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Gunk, debris and algea!

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I’m wondering if anyone can give me some advice about algea and other debris.

I’ve found a great place to fish but everytime I cast, I end up reeling in a big hunk of gunk. I have to pull this debris off my lure and line before I can cast again. I‘ve ended up missing fish because I can‘t reel them in fast enough because of all the gunk!

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  1. "Crabby" Harold on Jan 28, 2013 Reply

    If it’s an area that you’re comfortable changing, then you can always try some barley straw to suppress algae growth. Of course, if it’s a good sized pond, then you’re going to need a lot of straw, and if it’s a river or lake, you’re basically out of luck for that method.

    There are some algae control products out there, too, some of them powerful enough to be used for clearing algae from the fringes of lakes. Again, if it’s not on your property, you should ask permission of whoever owns the water and probably check the local ordinances first. You don’t want to be arrested for using restricted algae control products or something!

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  2. Stan the man on Feb 02, 2013 Reply

    You could try using a drop shot type rig. You put the hook several inches above the sinker, then keep the bait above the bottom (your weight will be running along the bottom). Your bait will be above all the rubbish, so you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way of your catch. The weight will still collect the algae, but it won’t affect your catch.

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