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Old 05-23-2002, 06:45 AM
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I have been going out into Buzzards Bay at the end of the Canal. Lots of boats, lots of people catching fish. Not me!

Last Friday I hooked up with a really nice striper, looked like a keeper size for sure. I was alone in the boat, so as I was reaching down to grab him the hook came out. The fish didn't know it and just stayed there. I grabbed for the tail only to have him swim a foot or so out of reach. Ok Ok, no problem, at least I got one to the boat and I was only fishing for a few minutes.

Out goes another frozen Herring. Within another 10 minutes I am hookup again. This time the leader fails and I never got the see the fish.

Last night a friend and I were out again. He hooked into something big. We though we hooked the bottom at first! Again the leader failed! I am not sure if I just bought crappy hooks or I am getting hit by blue fish.

Life would be so much better if I could just boat a few fish!
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Old 05-23-2002, 08:20 AM
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Always a mystery on what it could be, but thats part of the fun. It always pays to check your leader, and to use good quality hooks. Check the test on your leaders and type of line. Not to insult you in anyway, but over time I have learned to pay attention to details such as Knots, good hooks, size of hooks and extra money spent on good leader materials. Good luck in the future, thats why is't called fishin and not catchin. Rocky [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]

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Old 05-23-2002, 09:55 AM
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Have someone look over your knots if your leaders are failing. It could be blue but i doubt it. The way you say the big fih felt like the bottom is very unbluefishesque. Every bluefish I have ever caught has taken off when they felt the hook. Also think about moving up to stringer leaders.

BTW which end of the canal have you been fishing? I am in FL now but grew up fishing the West End and Mashnee Flats.

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Old 05-23-2002, 10:17 AM
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The leaders I have been using were store bought at RedTop. I don't think I am going to use another one. I still have two packages of two left. In the trash they go!
I should have been tying my own anyway. But I am so frustrated now that I am just going to start using the Bluefish steel leader rigs.

I have a slip in Monument beach and have been fishing in the west end of the canal around marker 16.

I moved to the rock pile in the old canal becuase it was so rough last night. Thats where I hooked into that big Something.

Better to have a hit and lose it than none at all
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Old 05-23-2002, 12:49 PM
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FNG,

I been twice out along the south end of the canal down along the channel edge and at the Onset Rips and haven't had any luck with the frozen herring. Though I have been fishing a bit too late in the day.

Are you using anything other than frozen herring?

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Old 05-23-2002, 01:07 PM
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JNG - you don't say how/why your leaders are failing - do you know how to read them? If you're knots failing, you'll probably still have curlies at the end, if you're being bitten off clean, if you're getting frayed apart by bottom structure?

I've been using the black braided leaders when targeting bluefish, but have always thought they probably scare off the stripers. My tackle shop tells me many of the guys around here are using single strand wire leader no more than a few inches long - theory is that it protects from bluefish bite-offs yet doesn't spook the line-siders. Before you jump to the full blown bluefish leaders, you might consider giving the sgl strand thing a try, I'm going to.

P.S. - my latest favorite tongue-in-cheek boat name candidate has to be Catch-All's "Lesbian Fishing Team" - (they don't do d!<k

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Old 05-24-2002, 08:47 AM
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You've got a great boat. Now it's time to learn fishing. You are experiencing some of the early lessons. And experience is the best teacher. One I learned is never use store bought rigs/leaders. Make your own and change often. As said earlier, slipped knots leave curlies on the end of the line. Bad line is a clean cut. Abrasion shows as a frayed end. Bluefish bites sometimes show fraying, but you usually know if it's a blue. You usually have them on for a time and they run around before the line parts.
Another lesson is always plan for the next bite to be a trophy. Because when you don't it will be. Keep at it and good luck.
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Old 05-28-2002, 08:08 AM
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OK, I broke the curse. I landed a striper yesterday off Sandy Neck. It wasn't a keeper (22") but it gave a nice fight and a picture of the first fish this year. Also had a Dogfish, they are about as much fun as pulling in a hook full of weed.
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