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Hello all, I've been trying to fish down here in Miami Florida canals and have been having trouble with snagging weeds and grass with crank baits and they just aren't going after the worms, NOT EVEN SENKOS! I'm brand new to bass fishing and fishing in general to be honest so I wanted to know what types of lures should I use to maybe get a few bites in these canals. Just an FYI im only doing shoreline fishing I don't own a boat. I don't know if that makes a difference but I thought I'd throw it out there lol

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Try a swim jig, chatterbait, texas rigged creature baits or craw type. Surface baits like a Rage Shad, Yum Money Dog, KVD Sexy Frog, Booyah Pad Crasher. Try flukes or wake baits for something sub surface, or near it.

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Down there a staple is the plastic frog, like a zoom toad or rage toad. Also if they aren't hitting worms, try fishing them slower, I mean slow weightless or with a light weight and just creep it back in. colors, red shad, junebug, tequilla, purples are good colors to throw down here. Cast parrallel to the bank. Look for structures like culvert pipes, trees, dams, weeds etc. and work thoses areas without getting too close. If you have worms I would stick with them, also there are tons of baits, read up on here what works down in Miami and pick a few, talk to a few of the guys.

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No luck Kristo?? Miami canals will produce however it depends on many factors. What time did you go? What kind of line and lbs test were you using? The soft plastics that were suggested to you will work however you have summer temps to deal with. Also, you will find what I call "city bass", are very finicky and spooky at times. Your approach has to be subtle and stealth like. If you approach the bank directly, the game is half over. Polarized glasses is a must. Patience, patience patience. I have been skunked the last four times I have gone to my neighborhood canal on the Northern end of Dade county. I did see a nice Snook for the first time in my area canal and missed a peacock bass. You may want to try some finesse worms, for example, smaller zoom trick worms and zoom centipedes. They don't hit those pack it up and go home.

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Yea Lou no luck not even today I was just at a canal on 8th st and 137th ave I was there for almost 3 hours using senkos and a crank bait and nothing I saw fish but none of them even looked at my lures....its starting to get a bit frustrating....maybe it's that I go too late (4:30pm is when I leave work and I go fishing at that time) idk what it is but I just want to catch a few bass that's all lol is that too much to ask? :(

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Try to get on a finesse bite. 1/8-1/4oz weight dropshot with a bait of your choice. Zoom baby brush hogs always seem to produce for me in florida canals. Just move the bait slowly, and not so much the weight. Cylinder shaped weights should help to reduce snags, as I also fish really thick weedy canals.

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Try to get on a finesse bite. 1/8-1/4oz weight dropshot with a bait of your choice. Zoom baby brush hogs always seem to produce for me in florida canals. Just move the bait slowly, and not so much the weight. Cylinder shaped weights should help to reduce snags, as I also fish really thick weedy canals.

Cool man thanks, where would those really weedy canals be tho? The only bass I've ever caught was in a canal on 8th st next to glades trail out door shooting range you know of any other spots I could try?

Thanks

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Cool man thanks, where would those really weedy canals be tho? The only bass I've ever caught was in a canal on 8th st next to glades trail out door shooting range you know of any other spots I could try?

Thanks

I'm not really too familiar with the Miami area to be honest, but there's several awesome Miami fishermen here that I'm sure can steer you in the right direction. If I see a canal that looks good, the first thing I'm grabbing to see what's in there is my dropshot setup. Goodluck finding an area that produces, I'm sure you will ;).

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I would try jitterbugs or a KVD sexy dawg or sexy dawg jr. but I think if you would want to have the best chance USE LIVE TARGET LURES! I would use the bluegill or smelt because they both don't run that deep. A live target frog may also produce.

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Congratulations on the catch! It will get easier, I promise. Try wacky rigging those senkos on a weighted wacky hook with a weed guard.

I second frogs as well.

If the bass are deep and finicky, try some bulkier soft plastics friend. Zoom Super Hogs, Havok Pit Boss, RI Sweet Beaver, or even some 10" worms! Fish them so slowly that it hurts your spirit, and I think you will get some bites!

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Thanks Jay, I will definitely give that a try to see of things get easier lol im sure when summer is done things will pick back up I'm gunna try some horny toads this Saturday morning lets see how that goes!

Thanks again Jay

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Hey, no problem!

Morning is KEY right now for me. I live in South Louisiana, so I am seeing conditions similar to yours. The evening and 10 pm-12 am night bite is even slow for me right now! I'm thinking that the water temps are still high from the scorching days. Morning seems to be where it's at for me.

I recommend the bulky T rigged plastics over jigs because if rigged properly they come through weeds better than jigs. Good luck!

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What about buzzbaits? Have you tried those?

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This is out of hand guys idk what to do anymore! I've been to millions of spots and canals these past two weeks and nothing is working I've only got one bass and it looked like a shiner....senkos, horny toads, zoom Worms, crank baits, swimmer baits. NOTHING I see the fish but they don't bite...huge peacocks just look at my lure and swim away, my casts are parallel to the bank I cast past the cover and work my way in and nothing.....I need someone to show me hands on cuz I have to be doing something wrong

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maybe try downsizing your baits. i know alot of canals in my area have tons of fishing pressure so they have probably seen every lure under the sun.

the few times i hit up the c-100 , i had luck with fluke jr's. you may want a lighter power rod though. another bait which i dont think alot of people use in freshwater is the DOA terror eyez - http://www.doalures.com/store/index.cfm/category/47/terror-eyz.cfm

ive caught pea's back to back on these when they are active and the canal peas love em too. work it fast near the canal walls. look for storm drains, any type of cover, shade and/or bends in the canal.

good luck!

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http://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/sites-forecast/s/metropolitan-miami-canals/

though not incredibly detailed , it gives you an idea on whats working. the canal maps are cool too.

another bait i didnt see mentioned that i love throwing is the zara spook jr with a twitch , twitch pause retrieve. although ive caught em working the bait very fast and erratic.

take your time with each bait and work on your presentation before tying on another. over time youll get confident in certain lures that will become your favorites. ive tried quite a few styles and types but settled on a few that i feel i can always catch fish on. keeps clutter down in your tackle box too!

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