I went with a friend of mine the other day, he used a croaker clicker, i didn't and he was hooking up 3 to 1. After about an hour i switched and my hookups also increased. I don't know if they make a difference with lively croaker but i think they help when your croaker is not so strong anymore.
how many inches in length are the croakers ya'll use? i've never thrown croakers, but i do use shrimp sometimes and unfortunately catch croaks occasionaly with them- sometimes being pretty small ones. i've always thought about rigging up on the bottom with one of those, but still don't know if they're too big? thanks.
I'm scheduling Croaker 101 class's right now. Class size will only be 1 to 4 people. You will learning everything about croakers. From catching them, keeping them alive, rigging them, how to fish them, how to actually hook a trout while using them. And best of all, a nice haul of fish to bring home as your graduation gift. Hurry, only two more months of croaker season left.
After fishong Baffin Bay for several years, the guides there use # 6 croaker hooks, usually Lazer-Sharp. Hook the croaker between the anal fin and center line as noted above. Then pop your rod several times - this makes the croaker "croak" attracting the trout. After popping your rod, hold the rod tip vertically and when you feel a nibble lower the rod tip and free spool to allow the troout to run. Count from ten to fourteen before setting the hook. Trout take the croaker into their mouths and kill it and them swim to wash the croaker down their throat. If you set the hook on the original bite you will pull the croaker from their mouth.
use either a carolina rig or a texas rig. use just enough weight to get the croak on the bottom without anchoring it. let me say trout do not nibble lol. once you fell the thump the fish will either pull the rod tip down, in which case you dip the rod tip with them and then set the hook. if you feel the thump and then nothing and the line goes slack reel like hell and set the hook once you feel a little tension on the line. use a kahle or croaker hook in the 3/0-5/0 size depending on how large of a croak.
12-14lb mainline to a swivel. You might want a 1/8 oz. egg weight on the main-line above the swivel for casting distance. Next - 20-25lb leader (18-24 inches) to 3/0 or 4/0 kahle or croaker hook. You can add a colored bead or two above the hook for flash and noise. "POP" your rod occassionally as indicated in other posts on this thread to make the croaker "croak" plus it adds to the presentation of the bait.
All the above learned from a popular guide in the Galveston Complex.
AGREED!! I only use arties but friends that fish with me use bait all day long.....TO EACH THEIR OWN! BTW I know my buddies just freeline the croaker with lazer sharp hook think maybe a 4/0.....Good Luck