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    Senior Member MtnFisher's Avatar
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    Re: Mooching advice for a Noob

    A few photos of salmon mooching out of Moss Landing about 15yrs ago. Tiger rods in background. About 15 of us limited out by 1:00PM.

    The 2 salmon on the deck in the last pic were caught a couple yrs later. I was done by 8AM on that trip.

    Top table fare! Good luck!

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    Re: Mooching advice for a Noob

    Good advice. I've used Tiger Rods, both braid and 17-30lb mono for salmon mooching. I used trolling sinkers from 2-4 oz and flourocarbon leaders. A bait threader is helpful in rigging your anchovy or herring too.

    I use my medium Tiger rod setup with heavy mono (Berkeley Big Game) when going on a party boat and anticipate alot of lines in the water. Otherwise I use my Lamiglas CA Moocher rod with 17-20lb mono, its alot more fun.

    When a salmon takes your bait count to about 6-7 then start reeling fast and lifting your rod slowly. Don't jerk, you want the circle hook to settle in the corner of the salmon's mouth.

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    Re: Mooching advice for a Noob

    Gotta let them eat with circle hooks. Braid should be fine. I would definitely have some lighter leaders tied and rigged as light as 15# and 20#. Id be surprised if you need anything more than 2-4oz of lead.


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    Re: Mooching advice for a Noob

    I don't think the type of line makes all that much difference, I caught salmon mooching on both mono and braided line. One of the more important aspect of mooching is to keep the drag light and let the salmon eat and swallow the bait, then just reel reel reel. Do not bull whip the rod to set the hook, just reel. Just my 2. RAY
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    Mooching advice for a Noob

    Mooching advice for a Noob

    Im going Salmon Mooching for the first time and am looking for advice. Because of financial issues I currently troll a couple times a year with a Tiger rod and a Penn 321GTI spooled with 30# Power pro depth hunter line. Should I re-spool with 30# mono since Im a noob, am assuming line twist will be an issue? Also I am thinking of using a #5 Slydo with 6 to 8oz ball sinkers for easy changes. I typically tie my own leaders with 20# Fluoro but am not positive on that either. A friend is inviting me and I dont know all of the details accept we are going out of Berkley. I have read a few "how toos"

    Any advice
    Thanks Fatstogie7

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