If it stops blowing I would like to go out this weekend. Your thoughts about my selection of either eels or trolling. If eels, can you help me with a rig. Should I weight them down or let them swim free. Your thoughts?
Depends on where you are fishing. I mix it up a little, if I'm fishing the BB i will let it swim freely(they tend to swim down). With a good current I add some weight. You can always drift them with Bober rigs and set some wieght a various depths. I always have one out there with no weight. You can catch some real bigs slobs drifting eels.
Eels are best "dropped" on Rock you first see on your meter.You motor along slowly over humps/bumps/wrecks/drop offs/etc until you see them.Then go upcurrent and drift Eels back over them.
I like to use a threeway swivel with a sinker clip.This makes it easy to swap the sinkers.I use a 5-6 foot piece of 40lb leader and a 3/0 to 5/0 J hook.Be sure to watch your leader for nicks.You want just enough weight to feel bottom with not too much line out.If you get a hit-let the Rock eat the Eeel for a slow 5-7 count.Point the rod at the fish and wait until it pulls the line tight.Then set the hook firmly :thumbup:.Using braid helps alot for this.
Trolling should be good.I'm betting 90% of the Blues are gone from the upper bay - safe to use plastic shads again :clapping2:. Umbrella rigs with 6'' Storms as the lure should do well.
Bottom boumcing a 1/2 to 1 oz bucktail with a 16-20 oz weight on a 3-5 foot drop should do well also.
I would keep a casting rod handy - breakers this time of year in 20 feet or deeper often hold keeper Rock.Trolling 1/8 mile down current is a good way to find bigger Rock.