Photo from Tracker parts associate Jim
There's a lot of excitement in our store for the upcoming snagging season March 15- April 30. We have an entire display (near the deck) dedicated to the sport, stocked with everything you'll need to snag that big one including snagging combos for $59.97.
Tips and need-to-knows:
-You'll need a heavy rod and reel to snag those fish.
-Your line capacity should be at least 150 yards of 80lb line.
-It's easiest to snag from a boat, but it is possible without one.
-You'll need a 12 to 20oz bank weight at the end of the line. About 1ft up your line, use a treble hook, and tie another every 3ft up (depending on depth of water). Make sure if you're in Missouri you have no more than three hooks size 8/0 or 12/0.
-If you're on a boat, idle at a constant forward motion, letting out the line to the depth of the lake plus 50 yards (depending on the depth of the lake). You should feel the weight hitting the bottom. Lift your rod up and put it down, constantly working the rod.
-Once you hook into a fish, pull it up and reel him in.
-If you don't have a boat then use a heavy action casting style rod 10ft in lenth.
-Cast it, allow it to set, reel in tight while picking it up and setting it down, reeling in the slack. Continue casting and retrieving until you snag a fish.
-To make sure the fish you caught is in the legal limit, measure from the eye to the fork of the tail. If the fish is under the limit, return it to the water.
-The only lisence needed is your Missouri fishing lisence
-Use a fish finder to help. Ask an associate in our Marine department for more advice about which is the right one for you.
-Paddlefish are migratory so they're not always in the same spot, but once they reach the upper end in the Lake of the Ozarks later in the season, they'll pretty much stay there.
-The use of a gaf is allowed, and you'll probably need one.
- The best boat to use for snagging is a Tracker all-welded Grizzly Green 1448 to 2072 with no carpet- it can get messy.
-230lbs is the largest recorded Spoonbill, and the largest caught is 160lbs. It's like reeling in a human!
-For reports and more information, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website: http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/places-fish/paddlefish-snagging-report-and-advisories