wolc123 Posted September 5, 2022 Author Share Posted September 5, 2022 (edited) Too late to edit the typos above, but I meant to say “fresh king salmon”, not “long”salmon up above. That last 17” smallmouth had the reel smoking on its first run. Also, as far the line goes, I think the main trouble was the abrasiveness of the weeds. I put new line on both of those reels at the beginning of the season this year. That was the issue on the first couple breaks anyhow. The last one, which cost me a properly-painted Zara puppy, was my own fault for not re-tying the fluorocarbon leader after close to 50 smallmouth bass pulled on it with all they had. That one broke right at the improved surgeons knot, which I used to attach the 24”, 8 lb test fluorocarbon leader to the 8 lb test mono backing. The water on this lake is gin-clear, so that leader adds a lot more strikes, than I would get if I run mono to the lure. I run all 8 lb fluorocarbon on my jigging rod/reel, and only use the mono on my casting & trolling rod/reel. I had another LDR this morning on a 1/8 oz bucktail jig, on what might have been a 20 plus incher. That one lightly ticked the Zara puppy. I grabbed the jig rod and cast to that spot and it picked it up immediately. As I tried to get it to the boat, it dove to the weeds and pulled free. I used that jig trick on a 20 incher last year on Labor Day weekend. This one felt very heavy, and there was no stopping it from diving to the weeds. At least it didn’t take my 3 cent bucktail jig. All I lost this weekend for tackle was a $9 hotntot and a $9 Zara puppy. I still have one of each of those left for my October trip. I am thinking of setting up the in/laws to make some wooden Zara puppy copies for me over the winter. My father in law loves woodcarving and and my mother in law loves painting. I will look for some hooks and hardware, and bring that, along with some seasoned poplar lumber (I have lots of that in barn) when we go up for Thanksgiving. Maybe the wooden ones will work better than the hollow plastic ones. Edited September 5, 2022 by wolc123 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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