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#2762260 - 02/20/12 07:50 AM Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass
Hickory Nut
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I've heard them called goggle eye, red eye, black perch and rock fish and this is about the time of year they start hitting good. I catch a few every now and then but would like to get some into my freezer. As far as Tennessee stream fish, they are about the best tasting to me. Would any of you stream anglers who regularly catch rock bass share your technique?
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#2762264 - 02/20/12 07:58 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: Hickory Nut]
jb3
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Registered: 02/23/09
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Put crawdad on hook and cast. Take fish off hook. Repeat steps one and two until fish are gone (if you're keeping them). I'll keep a mess, enough for four of us, but that's about it. If not using live bait, I've had luck with the rebel wee craw and sliders. I've got a collection of wee craws and usually keep changing colors till one works. For me, the dark back and bright bellys use to work for them.
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#2762305 - 02/20/12 08:37 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: jb3]
GRAMPS
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If you are wading a river, you can alos drop a small jig with a plastic craydad trailer on it beside a big rock and slowly jig it real slow. If any rock bass are under the rock, they will inhale it.
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#2762366 - 02/20/12 09:33 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: GRAMPS]
catman529
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I catch em by accident usually... have caught them around big submerged rocks mid-stream or in log piles such as under a bridge. Caught em with crankbaits, soft plastic crawfish and lizards, zoom fat alberts, etc. I just catch em while bass fishing for sm, lm, and spots. One time I put 7 on my stringer at the piney river, and yeah they are good eating. I'll have to get some more for the table soon.
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#2762380 - 02/20/12 09:50 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: GRAMPS]
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"sheetrock"
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 Originally Posted By: GRAMPS
If you are wading a river, you can alos drop a small jig with a plastic craydad trailer on it beside a big rock and slowly jig it real slow. If any rock bass are under the rock, they will inhale it.


If targeting red eye specifically to fill a stringer, I have used a jig pole for crappie or fly rod with a 1/16 black doll fly with a purple curly tail jig body...jig around rock and root balls and any other place a red eye may hide with great success.

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#2762448 - 02/20/12 10:39 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: CBU93]
Headhunter
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Registered: 11/14/00
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an Irish Whiskey colored slider worm is about as good as it gets. Live crawfish are probably the best, but I have seen that color slider outfish a live crawfish a few times.
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#2762455 - 02/20/12 10:45 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: CBU93]
lung-buster
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I catch them alot. 4" worms, small rapala floater, micro spinner baits and plactic crawls. When the bugs come out in the warmer weather ill use a small pop r or hula poper.
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#2762472 - 02/20/12 11:10 AM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: lung-buster]
B.D.
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Hands-down, the best artificial lure I have ever found for rock bass is the Case Hellgrammite in the large size, black or natural color. You can get them at Murfreesboro Outdoors or order them online. I like to rig them with a Charlie Brewer weedless crappie slider head and crawl them across the bottom around rock piles and cover. Definitely a deadly bait.

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#2762604 - 02/20/12 01:37 PM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: B.D.]
4onaside
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So, from the consensus, anything small enough that moves. I've caught many on a rebel crickhopper, either just floating on the surface(which is fun) or reeling as a shallow running crankbait.
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#2762678 - 02/20/12 02:56 PM Re: Stream Anglers - Tips for Rock Bass [Re: 4onaside]
Winchester
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Rooster tail and a lil slider worm are hard to beat!
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