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#1 Brand0n


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Posted August 19 2012 - 02:43 PM

My local lakes are so full of weeds I just need to start punching through them. The bass are trolling through the outside edges in channels and sometimes in the pockets. I've use a brush hog lately but one bass. Might wanna try something differen.t The water is shallow to deep and heavily stained/cloudy/muddy in spots.

Im wanting to try Culprits new incredi craw but I havent seen my local dsp have them in stock yet. TW has them.
Looking for local lakes/ponds near Marietta/Roswell/Alpharetta etc...

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Posted August 19 2012 - 03:18 PM

For a medium length punch bait, I use a pegged 1 to 1.25oz tungsten and the Rage Menace... Also since the first design of SK's "Slither Rig" (skirted Tungsten weight) I've been using the Menace with it as well. The bait is a narrower body with narrow swimming hyper action tails that will punch the thicker stuff easier, yet provide a great look and action on the fall. The body of the Menace is thick and long enough for a big hook and can be pinched down to shorten if needed. Also the tail material is slightly thicker as well to make the tails harder to rip during the punch. Even with the thicker tail material, there is still a fast action with a pegged 1/4oz, so the heavier punch weights make it really BUZZ!

Right out of the box, we launched with 17 great colors because the Manace is a very versatile design. It will provide many choices and if you get a chance to try it, let me know how you like it ;)

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Posted August 20 2012 - 11:56 AM

Yeah, I've been punching the menace and it works great!
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Posted August 20 2012 - 03:24 PM

Berkley Havoc Devil Spear is a fine bait for punchin. no appendages on the body for veg to hang up on & lotsa action in the tail...

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Posted August 21 2012 - 09:58 AM

I have had good bites punching with senko's and other stick worms.

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Posted August 23 2012 - 01:18 PM

Berkley Havoc Devil Spear is a fine bait for punchin. no appendages on the body for veg to hang up on & lotsa action in the tail...

I have looked at those baits countless times wondering what on earth I would use them for. That's a good idea.

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Posted August 24 2012 - 06:20 PM

there are tons of punching baits out there now. It is the hot technique. Berkley Havoc makes some great pro designed baits. The Pit Boss is one of my favorites. Also check out Missle Baits "D-Bomb" Reaction Innovations "Sweet BEaver" and of course, Rage Tails Rage Craw is a favorite around here.

I look for something with a good balance of "meat" and fluttering appendages for the fall but not so much that it would hang. Usually you are using a heavy weight to punch the cover youre fishing so the plastic is not likely to get hung up.

Check out the Havoc "Wide Load" and Craw Fatty, Zooms Brush Hog, Even a basic twin tail grub with a skirt will produce.

Its more a matter of getting the bait in the right spot in close quarters (pitching and flipping accuracy), having it fall vertically on semi slack line, and detecting and reacting to strikes in time, which can be very difficult and frustrating in the beginning.

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Posted August 24 2012 - 07:43 PM

Pit boss, rocket craw, zoom super speed craw, and baby brush hawg.
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Posted August 24 2012 - 09:14 PM

I have had good bites punching with senko's and other stick worms.

x2 I've lately even had success with a zoom centipede, caught 10 punching it in about 2 hours


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