Creating “Medusa’s Head” with maggots popularized by ice fishing pacesetter Brian “Bro” Brosdahl
Bemidji, Minn. – Warning to panfish everywhere
look into her eyes, or at that living crown of writhing maggots for that matter.
If you’re lucky, it’s Stonehenge for you, and a safe sink to the
bottom of the lake. If you’re unlucky, it’s a treble hook in the
maw and a one way ticket to the frying pan.
What Brian “Bro” Brosdahl has dubbed “baiting up with Medusa’s
Head” is stonewalling giant panfish across the Ice Belt. The finished
package, as the name implies, mimics, in a miniaturized way, the slithering
snakes that turned Greek hairdressers into geologists…BC.
Medusa’s Head, ala Bro, is fashioned by loading (actually, overloading)
the treble hook of a small jigging spoon with maggots – aka spikes or
Eurolarva – to the point where it morphs into a grotesque, singular organism
with compound tentacles. It might take a dozen or more maggots to produce the
effect, too. Don’t be bashful – load it up. There’s no such
thing as too many maggots.
Trust, too, that Bro isn’t doing it for attention or to run up the bait
bill, either. It simply works. “Number one, you virtually eliminate the
small fish,” explained Bro. “Either the dinks can’t get their
mouths around it or it scares them off. And even if they do take a taste, that’s
okay. The tearing and ripping actually attracts bigger fish.”
He’s also noticed that the upsized presentation triggers otherwise uninterested
panfish. “I’ve watched big bluegills and crappies stare motionlessly
at a typical jig. Drop down Medusa’s Head on a jigging spoon, and it’s
a different story. Bam!
It’s like they took a sip of the Bro Kool-Aid.”
For crappies and bluegills, Bro fixes up a Medusa Head of maggots on a 1/16-ounce
Northland Forage Minnow Spoon. Perch are partial to the same blob of bait on the more
aggressive 1/12-ounce Macho Minnow. An alternate option involves skewering a dozen or more maggots on
the single forged hook of a Northland Bro Bug. With all of the lures mentioned,
jig as you normally would, but with longer pauses between sequences. During
those breaks the moving maggots impart their own natural action…and scent.
Bro finishes by extolling the versatility of the presentation. “It’s
not limited to panfish, either. A Medusa Head of maggots on a spoon is one of
my best late season tricks for largemouth bass and walleyes.”
Note: Vados Bait Express (www.vadosbait.com)
is one of the best online sources for lively maggots and other creatures that
wiggle and swim.
For information on lure selection and a 2010 catalog, contact Northland Fishing
Tackle® Inc., 1001 Naylor Drive SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Phone is (218) 751-6723
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Fri, February 19, 2010
by Sarah Hokuf filed under