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Snells? Weights? Trolling or Drifting?

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My wife and I are heading up to the big Pond Saturday-Tuesday and are staying at Appeldorns Resort. Our anniversary is Tuesday and since she is a taxidermist we are looking for her own first nice fish to mount. I hope to throw all fish back except for one. I have been preparing for the trip by tying some of my own snells. I was curious to know what some of the best set ups seem to be for most everyone as far as line/colors and also what bottom bouncers are preferred. I started making some snells with 6 pound cajun red and a few with 8 pound trilene. So far I have made them all 10 footers, just because I can make them shorter if need be. Any pond tips would be awesome and greatly appreciated. I am also curious if trolling with snells or drifting with snell is preferred?

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10ft. snells is the way to start...the longer the better. I have had great luck using a red hook and one chartruese bead. keep your drift about .5mph...spinners also work great at about 1.5+ mph (but add more weight)

Good luck and happy Anniversary!!!

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Green (white perch) spinners are working right now with a crawler harness. I like using a 3 way set up doing this.

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Having a hard time finding that color. Any ideas where to get them. Heading up tomorrow again. How long of snells for the spinners 7 ft???

Thanks again!!!!!

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I ordered mine through Cabelas at the beginning of the year. 9ft snells on a 3 way. Green is the best color right now. Any green/chartrous and silver you can find. I got some that are hammered and smooth. I have been having success on Pelican with Pink as well. If you have a hammered silver and green beeds it may work as well. He was using green gamogatzu hooks. In a couple weeks we switch to Firetiger (Black, Yellow, and orange-red). Hope this helps. Email me if you need the location again of where it was hot last week.

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A tip that I can offer is to use quick change clevices for both the spinner and the weight. This way you can change both of these easily. I also use a bead and bobber stop below my weight clevis to allow me to quickly adjust the length on the snell. I start out with about seven feet of six pound flouro on the leader and increase my bobber stop from there. This system also makes it handy to roll up long snells for netting or when done fishing for the day as you can always take it down to the seven foot swivel. Just be careful to not overtighten the stop as when bobber fishing.

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The quick change clevices are the only way to go grin.gif I have noticed that is important to have a couple of different sizes because the bigger blades do not fit or work on the smaller sizes.

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Rodmaker, How did you do yesterday?

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I probably had my best day ever for big fish yesterday grin.gif

I would have fished your hotspot, but I wanted to try for the bigones, and everyone here is saying get out on the mud.

Leeches.

Caught one 28 1/4, (released & personal best, biggest one before was 28)one 27, five between 26 & 26 1/2. Two of us caught 19. (I was on fire catching 15). Only kept two 18 inchers.The other 6 fish I caught were between 22 & 25.

Used my G.Loomis 9 ft med action steelhead IXM rod and an 11 ft snell. Plain red hook & chart bead. grin.gif

I'll post photos next week. It was a blast!!!!!!! grin.gif WE had the camera ready all the time. We kept the fish in the the net, removed the hook, took the photos measured and released .

I was like a little kid at Christmas time!!!!!

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NICE WORK RODMAKER !!!! grin.gif still on the edges ? }<>

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Yes, but we caught a few on top. It was awesome, and who knows if I'll ever experience that again as far as that many big fish in a day!!!! grin.gif

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AWESOME !!! I guess I don't know your age, but I have been chasing 'eyes for quite a few years, last weekend I got a chance to spend time with my bro on the pond and we reminisced about when we used to fish LOW and Milelacs and how you would talk/smile for weeks if you were lucky to get a 25 "er GOOD GOD !!! It really doesn't get any better than it is right now on that lake. I am glad to see everyone getting up there to enjoy it !! Remember, Bring the camera, the kids, the wife, or anyone you want to hook on fishing and try tactics you are not accustom to catching fish on. What a great way to gain confidence !! grin.gif

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I am 46 years old. Been fishing there since I can remember my dad taking me up there as a kid.I remember some pretty ugly times up there.

It us amazing up there.

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Hopefully you can go this weekend. You should have a blast. See my post

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A tip that I can offer is to use quick change clevices for both the spinner and the weight. This way you can change both of these easily. I also use a bead and bobber stop below my weight clevis to allow me to quickly adjust the length on the snell. I start out with about seven feet of six pound flouro on the leader and increase my bobber stop from there. This system also makes it handy to roll up long snells for netting or when done fishing for the day as you can always take it down to the seven foot swivel. Just be careful to not overtighten the stop as when bobber fishing.


The quick snaps for the spinners and weights are great!

Thanks for the idea on the bobber stop and bead......that will help greatly for tying up lines when done fishing as I have shorter poles and adjusting lengths at any time!!!

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