Snagging for Spoonbill

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by Boogan1, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    My wife and i have decided we would like to try snagging this year. I have never done it and have some questions about what equipment we will need, how to rig, how to snag, etc. I have several Penn 209 reels, will these work for snagging? What size line, hooks , sinkers do I need? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Boog
     
  2. cook

    cook New Member

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    Spoonbills the man to talk to.
    I'm saving up to book a trip with him,figure the first time out,it will be a lot easier to learn from a pro.
     

  3. primitivefrn

    primitivefrn Member

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    spoonfish, stays on top of the snagging, he can help you out, plus he keeps up with where the fish are., man to talk to.
     
  4. tnmoparman

    tnmoparman New Member

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    Boogan
    Hear is how i do it. I use a large spinning reel with a 7'MH rod 50lb spiderwire stelth. Tie a 1 1/2 to 2 oz egg sinker with a 7/0 trebble about 2' above the sinker. Hope this helps.
     
  5. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Boogan welcome to Warsaw
    Your 209s will work great, thats what I use. I use 80# braided dacron line.
    Depending on the current start with a 10 to 16 oz. bank sinker tied to the bottom of your line, You want it to drop back to the bottom after every snag (this is for in a boat by the way). I then tie on (3) 10/0 treble hooks every 2 foot up from the sinker. Idle as slow as the boat goes and very your speed with the current to maintain bottom contact after each snag. I use my graph to locate the fish and know when to pull the rod back ( it saves a lot of muscles LOL). If you need any help I would be glad to show you. With my work schedule this year I am not planing on guideing but still will be able to do some on the week ends. Hope this helps holler if you have any questions.
     
  6. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    Thanks spoon, that's the kind of info I was looking for, what kind of rods? I have one rod that is about 5 1/2 - 6 foot with action like a pool cue, I figure that one might work. I have a chance to buy a nice saltwater boat rod with roller guides, will that work? Thanks again, Boog
     
  7. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Those big broom stick rods will work.
    When I first started I used them, the problem is they will wear you out and when you hook one its not nearly as much fun.
    I use ugly stick big water boat rods, heavy action rods rated for 20-40# test would be what I suggest.
    Mine are all 6.5 and 7 foot rods.
     
  8. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Hey Spoonfish, have you ever used an 'Ozark Snagger" rod(made by Eagle Claw), I've got one that put a rollertip on, it's solid fiberglass, and quite heavy as far as rods go. The rods you use, how much do they run?
     
  9. jeffjbeard

    jeffjbeard New Member

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    I have to agree with Troy I have snagged a 60lb spoonbill on a heavy snagging rod and I have snagged one around 40 lbs on a zebco rino baitcast rod with 12lb line the rino was by far the most fun the heavy rod just felt like it was a log being pulled up off thee bottom.
     
  10. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    I prefer using a lighter line like 20 pound test most of the time I'm snagging. I can cast further and hold more line on my reel. I placed a roller guide on one of my Tiger Rods last year and it made a world of difference. It probably reduced my break off's in half by having a roller guide that helps reduce the friction on heavy fish and heavy current.
     

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  11. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    The big water boat rods run around 60 bucks.
    I fish from the boat and dont cast, I have very seldom broke the 80# test braided dacron unless there was a weak spot in the line.
    I carry a piece of 2x2 board about a foot long to wrap around the line in case I get snagged, you cant break it by hand.
    The dacron has no stretch and works much better the mono for instant hook sets.
     
  12. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    can someone post a picture of a spoonbill for me, i don't think ive ever seen one
     
  13. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    Thanks for the info guys, I think I am going to pick up that boat rod with the rollers if they still have it. Boog
     
  14. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    The season opener here in KY is this comeing Wednesday Feb 1. I can't wait I have hit it every yaer for over ten years now. They did put a two fish limit on it here though, but with the size of most bills that's still plenty of fillets.
    Cody, here is a pic.
     

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  15. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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    Thanks for the info Troy:thumbsup: Jay won't be able to make the Truman getogether, so I will probably drive out after work friday and fish saturday and hopefully share some big fish stories, or at least a beer and a cigar with new friends...
     
  16. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    I have an Ozark Snagger, but havn't had a chance to put it to the test yet.
    It seems to be a good rod, but I wish it was a bit longer.

    Man, I can't wait 'till mid March!!! My message to the spoonies... :0a37:

    Eric
     
  17. Chanellocked

    Chanellocked New Member

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  18. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    so, Vernon, have you been snagging yet? How did you do?

    Eric
     
  19. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Eric, Yea I went on the first with no luck. The water wasn't at the right level. I just got back from this afternoons outing. Here is a couple of pics of the big one. I was ashamed of the little one, but here in KY there is no size limit and no culling, Vern
     

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  20. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Way to go Vernon.
    Season dont start here until March 15th. Wont be long now.