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Old 05-03-2012, 01:20 PM
biglurr54 biglurr54 is offline
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Default Need help with Fish Finder Rigs and Hooking Up

I need some help with how to use a fish finder rig on the Hudson. I fish up by Albany and Troy. I have done a ton of research on here so I have a good idea of how it works but who would know better than you guys up here catching all the fish. Currently I am set up like this. Hook, 3-4 inch mono leader, snap swivel, fish finder rig and 50 lb braided line. I cast my live herring out with typically a #4 weight. I let it sink and catch bottom. Then I strip 10 feet of line off to give the herring room to swim. I usually mark fish on the fish finder and try to target that depth. I have Redi-Rigs for the surface and fish finders for the bottom. Should I draw the fish finder tight to the snap swivel so the fish is stuck on the bottom of the river or should I strip some line out to let the fish move up the water column a bit?

Went out last night and the boat next to me nailed 6 fish in the 3 hours we were next to them. They had fish finder rigs and live herring same as us. We caught nothing. Any help would be great and I really appreciate it.

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:28 PM
Tony T Tony T is offline
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Default Re: Need help with Fish Finder Rigs and Hooking Up

If you are on a boat I would go with 3-4 feet rather than inches of leader
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Need help with Fish Finder Rigs and Hooking Up

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If you are on a boat I would go with 3-4 feet rather than inches of leader
Agreed I go with around a two foot leader and dont give any slack to run around if anchored.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:59 PM
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Default Re: Need help with Fish Finder Rigs and Hooking Up

Let it ca tch bottom then click your BR on or loosen your drag and set the rod in rod holder as to not give any slack to the bait, I find slack will catch less fish and actually get you snagged way more.
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