Snagging Season

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by BunnyBuster, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    Have any of you guys ever went snagging for rough fish? It is a barrel of fun and a good way to take the "fight" out of you so to speak. A 30# gar can do good for you in February.

    I have a load of pics of them but have no way to scan them to the computer.
     
  2. TedB

    TedB 10 pointer

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    Where do you snag at? I know alot of guys go around Kentucky dam, that's a little far for me. I'd like to do it more but don't know much about it. Every time I've actually tried it on the KY I kind of felt foolish and started trying to hook them in the mouth again. How deep do you let the rig sink before you start retrieving it? Do you pump the rod or just reel? I did snag a 20 lb paddle fish in the Ky river last spring fishing a tailspinner for white bass, you talk about a fight! Thanks, Ted
     
  3. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    I snag in a large feeder creek to the Ohio River. Go to the first deep hole up the creek or at the mouth. I fish directly on the bottom dragging it slowly like a plastic worm.
     
  4. dorris

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    yeah I have snaaged alot everytime i went fishing i snagged a stump or rock :D
     
  5. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    I used to have to get alot of fight out of my fishing now I more into angling. Snagging, fish of course, not stumps:D , was a true fire way to scratch that itch. Nothing like hooking a 20-30#gar in the tail.
     
  6. TedB

    TedB 10 pointer

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    When do you usually start snagging? I know what you mean by the gar, we had a day last spring while white bass fishing that every other fish we caught was either a gar or buffalo, if you let your jig bounce too far down we'd snag the gar in the anus or gills and the buffalo in the stomach. The biggest buffalo was 33 lbs. Those whites fight hard but nothing like a gar snagged in the butt.
     
  7. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    Season starts Feb. 1, I think. All of the creeks here are froze up though.
     
  8. Redlined

    Redlined 12 pointer

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    Is gar all you usually snag in the feeder creeks?Also,what is average catch rate for a feeder creek on a good day?Never tried it but definately would give it a go.
     
  9. HoosierHunter68

    HoosierHunter68 Fawn

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    I went a couple of times to Ky Dam with my uncle, never worked so hard in my life. Those lead sinkers get expensive when you don't know what the heck your doing!:eek: I must have went through a hundred of 'em.
     
  10. HEAVYSETDOOBER

    HEAVYSETDOOBER Spike

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    Snagging season below kentucky is year around. You can snag any time Jan.1 thru May31 And then May 1 thru Dec. 31 from sunset to sunrise only. Me and my dad used to go almost every weekend during the summer months and we have have caught some really nice blues and channel cats. Dad dont care for it much now but I still go with my buddy's at least 8-10 times a year. The largest fish I ever snagged was a 44 !/2 # blue cat and let me tell ya after haulin that dude in I was ready to head to the homestead. The rough part is carrying your catch up the rocks which is a pretty good haul. Almost every time we go we bring home roughly 50# of catfish and give all the spoonbill away to the other people snagging because im not real crazy about the taste of it.
     
  11. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

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    Where are all the pics of your snagging success?! The people demand pics!
     
  12. piebald buster

    piebald buster 8 pointer

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    Man, I hope I'm there when you give away your spoonbills! :) I use to go two or three times a year with a buddy of mine. But, it is such a long haul and don't seem to get the opportunity to go. Guess, I'm going to have to take the time to go!
     
  13. golfman205

    golfman205 Fawn

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    How do you know that you are snagging a fish? you make it out to be really simple??? Im just confused on how it is done?
     
  14. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    If you have ever worm fished for bass or jig fished for sauger it is similar to that. You will feel a thump when you pull up against them.
     
  15. BunnyBuster

    BunnyBuster 10 pointer

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    No we snag Buffalo, Carp, Catfish, and Gar. The bigger the creek probably the better density of fish (my guess). You'll need some fairly deep water. The mouth of creeks are good if the current is not too bad.

    As for catch rates if you have a depth finder and can use it, you can catch or snag all you want and that is no joke.

    You can see the gar rolling on top as you go by them. If you see that, FISH THERE. Try fireline or spiderwire. Treble hooks up front and weight at the bottom.
     

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