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How to fish rivers without getting my hook constantly stuck in the rocks?
Jan 13, 2022 16:36:54   #
FS Digest
 
I wanna fish the river because it's the closest fishing spot to me, but I constantly get my lures caught on rocks.

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by Guynarmol1511

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Jan 13, 2022 17:32:59   #
charlykilo Loc: Garden Valley Ca
 
Bait and bobbers.

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Jan 13, 2022 18:44:43   #
D Tong Loc: San Francisco,Ca
 
You can also try making your cast’s straight across water and reel fast or cast in angle down river and reel again fast keeping your lures moving more against the water so they don’t drift into the rocks

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Jan 14, 2022 13:58:44   #
Seegundo Loc: Lake s minole Georgia
 
I cast Carolina rig and lures at a 45° Angle to the rocks rather than straight to the bank hold your rod tip up on spinner baits and lipless crank baits gradually lowering it as it moves from the bank with deep diving crank baits as you retrieve and feel it bumping into rocks stop cranking and it'll float up then start retrieving again. I place the boat so I'm casting into the current that way when I hook a fish I'll drive down a little and can cast to the same area again

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Jan 14, 2022 15:59:58   #
saguarobear
 
FS Digest wrote:
I wanna fish the river because it's the closest fishing spot to me, but I constantly get my lures caught on rocks.

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by Guynarmol1511


https://www.fishusa.com/Wordens-Wobble-Glo

in addition to live worms, we used these when fishing the Colorado River at Marble Canyon in far north Arizona. used both orange and pink with a small treble hook behind it.
to get best action, use a lead weight (we used lead line from a spool-about an eighth of an inch in diameter- with surgical tubing to keep the weight on the line, and would just cut the length of the lead to fit the current) (also split shot) so that it "bounced" along the bottom rather than sunk into the rocks. when you do it right, you can feel it bouncing so that it rarely gets deep enough into the rocks to get hung up. if it does, just cut back on the lead line or use a slightly lighter split shot. also helps to do a very flat cast (sidearm) so that the lure always stayed ahead (downstream) of the weight.
in the alternative, if the depth of the water is steady, you can use a slip bobber adjusted to depth and current.

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Jan 14, 2022 18:59:16   #
Roger Lahti
 
Another type of weight is called a slinky. It’s used to drift steelh ad baits along the bottom and tends not to get stuck in the rocks if the weight isn’t too much. You just cut a short length of parachute outer liner cord, seal the end with a torch or matc, fill with a few split shot and seal the open end. Use a snap swivel to creat a tie point at one end and use a dropper line off your main to connect to the main line. Make them up in multiple levels of weight for different current speeds. If your dropper is of lighter strength line than your main line, if you do get snagged it will break off rather than your lure or bait.

There are also other lead weight shapes that resist snagging in rocks. Ask your fishing supplier for suggestions. One style I think is a flat dupisc shape.

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Jan 14, 2022 22:10:14   #
Kerry Hansen Loc: Bremerton, WA
 
FS Digest wrote:
I wanna fish the river because it's the closest fishing spot to me, but I constantly get my lures caught on rocks.

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by Guynarmol1511


OK, here you go. You are using TOO MUCH weight! So to fix this you need to get a very good rod and reel and super braid line that will cast far with a very light weight like 1/2-3/4 ounce weight that will get you close to the bottom and will tap tap occasionally to tell you are near the bottom for your drift. Thus you are not ROLLING along the bottom and hanging up on bottom structure. Those with poor gear have to hang on a big chunk of weight to get any distance which will then hang up all the time!

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Jan 15, 2022 16:05:37   #
4hunter4 Loc: Crescent City, Ca
 
FS Digest wrote:
I wanna fish the river because it's the closest fishing spot to me, but I constantly get my lures caught on rocks.

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by Guynarmol1511


#1 adjust weight.
#2 I change out the treble hooks for single gamakatsu siwash hooks.

https://gamakatsu.com/shop/

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