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#1 nquattro0123

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Posted March 07 2012 - 08:06 AM

if anybody has cuaght smallmouth in winter give me tips

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Posted March 07 2012 - 08:42 AM

It really depends on where you live. Here in the Mid South winter is PRIMETIME!
On the Tennessee River we are killin' 'em with shinners fished on a split shot rig.
I have had great luck with The Rig, but now that we are into the pre-spawn, jerkbaits
will take center stage.

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Posted March 07 2012 - 01:43 PM

Ya gotta tell us where abouts you are from? What's the water temps like? This time of the year, it's critical to determine what the fish are doing; ice out, pre-spawn, spawn, etc.. Then we can be of more help.
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#4 nquattro0123

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Posted March 07 2012 - 07:55 PM

vam dam is a good fisherman!

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Posted March 08 2012 - 10:40 AM

Too broad a question to answer specifically, but generally, small and slow works best for me in the winter (everything from simply cold water to fishing ice jams in the river). Some of my favorite baits are RageTail baby craws or even Chunks 'nose' hooked on a split shot rig or even put them on an 1/8oz ballhead jig. Tabu Whiptail worms are awesome also, small package and a ton of action, even when just laying around.

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Posted March 23 2012 - 09:58 PM

thanks 4 all tips i will find them helpful to me

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Posted March 24 2012 - 08:16 AM

read mike iconelie's article on spoons in the article section of this site

great read and I use similar techniques in the winter

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Posted March 28 2012 - 09:26 AM

can u cast a lure in open water and catch fish cause people say u cant catch fish in open water with lures can you catch fish fish in open water with lures?

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Posted March 28 2012 - 09:43 AM

Yes, but your odds increase dramatically around structure and/ or cover.
A specific example would be a ridge surrounded by deeper water on at least
one side. Baitfish may be attracted to the area and predators will follow. Also,
even in the absence of baitfish, smallmouth will relate to structure for protection
and potential ambush!

p.s. It's spring now, but my advice applies year-around.

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Posted March 28 2012 - 09:47 AM

"nope you cant cause open water doesnt hold fish like covered water does people say these things cause they know what they are talking about and are telling the truth lures dont work either you must only catch fish with live bait on hooks that is the only way to catch fish in open water not covered water esp if you are talking about in the winter time when the water is colder that is when i catch my biggest fish the best time is in the winter in open water with live bait on a hook and then sometimes i can catch them in covered water with lures but that only happens sometimes but i guess it all depends on where you are and what types of water you are fishing"

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