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Steelhead Chaser
1 hour ago, Croix1959 said:

How are you rigging your snap weight? 

Croix -

I run braid and have a line counter reels.  Let 60 feet of line out attach the snap weight and then let another 60 feet out.  Speed, type of lure (how deep it dives) and size of the snap weight obviously play huge factors.  Other factors such as diameter of line can play a role as well.  Thinner braid runs much deeper than thicker.  I try to get my lures about 1 - 3 feet of the bottom give or take.  Line counter reels are not absolutely needed.  The amount of line let out can be eyeballed and you can be just as effective.  Doesn't affect if that much if those numbers are off a bit.

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Croix1959

Thanks, I run leadcore but it's a pain to get back out because it spools out so slow. Interested in trying braid with snap weights but have never used them. What brand/where do you purchase them?

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Croix1959

Not sure if I'm posting this right but I was out yesterday (10/30/2017) from 9-430 and the bite was insane! Caught around 100 fish, all saugers and white bass. Kept 5 of each 

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I WAS OUT IN THE BIG WINDS YESTERDAY, HAD TO FISH THE ELEMENTS BUT GOT ON TO A PRETTY SUBSTANTIAL SCHOOL OF PERCH WITH A FEW SAUGERS MIXED IN JUST SOUTH OF HUDSON,  ONLY SAW 4 OTHER BOATS ALL DAY THE WIND REALLY KEPT PEOPLE OFF THE WATER.  

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JBMasterAngler

Fished out of William O’Brien on Friday. Water was only slightly high, but the wind was miserable. Spent most of the time drifting upstream. Caught 7 white bass and 1 northern. All the bass were males, so things might really start to pick up in the next couple days when the females show up.

 

 

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JBMasterAngler

Went to Franconia on Saturday. Wind was cold and miserable! With it howling straight downstream, my options were pretty limited, so we mostly trolled up and down the main channel. Caught 1 pike, 2 smallies, and 1 white bass.

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Steelhead Chaser

Have fished of the Hudson area a few times the past week and fishing has been pretty good. Well for me anyways. Pretty light boat traffic as well where we have been fishing having the area pretty much to ourselves.  As expected the fish has moved away from the early spring spots.  Most recently was out on Sunday with a few buddies for about 5 or 6 hours in in the morning.  Water temp around 67-68 degrees.  We caught about a total of a dozen or so eyes/saugers with about an equal mix of both.  3 nicer eyes between 18 and 20 inches.  Found the fish had moved a little deeper in the 20 - 25 feet of water range.  Crank baits with snap weights now needed.  Speed 2.1 to 2.4.  Buddy decided to keep a few for dinner. Good luck out there.

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Rick

How is the late July fishing on the Croix going?

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Steelhead Chaser

Fished the Hudson area yesterday from 8 am to 2 pm.  Decent weather and almost zero boat traffic which made things nice.  Had the area we were fishing to ourselves the whole time.  Fishing was very good by my standards anyway.  Managed to boat around 18 walleyes/saugers, a few white bass and a nice crappie.  Nice quality nice as well.  11 of eyes/saugers were between 16 and 20 inches.  Fished with 2 lines.  Water temp was right around 60 degrees.  Water depth fished from 23 to 27 feet.  25 to 26 feet seemed to be the sweet spot.  Trolling the entire time with Crank baits and snap weights.  Speed 2 to 2.4.  Baits about 1 foot off bottom.  Appears the fall fishing has begun.  Good luck out there. 

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Rick

Nice report. Thank you.

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On 10/3/2018 at 7:19 AM, Steelhead Chaser said:

Fished the Hudson area yesterday from 8 am to 2 pm.  Decent weather and almost zero boat traffic which made things nice.  Had the area we were fishing to ourselves the whole time.  Fishing was very good by my standards anyway.  Managed to boat around 18 walleyes/saugers, a few white bass and a nice crappie.  Nice quality nice as well.  11 of eyes/saugers were between 16 and 20 inches.  Fished with 2 lines.  Water temp was right around 60 degrees.  Water depth fished from 23 to 27 feet.  25 to 26 feet seemed to be the sweet spot.  Trolling the entire time with Crank baits and snap weights.  Speed 2 to 2.4.  Baits about 1 foot off bottom.  Appears the fall fishing has begun.  Good luck out there. 

 

Thanks for the report Steel. I will be out Sunday in the same area mainly jigging but I will check ~23 ft first. Were you getting your bites around the shad bait balls? I imagine the fish are feeding now on them.

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DonBo

Quite a few out on the Bayport ice right now. Most all are still walking, but did see a couple ATV's out there. Didn't go out myself, but sure am getting anxious to give it a try.

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GeluNumber1

Went out last night for sturgeon. Considering it was my first outing of the year, I did okay with a couple sub-30" fish. Saw some dandies.

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