festus

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  1. I have a friend in upper East Tennessee who uses live rainbow trout for striper bait. It is legal here. He buys his trout at a fish hatchery for about $9.00/dozen, and has caught stripers up to 40+ pounds. If you use trout you have caught yourself, you can use up to 7 baits, as long as they were caught on hook and line. If you buy the rainbows at a fish hatchery and a game warden checks you, you must show your receipt. After asking around, some anglers are convinced that live trout are more effective than shad, skipjack herring, chubs, bluegill, or shiners. Has anyone on this forum used trout for bait? Maybe because they are such an oily fish is why they're effective. I can get eating sized rainbows at a bait shop for about 2 bucks apiece. That's not bad, if the stripers don't hit, I can eat my bait!
  2. I have one of these reels that's probably 40 years old. Found it at my dad's house, he's deceased, and it was probably never used. It's a basic looking reel, the outside is plastic, but sturdy, no level wind. I spooled it with 30 lb. test Berkley Big Game and took it to a neighbor's pond and it casts very well. The pond is only about 200' long and 120' wide, standing at the middle I could cast anywhere in the pond I wanted to, except for where trees were in the way. Has anyone ever used one of these or own one? I just want to fish it a few times then put it away. I mounted it on a cheap Rhino 7' MH rod and used a 2 oz. sinker. BTW, I caught a few bluegill and a 19" catfish with it on nightcrawlers.
  3. I've had my best luck with this rig. Of course you can use other topwater plugs as a casting weight besides the Rapala Floating Minnow, such as a Rebel, Pop R, Jitterbug, Tiny Torpedo, etc. [ATTACHMENT=7203]Rapala Fly Rig.jpg (33k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]
  4. [ATTACHMENT=4257]common shiner.jpg (7k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT] Looks like a common shiner to me. They are nicknamed "Silversides Minnows" in Tennessee, but they're actually common shiners. [ATTACHMENT=4258]goldenshiner.jpg (35k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT] Here's a golden shiner. I've never seen common shiners in bait shops. But golden shiners are sold at several marinas, bait shops, and larger outdoor establishments....Common shiners don't seem to be as hardy in the bait buckets as golden shiners.
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