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Thread: Anyone wanna show me the ropes with the Pickerals?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Elkridge MD

    Default Anyone wanna show me the ropes with the Pickerals?

    Not fished for Pickerel yet.. anyone wanna go out with me on Sunday (4/9) and show me the ropes?
    People who use the word "literally" wrong literally kill me.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Churchton, MD


    I'd like to be shown these ropes as well.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014


    I have a surefire way to hook a pickerel.

    1) Tie on a $15 jerkbait and go bass fishing.
    2) Have a pick hit your lure on the first cast.
    3) Plead, pray, and cuss until you land him with your $15 lure intact.

    This seems to work in a surprising number of freshwater spots.

    If you want brackish picks, I suspect one of our very experienced members will be along shortly with actual advice.

    Yellow Pompano 12
    Lime Slayer 10

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Pasadena, MD


    Tidal pickerel in the Severn and even in the upper Magothy have been scarce since last fall. Their absence in those rivers has continued for me through the winter and so far this spring. Some speculate that increased salinity in those rivers has been the problem but no one knows for sure. If that has been the cause, today’s rain may help.

    The pickerel bite in Eastern Shore ponds has been better. In particular, check out Unicorn Lake and Smithville Lake.

    Otherwise, the hints offered by Drew were good. It’s basically bass fishing the edges and structure in shallow water. You don’t need a $15 crankbait however. A 1/8 oz, jig and 3 inch Mr. Twister or paddletail is a simple and effective lure. Various kinds of jig spinners also work. Clouser minnows and bullet head darters are good flies for pickerels if you’re a fly angler. They’ll also hit poppers on the fly and on conventional tackle as the water warms in late spring.

    They will indeed bite crankbaits, especially those that suspend. But I've found that they can throw a crankbait with treble hooks back at you. I have better hookups on
    pickerels with single hooked lures.

    Despite their fierce looks they can bite subtly. They will usually hit a surface lure aggressively but for other lures they are sometimes triggered to bite when you pause your retrieve. You may not even feel them bite but you'll know they're on your line when you resume your retrieve.

    Good luck,

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    Hidden Oak Native Ultimate 12

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