Salmon hard bait advise

Discussion in 'North West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by Dpricher, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. RippinLipp

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    The old ping-a-tee. Still to this day one of my favorites!! The wide wobble really pisses them off!!
     

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    Exelent spread captain;)
     

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    I'm going to throw some hardbaits for salmon this weekend for the first time and I'd like some advice on the best rod/reel/line/leader combo for throwing these? I have all kinds of different bass fishing and inshore setups. Would a 6'9 medium light with 20-30 lb braid and a 20 lb flouro leader work? something like that?
     
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    Reef Runners but change out the hooks, they are garbage.
     
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    You might land smaller Salmon with that setup, but probably not fish over 20#. With a medium/light rod, 20# braid, and with 20# leader, I would expect a big fish to either spool you, or shatter that rod. But I could be wrong. I recommend taking a backup rod, just in case.
     
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    That's a pretty short rod but you never know, my personal best salmon took all of 30 seconds to land.

    I hooked him and he ran directly at me and beached himself at my feet, in Tawas near the river mouth.
     
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    700 series work great in the rivers!!!
     
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    I hope you're not too emotionally attached to that rod as it probably won't last very long if the big boys are biting. I'd get a Medium to MH rod that's 7 to 8' long. The braid is a good idea, but you really don't need the flouro leader. Go braid straight to the lure, if they want to hit, they're going to hit regardless.
     
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    Where did you find those! I haven't seen a ping-a-tee in years. Great bait
     
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    I use fireline and if the fish hits too hard I've had them snap the line because it doesn't handle shock well, a floro or mono leader gives just enough buffer to prevent that. Never heard of powerpro doing that but I'm a fireline fan.
     
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    I agree with the braid not bothering the fish, but I tie a short flourcarbon leader because the rivers I fish have a lot of wood in them. When (not if) I snag on a log I can break off and don't have a long line of braid still in the river. The line will break off at the fluorocarbon knot
     
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    What kind of hooks do you guys use if you swap them out on stick baits? I can't remember having many issues in the past but this year I've had a fair amount of hooks straightened and general shorts battles. Seems as soon as their headshakes break the surface I have thundersticks flying back at my face.