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Old 07-01-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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How do you guys keep the cigar minnow on your hook when fishing the reefs? I sometimes go through half a box to catch one fish. I hook through the eyes and back on the belly of the minnow using a 6.0 or 7.0 circle hook. I must be missing something because I am holding my mouth right.

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Old 07-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Depends what kind of rig your using as how to fish it. Most times I'm fishing a knocker rig with 1 or 2 oz egg and 5/0 circle. Drift it down to em and hang on. Small Triggers will steal you blind sometimes. Braid seems to help me. Oh yea, I usually only hook the dead ones from the bottom lip through the top.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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The rig I am using is a 24" mono leader with a swivel on one end and a 6/0 hook on the other end. I put a lead sinker on the fishing line and tie the of the line to the leader swivel. Fishing for snapper in about 85' of water. As soon as I hit bottom and start to pull up I usually loose my cigar minnow.
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Where are you hooking the cig? Go to a longer leader also. Go from under the chin and out through the top hard part of the head.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Good to know, thanks
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:09 PM   #6
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I have the same problem. I've tried long leaders, short leaders, thin hooks, thick hooks, hooking them in every conceivable way, and still have one hell of a time hooking them. Next time I go out I may not even fish for snapper, instead I'll just slow troll for kings. That way I can use a stinger and probably still limit on snappers as a by-catch.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:37 PM   #7
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We've had good luck just hooking the frozen cigs through the back. Seems to get us our limit
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Can you cut them in half? Can you catch a snapper slow trolling?
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If your in less than 100ft or so chum em up and use small chunks drifing in the chum with no weight, saves allot of bait. Also try maybe cuttin th cigs down some so they are just one bite for the snaps. Any time you can catch your own thats the way to go, I get mine usually in the spring, and then brine them in rocksalt and Ice seemed to also help if they were alive going into brine so they sucked the salt in, allot tougher to take off the hook than the rotten box cigs.
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Chiefsway, IMO u may not be using a heavy enough weight, meaning ur bait is going down to slow and the smaller fish are eating it of the hook before it ever gets to the bottom. Try at least a 6 oz min depending on current may have to go bigger. Flukedaddy is also correct on chumming up snapper drift ur bait in chum with hook buried up in cig, small weight depending on current. Look on machine to see where fish is in water coulum?? U also have to hold mouth rite !! LOL

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