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#2878137 - 07/17/12 10:58 PM Found the rockfish
catman529
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trolling up to Old Hickory dam this afternoon, I watched some people launch a bass boat and then pass me up the river and take "my" spot at the corner of the generator. When I got there I saw them catch a couple of stripers. So after fooling around with the fly rod for skipjack, I took to the current and got up by the spillways and threw a Fluke with a big sinker a few times. I got into a sort of eddy where I could maintain my position on speed 3 of 5 on the trolling motor. Switching between steering and reeling and casting, I got a solid hit right under the spill and the fish flew out of the water as I set the hook. Nothing big - 5 and a half pounds - but was a thrill and I may have yet another fish to add to my top list... can't imagine a 30 or 40 pounder. I have caught a couple small striper in saltwater, but this is my first freshwater.



Oh and they have not been generating for weeks. They were doing some work on it today with some kind of scaffolding on the powerhouse. Who knows.... anyway I am glad the rockfish were there and biting.

Also during the evening there were pods of skipjack that would start jumping out of the water by the dozens, just for a minute or two at a time. I don't know if that's just something they do or if there were big fish under them. When they were jumping crazy like that they would not take the wooly bugger that I had already caught 2 with. Thoughts?
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#2878180 - 07/18/12 12:15 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: catman529]
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Did you eat him? I hope so.
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#2878407 - 07/18/12 10:09 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: SilverFox]
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good catch man
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#2878410 - 07/18/12 10:10 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: easy45]
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#2878527 - 07/18/12 12:02 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: SilverFox]
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 Originally Posted By: SilverFox
Did you eat him? I hope so.
nope, I thought about it, but already had a nice walleye in the cooler.
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#2878656 - 07/18/12 01:37 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: catman529]
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Try taking the sinker off and putting a 1/8-ounce splitshot about 18" above the hook. You don't need to get down deep for rockperch, just get their attention. Without the heavy weight, the fluke has far more action and that gets their attention. They will also hit a white streamer fly.
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#2878673 - 07/18/12 01:56 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
Try taking the sinker off and putting a 1/8-ounce splitshot about 18" above the hook. You don't need to get down deep for rockperch, just get their attention. Without the heavy weight, the fluke has far more action and that gets their attention. They will also hit a white streamer fly.
Will have to try it. I'm sure the fluke had enough action though because it was on a 3 ft leader below the sinker. Only reason I used a 2 oz bank sinker with a leader is because I didn't want to retie - just wanted to get a line in the water before the other guys caught another fish!
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#2878761 - 07/18/12 03:33 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: catman529]
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Those skips were getting chased by stripes. See a school jumpin like that toss your bate passed them and bring it through. Biggest stripe to date is 23 lbs doing just that.
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#2878820 - 07/18/12 04:22 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: Unicam]
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What did you catch the walleye on?
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#2879114 - 07/18/12 09:15 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: jakeway]
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
Those skips were getting chased by stripes. See a school jumpin like that toss your bate passed them and bring it through. Biggest stripe to date is 23 lbs doing just that.
I thought so when I saw it, and started throwing my fluke through the jumping schools. Do you fish the lure deeper or near the surface with the school? I did a couple handfuls of casts and no takers. Tried to vary depth as well.

 Originally Posted By: jakeway
What did you catch the walleye on?
trolling a shad rap
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#2879148 - 07/18/12 09:36 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: catman529]
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#2879466 - 07/19/12 09:06 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: spitndrum]
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#2880372 - 07/19/12 10:27 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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Glad you got on one! Mine have all but disappeared. Went from catching fish within the first few cast to nothing. I assume they went further up river. Soon as you hook into a big one, you'll never look back! ;\)
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#2880395 - 07/19/12 10:49 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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#2880519 - 07/20/12 07:11 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: Master Chief]
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#2880983 - 07/20/12 02:56 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: Bertman]
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#2882864 - 07/22/12 08:18 PM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: catman529]
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#2884462 - 07/24/12 10:45 AM Re: Found the rockfish [Re: buckhorn40]
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