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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Gulping up bluegills with minnows

February 15, 2010 at 05:50 PM

For the past few years I’ve heard rave reviews for the various Berkley Gulp Alive products.

Last year was the first time I was really tempted to spend money on Gulp, which was the favored bait of crappie anglers at the Emiquon Preserve. Because minnows are not allowed at Emiquon, some anglers turned to Gulp with great results.

For me, though, two things scared me off. The price tag. And the size of the commonly available Gulp minnows. I don’t like 3- or even 4-inch minnows.

All of which leads me up to today, when Gulp Alive 1-inch minnows Illinois hunting and fishingperformed wonderfully well in the strip mines.

A group of us (Gordon Inskeep, Tony McCoy and Gregg Meyers) fished together. Everyone was using fake plastic baits. I was the only one who had live waxworms. But the waxworms were not the ticket. It was the Gulp Alive that eventually wound up on every hook.

We caught nice bluegill, redear, a few crappie and a few bass. For awhile I tried waxies with the minnows. Then just waxies. Then just minnows. The last combination worked as good as the double combination. So for the latter half of the day all I used was the Gulp minnows.

So now I guess I’m going to stock up on the things. But there are problems. The goo they are stored in tends to leak out of the containers, which do not screw down tight enough. If they tip over (as they do in my tackle sack) everything gets stinky and slimy. So that’s a problem to address. But all in all, they are a good addition to the panfishing arsenal.




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