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What kind of rig should be used on a strong current river?

Jim:

We generally fish offshore from a pier in about 12 feet of water. Lots of seaweed there. There is a strong current on this river (Detroit River). What kind of a rig should I use? I've tried everything, weight at the bottom, hook up higher, this got tangled a lot. I've tried weight higher, hook at the bottom, This got tangled in seaweed.

Have you got any suggestion. I fish with a casting pole.

Thanks

Jack


Jack:

You are going to ALWAYS have a problem fishing IN the current flow. If the stationary grass doesn't foul you, the pieces that are broken off and drifting will. All you can do, in my opinion, is fish in an area of light eddy current or a still backwater area. The eddy should hold the most fish, as they will feed on the edge of the moving main current. If there is grass on the bottom, you will still have to fish OVER it. But, stay as close to the top of that grass mass as you can. I would suggest trying live bait on a free-line and see if they will stay and swim above the grass. Otherwise, put a small weight and bobber on them and let it work the eddy water just above the top of the vegetation..

Good luck. It is a tough situation. You just have to work out the best adaptation.

Jim P.




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