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Fishing around zebra mussels! #12313656
06/27/17 01:18 PM
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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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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12313672
06/27/17 01:28 PM
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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.

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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12313751
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What lake?


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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12313822
06/27/17 03:07 PM
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Travis has them confirmed now

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Jaret Latta] #12313892
06/27/17 03:57 PM
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Straight outa Johnson county.....
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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

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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12314002
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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.

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: John175®] #12314368
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Originally Posted By: John175 ®
What lake?


Bridgeport!!

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12314503
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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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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12314889
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Check your line often. They cut braid like scissors.



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Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12315059
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dropshot?

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12316129
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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.

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12316205
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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.

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12425160
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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...

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12425181
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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 .

Re: Fishing around zebra mussels! [Re: Agape] #12425286
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I had the same problem Saturday at Bridgeport...it was bad.



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