Re: Question about trolling for hybrids
My Indiana experience is the same. You catch them at dawn and dusk unless there's a storm coming in or an overcast day. They bite well when a storm is brewing. I'm not sure about downriggers, as I have yet to use them. I rely on casting spoons and rarely use live bait. The big ones come onto the flats as the sun sets and they travel in hunting packs, chasing the bigger shad onto large flats, herding them until they run out of water, then smashing into them. I believe the bigger fish stay near the bottom while the smaller ones thrash around at the top.
When I see them on sonar, I see the cloud of shad and it is usually surrounded be large fish and I assume are wipers. No shad, no wipers.
I also notice they don't like boat noise, so I have to use long baitcaster rods and heavy (3/4 to 1 oz) casting lures.
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