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Hello all,

I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and am mostly self taught. I typically fish cranks, buzz baits, poppers, etc. I know that I need to move into modern times and start to learn more techniques/ broaden my lure choices. What do you all recommend I start to look into? I am thinking soft plastics as I am on a tight budget and fish mostly from shore on the new river. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hello all,

I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and am mostly self taught. I typically fish cranks, buzz baits, poppers, etc. I know that I need to move into modern times and start to learn more techniques/ broaden my lure choices. What do you all recommend I start to look into? I am thinking soft plastics as I am on a tight budget and fish mostly from shore on the new river. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Started out similar, once I started using plastics they are my go to. Zoom trick worms T-rig weightless or with a 1/16 bullet weight and a super slow retrieve. Also love the grande bass rattlesnakes same way, they have a smaller length, and a nice wiggle. Zoom flukes and toads are also some of my favorites. Culprit ribbon tail worms work nice too. I do all my fishing from shore as well

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Shoreline fishing is the hardest thing in the world for me since I purchaced my first boat, but I have done my fair share of it as well.

If the water is clear I use bright colored plastics, 6" motor oil/chartuse swim tail worms, pumkinseed/chartuse swim tail lizards, if it is a little stained I tend to want to shift to a more natural color, greens and browns, Strike King 6" and 8" worms on shakey heads.

Strike King bitsy jigs are a must for the rivers up here.

The best advise would most likely be a tube, either on a drop shot rig or a C-rig, really cheap, fun to fish bait that will attract some big attention.

And from what i have seen from the new river area, you guys have some biiiiiiiiiiiig fish.

Hope this helps, at least a little, be safe and have fun !!!

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I live in VA, and if i had to leave everything at home and fish with 1 rod and 2 lures i would pick a purple worm and senko! buzz baits, cranks, poppers, etc are all good and have their place dont get me wrong. but plastics here work really well all year round. senkos are excellent slow presentation baits. great for throwing under trees, docks, and in weeds. bass love them! purple worms are my search and destroy bait. good for finding fish before you know what else to throw at your new lake.

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I live in VA, and if i had to leave everything at home and fish with 1 rod and 2 lures i would pick a purple worm and senko! buzz baits, cranks, poppers, etc are all good and have their place dont get me wrong. but plastics here work really well all year round. senkos are excellent slow presentation baits. great for throwing under trees, docks, and in weeds. bass love them! purple worms are my search and destroy bait. good for finding fish before you know what else to throw at your new lake.

Thanks. What rig are you using? Or do you switch through depending on cover? Fishing from the bank are there some prime spots to be looking for? I spent my entire childhood fishing from a boat so learning how to fish from the bank has a little bit of a learning curve.

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Thanks. What rig are you using? Or do you switch through depending on cover? Fishing from the bank are there some prime spots to be looking for? I spent my entire childhood fishing from a boat so learning how to fish from the bank has a little bit of a learning curve.

All of it depends on the conditions and what the bass in that lake want. vague, i know. let me explain. i use different rigs depending on what lake im fishing and the conditions. for purple worms, i mostly just texas rig it with a sliding bullet weight, usually no bigger than 1/4 oz. using senkos, i either texas rig them weightless or wacky rig them. one lake i fish loves a wacky rigged senko. another lake i fish seems to prefer the senkos t rigged. on hot sunny day, i usually fish t rigged worms near wood or bounce the bottom. the bass will tell you what they want. Prime real estate for shore fishing is drop offs (usually they are parallel to the shore line). i try to throw my lure as parallel to the shore along the drop off as i can. that way youre in the strike zone longer. look for any kind of structure. structure can be sunken wood, a bowl like pocket in the lake bottom, weed lines, docks and rocks. if you see structure, HIT IT! if you look at my profile picture, you may notice the dock railing behind me. this dock is long with access to shallow and deep water. these kind of docks are great for finding fish! you can drag your bait parallel to the dock looking for suspended bass under the dock. you can cast shallow to deep looking for bass suspended on a drop off or weed line. then you can though deep diving cranks and worms to fish for the bigger fish in the deep. i've actually out fished friends on boats from the shore before. get out there, you will learn alot. I saw schooling bass on a feeding frenzy annihilate my lure the other day. while i was pulling my hooked bass in, two others were chasing it! weird but cool nonetheless. Good luck

-Sean

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