Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Andrew Erickson

bulldawgs

Recommended Posts

What is the absolute best way to fish these baits?ive only had a couple small follows on them.Ive also heard when a fish hits a bulldawg it almost feels like a bass hitting a plastic worm.Is that true?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to rip them, hard on the baits but fish seem to like it. I also play with double 10 blades in front and burn them over weeds, jurys still out yet on that tactic so far 1 follow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glided or jerked, always keeping the line tight when its jerked, IMO. One guide once told me there was no wrong way to fish them. Can't say I heard that they get bit like a bass on a plastic worm.

It's a go-to bait in cabbage. Get it stuck in there and just rip it out as hard as you can, that really drives em nuts...you might be pulling half the weedbed back to the boat but often times they are still right behind it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny propster and I where just talking about this. I like to sweep or glide the dogs back in. They always seem to hit on the pause and at this time people usually have slack in there line dont even know they got hit tell the next pull. but they will smash these baits you want to real up the slack so you can detect the hit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to use it as a throw back bait. I keep an orange and black one rigged at all times on a spare rod. When a ski comes in slow and not really interested I quickly grab the spare rod and toss it out. Doesn't work all the time, but it has on occasion.

Try it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I kind of slow roll them in, especially the mags, looking to get a little deeper on the weed edges, then rip off the weeds as they tick the tops of the weeds. Rippin' in the cabbage has won tourneys, and burned out reels at the same time! Reg size I'll bring in pretty quick sometimes over the weed tops up shallow.

RincRat: Sometimes the strike is not hard, you always have to remember to bury the hooks once you feel a fish. I've lost a couple that grabbed the Dawg and I didn't drop the hammer on a good hookset.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only one I own is a heli dawg and it seems the only way is a steady retreive. Too fast and its coming in sideways. Anyone else experience that? I am probably going to buy a reg or mag bulldawg in all white or glow for night.

I just got my 7000i red delivered today, can't wait to get some line on it and hit the water!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Caught my first muskie ever on a bulldawg tonight. only 38incher but it's a start. my tail is completely gone though so i'll hafta make a run into town to buy a new one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yeah tell me about it... Was fishing with Propster on WBL last nite... no takers no sights NOTHING then while we were moving to other spot... I glanced over to my SuperD and was flabergasted... theres only half tail left... with plenty teeth marks on the remaining tail... &%$#@... that night was the first time I used that particular SuperD...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yeah tell me about it... Was fishing with Propster on WBL last nite... no takers no sights NOTHING then while we were moving to other spot... I glanced over to my SuperD and was flabergasted... theres only half tail left... with plenty teeth marks on the remaining tail... &%$#@... that night was the first time I used that particular SuperD...

I was out too, I cannot believe how many boats are out there pitching the big baits. No wonder the bite is tough this year. I bet I saw at least 25 boats on 1 side of the lake all throwing for ski's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rat - my best retreive is a lift and drop - 9 oclock to 11 oclock with a steady consistent crank. there is no wrong way to work the dawg but a retreive like this usually lets you feel it when they eat and you can drop and set hard. Setting yourself up for a good hookset is the most important part of the dawgs IMO and you won't miss many fish as long as you give yourself a chance to stick them good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I forgot to mention that if you're throwing Dawgs upgrading the split rings is a very good approach......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my buddy cast one off the split ring last year. hear it happens quite a bit. Musky Innovations seems to have cheap stuff. I took 3 casts with a black/orange blade chatterbait and the orange peeled right off

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nater, do you have a shallow dawg. Ours seem to do the same if brought in too quickly. Regulars, and especially mags, don't, at least for us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

shallow dawgs are better off worked with short twitches through shallow cabbage, foil, etc. you can really dance it if you want.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Marc - thats dedication, fishing until 1am and then getting online. You must have today off smile Last night Jim was throwing 3 different bulldawgs and didn't get any action on them, but it was slow for all together.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wish i had the day off - i'd still be out there. last night was a perfect night to be on the water - i hated to leave.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was using a bulldawg last night and after a retrieval was just dangling it in the water next to the boat and a muskie came up and missed it. Later I caught a nice northern on it. Action seemed to be up last night. One muskie jumped completely out of the water at my friend's topwater bait and missed. Kind of frustrating to not catch any muskies but did get a few nice northerns.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you guys fish bulldawgs at night do you slow it down and use a more stead retrieve? Or or do you still rip em'? I know with other night presentations slow, vibrating offerings seem to be best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i don't use it too much at night but in general it's good slow down a little and keep it simple in the dark. i still use a gentle lift/drop in the dark when i do end up throwing the dawg but my choice is usually a bucktail.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • So our bear friend came back today and she brought somebody with her. It might be time to quit feeding the birds sunflower seeds until next fall.  
    • I picked up that double bag deal about a month ago at Home Depot here in Sioux Falls. Ironically it was the same weekend we had the big April snow storm.
    • I see Home Depot advertising for Memorial day but no Kingsford double bag on sale. Has anyone seen any on sale anywhere? I am down to my last bag and need to stock up, Memorial weekend is usually the time to do it.
    • Found a cardinal nest in one of my shrub bushes. Cute little gray fuzzy things. I tried to take a picture, but my camera phone sucks, and I didn’t want to bother them. I’m so glad I spent $20 on a cardinal nest box, only to have it sit empty.
    • 20180519_060302.mp4 20180519_060302.mp4
    • Wisconsin's turkeys have survived my visit this year.  One is surely deaf after I managed to miss at 18 paces as he walked past me...  Not sure how that happened...   I feel like I rushed the shot when he started to get nervous.  Passed one jake the first morning that I could have taken at 40yd.   Came very close on two other mature gobblers.   One picked me off as he came around a hay pile at 20yd and immediately turned and ran, very smart bird.   The other came in hot, but decided to do a circle around me.  Appeared at 30yd wide open to my side while I was aiming down the sights towards his last gobble, and I had no chance to turn and shoot...  
    • Mentored for the Mn DNR women's Turkey hunt on Fri night and Sat morning. Friday was quiet but the birds flew up within 40 yards af the blind so we were hopefull for what the morning would bring. Sat morning was quiet and I waited till shooting hours to make my first yelps which were immediately cut off by 4 different birds. My lady was excited to say the least. She had never seen a turkey in the wild growing up and living in iron range.  Two of the toms gobbled a little after fly down but I could tell the were going north. The other 2 that were to our east gobbled a bit but shut up but sounded like the were coming down the road towards us. After about 20 minutes they rolled a big triple gobble within 60 yards wondering where this hen was at. I gave them a few purrs and set the call down getting her ready and calming her down for the shot. We still had not seen them put I could hear that unmistakable sound,pfffft boooom. Now I'm getting excited because I know they are danger close but they are on the side we can not see. Like always they proved me a fool and instead of coming right up the little road the cut through a high spot in the swamp and pop out in the field at 30 yards. They immediately hit full strut and throw a huge gobble right in our face and directly at my decoy that is set up at 8 yards. Then instead of coming right in they circle the decoy and blind at 25 yards and go to the side of the blind that is closed and gobble and strut for 15 min finally working into 8 to 10 yards bit still won't come towards the decoy. So I shut the one blind window and get her moved for a shot. The birds are now at 18 yards but getting skittish and moving away. As soon as I get the window open I hear her string drop and whay sounded like a hollow feathery smack and she says she got it. I look up and the birds are still there and look just a little nervous so I hit the call and they gobble back so I know it was a miss. So close but it was so much fun. Those 2 birds hung out for a few hours after strutting and gobbling at everything. 
    • Great bird, way to keep at it.
    • Nice bird, good job!
    • I assuming you are putting on the 5/16 T & G? I pushed mine tight and face nailed. Two nails per stud