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One of my favs for pickeral has been a Rapala firetiger Skitter Pop. works good when the fish are feeding off the surface. You can see the coming right at once it hits the water and you give it a pop or two!
 

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I have always found that top water baits work well for pickeral and keeps you out of the weeds. As for bass, I have had good luck with "Blue Fox" spinners (orange seems to work well).
 

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I also love the fire tiger skitter pop but use it more for bass. I strongly recommend you use some red senkos and hook them up weedless. The pickerel just love them. Click here to take a look.
 

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I have had fantastic luck this year using flukes, I carry a selction of colours and just change as I need.
 

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for pickeral i mostly use top water, and like most above, i use poppers. i have a big BIG selection of poppers (can ya tell by my log on?!!lol
) pickeral seem to prefer frog poppers of soft plastic or hard body minnow poppers with a feather in the tail. in most cases you just can't pop to much for pickeral and seeing the torpedos going for your lure is half the fun. i also use flukes and soft sticks like sinkos, adding in lizards and creature baits too. don't run the flukes "true" like you would for smallies - pickeral prefer a messed up/wounded bait, so make the fluke roll through the water instead of swim strait like for the bass. for ice fishing pickeral, where legal
live bait, either smelt or minnows works great, and they don't mind hitting dead ones either, especialy if you work it a bit then "kill" the bait, ie: stop all movement after a bit of thrumming. several spoons work well for either hard or soft water, including red devels mentioned above and cleo's. a few special purpose lures for hard water would include a swim bait like a storm and airplane /butterfly jigs - these have very different presentations and can unlock some very tight lipped fish.

now, for smallies...well, again i'm a popper specialist, but almost exclusively minnow poppers (i'll confess, the skitter pop is one of my least prefered popper - to small!). keeping with top water, stick/minnow hard baits would be next for me (okay, occasionaly first on my list...lol
). twitched, run, just left quietly, they all work well.
for below surface action, again the minnow baits but include both hard and soft baits (flukes etc.),then add in regular crank baits of various sizes and styles. next for me would be spinnerbaits (in most cases be sure to add a trailer and use a stinger hook) - swim it, helicopter it down, bounce it off some rocks or logs, run then kill it - spinner baits are very virsitile for the whole water column.
when going to the bottom for smallies, you can't forget the soft plastics, starting with bass worms, lizards (awesome at the right time!!) and creature baits. slow trolling a bass worm texas/texsposed or carolina rigged all work, and other than being a bit boring this is one of the best things to do when the smallies just will not hit anything else...so i try not to be in a situation to use them!!! lol
 

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by far the best pickerel lure ever made is the "moss boss"...its a weedless topwaer spoon that u can throw into the thickest weeds u can find and wont get caught on one...just haule it across the tops of lilly pads and ur garunteed some fish...phils auto in oromucto has them most of the time unless they sell out but other than that i dont know of any spots in fredericton area that has them...pick one up and it will be the only lure u use again i promise u that...as for bass depends on cover and conditions...personal favorite is a chug bug topwater but next in line is a white fluke (made by zoom) just slowly twitched about a foot under the surface ad let it sink a little ..twitch sink twitch sink.... good luck
 

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yup, i like the moss boss for soft water pickeral fishing too. i add a trailer to beef up the presentation and target bigger fish. i use plastics for this, either a big bass worm or the back half of a big lizard, and they prefer the ones with a pink tail.

the older moss boss's had a cheap vinyl skirt - throw it away and use a bass skirt instead. the new ones have the standard soft plastic skirts.

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yup, i like the moss boss for soft water pickeral fishing too. i add a trailer to beef up the presentation and target bigger fish. i use plastics for this, either a big bass worm or the back half of a big lizard, and they prefer the ones with a pink tail.

the older moss boss's had a cheap vinyl skirt - throw it away and use a bass skirt instead. the new ones have the standard soft plastic skirts.

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I have used a Moss Boss now for about 20 years,the older lures used to have a prop like a paddle wheel right in the middle of the thing. Did it ever stir up a commotion!I tried something last year that put the Boss to shame! It's called a Scum Frog.You can get it through Bass Pros for about the same price as the Moss Boss,and it can be thrown into slop that even the Boss would hang up on.I first used it in the Washadamoak last summer,everything I threw would pull in a huge salad. I tried buzz baits,spinner baits,top props,rigged sluggos weedless,and yes,even the Boss hung up in the junk!Finally ,I found this little Scum Frog in with my plastics and thought "what the h"",can't hurt anything. First cast hit the slop and sat for about 3 seconds,then "wham",a 25" green torpedo engulfed it! I pulled more pickerel out of that crap that morning,really impressive little bait! Since then I've used it as my go to lure all across the land and it works everywhere! Anyone that lives for top water fishing,should include a couple in their arsenal.I'm sure they would be just as deadly on Smallies also!
 

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what are the best kind or lures/jigs for pickerel and smallies? HI, ONE OF THE BEST LURES I HAVE FOUND FOR BOTH PICKEREL & BASS IS THE ACME KASTMASTER, I USUALLY START WITH A QUARTER TO THREE EIGHTS OUNCE SIZE, PURE SILVER. AFTER II HOOK A FEW TO DETERMINE SIZE & HOW HARD THEY HIT I WILL MOVE UP IN SIZE FOR LARGER ONES. BUT I STILL USE SPINNERS & TEXAS RIGGED WORMS, THEY ALWAYS CATCH BUT THIS HAS BEEN MY BEST LURE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL SEASONS.
 

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I like the Scum frogs as well. I find the small white/ green the best for me. But make sure you buy a few.
The Pickerel will rip them up pretty good after catching a bunch(5-10).
Another killer set up is Texas rigged 5" senkos on a 4/0 hook. Red,Pink,White,green are the best colors.
White spinner baits, and White buzz baits work great as well.
Pearl white, or silver and black flukes work great as well.
When Pickerel are turned on. I think you could catch them with a flip-flop with treble hooks.LOL

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Spring Pickerel as well as Bass have a hard time seeing bait as usually the water is dark and dirty. I've had lots of luck with Johnson spoons, you can order em through Cabela's or Doiron Sports on the west side of Saint John had a pretty good selection. This time of year I would say the Bigger the Better and flashy!! Good luck!!
 

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Caught 24 pickeral on fri the 13th in Cassidy lake trolling. 20 on a bleeding olive flash rapala and 4 on a jointed perch rapala. On trips last year the jointed silver/black rapala was a killer. When fishing other lakes I also use red senkos which are very effective especially in the weeds!!
 

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Lucky Strike coffee spoon #4 and #5 size are the best lure we've ever used for pickerel. the big blades on them create a big flash in the water. We've only ever used the nickel coloured blade. I'd suggest taking the treble hook off and putting a large single hook.

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I'm not sure why anyone would WANT to target these slimey sons 'a guns, but I inadvertantly caught multiple douzens of them a couple of weekends ago while targetting smallies. They tore up my perch and orange Rapalas and yellow spinner bait, so if you ask me, use those.
 

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we target them cause they are good eating, we keep them over 18", they filet relatively boneless, nice white meat, cooked with Cajun flavor fish crisp.. hmm hmm good!
 
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