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Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

Thats the best method I know of for winni using live bait. I stick with 1 - 1.2 mph. Some days you are going to get short hits but you will get more hits than any other method. try using the smallest shiners you can get if you are missing a lot. Unfortunatly I didn't have shiners this weekend and couldn't hook up.

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

single hook sewn smelt with live smelt when available. i salt down and freeze the extra for the summer months. i dont have the same luck with shiners

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

I also don’t have any luck with salmon and shiners. I learned how to see them on last year with a needle, and prefer that for the smaller smelt we usually are able to get. AJs bait showed me how.

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

You may want to try Paul's sliding bait rigs. He was making them with a treble in the back and clip on the front instead of the hook for use in NH. The front hook and treble is illegal in NH but not in MA. Be warned He's not the friendliest dude.

Joe at Granite State Rod & Reel in Nashua may have some in stock.

http://granitestatetackle.wixsite.com/granitestatetackle

http://www.paulsslidingbaitrigs.com/baitRigs.html

Good luck.

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

I use Paul's single hook sliding bait rigs and find they work great!

Dan

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

Dan308
I use Paul's single hook sliding bait rigs and find they work great!

Dan
Agree with Dan and I've found Paul to be a helluva nice guy in the many dealings over several years that I've had with him.

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

I,ll second that! I have found Paul to be friendly and very generous.
Don,t know anyone that likes to be called "dude".

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

Thanks for the replies, it's helpful. I will try the Paul's rig I have seen them. I am also going to try and sew some live as well. Nutes told me no smelt for the rest of the season. I'm hoping there are plenty for next week. Prefer not to use shiners. My lake is already to warm to try and hold them. Are there still smelt available at most of the shops?

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

Fishrod
Dan308
I use Paul\'s single hook sliding bait rigs and find they work great!

Dan
Agree with Dan and I've found Paul to be a helluva nice guy in the many dealings over several years that I've had with him.
Sorry if I gave the wrong impression about Paul. My buddy was trying to place a phone order with him and he was kind of cranky. Maybe an off day I dunno. So that was second hand info. I've actually never met the man. And I have been buying his lures and rigs for years now. Clearly I gave his products a positive recommendation here.

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

sully
Fishrod
Dan308
I use Paul\\\'s single hook sliding bait rigs and find they work great!

Dan
Agree with Dan and I\'ve found Paul to be a helluva nice guy in the many dealings over several years that I\'ve had with him.
Sorry if I gave the wrong impression about Paul. My buddy was trying to place a phone order with him and he was kind of cranky. Maybe an off day I dunno. So that was second hand info. I've actually never met the man. And I have been buying his lures and rigs for years now. Clearly I gave his products a positive recommendation here.

Well, maybe his dawg died that day or something worse?
I'm accepting your apology and letting you know that I've personally known Paul for 10 years, maybe more?
I'm chronologically challenged!
He's a busy guy and he very well could have been outside working on one of his other ventures.

FWIW, I wouldn't put negative comments about a vendor on a public forum, based solely on second hand info!

Re: Set up for trolling live smelt and shiners

And on this topic I came across another company / website that sells lures and rigs. I haven't purchased any yet but thought I would let everyone know about it. They look real nice. Just my .02

YMMV

http://northeasttroller.com/