Hands down the redtail chub is the minnow of choice around here for walleye anglers. Because of the demand they aren't always easy to get your mitts on. They're not cheap either at $6 to $10 a dozen.
The reason redtails are in such high demand is because they effectively catch the elusive walleye. One of the redtail's best qualities is its heartiness. They'll live a long time if taken care of.
I normally carry three kinds of live bait when going for walleyes: redtails, leeches and nightcrawlers. But if I could take only one it would be the chubs. I would like to make a bumper sticker that reads "I Love My Chubs," but it might infringe on Cub Foods.
When I'm rigging with redtails I hook them either in the tail or the mouth. Tail hooking lets you know from the minnow's vibrations when Walter or Wanda is near. If that sounds pretty cool just wait until you feel it for yourself!
Question: Walleyedan, how long do you let a fish run with your minnow?
Answer: It depends! When using large minnows I let them run for 10 to 20 seconds. It also depends on how hungry the fish are. Sometimes they'll inhale a minnow on first bite. It's one of those "feel deals" that varies from day to day.
Have a nice week! -- Walleyedan
"Walleyedan" Eigen can be reached at www.walleyedan.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 839-5598.
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