Share your tips, technigues, tactics, presentations and strategies. Discuss considerations for selecting lures, areas to fish, when to fish and other important considerations to increase your success. Discuss your favorite gear for each technique and share recommendations and product reviews.
i know from personal experience here on the Potomac that senkos can be really hot. majority of the time if you toss into a back eddy up here you will have a SM on before it can even have time to sink, by the time you hear the smack of it hitting the water they are coming up for it, i guess they think it is something falling out of a tree. Other times casting just along the shore lines where there is a nice drop off can be productive. and as everyone else mentioned tossing near cover, log jams, stumps all produce fish
-Kodi B. from MD/PA -United States Marine Corps Veteran Fishing from a Malibu Stealth 12 & Native Slayer 12
For those who use O rings do you find lower % hook sets as hook tends to set parallel to the worm. I saw a good tip somewhere to us fat ball point pin as o ring tool if you don't want to shell out $17 buck and or have one. The few times I used the Wacky rig have had success.
jfrancho wrote:Learn to skip the bait to it's destination, even if a skip isn't necessary. It's part of a deadly presentation. Fleeing baitfish will activate sluggish, neutral fish. As for spots, under docks, near stumps, logs and overhanging trees, inside pockets in weedlines. Just cast it, let it sink and settle for 10-20 seconds. No bite, move on to the next spot.
John beat me to this little tid bit. And an unweighted/lightly weighted wacky rig will skip a freaking mile!
United States Army Veteran * SINK Fanatic * 2011 WS Commander 140 * 2000 WS Pungo 120
jfrancho wrote: Just cast it, let it sink and settle for 10-20 seconds. No bite, move on to the next spot.
Sounds like bream fishing with a bobber and a cricket. Very effective.....and about as exciting as watching paint dry, even when you are catching them. Heck, if your catching loads of fish then the finesse wacky probably isn't required as they are probably in a more active feeding mode.
However, it is HIGHLY effective for neutral or negitive fish in shallow water, ie. spawning fish.
jslager wrote:I need to learn to skip like that with a baitcaster!
My problem isnt the baitcaster, it's the sitting. If you are proficient with a baitcaster, you can likely skip it fine if you are standing on the deck of a boat or on the bank so the rod tip has room to get close to water level.
My casting accuracy and ability declined sharply when I got in the kayak. Getting better now but was so used to casting while standing and using an underhand (rod tip low) type of action.
Learn the two handed sidearm cast, and you'll get better and better. Leave your usual dominant cast hand where you usually have, but put the other hand on the butt of the rod for leverage. Use less arm motion, but load the rod blank with a snapping motion. With a baitcaster, feather the spool with your thumb. For spinning, feather the cast by cupping your hand around the spool as line comes off.