Hooking a Minnow
There are several rigs made for use with a dead minnow or other bait and designed to spin the bait. They are especially good for trolling for muskellunge, pike and lake trout. The best known of these is the Archer Spinner, which contains a long needle on which the bait is placed, and a pair of barbed wings or propeller blades hinged at the top, which are pressed down after the bait is on the needle, so that the barbs hold the bait in place. The hooks consist usually of a three treble gang, on gimp snell, trailing alongside the bait
Dead minnows may be fastened on large, long-shanked hooks in such a way that they will spin, if a swivel is fastened to the hook, or directly above. The hook is run into the mouth and out at the gills, back, and hooked into the body near the tail, in such a way that the body is bent into a curved shape. This makes a good rig for casting for bass pike, and pickerel.
Ordinarily it is an easy matter to get minnows. A baited minnow trap will usually keep an angler supplied, but often the minnows taken in traps are too small. Some chubs and shiners may easily be caught in the brooks with a light line and very small hooks baited with maggots or pieces of angle worms. If you go to some quiet little pool where you can see what is going on at the bottom and not be seen yourself it w.'ll not be long until you can have a pail full. Or you can take them with a net on the very small streams, in which it is best to have a companion to drive them into the net. If you have a "live box" to keep them in, it may pay to catch them in spare time and keep a good supply on hand until you need them. When fishing for them, carry a minnow bucket to hold the catch, and get them into the live box as soon after catching as possible. Don't handle them more than absolutely necessary.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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