I had a couple last year almost pulled my rod in,make sure you use a peice of steel leader(12"long)in black with your hook and after two of them check your leader for nicks and tairs and change to a new leader.The blues we were catching were in the 14"to18" range.
Sandcrab I'll try your way this year but I'll still carry some steel leader material with me,I make my own on site.Hey Sandcrab I see you on this site almost every day at any given time are you retired yet,or you must be a very short timer and getten close.
As oldsalt say you can cast anything to them if their in a frinzy,find a shinny new bare hook and you can catch them,I use 4" spoons(casting spoons),Rat-L-Trap,crippled herring(3oz.- 4oz.)Hopkins Tube Lures they knock the sh!t out of them.
I retire from the military in July and start my second career in August.
My "primo numero uno" lure for blues is a stingsilver tied to a 24" length of mono with a white clouser minnow (with flash-a-bou in it) tied as a teaser to the top swivel. I can catch two at a time on this rig. I cast and retrieve using long jerks. I also use topwater plugs such as Top Pups, Rebel Windcheaters, ZaraSpooks, and large (1-1/2 oz) rattletraps in blue/silver.
Man!.. there's nothing like blues on lures..my all time favorite is a zara spooky close the barbs..I hade a good time catching some nice blues on a 1/2 oz grub chartrues on light action rod and 6# test..there was some heavy blues of romancoke the second week of october busting my steel leader yes ..steel leader!..for now on when bottom fishing with cut bait i'm going with long shank hooks
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