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#12313656 - 06/27/17 02:18 PM Fishing around zebra mussels!
Agape Offline
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Registered: 11/29/16
Posts: 54
What's the secret to fishing around these "line shredders" ?
I have lost more tackle in the last month than I have in the previous year or two. bang
It's really bad when dragging a worm or c-rig or jig over the submerged brush where you need to be.
I do check the line religiously now, but was hoping those that fish around it may know some tricks to curb this.
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#12313672 - 06/27/17 02:28 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
ThomastoBass Offline
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Registered: 05/22/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Local Lake
Well for one, use braid, at least 50 Ib. I've only fished zebra mussels once and only caught a few small ones but you definietly want to get bobber stoppers and I'd go with a mojo rig with a craw/creature bait of your choice and just barely creep it. Shakyhead would work but i wouldn't try it with braid. You can risk it if you really want to fish a shakyhead but it's going to be difficult.


Edited by ThomastoBass (06/27/17 02:29 PM)

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#12313751 - 06/27/17 03:23 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
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Registered: 10/21/05
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What lake?
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#12313822 - 06/27/17 04:07 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Travis has them confirmed now

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#12313892 - 06/27/17 04:57 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Jaret Latta]
catslayer Offline
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Loc: Straight outa Johnson county.....
So has there been a single instance in texas where we have a confirmed drop in fish numbers or quality that can be corilated to zebra muscles? If so i would love to read where it has been published

Seems like lakes that have them are as strong as they ever have been or better...

Braid with a leader, made of leader material not just line might help


Edited by catslayer (06/27/17 04:58 PM)
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#12314002 - 06/27/17 06:23 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Jaret Latta Offline
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It's not about quality of fishing but about them causing problems with plumbing and boats left in the lake. They get inside anything. Those are the people most affected.

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#12314368 - 06/27/17 09:51 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: John175 ®]
Agape Offline
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Registered: 11/29/16
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Originally Posted By: John175 ®
What lake?


Bridgeport!!

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#12314503 - 06/28/17 04:47 AM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
John175 ® Online   content
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Hate to hear that. I know when Ray Roberts got them there were brushpiles that were just unfishable. Lost a ton of lure in them as the price to figure out they were covered. Braid worked pretty good but would still cut.
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#12314889 - 06/28/17 10:57 AM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
horseplaydvm Offline
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Registered: 05/07/09
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Loc: Ok, USA
Check your line often. They cut braid like scissors.
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#12315059 - 06/28/17 12:55 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
dandeeks Offline
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Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 356
dropshot?

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#12316129 - 06/28/17 10:54 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Bossbowman Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 2867
Loc: Hill county
Go with abrasion resistant mono, iron silk is the best. They nick up fluoro pretty bad but braid is the worst, they cut it like a knife.

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#12316205 - 06/29/17 02:18 AM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Stick um all Offline
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Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 167
Got em in belton. The fish are eating these things. I find I them spit up in the livewell all the time. It seems like the smallmouth fishing just got better. I don't know if it has anything to do with zebras.

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#12425160 - 09/13/17 12:12 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Agape Offline
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Registered: 11/29/16
Posts: 54
Well it's been a couple of months so I thought I would follow up.
I went to Seagar Abrazx and I have not had another break off and hardly a nick on the line with many fish that it was tested on.
Everything's the same except the leader which I switched to Abrazx.
I give a thumbs up for Abrazx...

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#12425181 - 09/13/17 12:28 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Hog Jaw Offline
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 2134
Loc: The Great State of Texas
It's a myth , if you get hung , Get it back , check your line , zebra or not chances are it will have a nick or two some where near the bait .

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#12425286 - 09/13/17 01:35 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
mcb Offline
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Registered: 09/16/03
Posts: 300
Loc: Hurst, Tx. usa
I had the same problem Saturday at Bridgeport...it was bad.
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