Big hammer swimbaits.

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  1. Dsmooth87

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    was given a bunch of these baits but dont know how to use them.. How do I fish these things for rockfish? drifting vs anchoring
     
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    Your gonna be jig fishing with those don't drift just structure fish and you should catch fish.
     
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    Drifting is actually fine and my preferred method to fish swim baits. Find the up-current edge of whatever structure you are fishing (kelp, docks, rock piles, etc) and fan cast to the edges. Try different retrieval speeds, fast just under the surface, dropping all the way to the bottom and popping and crawling the bait, mid-water column steady retrieve. When you get bit remember what you were doing and try that again. Get some warbait weedless lead heads in different weights and colors and match the color and weight to the size of bait you are using and the water depth. Deeper water heavier lead head.
     
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    For rockfish specifically you will need heavy lead heads. 2oz for 50-100' and heavier for deeper. figure out the drift and structure on your meter, set up a drift over the structure, drop your jig to the bottom and hop it up and down off the rocks...
     
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    just the answer I was looking for. thanks you
     
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