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Tiger Fishing Question
April 2, 2009
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Just wondering if there is any difference in fishing for tigers? I have only fished for muskies and never tigers.Do the same lures and techniques work that you would use for muskies on tigers? Or do you downsize your baits? Thanks.

April 2, 2009
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Downsize to "Big" Bass stuff. Good luck, they're tough!

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April 2, 2009
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Hello,

They seem to be very different in my opinion. I notice that Tigers are more effected by fronts. They seem to like smaller baits most of the time as Jeremy stated. They also will disappear once in a while, and are hard to find. I believe they suspend in deeper water sometimes, making them very hard to catch.

This is based on all my experienced on one lake i fish that has tigers so they might act different on other lakes..

Hope this helps..

Sebastian

April 2, 2009
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Tigers are some cool fish! Seb is definitely right on the money about the tigers and weather fronts, I have seen that too, they go nuts when the weather changes!

I have yet to boat one over 30 inches and fished for them for the past 2-3 years (that’s going to change soon!) The first lure I go to is probably a small bucktail. If memory serves me right, I’ve fished tigers for an entire day and kept the bucktail on the whole time. One, they always catch something. Two, I’ve had my only tigers over 30 in. eat or follow a bucktail. It’s just a nice simple bait, easy to control and fun to use. I’m talking about #5 (or 6 not sure) blue fox musky bucks, meps giant killers, mepps regular musky killers, small lungen tails….gotta love small bucktails, especially in the spring time and they are a little easier on the back than throwing double tens all day ;D

Any good musky bait should work though. I agree with Seb and Jeremy, the same baits that work for muskies should work for tigers … just use smaller lures.

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Tim

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April 4, 2009
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I think they prefer slightly cooler water, so I believe that they start biting a little bit earlier in the spring but are harder to find in the middle of summer. I've also been told that they don't bite as much as purebreds in the wintertime. They grow fast but don't live as long, so anything bigger than 40" is big. Most of the ones that I've run into are just under 30", which means they are in their third summer. Also, because they are more inclined to eat "bass" tackle, they get caught and killed more often by the average angler, so it doesn't surprise me that most of the fish were just under the old legal limit of 30". We'll see if they start getting bigger with the new size limits.

All of the tigers I've caught have been on typical muskie jerkbaits or crankbaits, maybe just a bit smaller. This guy who's been guiding on NM's only tiger muskie lake insists that they behave differently and has some useful information about that on his website: http://www.tigermuskies.com/fi.....hfact.html. This point was driven home a few years ago when I was fishing for tigers in Colorado and this bass fisherman caught two on white spinnerbaits while I got skunked using "muskie" stuff on the deep weededges in October. Switching to a white bucktail and fishing shallower at least got me a few follows before I had to leave for the weekend.

Chris

April 4, 2009
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Fish are like people sometimes. i think there way more aggresive, and do like the cooler water. they seem to lean more towards the Northern side, I think. But thats just me. ??? ::) see ya Ron

April 11, 2009
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thanks for all the feedback. Some good pointers will have to give them a try.

April 11, 2009
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My biggest musky to date was a natural Tiger caught in MN on a mag dawg in walleye color. Check the Blue Marsh section of this board - seems like good Tiger info.

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