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#31 panda_slicks86

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Posted January 31 2013 - 02:08 AM

dont be afraid of tossing bigger baits especially 2-4 weeks after spawn and during fall.



#32 Crookedneck

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Posted February 02 2013 - 05:40 PM

There are days when if you are moving it at all, then it is moving too fast...


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Posted February 02 2013 - 05:53 PM

Nose hooked stick baits flat out produce.

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Posted February 03 2013 - 04:42 PM

drag a crawfish colored tube any place you can.

#35 jhoffman

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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:26 AM

When the water temps rise in the river systems find the rapids, fish relocate here because a: its an easy meal and b: theres more oxygen present in the water



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Posted February 08 2013 - 09:27 AM

In moving water there is also a pecking order. If youre catching small fish at the head of the riffle the big ones are likely further down stream but not completely out of the riffles.



#37 VtGr0wn

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Posted February 09 2013 - 08:34 AM

if fishing soft plastics let out some line after casting i get 70 % of all my hits on the lures fall to the bottom..... also i tend to cast right were the sun meets a shadowy area on bright days



#38 Felix77

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Posted February 09 2013 - 10:26 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.

x2 - I had a hard time believing that they would come up from 30 feet + for a Spook until I saw it for myself.  I even went as far as to estimate how fast a SMB takes to get from 30 feet deep to the surface.  It's less than 2 seconds!  Yes I researched how fast a bass charges and estimated it out ... I know ... I'm a Geek.


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#39 Felix77

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Posted February 09 2013 - 10:29 AM

Commit yourself to learning the dropshot technique because it will produce in water 3 feet deep and 43 feet deep.

This is my 2013 fishing goal!  It's all about the drop shot for me.


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#40 Felix77

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Posted February 09 2013 - 10:33 AM

SMB Tend to be much more curious and aggressive than LMB.  With that being said don't be afriad to try erratic moving baits.  Fast twitching jerkbaits, swim a tube aggressively, burn a spinnerbait etc.


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Posted February 09 2013 - 10:50 AM

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#42 Shoop05

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Posted February 09 2013 - 07:14 PM

Smallies will often slam into a bait without actually trying to eat it the first time around. They do this to stun or disorient the bait so they can scoop it up the next time around.

Ive seen this a few times, especially with weightless flukes and things like that when we were retrieving at a faster pace. A smallie would come up and smack it but not eat it, we'd let it sit for a couple seconds, move it again, and theyd come back and drill it.

Not a constant eating strategy, but I look for it when I am not hooking up on the initial bite.


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Posted February 09 2013 - 08:23 PM

[quote name="ChunkNWind13" post="1233399" timestamp=
Ive seen this a few times, especially with weightless flukes and things like that when we were retrieving at a faster pace. A smallie would come up and smack it but not eat it, we'd let it sit for a couple seconds, move it again, and theyd come back and drill it.
Not a constant eating strategy, but I look for it when I am not hooking up on the initial bite.[/quote]

X2 I've noticed this as well. I was missing fishing for awhile. Then I started dropping the rod tip a little bit and stopped reeling and would hook up with the fluke after the fish initially hit it.
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Posted February 10 2013 - 12:31 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.

Yes I agree, last summer I used a white/cht Buzzbait over deep water and got a couple. 


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Posted February 13 2013 - 09:42 AM

Get out after em as soon as the ice goes out,  Its some of the best fishing of the year.  Jerkbaits and lipless cranks work really well. 

Smallies also love to go on a feeding frenzy when the wind is blowing, dont be afraid to fish the windy shore or structure using spinnerbaits






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