Story and photographs by Don Talbot
Chicken liver balls are a great bait to use for pikeminnow when you’re sitting on anchor in a hole and looking to draw in hungry fish.
Step 1: Gather the following supplies to make 250-plus chicken liver balls:
• 6-foot-long work table
• Bowl of water and sponge to wet the table
• Five containers of chicken livers
• Five packs of Spawn Net
• Two packs of Miracle Thread
Step 2: Cut the Spawn Net up into squares. Each pack makes 50 to 60 squares.
Step 3: Wet the table so that the netting doesn’t blow away, and then place the squares in rows up and down the table.
Step 4: Cut the chicken livers into thumbnail-sized chunks and place each in the middle of a square.
Step 5: Grab and twist the four corners of the netting together around the liver.
Step 6: Wrap the Miracle Thread around the twisted liver ball end 10 times and pull to break.
Step 7: Cut the tag end of the netting off and place the bait into the chicken liver container.
Step 8: Marinate with your favorite fish oil – this is one of my secret weapons! I use Super Dipping Sauce in garlic scent.
Step 9: Put the loaded containers back into your refrigerator or freezer. I like to keep my liver balls on ice, as I like fresh bait most of the time for pikeminnow fishing.
HOW TO RIG
Step 1: Load your reel with 100 yards of 20- to 30-pound braided line, which helps to detect the bite better.
Step 2: Slide a snap swivel up the braid to clip to a 1- to 6-ounce cannonball, and then add a 6mm rubber bead or other bumper to help minimize metal-to-metal noise.
Step 3: Tie a good barrel swivel to the end of the braid and then attach a 3-foot-long, 20-pound-test leader rigged with a size 4 Gamakatsu hook.
Step 4: Barely hook the liver ball so that the fish will hook itself while biting the bait.
Step 5: Dunk in your favorite marinade and cast away. NS