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    Default A hooligan question

    Can you catch hooligan with a rod and reel? I've been wondering if you could catch them with a herring jig or maybe a fly rod using a small bead-head nymph.

    Anybody tried it?
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    If you're thinking about trying for them in Turnagain Arm, I'd think it would be near impossible due to all the silt in the water.

    It might be possible on the 20 mile in an outgoing tide or otherwise in the freshwater.

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    Default just last year..

    a teenage kid was down at 20 mile with a fly rod fishing for hooligans. talk about some funny looks and pointing and laughing. the next day we were down there off the highway just before twenty mile and we were dipping next to a bunch of teenagers dipping with a king salmon net!!

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    You can do it John! Go out there and get some.

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    perhaps a #1 weight would be appropriate?? i think a #3 weight rod would really take away the fight

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    Quote Originally Posted by POLE BENDER View Post
    perhaps a #1 weight would be appropriate?? i think a #3 weight rod would really take away the fight
    Definately go with a Zero or 1 wt.
    They work for Ciscoes too!!!!!


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    Default I'm going to try

    If you see me flailing the water on 20 Mile Saturday morning, stop by for a laugh.

    We have an inter-office fishing derby every year and one of the categories is Most Species Caught. The hard part is everything has to be caught with rod and reel...no nets.

    So far, aside from the normal finfish, in years past we've also caught starfish and octopus. I'm just looking to pad my species list.
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    You can do it, if it is in the salt you should be able to snag it right?? I know we catch them all the time on the Kenai with kwikfish, the back hook swinging will snag them on almost every pass when the hoolies are thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Pennell View Post
    If you see me flailing the water on 20 Mile Saturday morning, stop by for a laugh.

    We have an inter-office fishing derby every year and one of the categories is Most Species Caught. The hard part is everything has to be caught with rod and reel...no nets.

    So far, aside from the normal finfish, in years past we've also caught starfish and octopus. I'm just looking to pad my species list.

    Don't forget to tell us how you do and don't forget the pics.

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    John you guys are still doing the derby huh? Will you PM me the link? I could use some pics from home. How are things on your end? The 20th is still doing well.

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    I think you need a 12 wt. to throw one of those "net" flies.

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    During the fall I get rainbow smelt (close relative) in Dillingham. My best deal was a small (#6 or8) smolt pattern under an indicator like a bobber that you slowly twitch along. Stripping didn't really fire em up and they often hit it on the slack and do not hang onto it for long....super light bite considering their teeth. But I even had one night I outfished the dipnetters....no end of kind hearted ribbing ensued.

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    This sounds like a great chance to use a spey rod
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phish Finder View Post
    This sounds like a great chance to use a spey rod

    Do they make a zero weight spey rod?

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