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swimbait , very first attempt
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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:30 PM
Diemai sorry you didnt catch anything today, sometimes the fish wins been there done that.Try some different retrieves next time.Try pulling the bait three or feet of the bottom and letting it swim back to the bottom or let it hit the bottom and reel it straight back in and half way back to the boat let it sink all the way back to the bottom. Musky are notorius for following baits and the sudden death drop half way back causes a reaction strike. Glad to help you with leader designs and keep playing around with them each of them will have there day.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:04 AM
In fact they don't strike on ANY lure offer , this year's season is worst ever , catches on lures are presently rather more accidentally .
Everyone's complaining , not only on that particular swim , but the entire area around here:( !
Only place constantly catching is the harbor of Hamburg at around high tide , but on one well-sized Zander(European walleye) go 10 to 20 smallies on average !
Don't like fishing there anyway , too tough with currents and tide , you also always loose a lot of lures in there:nono: .
I am just waiting for better days to come again !
Thanks once more about that hint on that certain way of retrieve , haven't tried such before !
Greetz , Dieter
Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:55 PM
diemai it sounds to me you need to down size your lures if the bite is that tough. Lots of time fishing pressure or heavy boat traffic cause fish to be a little more skittish and downsizing always helped( not the cure) for this problem. If the fish are holding tight to the bottom the leader rig you have should work but try a rapala or you may have to resort to rubberbaits like dragging bass sized worms or lizards. There is no shame in downsizing to bass gear if that is what they want. Find the forage first then the pike will be right there with them close by. On caverun lake you follow the shad migration and you are on fish. I like to throw the big baits but there is a time to look at what the bass fisherman are doing sometimes they are connecting with musky because of the smaller lure choice.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:59 AM
Thanks for your tips , I am well aware of that , I usually use smaller lures in the warm season , well , but maybe I should still go down to trout size:? .
The fish there always used to be harder to catch on lures through the summer , so we always used to fish deadbaits through the night and caught on it , has ever been like that:yes: .
But this year we have spent four nights in June and July without the slightest nibble , so we got fed up !
I guess , that we also don't get to the water on time , because I think , very early in the morning one has the best chances , also as the sun goes down again .
But I can't make it as early and my wife can't make it as late , lol:huh: !
But I check local websites daily , and I know , that many guys around Hamburg are complaining , only the big river "Elbe"(harbor) still provides fish , also has ever been like that:yes: .
Zander(European walleye) strike easier in there , a lot less shy , since the river is always murky and has a lot of currents , so they just ought to bite or let the prey go !
But I don't like fishing in there , its real tough with the current and tide lift of 9 to 12 feet normally , also the best striking time is around high tide , and I am not as flexible always to show up at this times , since the two high tides per day always change for about one hour the next day .
And it can turn to a real lure-eating affair , there are snags all over , for one session you must consider minimum 3 to 5 lures gone(lead head plastics) , with open top limit:( !
Also have to re-spool the expensive braid frequently , since it would get shorter and shorter on the reel every session .
And I always find it nasty to spend time re-tying rather than having a lure in the water , lol !
And I have read times before , that sometimes years like that occur , when fish seem to have vanished for some reason , also professional fishermen at our bigger lakes would have their nets rather empty those times:( .
But the next season after would be alright again .
So , I am hoping , Dieter