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    I have been fishing for almost 40 years, with many of those years fishing daily.

    I own but one lure. There's no better all around lure than floating Rapalas. Sizes 5-7 are good for most fish.

    Nearly every fish is predatory; Rapalas take care of all of the work for you.
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    Rapalas are great. My problem is I do a lot of fishing in weedy pike lakes, where they get snagged up or chewed up. Too expensive for my taste; a $2 spoon is much more expendable.

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    Thanks everyone for the advice.
    We are looking at mostly getting perch & bluegill for the kids. More serious fisherman around here go for lake trout and smallmouth bass. I also used to get pickerel & catfish when I used to fish.

    With the kids we are definitely looking at bait & bobbers. I was hoping to get some artificial bait that would last longer than the worms do in the fridge and not squirm so much when I hook them. I tried a product called "Gulp" but was getting skunked while my friends kids were pulling all in lots of little fish. We switched to worms and starting catching some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    Not knowing the particular fish in your river (assuming it's supporting a wide variety), I would suggest the following for a decent "all-around" tackle.

    Small (0 - 3) mepps are what I put on the little guy's pole. 0-1 are the safest bet for keeping the fish small. I caught a 40in musky last week on a #3 (gold spinner) while fishing smallmouth bass, so you might want to avoid that (although that is obviously a rare hit on a mepps, even in the Chippewa River)

    Depending on the darkness of the water, you may want to use either a Gold or Silver spinner- I'm not big on the multi-colored varieties, but that doesn't mean they don't work... just don't for me..

    I am also partial to "sassy shads" and any type of cheap twistertail with a jig. All of these are solid for river fishing.

    We only tried to go once on the river. It was way to rocky for us. I was later told that I need to check the dates when NH Fish & Game stock the river, because that is when fish can be caught.
    We mostly have been going to small ponds in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    I don't fish much anymore, but used to avidly. Two things I kept in my tackle box were a pair of stainless-steel needle-nose pliers for getting hooks out (especially good for "swallowed" treble hooks) and those canvas gloves with the rubber "pebbles" to improve the grip. A particularly active fish called for the gloves - they made a world of difference, especially with something slimey like a catfish.
    As for artificial bait and lures - what are your target fish?
    Thanks for the tips. I have been using pliers to get the hooks out but figured using gloves was being a bit too sissy, but who I am kidding...I don't particularly care for grabbing the slimy fish, so I will probably be getting gloves soon.

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    Maybe try mealworms or sometimes they call them superworms.

    They are not slimy and their guts don't gush out like earthworms.


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    As kids we fished with yellow corn straight from the can.

    The bright color gave a nice flash underwater and attracted many kinds of smaller fish.

    We would also use it together with worms or other bait but it seemed to work fine on its own.
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    If you still want to try artificials, tiny spinners and jigs (think really, really small) work well for perch and bluegills. For real bait, In addition to worms and maggots, I have caught perch on tiny minnows and bluegills on little pieces of meat from the fridge.

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    A needlenose may be a little large for bluegill, perch and trout. Keep an eye out for surgical clamps at local flea markets. They're thin and you can set the clamp over the hook and work it out easily. I find it works best minimizing damage to small fish you want to release.

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