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#2901314 - 08/09/12 08:12 AM Even a girl can do it/Rockfish
Dbllunger
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Took my wife with me yesterday to try and get her a good Rockfish. She did really well for a first timer throwing the baitcaster. It only took her about 20 min to get the hang of it and start throwing the big redfins. Fishing was really tough with very few lookers or swirlers. This was the only fish we caught and she did a great job getting it in the boat. Not a monster but better than a shutout. Proud of her!

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#2901403 - 08/09/12 09:29 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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That's awesome! Nice to see us getting our ladies out there to enjoy our sport! I'm looking forward to the white bass run and bringing mine out to have a good time with them on light tackle.

So how do you fish these redfins for river stripers? I'm very new to striper fishing and all I've done is drift swimbaits below dams in the current. It's worked alright but I'm not good at that technique yet. I'll be doing a lot of fishing after them in the Caney coming up soon and plan to use redfins. Do you slow retrieve them, stop and go, quick retrieve? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!

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#2901421 - 08/09/12 09:42 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: MidTennFisher]
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I definately prefer the slow retrieve. Fast enough that the lure doesn't cause surface ripples. No stop and go.....If you see a fish following, just keep a steady retrieve and fish until you are forced to lift it out of the water at the boat. If one hits and misses, maintain the course....the one pictured here missed on its first attempt and came back and hooked up 4 seconds later on the same retrieve.

I put a 33lber in the boat last Friday that didn't hook up till its third swipe at the lure.....I maintained a steady slow pace until it swallowed the lure. These are just my observations but they have worked very well for me this year. Good luck
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#2901475 - 08/09/12 10:16 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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#2901526 - 08/09/12 11:04 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Football Hunter]
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Nice
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#2901590 - 08/09/12 11:47 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Winchester]
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#2901680 - 08/09/12 01:14 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: easy45]
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#2902077 - 08/09/12 07:54 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Bertman]
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very nice
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#2902118 - 08/09/12 08:36 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: LA man]
sure shot
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congratz !!
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#2902124 - 08/09/12 08:42 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: sure shot]
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Cool dude! Had it been over 30 I would have requested you be banned! ;). Are your fish higher up or moving down from a month ago?
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#2902260 - 08/09/12 11:11 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
Dbllunger
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 Originally Posted By: CATCHDAWG
Cool dude! Had it been over 30 I would have requested you be banned! ;). Are your fish higher up or moving down from a month ago?


For the most part I am catching them in the same holes and shoals all summer. It's been that way since early June it seems
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#2903959 - 08/11/12 07:08 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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That's awesome
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#2904335 - 08/12/12 08:46 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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nice fish,congrats
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#2906964 - 08/14/12 12:22 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Nice which waters did you fish may I ask?
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#2907157 - 08/14/12 02:57 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
Dbllunger
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Cumberland River.....ish
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#2907917 - 08/15/12 06:53 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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the caney is a good place to look for them. Start under the first bridge you come to when running up the caney from the cumberland.

Couple of things about a 7" redfin, CHANGE the hooks, the factory hooks are junk, I like gamakatsu 4x strong trebles.

A great modification also is to "weight" the redfin.
First, I take all the hooks and split rings off of the redfin. then I use a piece of wire, heat it up, melt a hole toward the front of the redfin (I put the hole in the dot on the side of the front). I have some injectors and I used water at first, but it will evaporate, then I used mineal oil, works great and lately I am using my own homemade fish formula). You need a small digital scale, put enough liquid in the redfin so it weighs one ounce (for a 5 inch it should weigh .5 ounce). The hole I put in the redfin is filled perfectly by a toothpick covered in super glue. Let dry and trim the toothpick off. cover with a small amount of superglue. Put split rings and hooks back on. I can throw this a LONG ways (which helps greatly in rockfishing) and it will still push a great wake. Always wake the redfin to your feet. It is amazing how many will hit the redfin at your feet, don't forget to have the drag set correctly.

Barlows is a great place to get hooks and heavy duty split rings. I have and like to throw rainbow trout colored, bone colored, red/white colored, mother of pearl colored, black/chrome colored, blue/chrome colored, blurple colored and I have painted some krylon fluorescent pink and occasionally they want it more than anything. Many days the rainbow trout color is hard to beat, even where there are no rainbow trout. To me the stripers can be very color specific, even from day to day.

A jumpin minnow will catch them some mornings when a redfin won't. I do not go without them.

Stripers for the most part will follow a bait a long ways so a longer cast gives them the most chance to hit the bait. "Weighting" a redfin is a great trick that can be a game changer some days. If the fish "push, blow up, follow" the 7" redfin, don't be scared to throw a 5". Many times that means they want a smaller bait.
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#2907999 - 08/15/12 08:06 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Headhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
If the fish "push, blow up, follow" the 7" redfin, don't be scared to throw a 5". Many times that means they want a smaller bait.


I will give this a shot, thanks. The only times they seem to be real finicky that I have seen is when the water is crystal clear. The more stain in the water (to a point) the better they hit.
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#2908271 - 08/15/12 11:40 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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When the water is crystal clear, I go for the gold (redfin). Seems to work well in clear water. I catch more on white with black back than any other color.
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#2908440 - 08/15/12 01:56 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
Dbllunger
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 Originally Posted By: CATCHDAWG
When the water is crystal clear, I go for the gold (redfin). Seems to work well in clear water. I catch more on white with black back than any other color.


Bone color with the black back is my go to lure as well......I have caught more on that than any other. I have a gold one but have used it very little although I caught a pretty nice one on it last friday (25 lber). Someone told me they don't make the gold ones anymore. Is that true?
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#2908575 - 08/15/12 03:49 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Headhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
the caney is a good place to look for them. Start under the first bridge you come to when running up the caney from the cumberland.

Couple of things about a 7" redfin, CHANGE the hooks, the factory hooks are junk, I like gamakatsu 4x strong trebles.

A great modification also is to "weight" the redfin.
First, I take all the hooks and split rings off of the redfin. then I use a piece of wire, heat it up, melt a hole toward the front of the redfin (I put the hole in the dot on the side of the front). I have some injectors and I used water at first, but it will evaporate, then I used mineal oil, works great and lately I am using my own homemade fish formula). You need a small digital scale, put enough liquid in the redfin so it weighs one ounce (for a 5 inch it should weigh .5 ounce). The hole I put in the redfin is filled perfectly by a toothpick covered in super glue. Let dry and trim the toothpick off. cover with a small amount of superglue. Put split rings and hooks back on. I can throw this a LONG ways (which helps greatly in rockfishing) and it will still push a great wake. Always wake the redfin to your feet. It is amazing how many will hit the redfin at your feet, don't forget to have the drag set correctly.

Barlows is a great place to get hooks and heavy duty split rings. I have and like to throw rainbow trout colored, bone colored, red/white colored, mother of pearl colored, black/chrome colored, blue/chrome colored, blurple colored and I have painted some krylon fluorescent pink and occasionally they want it more than anything. Many days the rainbow trout color is hard to beat, even where there are no rainbow trout. To me the stripers can be very color specific, even from day to day.

A jumpin minnow will catch them some mornings when a redfin won't. I do not go without them.

Stripers for the most part will follow a bait a long ways so a longer cast gives them the most chance to hit the bait. "Weighting" a redfin is a great trick that can be a game changer some days. If the fish "push, blow up, follow" the 7" redfin, don't be scared to throw a 5". Many times that means they want a smaller bait.


I have a couple locations where I've seen them and want to get after them when I move back. I'm buying a redfin and some other swimbait or stickbait that resembles a rainbow trout. Do you slow retrieve these in the Caney? I know where to find them, I just don't know how to fish for them yet.

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#2908577 - 08/15/12 03:51 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: MidTennFisher]
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Does that superglue not give off an odor that the fish can detect?
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#2909120 - 08/15/12 10:04 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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 Originally Posted By: Dbllunger
 Originally Posted By: CATCHDAWG
When the water is crystal clear, I go for the gold (redfin). Seems to work well in clear water. I catch more on white with black back than any other color.


Bone color with the black back is my go to lure as well......I have caught more on that than any other. I have a gold one but have used it very little although I caught a pretty nice one on it last friday (25 lber). Someone told me they don't make the gold ones anymore. Is that true?
I haven't stocked up since last year so I don't know if they are available or not. I sure hope you can still get them...
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#2909337 - 08/16/12 07:19 AM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Midtenn, the superglue is NOT a factor. I have been "loading" redfins for years.
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#2915437 - 08/21/12 04:36 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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why dont you show where you are catching these fish on a map so we can ALL have fun!
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#2915528 - 08/21/12 06:19 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: striperguide]
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 Originally Posted By: striperguide
why dont you show where you are catching these fish on a map so we can ALL have fun!


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#2915843 - 08/21/12 10:35 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: striperguide]
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 Originally Posted By: striperguide
why dont you show where you are catching these fish on a map so we can ALL have fun!


Sure thing knucklehead.......put in on the cumberland river and go right for 2 miles.....let me know how that works
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#2916655 - 08/22/12 04:06 PM Re: Even a girl can do it/Rockfish [Re: Dbllunger]
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 Originally Posted By: Dbllunger
 Originally Posted By: striperguide
why dont you show where you are catching these fish on a map so we can ALL have fun!


Sure thing knucklehead.......put in on the cumberland river and go right for 2 miles.....let me know how that works
I dont know where on the cumberland you fish but where I went yesterday nothing was biting, not just rockfish but nothing at all, except for one drum. I wasn't in the best place for rockfish but I was hoping for at least a couple of catfish or something. Not even the skipjack would bite.
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