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Bird Dog

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Fished by the RR bridge. Long lining both days. 12 one daqy and 15 on Saturday. So much fun watching someone catch there first striper.
The young man with just caught his first and it happen to be a double. One weighing 10 lbs. and the other about 2 lbs.
Wish we had more fishing time in. But will be back down this week and spend time fishing instead of other things.
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Thanks for the report. By long lining do you mean running out line with the reel on free spool and then stoping to retrieve it. Or do you just let out a lot of line to get the lure deeper and troll in the usual way? I've never been real clear on the meaning of the technique. We do a lot of trolling with crankbaits but only let out about 100 ft. We are targeting suspended fish from about 20 fow on up.
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Gman when I long line, I use lead core line out 150 to 175 yds.
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That lead core with that much line out would sure reach those deep fish. Never have tried it but I do intend to get some Storm Thundersticks and go a little deeper than I normally do. Have not found that lure in local stores so I guess I'll have to go online. I hear that firetiger is a dependable color pattern.
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G, I just got a batch from Basspro online. If you get enough of them it's free shipping. I've always had luck with the Fire tiger color. I got some that are prism also I think they might be good. Get the Deep Jr's I've had a lot of trouble getting the bigger ones to run straight
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Thanks suncatcher. Good info on buying the smaller one. Probably saved me some aggravation.
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To get a lure to run straight, we try them in a pool and then scrape off a small amount of the plastic bill until they run straight. If it runs left, scrape off the left side. I use Thunder Sticks in fire tiger color and use only 15# line and run out about 150' of line and then hold the rod tips just above the water. They will bump bottom at 20'.
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Thanks Pancho. Man I'm gettin' some good tips. Anxious now to get my hands on some and give em' a try.
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You can also add small strips of lead tape under the bill ...... After you have it running straight.
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SunCatcher3Toon

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I've never heard of grinding the bill off. I've seen a lot of guys trying to pry the eyelet one way or another. That never worked for me I usually just chunk them back in the tray and try another when they start rolling and come to the top. I don't have a pool, can I come use yours Pancho? 😬

I'll bring all my buddies, all my floaties and an ice chest 🤣

I might even see if I can borrow one of Ax's speedos
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Ha! I don't have a pool either, but I use someone's. Be sure and bring adult beverages.
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Bird Dog

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What I mean by long line is running 17 lb.contest lead Core line. Tied to a triple swivel. Off the other two swivels tie2 lines. 2 to 3 feet long one being a foot shorter than the longest one.
We run 2 one oz shad heads wit either 2 four inch swim shads or a 6 and a four.
Trolling speed varies from 2.5 to. 3.5 mph.
Lead Core is marked by color change every 10 yards. We usually run 3 to 5 colors.
Depending on depth and depth of fish.

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I need a lure straight out of the box that runs true . I just can't be whittling and fishing .

What will run true right out the box ?
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SunCatcher3Toon

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I tried those new ThunderStick DeepJr lures I got this weekend. They didn't catch anything but I had Zero trouble lol
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U rigs. 1 1/2 to 2 oz jig heads with 5 to 7 inch swim baits. Tri swivel with 18" leader on one side 24" leader on other.
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Do you have to use lead line or can you just use a slip sinker?
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Kahuna

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Lead line. 3 to 4 ozs of jig heads is plenty.
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Bird Dog

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Kahuna, what depths are you running with that much weight. How many colors and what speed
I figure with 3/4 oz heads at 3mph they hit bottom at 18 ft.
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