I am fairly new to the live bait (gizzard shad) fishing for striper...
It is allot of fun when you get a school under the boat! We caught allot our last time out, but missed several
What is the best type and size of hook for standard 3-5" gizzard shad striper fishing on down & balloon rods.
We had the rods in the holders in gear with clickers on, and the striper would grab the bait and as soon as they felt resistance, spit the bait.
The next thing we tried was leaving the cast button pressed in with just enough resistance to hold the rig with clickers on. The striper would grab the bait and run. As soon as we touched the rod, they'd spit the bait. We would have to hold it there for a few seconds and wait for them to pick it back up before setting the hook. The bite was fast and aggressive, but the fish were very nervous of any resistance. I've been out before when they just double the rod over and hook themselves, but this trip was different.
How do you guides rig up and set your reels for live bait fishing? Do ya'll use shiner hooks, circle hooks, or ?????