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Posted December 11 2012 - 01:54 AM

What's the best smallie tip that you've learned or been told that you're willing to share?
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Posted December 11 2012 - 04:43 AM

Don't be afraid to cast a topwater lure over deep water as smallmouth often suspend out there and will come up to hit a surface lure.

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Posted December 11 2012 - 07:16 AM

On hot Summer days fish the fast rapids. Sure you get hung up, but the smallies are there.

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Posted December 11 2012 - 11:45 AM

Big ones love the channel I caught this one in middle of the lake over creek channel 130 ft deep..

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Posted December 11 2012 - 12:36 PM

A Lucky Craft 128 is Not Too BIG !

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Posted December 11 2012 - 05:06 PM

Smallies will come up through the water column a long way to eat what they perceive to be a dying bait.

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Posted December 12 2012 - 10:43 AM

Pay attention to what prey the fish you catch are spitting up. Smallmouth can be really picky about what prey they are targeting. A football jig dragged through a school of smallmouth keyed in on perch fry can be completely ignored.

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Posted December 12 2012 - 11:13 AM

In still water <12' deep, the Fat Ika is unsurpassed.


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Posted December 12 2012 - 11:26 AM

In still water <12' deep, the Fat Ika is unsurpassed.


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Posted December 12 2012 - 12:01 PM

Standard rigging: #6 Yo-Zuri Hybrid/ 7' MF spinning tackle/ 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook (thin wire)/
skirt forward, weightless & weedless. BTW, this is the basic rigging I had at Guntersville last spring. The
only difference was #4 Hybrid. My big bass was 7-7.

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Posted December 12 2012 - 12:32 PM

Skirt forward? Like a spider grub?

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Posted December 12 2012 - 01:14 PM

Skirt forward? Like a spider grub?


Yes.

The skirt flares back against the body when you move the bait up or forward. The Fat Ika
falls away from you when you drop it on slack line and the skirt flutters up. Play with the thing
in clear water and you will swear it's alive!

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Posted December 12 2012 - 01:44 PM

Never try and net them the first time to the boat!

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Posted December 13 2012 - 06:31 PM

On hot Summer days fish the fast rapids. Sure you get hung up, but the smallies are there.

Yup, around the rivers here when it heats up those fish will be right up in the middle of the white water.I feel like I'm fishing for trout lol.

Never try and net them the first time to the boat!

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Hahaha fished a night tournament on bull shoals and my partner caught a 4lb smallie and got it up by the boat, I tried to net it and it jumped OVER the net and immediately threw the jig. I felt as tall as an ant.......

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Posted December 14 2012 - 12:30 PM

Another one I just thought of concerns tubes. Leave a little air space between the jig head and the closed end of the tube, the trapped air in there really helps in not getting snagged. The tube hits the cover and deflects off, it really helps with snags and I think it has improved the number of fish I catch.

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