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Old 08-19-2020, 08:57 PM
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I donít striper fish that often. I really only target them at the steam plant in the winter time but to me they are the most rewarding fish to catch. Especially ones over 30lbs. They are so strong and they are special memories for me. Iíve caught probably a dozen over 25lbs and every single one of them was on a 6xd with 12lb line. Iíve tried to go to 20lb line but Iíve never caught one on 20lb and I always end up switching back to my normal deep cranking bass rod. Itís a lot of fun but Iíve also broke off quite a few times. It makes me feel bad knowing that there are a few big stripers swimming around with a crankbait stuck in their mouth. I finally quit using the 12lb line for that reason and I havenít caught one since. But I donít spend much time doing it. 12lb line with a good drag will certainly hold up to a 40lb striper but not when their teeth are rubbing the line. A lot of the big ones Iíve caught I only got in because they were hooked outside the mouth. What are your rod, reel, and line setups that you use to catch them? Those are some nice fish man and I hope you catch a bunch more
Use 4 or 6 lb test. It fits between the teeth, therefore preventing the friction of larger diameter line.
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Old 08-19-2020, 09:03 PM
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Yes indeed lupanfreitag, I agree..You need to use a broomstick for a rod and a rope for line and get the fish in the boat ASAP if you plan to release it ..

The Longer you fight the Rock with bass gear and a soft drag with 10 to 20 pound test line, the chances are Lactic Acid sets up in the fish and the ability for it to swim off and live is a very low percentage if you release it...... <"TK>
I am for preservation of the fish. However, I can't find satisfaction with winching a fish to the boat. Use light equipment and give the fish a fighting chance.
Reminds me of Jerry Clower on coon hunting. Drop the coon amongst 10 or 15 dogs and give him a fighting chance of whooping them and walking away.
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:38 PM
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Use 4 or 6 lb test. It fits between the teeth, therefore preventing the friction of larger diameter line.
Sambolie, You just want to floss it's teeth ..
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Old 08-20-2020, 11:41 AM
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TK Are you saying that the fish can swim away looking fine and die later? If thatís the case then that really bums me out. Iíve always released every one of them. I always take plenty of time with them in the water afterwards and Iíve never had one that didnít swim away looking fine. I would be bummed if there was a high probability those fish didnít survive. Most of them certainly seemed weakened after tge fight but seemed to gather their strength after a minute or 2 in the water beside the boat
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Old 08-20-2020, 11:44 AM
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Use 4 or 6 lb test. It fits between the teeth, therefore preventing the friction of larger diameter line.
It took me 30 minutes on 12lb line to catch one over 40lbs one time. I couldnít imagine 4-6. That one in particular had me wrapped around the barrier at the steam plant for a long time. He swam under the barrier and I was in a bad spot. About the time I was trying to stick my rod under the barrier it swam back on the other side
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Old 08-20-2020, 01:25 PM
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Still on fire.
Bait thick.
At least 1,000,000 skipjacks to every single sport fish.
Here are a of handful of photos.

Be safe, fish your brains out.
lupanfreitag - are you fishing with live or cut skipjacks? Also, do you know what the water temp has been?

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Old 08-20-2020, 02:57 PM
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It took me 30 minutes on 12lb line to catch one over 40lbs one time. I couldnít imagine 4-6. That one in particular had me wrapped around the barrier at the steam plant for a long time. He swam under the barrier and I was in a bad spot. About the time I was trying to stick my rod under the barrier it swam back on the other side
Rarely use 6. Mostly 2 or 4. Just didn't want lesser skilled people like Merv trying to mimic and lose all that he hooks.
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Old 08-20-2020, 05:25 PM
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Rarely use 6. Mostly 2 or 4. Just didn't want lesser skilled people like Merv trying to mimic and lose all that he hooks.
Ahh. I havenít seen a fish that Merv has caught that was in jeopardy of breaking 2lb line
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Old 08-21-2020, 08:37 AM
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ahh. I havenít seen a fish that merv has caught that was in jeopardy of breaking 2lb line

ouch!!
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Old 08-21-2020, 08:23 PM
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ahh. I havenít seen a fish that merv has caught that was in jeopardy of breaking 2lb line
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Old 09-21-2020, 05:38 PM
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Still pretty good. The water is cooling and bait is concentrating but if you find bait you find the river monsters.
Maybe another 2-3 weeks.
Plan to go deep after that or transition points.
Dam fishing can't be beat.
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