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#12313656 - 06/27/17 02:18 PM Fishing around zebra mussels!
Agape Online   content
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Registered: 11/29/16
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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]
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Registered: 05/22/17
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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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What lake?
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#12313822 - 06/27/17 04:07 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
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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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Registered: 03/03/08
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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 Online   content
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Registered: 04/06/14
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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
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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
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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]
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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]
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Registered: 06/09/08
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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
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Loc: Hurst, Tx. usa
I had the same problem Saturday at Bridgeport...it was bad.
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#12425484 - 09/13/17 04:56 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
Dan A Offline
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Loc: Cincinnati, Oh
Just use what you normally use, just check your line for frayed or nicked spots a little more frequently... I fish Lake Erie (ground zero) and I've never worried about or lost fish because of zebra muscles... Plus a lot of the rivers and inland lakes now have them... You'll see the lakes that are infested with them clear up a little then it will level off. I haven't seen any studies that draw a correlation between less fish and zebra muscles... Heck, the Great Lake smallmouth have exploded since their introduction...

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#12425591 - 09/13/17 06:23 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Dan A]
Agape Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Dan A
Just use what you normally use, just check your line for frayed or nicked spots a little more frequently... I fish Lake Erie (ground zero) and I've never worried about or lost fish because of zebra muscles... Plus a lot of the rivers and inland lakes now have them... You'll see the lakes that are infested with them clear up a little then it will level off. I haven't seen any studies that draw a correlation between less fish and zebra muscles... Heck, the Great Lake smallmouth have exploded since their introduction...


Didn't work for me and my brother.
We we're loosing tackle like crazy.
The Abrazx has seemed to fix it. Just my real life experience!

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#12425703 - 09/13/17 07:58 PM Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape]
tejasbass Offline
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Registered: 12/20/05
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
Agape, thanks for sharing the Abrazx info. For those that don't think it's a big deal, you should fish have fished those brush piles on Ray Roberts a few years ago like John175 mentioned. Fish were loaded in there but the Zebra mussels would cut 20 lb floro like a knife. Every time. Fortunately, the Zebra population on Ray Roberts is way down now.

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