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The Fishin' Thread
So we have occasional talks about fishing, so let's start putting it all here. It is open to fishing, boating, rigging, tackle, trip discussions, you name it. But all fishing. So, let's talk about drowning worms!!
30-08-2019 04:32 PM
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I will start off with a gear question.

Who uses circle hooks?
30-08-2019 04:32 PM
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Great idea TW - why has it not been thought of before. Even Don can join in with different types of explosives that can be used[Image: lol2.gif]. The gear I use will be a lot different from most of you here that fish in respect of baits hooks and line strength. As an example I never use line of more that 5lb breaking strain or hooks lower than 16 and always hooks with no barb. Never use live bait - only flies made from natural materials when possible. So my first question - what are circle hooks.
30-08-2019 05:01 PM
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I tend to prefer a G hook over a circle hook , but as the carp fishermen ring in i think you'll find many like the circle hooks .

Mono or braid ?

Why be normal when wierd is so much fun.
30-08-2019 05:17 PM
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Eddie-

I use 4 pound test line for anything not rigged for catfish. Crappie and bluegill will not exceed that weight (99.99% of the time), and I like a good finesse fight.

Circle hooks are different from traditional J hooks in that you don't set the hook, you just reel it in. Helps with avoiding gut hooks but they are a very different technique than most of us use. I am trying one in October on one of our catfish rigs.

Chuck- mono. Never have had the need for expensive braid.

Next question... what kind of catfish rig do you use? Santee Cooper for me... https://www.catfishedge.com/santee-cooper-rig/
30-08-2019 05:24 PM
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Mono for me too. One fish I would love to fish for is the Walleye - but sadly never had the chance.
30-08-2019 06:07 PM
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For bullhead i use a #6 bait holder . For channels and blue i like a live shad on a 2/0 moded for true set and sharpened with slip float keeping my bait about 12-18 inches off botom in company with a friskies slury

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30-08-2019 08:38 PM
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(30-08-2019 06:07 PM)ecignut Wrote:  Mono for me too. One fish I would love to fish for is the Walleye - but sadly never had the chance.

Zander is same fairly as walleye and found in the European mainland

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30-08-2019 08:48 PM
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If the wind dies down I will be fishing for rainbow trout a couple of days next week. September finishes the season for me[Image: sad.gif].
31-08-2019 03:47 PM
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I've turned a bit more to the serious side with the catfishing this year, especially since about half the time we are fishing at the Ozarks, it's at night off the dock. That said, my wife and youngest daughter are now very 'into' it now too, which makes me very happy. Instead of one or maybe two catfish rigs out, we'll have four now in October. Two with circle hooks, two with Jays. And with a few different variations of the Santee, coupled with October's legendary blue catfish production, it should be great.

My daughter loves my 'catfish killer' so much, I got her one too. Following in the footsteps of my incredible Symetre eBay find, I located a Shimano Mark III Q for her. That is the one I use, also for the last 30 years. It is in great shape and she was absolutely thrilled to have the reel her mighty dad uses. The wife is not into nostalgia having never fished prior to knowing me, so I got her a Syncopate 4000, about the same size as my Mark III Q. They are spinning reels, but that's OK since we won't tie into many 75 pound hogs and do not require the massive power of a baitcast reel.

I guess it's not the best picture, but here is my catfish killer. 30 years old and looks like new still. One loving owner.

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31-08-2019 03:58 PM
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