Posted July 06 2005 - 10:04 PM
Posted July 06 2005 - 10:08 PM
Posted July 06 2005 - 10:16 PM
First tip-find rocks. Smallies relate to rocks more than any structure there is, they seem to like wood alot to. As for lures you can pretty much use what you do for largemouths, just downsize a bit. For spinnerbaits I drop down to a single colorado blade, rapalas down to 3-4 inches, etc. But my biggest and best smallies always come from jigs. I use a 1/8 ounce non painted jighead. I equip these with 3 inch twister tails and colors are mostly clear brown with black dots, brown, black, or clear blue with black dots. I caught mine without any live bait on the jig but you can tip them with anything from leeches to fatheads. A crawfish colored crankbait bounced on the rocks or fished near the rocks is also a good technique. Topwaters work excellent for smallies in low light.
Posted July 06 2005 - 10:19 PM
Leadhead jig with grub
Posted July 07 2005 - 12:52 AM
They will take a full variety of lures. Often you can use exposed hooks, like on jigheads, because they're not in heavy cover like largemouth. And you can usually use lighter line because of the open water they're often found in.
Good luck. You will find out why someone once said of them, "inch for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims."
Posted July 07 2005 - 08:09 AM
For catching: Live minnows on a split shot.
Smallmouth fishing in a river is about current and structure. On lakes, structure in and near deeper water.
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Posted July 07 2005 - 08:47 AM
Hays Bass Anglers Association
Posted July 07 2005 - 09:07 AM