to help preserve fishing for Future Generations
Norwalk, Connecticut's Rick Mola is an innovative angler. More than a decade ago, he was preaching the use of in-line circle hooks with diamond- and flutter-style jigs, not only hooking more fish but diminishing the odds of hooking them deeply. His catches and healthy releases of striped bass and bluefish have since soared.
Another twist of Mola's is to move the assist hook from the top of a jig to the bottom, complete with a circle hook. He then forgoes the radical rod whipping, opting to hold the rod parallel to the water and "squid" the jig - that is, rapidly wind it up several feet, pause and repeat. The jig's tight-wobbling action and fast upward trek draw strikes, while the circle hook converts them to catches.
"The tactic works beautifully in Long Island Sound with bluefish and stripers," says Mola. "On a recent trip to Louisiana, I outscored my fishing companions with redfish to 40 pounds, snappers, jacks and the only five grouper of the trip. I got their attention!"
"Circle Hook" Rick
Article, "Unorthodox Flutter-Jigging"
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