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Old 09-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am headed to the power plant lake down here again this weekend. Where the water is circulated out of the power plant there is a very strong current. There is also a whole lot of channel cats there. I have been fishing with a slip sinker rig, but end up snagged most of the time because of the current. I was wondering about a three way swivel with a heavy(2oz)sinker to try and stop the snags. any suggestions.? also I have not tried chicken liver there yet and was wondering if that might be a good bait to try since the water stays warm year round there?
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In heavy current I use a 3way swivel setup everytime. I use a 6-12" double of 12 -20lb cajun line connected to 1-3oz pyramid sinker. Make sure you have a rod that can handle that lead. On the hook I almost always use raw shrimp ( has a spinning motion in the current which is irresistable to channels, plus it stays on preety well) with a 1/0 circle hook. Just a 12-18" single of 12lb cajun connected to the other eye of the swivel with the hook on the end.

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Not sure if that makes sense, but that what I use with good success.
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Default Re: what kind of rig for channel cats in strong current?

2-4oz should be good but it depends on the current flow...how is it flowing...in circles or like a river...3 way swivel...i had problems...i use snap on weights...hook at the end of line n the weight about 1.5'-2' away from the hook using powerpro...snap on...in case if u do get snags...u will lose ur weights slowly n u won't lose the whole setup...since it is a strong current...u will prbly get snags cuz it might be a rocky bottom...i use shrimp/cut bait...cuz the current is strong...chicken liver might break apart 2 fast...good luck
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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One of my favorite rigs in fast current off a dam face is a bobber rig... Big bobber helps see it and helps keep it floating in the current. A few inches below the bobber is a weight attatched to a barrel swivel the weight needs to be big enough to keep about 3/4 of the bobber submerged. (remember big bobber) also on the swivel should be a leader about 2-3 ft or longer depending on the spillway Im fishing, with a 1/0 to 3/0 circle hooks for channels or blues, 4/0-10/0 for flatheads or if the water is known to have big blues. Shad, suckers, carp, bluegills, or fathead rigged on the circle hook.

The best way to fish it is to cast it as close to the spillway as possible, the bobber will hold the bait in current like it was shot out the spillway... it really doesnt matter if you rig the bait live, dead, or cutbait because all make it through the output of the dam. The weight is very important as it will slow the bobber down, if your bobber is shooting back in the current you either dont have enough weight or you dont have a big enough bobber and enough weight. Unlike regular bobber fishing you dont want to set the hook as soon as you see it go under, it might just be the current... so give it a sec reel in any slack and set the hook... the fight will be insane because of the current make sure you know where you want to take the fish and try to get him out of the current as soon as possible, I have hooked numerous fish that I never even turned while fishing at John Martin they just took me around the bend and down the Ark tell I spooled or broke off, so its important to get the early jump on them. I've used this setup in Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado works pretty much anywhere.



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Thanks for the info. I will try these set-ups and report when I get back.
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