ft of water, clear or murky, sunny or cloudy --and they are also much easier to transport from lake to lake--especially now that live wells must be empty when on the road.  Who wants to dump $30 worth of minnows in the grass every day--not me!   The crawlers simply go back into the fridge after each day--not wasted.  If I do decide to bring a few minnows for a boat ride I will use the Rainbow Chub or a good mix of river run bait.  They are just as lively (and almost as big) as the redtails--and 1/2 the price.  It should be a simple decision to rely on crawlers more than redtails, but boy do I get into some heated conversations with the redtail society  (anglers that swear by them) about fishing with crawlers vs. redtails.  Its almost like Green Bay vs. Minnesota.   I dont think I will ever win the 20 yr old sales pitch about redtails and walleyes.  When your buddies are not looking, try a crawler, you will be amazed, besides--whats in your wallet?  www.minnesotaguideservice.com   Good Luck, Capt. Josh

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