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Old 09-04-2008, 09:17 AM
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Hi,
Looking for advice on using a darter in the cape cod canal. I have a super strike darter which I have been trying to use. I cast it up current from me and jerk the rod to get it to dig in (which intially works). But as I reel it in, it rolls on its side which seems in effective. Not sure if its me or if I need a different/ heaver darter. Would a gibbs 3 oz work better? Is it mistake to try and use a darter in the canal in fast current? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 09-04-2008, 09:55 AM
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Hi Kurt,
The Super Strike darter is probably a bit lightweight for the speed of the canal current at most stages of the tide. 3 oz or heavier will work better. I use some 3oz Gibbs and Tattoo darters there often. Kind of depends on the exact location, but usually I'll cast a bit up current, let it rest until the current sweeps it just past me, then dig it in and let the current do the majority of the work, with very little reeling until it has been swept back close to the shoreline, then I'll do a slow retrieve along the shoreline back to me. I've been surprised how many times I'll pick up a fish on that shoreline retrieve, not 10 feet from the bank.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:23 PM
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Hey Baitrunner,
Thanks alot thats a big help. I was hoping you would see the question as I remeber you had said you use darters that night I met you.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:49 PM
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Welcome to the site Glad ya found us. Refresh my memory, are you one of the guys I talked to in the Scusset parking lot a couple weekends ago, or did we meet on the jetty, or bike trail?
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:39 PM
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I was one of the guys in the parking lot down at scusset that night. You were gearing up by your truck so I figured Id be sociable and walked over to say hi. It was a couple of weeks back but I remebered you had said this a a good site to check out.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:53 PM
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I fish the same way as baitrunner, you can also fish a sluggo with no weight the same way and depending on the reel you have you can let the line go out as the current takes your sluggo but hang on to your rod because when they hit that sluggo just drifting along the canal doing its own thing in the water it will feel as if a run away freight train just picked up your sluggo and took off with it.

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Old 09-04-2008, 02:19 PM
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Thanks I ordered a couple of 3 oz gibbs darters. I have tried the sluggo's (9") with a jig head but not weightless. I think I will try rigging them weightless and adding a tail hook. Last weekend I tossed one out and jigged it but it was about 6 inches shorter when I reeled it in. I never even felt a hit I am guessing it might have been a blue fish?
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I fish darters in fast water, and have had good results.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:38 PM
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I was one of the guys in the parking lot down at scusset that night. You were gearing up by your truck so I figured Id be sociable and walked over to say hi. It was a couple of weeks back but I remebered you had said this a a good site to check out.
Ah yes,, I remember you. Glad you said hi. Did you guys do any good after you moved down to the other end? I came away with a skunk that night....
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:41 AM
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We did ok. My nephew picked up two. I was sure I was going to get skunked but lucked out towards the end of the night and caught 1 on a yozuri minnow. All schoolies but it was fun and its always good just to get out.
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