Use a stell leader and whatever test line you want. We used to fish for Northerns with 8- to 10-inch suckers hooked behind the dorsal fin, beneath a big bobber.
This was in the summer time (July and August) so this time of you you might be better with lures. But they'd hit the sucker once...the bobber would go down for a mintue and then come back up ...to kill it. They hit it again to scale it...again the bobber is down for a minute and comes up again. The thrid time they hit it they've taken it head first to swallow it, and again you have to wait a couple of minutes till the hook gets into it's mouth ... and then set the hook when the bobber starts heading away more thatn 10 to 15 feet from where you saw it last. This is a good way to use one rod while you flail away with another one using lures.
Every so often you catch a monster bass or an alligator gar.
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