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Those do look like sweet little baits. They remind me of a bait I designed several years ago and used to sell. I really like the ribs on the one above though, really nice. I would like to get some of those. FYI, if anyone is interested in pouring this bait, I gave my design to basstackle and they now sell it on their site. Great little bait for sure.
I gave up on tubes years ago for goby type baits and worms. I have a friend that pours some pretty nice baits kinda similar to the Darter but not really........ and I haven't caught anything on them. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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Posted January 30 2012 - 09:39 PM
I meant they carry the Eerie Darter, not the other bait picutured in this thread. Look under Poor Boys at the bottom of the page.
I looked thru every soft baits page on TW but didn't see them.....
Posted January 30 2012 - 11:32 PM
I personally didn't fish a darter until a couple years ago, but there's no denying its effectiveness in the cold clear waters up here. Actually, for my open water fishing this past December and early January (can't believe that happened in Northern Indiana!), I had a rod with a blade bait and a rod with a darter. I favor rigging my darter on a Bite-Me Sparkie head in 3/16- 1/4 oz (on the recommendations of Greg Mangus). I definitely prefer the 1/4oz head for fishing the deeper outside edges of 20-25+ on clear natural lakes with deep vegetation. I enjoy the shape of that particular head as opposed to a ball head for gliding through grass in a more stable manner.
Nothing fancy, which is more than likely the appeal to the darter. Simply drag it along, and allow it to hang in any remaining (or in the spring's case, early) vegetation and shake and pop it free.
Smallies eat it, largemouth eat it, pike eat the heck out of the thing haha. I mess around with colors, but mostly stick with some form of watermelon, but that just depends on your local water/ preference.
This last year I didn't reserve my use of darters to the cold water period. I found it very successful down on the White River in Indianapolis for smallmouth around current breaks.
I know locally, the darter sacks many solid bags throughout the year. I was second last spring sharing a channel fishing for spawners to a guy throwing a darter. A lot of guys will drop-shot them during the summer months. And, a guy I ran into alot out late December at a local fishery sacked an absolutely monstrous 23lb bag, predominantly on a darter New Year's Eve...23lb is a very big deal up this way, but that fishery has proven its potential before
All in all, I would definitely mix the darter in between throwing a tube this spring, you should find some success.
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