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Suick Fishing Tips

The Suick Musky Thriller has been catching muskies for many years.  It's one of those lures that every serious musky angler must have in their boat.  With several sizes, colors, weighted or non, actually every angler needs a dozen in their boat.

     Suicks are made from wood, therefore every lure made is slightly different.  Density, knots, and grain can easily influence how the lure performs.  With a pliers, the metal tail and nose ring can be tweaked to give each individual lure the right action.  I like the lure to dance side to side while making a rise and dive motion.  Bending the tail down, and to opposite of bending the nose ring, will typically give you this action.  Example, if I bend the right side of the tail down, I would then bend the nose ring a little to the left.  Note: when "tuning" these lures, start with small increments of movement, not to over tune the lure.

   Working a Suick(or any jerkbait) isn't that hard with proper rod movements and body positions.  I've watched so many people operate a Suick wrong.  Their body is turned sideways, they are making too long of pulls, and not keeping the slack in the line picked up.  To work a Suick properly, first square your body up to the direction of your cast.  Keep your rod tip pointed at the lure, remember high school math(the shortest distance between two points is a straight line!) I like to pull down in a manor of 1 to 2 foot pulls.  While making the pulls, I am maintaining a steady retrieve(to pick up the slack).  Only during a pause(to let the lure rise a little) do I ever stop reeling.  This retrieve can be varied with longer pauses, faster pulls, slower pulls, which is important to see what muskies will react to each day. 

   I like to use the non-weighted Suicks around thick weed cover.  I will bend the tail down a little more than normal is these situations.  It will cause the lure to dive down sharply, and then rise quickly to the surface.  With a properly tuned bait, the downward dive and rise will vary.  Sometimes it will pop back to the surface to the right, sometimes left.....these erratic retrieves really trigger musky strikes when they are in thick cabbage. 
    The weighted version is my favorite jerkbait in the Fall.  I will even add more weight to them if I really want to get deep.  These weighted lures will rise a lot slower, move side to side slower, and react differently to the tuning process because of the weighted body.  I really like to throw these lures around deep weed edges and steep wooded shorelines in the Fall.  If a musky doesn't eat the lure, it will follow it in to a quick-set sucker for me.

   Get yourself some Suicks, tune 'em up in a pool or off the dock, and get ready to catch some muskies.

Rob Manthei

There is no one right way to work a Suick, nor is there any one wrong way to work a Suick. They key is to have confidence in the lure when you are using it. Some days short, quick jerks on the Suick work best and the next day long jerks produce the best. Let the fish tell you how they want it worked.

During cold water temperatures, use a weighted Suick. Most days the 10" Suick is the most productive. Slowly pull it toward you and just before it stops the glide, hit your reel handle quickly for one half turn. This will result in a belly roll, which is very effective on some cold days. When musky fishing during cold front conditions, in pressured waters, or during the second day of a tournament, give a 7" Suick a try. Some days it pays to give up a wire leader and either go with no leader, or a leader made from fluorocarbon. This material will allow the Suick to swim more freely, especially the 7" model.

Sometimes as you retrieve a Suick back to the boat, allow it to rise to the surface four to six feet and then snap it back down. Frequently a following musky will eat it as it is snapped down. Occasionaly to figure-eight a Suick, one must put the rod in the water 2-3 feet or more. How important is color? Some days it does not mater and other days it is the significant difference. Again, let the fish tell you what they want.

Roger Sabota

Suicks are one of my main men. I've used them with great success for many years. They are a very versatile lure that just plain catches muskies year after year. My method of working a Suick is perhaps a little different than many folks. I simply continuously reel the lure and speed the lure up and slow it down with sweeps of the rod. I use an 8'0" rod that gives the lure a nice speed-up and slow-down motion. I occasionally will stop the retrieve and will let the lure come almost to the surface. I do this a lot when fishing weed beds and will let the lure rise over the tops of weeds. I bend the tail down a little (30 degrees or so) and this gives the Suick a little wiggle when reeling it in.

Great lures and easy to work!

Doug Johnson

Time and time again I get asked, "How do you work a Suick?" Well, the best way to describe it is there is no improper way to work a Suick. The single most important thing about working a Suick is making sure it is tuned properly.

To Tune a Suick:

1. When running a Suick if it runs to the right, turn the screweye to the right, and if it runs to the left, turn it to the left. Remember not to turn to much-you don't want to break the eyelet.

2. You can also tune a Suick by carefully bending the tail. I like to bend the tail downward only slightly, maybe a 1/4". Then I turn the corners of the tail downward just a tiny bit more to give it that back and forth wobble.

3. You can also add weight to your lure. There are several manufacturers out there that make screw-in style weights that can be added to your lures. Try setting your lure in a sink full of water and put the weights on top of the lure until you get the desired amount of flotation. I like my Suicks to just sink very slowwwly. This makes them easier to cast and easier to work. Once you have your desired amount of weight on the lure, mark the lure and then flip it over and insert weights into the bottom of the bait at exactly the precise location you marked on the top of the lure. This will ensure that the lure is properly balanced when retrieving. I also like to keep my weights closer the the front of the lure. This will make it dive better on your retrieve.

Phil Schweik