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Old 12-04-2018, 09:03 AM
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Hey guys and girls. Check out this video where I teach you how to use the Mojo lures to catch big stripers. Be sure to check out part 2 also!!



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Very cool video. I must be doing something wrong because I have not had a single fish on my mojo rigs in 2 years. We absolutely slay them on bunker spoons. We usually run 2 spoons and then a mojo down the center. Haven't been able to buy a bite on my mojo setup.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Very cool video. I must be doing something wrong because I have not had a single fish on my mojo rigs in 2 years. We absolutely slay them on bunker spoons. We usually run 2 spoons and then a mojo down the center. Haven't been able to buy a bite on my mojo setup.
Thanks Hooked. It's Jay right? We really don't run spoons. This is just what works for us down this way.
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Thanks Hooked. It's Jay right? We really don't run spoons. This is just what works for us down this way.
Yup. That's me.

Where do you fish out of? We've watched guys pull bass left and right on mojos all around us of LEI, BI. My buddy does well with them too. Not that I'm complaining because we do really well on spoons. Would be nice to change it up for once though. The only thing I can think is maybe we troll too slow? We use the trolling valves and crawl along at 2.5-3 kts.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Yup. That's me.

Where do you fish out of? We've watched guys pull bass left and right on mojos all around us of LEI, BI. My buddy does well with them too. Not that I'm complaining because we do really well on spoons. Would be nice to change it up for once though. The only thing I can think is maybe we troll too slow? We use the trolling valves and crawl along at 2.5-3 kts.
We are out of Absecon Inlet Jay. We find 3-3.5 works on our 43. On my 18 I do fine 2.5-3.5
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Nice video. Please post part 2.
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Nice video. Please post part 2.
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Thanks.
Thanks so much for watching Squids!!
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We are out of Absecon Inlet Jay. We find 3-3.5 works on our 43. On my 18 I do fine 2.5-3.5
Well...I'm baffled. Our rigs look exactly like yours. We troll the same speed. The paint is worn off on the noses of my main lure. I guess they just don't like my mojo lol. You guys are doing something right.
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Well...I'm baffled. Our rigs look exactly like yours. We troll the same speed. The paint is worn off on the noses of my main lure. I guess they just don't like my mojo lol. You guys are doing something right.
two years pulling mojos of every weight, 6” 9”. Stretch lures save the day every time. Maybe I will get one by the end of this season on mojos
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two years pulling mojos of every weight, 6” 9”. Stretch lures save the day every time. Maybe I will get one by the end of this season on mojos
Just a guess but maybe you're too deep with the mojos? Better to be above them than below.
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Just a guess but maybe you're too deep with the mojos? Better to be above them than below.
Very well may be my problem. Always let em touch bottom, then reel up two or three cranks. Try em farther off the bottom next trip. Thanks
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I haven't even got a hit this year at 2kt I will try a little faster it will definitely help with holding my course, 2 has me wandering all over the place but it's been really windy for me. Thanks for the great video, it was great!!
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We bass fish completely different then everyone else and have fine success. First we troll 4-5 knots. I can’t get my boat any slower unless I bump in and out or use bags. Next I run my Mojos suspended 1/2 way in the water column. I only fish Sterling tandem bullet style mojos, their heavyweight model on my center rod and Tony’s #4 spoons on the outsides. The spoons are on wire and the mojo on braid. 40# test on all 3. We fished around 20 trips this fall and boated over 200 bass....no shorts.....a half a dozen slots all the rest were 28-48 inch fish. A couple of keys. Fishing bigger baits will cut down drastically on the smaller fish. Fishing in deeper water with your baits way back when there is boat traffic. Trolling at 4-5 knots lets me cover twice the water as most others. Fish suspended in the water colum are almost always feeding. Fish laying on the bottom are often lazy and will not always chase a bait. These bottom fish are more opportunistic fish that will bite if the bait is plopped on their heads. Fish suspended have no trouble chasing a bait being trolled at 5 knots. This past fall we had some windy sporty days. There were days trolling down sea I couldn’t get under 6-7 knots. It was too fast to run the big spoons so we ran three sets of mojos and got bass bites at those speeds. The guys saying you have to go 2-3 knots are simply wrong. By all means do what works for you but if you aren’t getting the bites you want, then try something different! Yes you will certainly get bites bouncing the bottom doing 2 knots. That being said, I have caught over 500 fish the past three seasons using the exact techniques I have mentioned above fishing out of Central NJ, Spring and Fall.
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We bass fish completely different then everyone else and have fine success. First we troll 4-5 knots. I can’t get my boat any slower unless I bump in and out or use bags. Next I run my Mojos suspended 1/2 way in the water column. I only fish Sterling tandem bullet style mojos, their heavyweight model on my center rod and Tony’s #4 spoons on the outsides. The spoons are on wire and the mojo on braid. 40# test on all 3. We fished around 20 trips this fall and boated over 200 bass....no shorts.....a half a dozen slots all the rest were 28-48 inch fish. A couple of keys. Fishing bigger baits will cut down drastically on the smaller fish. Fishing in deeper water with your baits way back when there is boat traffic. Trolling at 4-5 knots lets me cover twice the water as most others. Fish suspended in the water colum are almost always feeding. Fish laying on the bottom are often lazy and will not always chase a bait. These bottom fish are more opportunistic fish that will bite if the bait is plopped on their heads. Fish suspended have no trouble chasing a bait being trolled at 5 knots. This past fall we had some windy sporty days. There were days trolling down sea I couldn’t get under 6-7 knots. It was too fast to run the big spoons so we ran three sets of mojos and got bass bites at those speeds. The guys saying you have to go 2-3 knots are simply wrong. By all means do what works for you but if you aren’t getting the bites you want, then try something different! Yes you will certainly get bites bouncing the bottom doing 2 knots. That being said, I have caught over 500 fish the past three seasons using the exact techniques I have mentioned above fishing out of Central NJ, Spring and Fall.
probably too slow and too deep, thanks for reply
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Very well may be my problem. Always let em touch bottom, then reel up two or three cranks. Try em farther off the bottom next trip. Thanks
Not saying that's right or wrong but it goes against everything I've been told. I even took the advice of a pro bass guy. This guy catches more bass than anyone I know. Did exactly what he said:

2.4-3 kts
Drop it down till it bumps. Wait 30 seconds. Drop it again. Repeat 1-2 more times.

Never got a touch.

Meanwhile, my spoons with 100 yds of wire out and maybe another 20' of mono backing just consistently got crushed.

I've run Mojos dragging bottom, up a little off the bottom, and even higher than that. For whatever reason, I just don't get bit.
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Not saying that's right or wrong but it goes against everything I've been told. I even took the advice of a pro bass guy. This guy catches more bass than anyone I know. Did exactly what he said:

2.4-3 kts
Drop it down till it bumps. Wait 30 seconds. Drop it again. Repeat 1-2 more times.

Never got a touch.

Meanwhile, my spoons with 100 yds of wire out and maybe another 20' of mono backing just consistently got crushed.

I've run Mojos dragging bottom, up a little off the bottom, and even higher than that. For whatever reason, I just don't get bit.
Ok so your spoons are down 35 feet then...………...Put your Mojos there and I guarantee they get bit as well! That's exactly what I do and catch an equal amount on all......Once we find ourselves in that situation, I take in the wire and run 2 sets of tandem mojos. Its more fun and less work reeling in 15 feet of braid on lighter rods then it is 300 feet of wire on 8 foot rods!

I let my mojos out slowly to make sure they never touch the bottom. My heads and hair looks new after several seasons. Plus if you bounce bottom with tandem rigs you will definitely sometimes foul the 3 way swivel in with the main line and break off bigger fish. I have personally seen it happen on friends boats that insist they must do what they read.....Many of our fish this year came off of the Axle reef. All I heard was guys on the radio bitching about breakoffs. Of course they were breaking off. They are bouncing a pound of lead right on concrete rubble piles! What did they expect? We were trolling around guys backing down trying to get their mojos out of the rockpile while we were reeling in fish.

Never be afraid to try something different when you aren't catching...
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hey guys great video and info . I also have been having problems catching on mo jos this season and not past seasons . have a 28ft southport twin f250s . our standard way is pulling motors out of gear,drop mojos to the bottom and take a few cranks . then in gear to about 3knts . when my fish finder is lit up like yours in the video we catch and more time than not we go to jigging which is more fun but I digress . when. I'm trolling and see the big blobs from 1/2 way down to the bottom , we don't catch and boats next to me or close by are. I tried changing trolling speeds , change mojos etc but we never let lines out that far . maybe I need to change things up . we do match the hatch as if i see sand eels ,we go with niners w/ worms . when buncker are around its the mojos or streaches and sometimes I go with one of each . its really starting to piss me off and my son as well . please advise as I'm all ears
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1st. This year has been way way off. By now I've typically had well over 10 lights out days on the bass. This year I haven't even really been targeting bass much at all. I have a steady network of guys here in central and south Jersey so I know when the bite is on and when it's off. Well this year its been terrible. We were fortunate to have a few trips where we saw life while tog fishing and sprinted inside the line to get em but I have honestly only targeted bass a few times this year. I'm hooked on tog n tuna!! The last few years the bunker have been so thick in tight. Whales, bunker, snag n drop...troll...you name it. This year that bait is holding far offshore. I think it's been our lack of any sort of stable weather pattern. Probably also overharvesting on the bunker as always.

2nd. When we see the screen lit up like that we invariably try to jig also. Just much more fun. We trolled that day in the video because I wanted to demonstrate how effective trolling can be. And also to get back to tog fishing!!

3rd. In my opinion always deploy your lines while at trolling speed and always find bottom from time to time. You may be well above those suspended fish. Run at least one of the heavier mojo tandems to get deep.

4th. When everyone is catching around you and you aren't. Two options.......a. stick it out and just wait for your turn. b. go make your own bite.
As Vincent Laguardia Gambini states....I'm goin wit option B.
I'll often stick to an area where i know fish are being caught, but I've very often left a "pick" to go hunting on my own and created my own lights out bite. I am never afraid to burn diesel fuel....they make lots of it apparently.
I think the key to fall striped bass fishing is finding that absolute chaos and cashing in for the 30 min to 1 hr it lasts as opposed to trolling aimlessly waiting for that one big fish to bite. I'll also say I rarely ever find the need to change my mojo spread. "right place, right time". "chartreuse, white". That's all you'll need.

5th. When I really started running my own boat about 11 years ago or so......I never ever ever trolled. I would find life and jig them or drop live baits down to them. I'd wonder if some nice lively spot or croaker dropped near structure or pods of sand eels would produce this year like in years past.
At that time I would fish lumps near my home port with live baits this time of year and absolutely slay stripers all by my self. I'm talking 30-40 plus fish every trip. Mostly shorts but a few keepers here and there. I just did it for fun.
Wonder if that would work now that the bunker are no longer as prevalent.

6th. Going back to 5th......one small issue with the live bait idea. Dog fish. Dog fish. dog fish. I'd go an entire day without catching a single one of those things on those lumps.
Now if I'm 5 ft off a wreck that's all we get. And it's been at least 5 years that I have not been pestered by the dogs this time of year on those same lumps that used to be lights out for bass. So i really haven't tried. They're a pain in my you know what and Apparently they're overfished.

7th. Gosh darn tourists and their gosh darn beach replenishment. Take your gosh darn "shore" house and stay the heck home. there i said it. Most of our lumps are now devoid of life. Harvested for the gosh darn tourists.

8th. Our inshore lumps that used to hold sea grass, several species of mollusks, fluke, weakfish, stripers, croaker, etc basically have been reduced to a very mild little "blip" on your sounder. Very sad. But. the higher ups will keep raping our inshore waters and our inshore ecosystem will soon be even more barren

9th. i'm probably nowhere near accurate on any of the aforementioned numbers, but I felt it a good rant.

10th. In summation. Keep your ears on this time of year. Get a good network of guys. Dont' be afraid to run north or south 30-40 miles if you hear it's lights out. Because it probably is....and if you stay where you are you'll probably catch nothing. Or...if you know it's gonna happen where you are and your're seeing all the right signs then stick it out and get em going on your own. For me and my boat it's honestly all about feel.

Darn I love fishing!!!

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