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Dan111
Posted 5/7/2018 9:20 PM (#905993)
Subject: Bottom bouncers for muskie?





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Anyone ever use a bottom bouncer to drift or troll for muskies? I always hear stories of guys unintentionally catching muskies drifting bottom bouncer with crawler harnesses around walleye opener. Was thinking like a 3-4oz bb with a swimbait or a spinner with #6-#7 colorado blades. Possibly a good technique when the fish are close to bottom. Thoughts ?
14ledo81
Posted 5/7/2018 9:24 PM (#905994 - in reply to #905993)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?





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Location: Ashland WI
I have thought of that before, but can't say I've tried it. I do use standard walleye setups for pike, and it works great.
Slime King
Posted 5/8/2018 7:15 AM (#906002 - in reply to #905993)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?





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Location: midwest
Thought the same thing...Bottom bouncer rig especially for river fish in heavy current like the Detroit. I was thinking more along the lines of a large flutter spoon on the rig instead of a spinner rig.
musky513
Posted 5/8/2018 8:03 AM (#906006 - in reply to #905993)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?




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It would probably work with a typical walleye type spinner rig tied with wire line, and use whatever as a bait like plastics or a sucker...maybe even a minnow bait like an original Rapala etc.
mlure
Posted 5/8/2018 8:29 AM (#906009 - in reply to #906006)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?




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I know of some fishermen who use these with Bobbies for Fall trolling on LOTW. They do quite well.
jdsplasher
Posted 5/8/2018 8:44 AM (#906011 - in reply to #906006)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?





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How about a jig/Craeture, bottom bouncer/lead/plastic/blade!

 Yes, if your talkin a 3 way system, It works!!! Caught many on all these tools. I pour my own Pencil weights, 2-3 ounces does the job for my applications. A #5 or 6 fluted blade, along with some type of plastic dressing...power worm/lizard/Fandango. I like to incorporate my own plastics, as I add floating elements to my hand poured plastics.

Yes, a very buoyant crank such as a jointed Floating Rapala, or #18 floater works well.

It Works, you just have to spend the time, and to apply yourself to all the variables. Depth/line out/speed....... all Factors! 



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CincySkeez
Posted 5/8/2018 10:27 AM (#906016 - in reply to #905993)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?




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Ran into a charter captain in Clayton NY last year who said he accidentally pics up a few musky every year bottom bouncing with spoons.
Schultz345
Posted 5/8/2018 3:09 PM (#906022 - in reply to #905993)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?




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Only 50+ I heard caught over opener on my howewaters last season came from some guy dragging a bottom bouncer with a crawler in 22 fow.

Not a bad idea.
Troyz.
Posted 5/8/2018 9:53 PM (#906043 - in reply to #906022)
Subject: Re: Bottom bouncers for muskie?




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Location: Watertown, MN
I make a bottom boncer for trolling with bending the drop wire so I can add weight for different dephts. Use it mostly for trolling blades and dawgs and shallow raider. Keeps the weeds from fowling the blades.

Troyz.
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