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Re: Catcbing chain pickerel

I've found the NCWRC's Sport Fish Profiles page to be a good starting point for learning about the different species in NC.

Here's what it says about Chain Pickerel:
"[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Use spinners, spoons, jigs and a variety of crankbaits. Minnows are a favored live bait. Fishing is usually best around aquatic vegetation, such as lily pads and brush piles."

For what its worth, I have caught a couple chain pickerel in the Wake Forest Reservoir on plastic ribbontail worms.
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Re: Catcbing chain pickerel

I've caught hundreds on flashy spoons, loud top water plugs, live minnows and live frogs. Weedless lures are a must as pickerel like to hang out in the weeds.
 

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I've caught em on small minnows. I would let em drift past structure and WHAM they hit hard.
 

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it is damage.. yep $17 dallor spinner baits and they shread them in an instant.. i catch alot of them when beating the upper gator river for bass..

pick's are and ambush fish they sit tight and drill baits as they go by there hideouts..

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hmm tadpole( Jim) my friend and new angler Ben( tackle monkey got him for $150 on his first trip) and I went to McFadyn lake here in Fayetteville and were fishing live minnows with no luck saw a bunch of birds diving down to minnows that were all over the top of the water. I figured something like crappie were pushing them up so we pulled ancore and took off. got there and on his first cast with the strom swim baits that have a spoon for a lip, he caught a nice chain Pickerel, weighed a hair over 3lbs and was 24 " long. Had to keep it as we let it go and it went belly up.
 
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