How To Fish the MC ROCKETS Artificial Herring Strips
This section contains a information on how to use and get the most out of MC Rockets. You can buy MC Rockets them here.
How to Glow
All MC Rockets contain the “Next Generation” glow powder called strontium aluminate, which glows 10 times brighter and 10 times longer than the original (zinc sulphide.) I use only premium green glow, which is the brightest and glows longer than all other glow colours I tried – plus the fact that fish see different hues of green, and most of all, it works.
This premium glow powder – which not only absorbs light, but then re-emits it slowly over time – is activated by a light source high in UV, such as black light or sunlight. Time required for a full charge (Glow time 4-5 hours, probably longer):
- Sunlight – 5 min.
- Black light – 10 min.
- Halogen – 10-15 min.
For the early risers, a double-bulb 12V portable black light (found at Canadian Tire in the car accessory department) works well. We use a box lined with tinfoil, with a light at the top and one at the bottom. Do not place a Rocket directly on top of any plastic lens as it could have a chemical reaction, dulling the lens.
Wrap the lens a couple of times with cling-free clear food wrap. A simple fix.
All Rockets contain glow on the back side, while the single digit colour numbers have glow throughout (Ultra Glow). Simply apply a UV light source to the back side, as well as the front on the Ultra Glows. They will glow for 4-5 hours – probably longer with the brightness decreasing as time elapses. And it can be charged hundreds of times without losing its brightness. Just remember:
“IF IT DON’T GLOW, IT DON’T GO.”
You can buy MC Rockets them here.
How to Rig
The MC Rocket was designed for use in a large Rhys Davis teaser head, normally used for cut bait herring strips. Other teasers’ heads will also work but:
- Some are narrower, making it more difficult to fully insert a rocket.
- Some holes are a smaller diameter, so a large round toothpick cannot be inserted properly.
- You can reduce the fin effect of the teaser head by bending the fin back to the right, allowing the roll to be more controlled by the Rocket.
- You can match the colour of the rocket to a similar colour teaser head.
To begin, lubricate the head of the Rocket to be inserted, with either scent or a little saliva. Insert fully. Insert a large, round toothpick into the teaser head through the hole in the Rocket’s spine and out the other side, breaking the toothpick flush on both sides. Then insert a regular toothpick through the fin hole, just tight enough to keep the eye of your hook at the tail of the bait. (So the hooks don’t get caught in the plastic and impede the action.)
How to Tune
Tuning your Rocket involves bending the Rocket in the same direction as the teaser head fin, to the left as show in Photo 1. The amount of bend required depends a great deal on your speed and the type of action you want. Recommended roll is 1-2 revolutions per second. The faster your speed, the less bend required.
You can also bend the Rocket to the right, which will change the direction of the roll to counter-clockwise, countering the effect of the teaser head fin. However, your hooks will be further from the Rocket
Speed – Your Choice
For many years, my normal trolling speed was 2.5 mph – 3.0 mph, which was necessary for decent action using spoons. When using a Rocket, you can tune it so you can get your desired action from 1.5 mph to 3.0 mph. It’s all in the bend. My favourite speed is 1-8 – 2.2 mph: Bend in photo.
Set your desired speed, put the rocket in the water beside the boat, check out the roll and adjust it. Continue to adjust until you get that perfect roll. The smallest adjustment can make a significant difference, especially at faster speeds. Don’t be afraid to bend the spine. Subtle bends do not weaken the spine, and every change creates a new action
Re-tuning after a Hit
When a fish hits, the Rocket is normally bent 90° to the right (as shown in Photo 3) and shoved up the leader. Simply reposition your hooks and bend the Rocket back to the left, test and fine tune (as shown in Photo 4.)
After a hit