First time snagging!

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by kickin_wing, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    My first time out on the mighty Mississippi snagging. I had a great time and i caught 2 spoonbils and a few others. Here is a picture of my biggest one.
     

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  2. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    think of the odds of snagging 2 spoonbill your very first time snagging!!
    must of sold his soul to the devil,
    ps it was too cold for good snagging and he still did it !!!!!
    very first time snagging ever!!
     

  3. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    I did it without even selling my soul. Just a bunch of luck and a little help from God. :)
     
  4. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    Lucky I wasn't snaggin or i would of got em
     
  5. Pittscat90

    Pittscat90 New Member

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    Good job on the spoonbills
     
  6. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    Congrats...now be prepared for the spoonie virus that strikes each Spring.
     
  7. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    Hey Tulcat you got any good tips on what time of the day is best for Spoonies? or are they out all the time?
     
  8. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    WAY TO GO!!! Kickin Wing, 1st time I went snaggin and caught my 1st spoonie on the 1st cast, 2nd was 2 hours later, that was 2 years ago. I definitely feel your joy, but I haven't got one since. It's an awsome eating fish, just make sure you get all the red meat off when filleting. I'll bet you're hooked for life like I am, again Congrats...:thumbsup:
     
  9. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    Ya i went with him today and just wathced. AND IM HOOKED! its like crack:rolleyes:
     
  10. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    Man that is a great question...

    What I have found is that you can learn a bit from last week, last month, and last year,... but the spoonies don't always cooperate.

    On Grand Lake (where I do most of my snagging) during the season we must put in very early to beat the white bass crowd. After that, it is always a search. Your best bet is to know where they were last week (better yet....yesterday) and then try and figure out where they might have moved based on temp and water flow.

    I have never really keyed on a part of the day as best to find them, other than later in the afternoon I have had 6-8 hours to locate the fish.

    Here is a trick I learned from several guides, based on observation.

    Put in onto the landing several hours later than most, and then look for the flotilla of boats and rip right through the center of them, with your paying customers sangging as you go.
     
  11. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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  12. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter New Member

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    I didnt even get to snag, but i was there watching and now im hooked on it.
     
  13. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    What is the ideal water temp for snagging spoonbills ?:0a35:
     
  14. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    In OK we have found the fish to start moving a bit when the water temp starts getting into the 50's.

    And the warmer the water gets, the harder the fish fight.
     
  15. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    How big is that spoonie in your avatar?
    What size line do you use?
     
  16. YeeHaw

    YeeHaw New Member

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    Good job austin. If i'm not grounded i'll go next time. Take one for Quincy boys!!!
     
  17. fishmania

    fishmania New Member

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    great job on the spoonies . hope you have the same luck the rest of the season.
     
  18. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    Joel,

    I don't remember the size, but by looking at it probably about 35#.

    I use 100# PowerPro on all my snagging reels.
     
  19. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    I have 40 # trilene big cat on mine but if a fish ever brakes it i might have to switch to a smaller diameter line like power pro and get it heavier than 40 lbs.Anything over 40 #s on my reel in mono line would take up to much room and i would only get a 100 yards or so.
     
  20. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    For most snagging situations, 100 yards is not enough (just as you surmised).

    With not enough line you will join a large and infamous club, referred to as;

    "Spooled by Spoonie"