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40 mins ago, bartlask said:

Frezzy mind if I PM you as well?  I'm down there often and truthfully I have a love /hate relationship with the place.  I can't tell you how many miles I've hiked around fishing with very few fish to talk about.  I'll be down there for sure either Sat or Sun,  either way lets hook up sometime.

Sure, shoot me a PM.

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On 3/26/2021 at 8:55 PM, frezzy said:

Early spring is jerkbaits and jigs for me.  Chu Smallies just smash jerkbaits.  Use big jerkbaits.  Nothing smaller than 110 size.  I go much larger.  Perch color is tough to beat as an all around producer.  White in cloudy/low light conditions.  Ghost/transparent colors like pro blue or elegy bone in the sun.  Casting distance is critically important for consistent success on Chu smallies.  Long rods with 10lb braid to 8-10lb flouro leader.  Focus on secondary points leading into spawning coves.  Hit me up during the season.  I will be out there 3 days a week chasing the brown bass.  Happy to share reports.  

       

How long of a rod do you use? Also how heavy are the jerkbaits you are throwing? Its really hard to find a freshwater rod past 7ft, once you hit 8ft they start turning into saltwater rods which seem to be too heavy for freshwater fish

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36 mins ago, Richard_the_Aughth said:

How long of a rod do you use? Also how heavy are the jerkbaits you are throwing? Its really hard to find a freshwater rod past 7ft, once you hit 8ft they start turning into saltwater rods which seem to be too heavy for freshwater fish

I've seen more than one person with an 8' or 9' salmon rod at the 'Chu.

 

I have an 8' 6" Century Slingshot, rated for 1/2 - 2oz, paired with a long cast reel. That set up bombs metals pretty far out. I bought mine about 7 years ago. Unfortunately the price has gone up quite a bit since 2014.

 

However, in the spring you don't need to cast that far out. My 2nd rod is a 7' Ugly Stik that throws whatever I put on it far enough.

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1 hour ago, Richard_the_Aughth said:

How long of a rod do you use? Also how heavy are the jerkbaits you are throwing? Its really hard to find a freshwater rod past 7ft, once you hit 8ft they start turning into saltwater rods which seem to be too heavy for freshwater fish

A longer rod makes working a jerkbait cumbersome. I'd keep it short at 6.5 to 7ft and focus on using lighter braided lines on a spinning outfit for maximum casting distance. 

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5 mins ago, Dah seee said:

A longer rod makes working a jerkbait cumbersome. I'd keep it short at 6.5 to 7ft and focus on using lighter braided lines on a spinning outfit for maximum casting distance. 

Yea I am actually taking frezzys recommendation and changing up my line before opening day. I cant wait to see how the distance changes

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1 hour ago, zak-striper said:

I've seen more than one person with an 8' or 9' salmon rod at the 'Chu.

 

I have an 8' 6" Century Slingshot, rated for 1/2 - 2oz, paired with a long cast reel. That set up bombs metals pretty far out. I bought mine about 7 years ago. Unfortunately the price has gone up quite a bit since 2014.

 

However, in the spring you don't need to cast that far out. My 2nd rod is a 7' Ugly Stik that throws whatever I put on it far enough.

Yea the slingshot is a real nice rod. Ive been occasionally looking for that same model. I have an ss1327 that I bought years ago and that one is much more expensive now than what I paid for it as well

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The best braid I have found for distance yet is Gliss, I use the 24lb and you can really get out there with it... It does not last much more than a season, but I have not lost a fish yet... I also use it for topwater bass at night and funny fish on the coast... We found that if you go lighter it will not hold up, but the 24 is thin enough... 

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23 mins ago, Stripernut1 said:

The best braid I have found for distance yet is Gliss, I use the 24lb and you can really get out there with it... It does not last much more than a season, but I have not lost a fish yet... I also use it for topwater bass at night and funny fish on the coast... We found that if you go lighter it will not hold up, but the 24 is thin enough... 

I use Sufix 832 advanced superline 15lb braid. The line is super slick. It flies off the reel. I can get at least 2 seasons of fishing with it. After 1 season I take the line off, reverse it, put it back on, and it's like having brand new line.

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Also a sufix 832 user. Casts more than far enough for my needs, spring or fall. 

 

One of the rods i use there is a 9.5' salmon rod. Casts metals a mile. The other is a 7.5' light saltwater rod for closer-to-shore work, like jerkbaits. 

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On 3/30/2021 at 10:17 AM, Richard_the_Aughth said:

How long of a rod do you use? Also how heavy are the jerkbaits you are throwing? Its really hard to find a freshwater rod past 7ft, once you hit 8ft they start turning into saltwater rods which seem to be too heavy for freshwater fish

Yeah, I completely agree about most 8' rods being too heavy for FW.  G Loomis makes a 7'5" GLX model in MH that throws heavy jerkbaits really well.  A little on the pricey side at about $475 but it's a great stick.  I like jerkbaits from 5-6" and around 3/4oz.  That rod handles them with ease and they cast a mile.  I also use a 7'6" Daiwa Steez AGS for my Vision 110's.  Its an incredible jerkbait rod, but on the expensive side and really hard to find.

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On 3/30/2021 at 11:47 AM, Dah seee said:

A longer rod makes working a jerkbait cumbersome. I'd keep it short at 6.5 to 7ft and focus on using lighter braided lines on a spinning outfit for maximum casting distance. 

It's interesting.  A lot of serious bass fisherman always say to use a shorter rod for jerkbaits and it makes sense.  Like a lot of guys on this forum, I have been fishing redfins, sp minnows, etc. like jerkbaits in the salt for 20+ years on 10' and 11' rods.  I have zero issue working a jerkbait on 7'6" rods at the Chu.  I'm also a little taller at 6'2" so that might help a little.

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On 3/30/2021 at 1:46 PM, zak-striper said:

I use Sufix 832 advanced superline 15lb braid. The line is super slick. It flies off the reel. I can get at least 2 seasons of fishing with it. After 1 season I take the line off, reverse it, put it back on, and it's like having brand new line.

Yeah, I use Sufix 832 as well and have for many years.  I have pretty much experimented with all the high end braids and always go back to 832.  It's just a great all around braid.  I use 10lb most of the time to maximize my distance.

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5 mins ago, frezzy said:

It's interesting.  A lot of serious bass fisherman always say to use a shorter rod for jerkbaits.  Like a lot of guys on this forum, I have been fishing redfins, sp minnows, etc. like jerkbaits in the salt for 20+ years on 10' and 11' rods.  I have zero issue working a jerkbait on 7'6" rods at the Chu.  I'm also a little taller at 6'2" so that might help a little.

I use my 8' ugly stick for full sized redfins, rebels etc. Have for years.

I have a hard time carrying such a big rod for freshwater though.

We're going through this right now with my kid. He's big into those great big striper sized glide baits for bass. He want a bait caster to throw them with. We are only seeing one piece rods in that size. He lives in a second floor apartment with his mom and rides his bike to fish. One piece is not convenient. 

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Yeah, I use Sufix 832 as well and have for many years.  I have pretty much experimented with all the high end braids and always go back to 832.  It's just a great all around braid.  I use 10lb most of the time to maximize my distance.

frezzy, have you tried Gliss?

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