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Old 03-25-2006, 01:53 PM
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Default Secrets to Livebaiting stripers

In Fisherman
March 2006 Issue
By Don Wirth, Ralph Dallas and Fred McClintock


TACKLE AND RIGGING RIGHT

Wirth: Most novice river-striper anglers are under-gunned in the tackle department. Big stripers make amazingly powerful runs. Add swift current and submerged snags into the mix, and it's obvious you need some serious gear to deal with these fish.
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Old 03-26-2006, 05:51 AM
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I bought that magazine the other day, your right it is a great article. I appreciate you posting the pics as there was a buddy at work I wanted to show that picture to and I was able to email a link to this thread to him. I thought it was real interesting the way he rigged the skipjack.
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Old 03-26-2006, 05:52 PM
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has anyone used a balloon before?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:16 PM
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has anyone used a balloon before?
Sure,,, basically just a big bobber. A bunker or mack would just pull a regular bobber right under. Tie it to a fish finder slide on a long leader and let em swim.
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Old 03-27-2006, 03:53 PM
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Balloons work great drift fishing for big channel cats! I have not had any luck using them for stripers.
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:31 PM
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i had great luck using ballons for both stripers and blues, last july off the NH coast..near the isle of shoals
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:36 PM
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I found that planer boards are more effective for large baits, especially if you fish more than one bait at a time. The larger gizzards and herring like to swim in circles, and if the lines get near each other, well it gets messy real quick. Planers get them out to the side, and finds the 'spooky' fish.
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:31 AM
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is it a common practice to cut off the dorsal fin to make the bait look wounded?
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:34 AM
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I dont like to cut the dorsal or any other fin, just towing the ballon around is enough work to slow the bait down after a few minutes...

all the fish below were caught on live mackerel under a ballon, first photo, Jonny Bolt and Baitrunner, second bait runner, third myself..





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Old 03-30-2006, 10:24 AM
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Geat pics Roccus!
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Ah,,, the memories, lol. Gotta do that again soon.
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Hey Roc,, you got a photo of your sliding hook rig handy that you could post up in here? If not, I just made a bunch the other day and I can take a photo tonight. Slick as snot on a brass doorknob.

Here's a couple more photos from that day...






One of my bassy's eatin a mack



Me and Jonny waitin...
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Bait,

Cant seem to find any here, I know I have some at the house in a how to folder, if I have time tonight I'll try topost them... here's some striper treats though!
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Thanks for the post on the hooking methods. This answers a lot of questions.
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bait, learn that rig so;s you can teach it to me when you come down. roc, give him the crash course! that skipjack method would be way wrong to use before the bass season opens.
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