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Message Subject: Swallowing bait
fish4musky1
Posted 6/11/2018 7:59 AM (#909606)
Subject: Swallowing bait





Location: Northern Wisconsin
Just curious, anyone know how quick a musky, say 50”, can swallow a sucker (15”)?
Larry Ramsell
Posted 6/11/2018 9:49 AM (#909617 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait




Posts: 1095


Location: Hayward, Wisconsin
As fast as you can blink!
fish4musky1
Posted 6/11/2018 10:02 AM (#909620 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Location: Northern Wisconsin
All the way into the belly?
sworrall
Posted 6/11/2018 10:24 AM (#909624 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Location: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Pretty quickly, which is why we use quick strike rigs.
tkuntz
Posted 6/11/2018 10:27 AM (#909626 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait




Posts: 744


Location: Waukee, IA
A 50" muskie can fit an entire 15" sucker in its mouth with nothing sticking out instantaneously. Swallowing the bait only takes a second or two.
Cfollow
Posted 6/11/2018 1:47 PM (#909652 - in reply to #909617)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait




Posts: 186


Larry Ramsell - 6/11/2018 9:49 AM

As fast as you can blink!


Which may be true. But when sucker fishing with a quick strike rig it never happens like that.
ToddM
Posted 6/11/2018 1:48 PM (#909653 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Posts: 15397


Location: oswego, il
Instantly if they want to, they don't always though. Sometimes they will hold on to them gentle like a lion with a lion cub and just sit there not even hearing the clicker. Mood of the fish. When you do hear the clicker get in an away or over the fish and set the hook.
fish4musky1
Posted 6/11/2018 2:02 PM (#909655 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Location: Northern Wisconsin
I was live bait fishing with a shorter leader (12") and believe I had the line cut. I am guessing I waited too long to set and the fish swallowed the bait and the line got cut on the hookset. Had the fish follow just prior to hitting and looked to be 50"+. Live and learn I guess. Hope the fish lives.
Dave Williamson
Posted 6/15/2018 3:39 PM (#910023 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Posts: 202


Location: Alexandria, Minnesota
seen it done in a few seconds.....Drives me nuts up where I live watching guys give fish 10 plus minutes before they set the hook. They are killing lots of fish.
KenK
Posted 6/15/2018 5:46 PM (#910031 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Posts: 506


Location: Elk Grove Village, IL & Phillips, WI
We use quick-set rigs for just that purpose, a quick-set. Even some of the celebs on TV worry me giving a fish way too long to be "moving away" from them. I normally just scream, set the hook already!
supertrollr
Posted 6/15/2018 9:17 PM (#910041 - in reply to #910031)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





kenk that's funny i was going to tell the same thing.i have seen that a lot more than one time. it should be called slow rig ;).i have seen up to at least 1 min before the hook set. most of the time they grab the sucker right in the middle so a 7/0 circle hook right at the dorsal is enough,so the fish hook himself many times and there is almost zero chance to kill it and the sucker move a lot more naturally.that's how i fish for pike during winter. and ive got more bite that way than when the shiner or the sucker is covered of trebles
Will Schultz
Posted 6/18/2018 10:54 AM (#910242 - in reply to #909606)
Subject: Re: Swallowing bait





Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Agree with others, they can swallow it very fast if given the chance. When fishing with a QS rigged sucker I keep the fish under constant pressure, never slack line, until they're moving away. The pressure usually gets them moving and if they try to reposition the sucker to swallow it, the pressure from the rod doesn't allow that to happen. Sure, you'll pull it out of their mouth once in a while but 99% of the time they eat it again.
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