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When I was last out, I found a beautiful place with flat fishing platforms dropping down in to about 12' of water with a lot of kelp present in places. Unless I dropped a bait on one of the occasionally visible sandy spots in between the kelp, the current eventually washed an exposed hook point on a static lure in to trouble.

How have you guys been fishing around heavy kelp? Or have you been avoiding it (or at least fishing away from it)?

As far as I could tell, landing a bait IN the kelp wasn't getting it too far - other than eventually hooking up with the current moving the bait, it would also not have been visible to fish.

A swimming bait is obviously an easy get-out, but it hardly goes by most of the theories and tactics being developed.

How do you approach thick kelp?
 

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not sure mate every time my lure hits a lump off weed i rip it out but i may be doing the wrong thing ill leave it next time just to see what happens
 

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I'm trying lots of stuff to deal with Kelp.

weedguards, texan, heavier jigs...

ultimately, with techniques like dropshot and float jig, you loose that (we think) vital bottom contact.

Paul B and I do have a few idea's to bring in some working methods from other heavily weeded fishing with bigger fish but...
Kelp, well kelp is damn tough stuff. it's bringing a whole new set of problems. And, to be honest, I love the challenge.
 
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