Bemidji, Minn. – Ice anglers throughout the North Country employ a common and effective trick for downsizing live baits into bite-sized morsels, just before tipping them onto the treble hooks of jigging spoons. Basically, it’s a quick grip-and-squish between thumb and forefinger, either nipping the head off a fathead minnow, or inserting your thumbnail to pop the eye out of a freshly caught perch (where legal!). Why the handiwork? Because adding a fresh portion of a familiar forage species to your lure makes it look, smell and taste irresistible to fish without detracting from the spoon’s wobbling action.
Here’s a handy tip for spoon enthusiasts, whether you’re all thumbs, a bit squeamish, or just plain appreciate a good, clean shortcut to faster, easier and more efficient angling.
“NORTHLAND’S new IMPULSE® spoon tippers are no-muss, no-fuss alternatives to live bait,” says Team Northland® Pro Staffer Tony Roach. “They come in popular shapes already used with confidence by anglers, so there’s no learning curve to surmount – merely a confidence barrier to overcome. Once you catch a fish on them, you’re hooked, because they’re quick, easy and loads of fun. And they do a real number on walleyes through the ice. Perch, too.”
The IMPULSE® MINNOW HEAD is roughly 1” in length, and is molded with ultra-precise minnow features, including 2 attractor Pectoral Fins that quiver and shake like the fins of a real minnow. It comes in 3 popular forage patterns and Glo White, packaged 9 heads of the same color per bag. Each head is infused with Instinctual Impulse® Attractant, proven 143% more effective than the leading brand. And perhaps best of all, there’s no need to carry a minnow bucket and freeze your fingertips when rebaiting. Just carry a pack or two in your pocket, pop on a new head when needed, and you’re back in business.
“The IMPULSE® PERCH EYE is really thinking out of the box, and not simply because it, too, is pocket-friendly whenever you need a dry eye. It’s molded to lifelike specifications, with extra-soft tissue that feels like the real thing, yet provides firm hooking for the bait. But the real eye-opener is its highly-reflective Attractor Pupil, which perfectly mimics the eye of a forage minnow or fish. Perch, walleye and other gamefish zero in on the eyeball and nail the hook every time! And because it’s infused with Super-Charged Impulse® Attractant, fish taste and smell it up close as well as see it from afar. Each PVC-based eye is approximately 1/2” in diameter, and available in 3 eye-appealing colors including Red, Chartreuse, and Glo White. You get 8 identical eyes per bag, connected by a soft plastic string that allows you to fish multiple eyes simultaneously, or one eye at a time. Winkin’ or blinkin’. It’s your choice.