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#1 AZfishrman01



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Posted September 12 2012 - 05:05 PM

My personal favorite is a Power tube t-rigged with a 2/0 Gamakatsu and a Tru-Tungsten 1/8 oz bullet weight. Pulling/ hopping that through the weeds is devastating. Either the tube or a mini Paca craw catch'em in my neck of the woods.

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#2 NEjitterbugger


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Posted September 12 2012 - 06:19 PM

In my favorite smallmouth spot my go to bait is a rapala about 3 to 4 inches long and the classic grey body fading to a black back ( preferably a broken back).I also like to use use jig heads and use any of your favorite soft plastics in slower moving parts of rivers...

If there are lots of crayfish in the river the smallies are probably fat, you would think that they would hit them but I fished one spot with crayfish for about an hour...nothing...switched to my rapala... caught 40 smallies and 6 trout..smallies were ranging from 1lbs to 2lbs 14oz. Crayfish for me anyways are more successfull in lakes.

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Posted September 12 2012 - 06:31 PM

3" curly tailed grub on a 1/8 oz. ball head jig. Has caught countless smallies for me for over 30 years.
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Posted September 12 2012 - 07:15 PM

Panther Martin #15, or a 3" tube on a 1/8 ounce head.
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Posted September 13 2012 - 12:29 PM

The Greenbrier and New river 4 inch curly tail for sheer numbers. Tubes and naked t-rigged craws, bitsybug jigs with a paca chunk trailer seem to catch bigger bass

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Posted September 13 2012 - 01:27 PM

4" puke colored BPS tube or white super fluke. Rebel craws always work well too.

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Posted September 15 2012 - 02:27 PM

i fish every weekend morning on a river a few miles from my house . it is just big enuff that i can cast almost across it with a topwater. that being said i have had great luck with a jitterbug. there is to much stuff on the botom to use anything that sinks because if it its bottom i lose it 9 times outa 10. i have had real good luck tha last few weeks with a berkley black and white walley crawler harness that i modified so the 2 hooks are closer together.

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Posted September 16 2012 - 09:48 AM

2" charlie brewers slider grubs in baby bass color on a cottonmouth jighead work great for me; gold panther martin spinners too

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Posted September 17 2012 - 08:49 PM

I have been fishing smallies on a small river (20 yds across on average) since for about 17 years. I have 5 favorite baits

- X Rap in clown color
- grub with a 1/4 oz jig head. I like black, but have caught them on any color you can think of.
- tube, i like a chartreuse tail with a brown body
- finesse jig
- Yum Crawbug. This is my favorite smallie bait. Rig it naked or as a jig trailer, either way, it flat out catches fish.

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Posted September 28 2012 - 02:29 PM

2" southern pro triple tail grub on a splitshot rig
1-2" piece of a senko on a hook unweighted
4" power worm with the tail cut off, unweighted, wacky rigged

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Posted September 29 2012 - 04:09 AM

Zoom Meathead or finesse worm on a shakyhead, Guido Bug on a shakyhead, LC Sammy, SK Bitsy tube.

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Posted October 01 2012 - 12:43 PM

Texas rigged tiny brush hog or sk bitsy tube




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Posted October 03 2012 - 02:50 PM

Seems like it depends on the year locals tell me that, few years back a senko would be the bait to throw, few years back before that a single tail grub, few years before that would be top water, having allot of success this year on hula grubs without the skirt, go figure, and top water is out, sadly.

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Posted October 04 2012 - 10:06 PM

Just found a great new-to-me smallie bait: Powerbait Twitchtail Minnow

Caught a limit and then some of good size fish in a couple hours after work today.

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Posted October 10 2012 - 06:48 PM

Tube in craw color or banging rocks with a crankbait.