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I'm fishing a power plant lake on Sunday and it's clear with water temps at about 67 degrees what would you throw a spinnerbait or a swimbait?

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Andrew

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jerkbait or spinnerbait

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Is that the water temp by the outlet or generalized.

if it were me I would head away from the warmest water and pattern them closer to what they would be doing if you were not on a power plant lake.  Powerplant hotwater discharges tend to have the smaller fish and on top of that get beat up more often so I try to fish away from them for the most part. 

But, based on Virginias latitude...I would have to agree... I would throw a jerkbait and jig at bluff walls...lol. 

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It's generalized it's the lake anna hotside I have a tournament there on Sunday I know they've been catching them on buzz baits and other topwaters and other reaction baits

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Those are two of my favorite power plant lake baits during the winter time so I'd be fishing both for sure. Last time I was out I started with a spinnerbait to pick up the aggressive fish, then switched to a 4" Havoc Sick Fish to clean up the less aggressive fish, it was really effective too. 

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Those are two of my favorite power plant lake baits during the winter time so I'd be fishing both for sure. Last time I was out I started with a spinnerbait to pick up the aggressive fish, then switched to a 4" Havoc Sick Fish to clean up the less aggressive fish, it was really effective too.

that's the type of thing I was looking forward I'm only bringing 5 rods because there will be two of us in the boat and it might get tight it's a junior tournament I figured you can't go wrong with a Texas rig shaky head senko buzz bait and crankbait to start out I may switch out my cranking rod for another more versatile rod what do you think?

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Andrew

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When I was fishing as a nonboater and I wasn't sure if I'd need my cranking rod or not, I usually opted to take a 7' M/F rod instead. It's still capable of fishing a crankbait but you can fish almost anything else on it also. If there's a good chance there may be a cranking bite I would take a cranking rod instead though. 

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When I was fishing as a nonboater and I wasn't sure if I'd need my cranking rod or not, I usually opted to take a 7' M/F rod instead. It's still capable of fishing a crankbait but you can fish almost anything else on it also. If there's a good chance there may be a cranking bite I would take a cranking rod instead though.

If it comes down to it il just throw the swimbait on the cranking stick the moderate action actually let's me really sling it

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If it comes down to it il just throw the swimbait on the cranking stick the moderate action actually let's me really sling it

Will you be able to set a hook with it though? I know none of my cranking sticks would be capable of setting the hook with a swimbait unless I was fishing a small hard bait with trebles. No way I could set the hook with it well enough to hook up consistently with a belly weighted swimbait hook. 

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Will you be able to set a hook with it though? I know none of my cranking sticks would be capable of setting the hook with a swimbait unless I was fishing a small hard bait with trebles. No way I could set the hook with it well enough to hook up consistently with a belly weighted swimbait hook. 

 

I agree. Single hooks need a firmer tip than treble hook lures. If you are interested in a technique

specific rod, consider MF with a soft tip. Specifically, G. Loomis MBR842C or Avid AVC66MF. Back

to the origina; question, I prefer soft swimbaits: Berkley Hollow Belly, YUM Money Minnow, Shadalicious

and Keitech Swing Impact Fat.

 

I'm not sure the Rage Tail Shellcracker or Menace are considered swim baits, but you need to give them

a try alone or as swim jig trailers.

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It's a st croix mojo bass big cranker 7' mh moderate action It has a pretty decent backbone and I tend to set the hook hard so it might work out if it comes down it it il take my buzzbait off when I want to switch or just try to squeeze a sixth in

Thanks everyone

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Andrew

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I fish a similar type area but it isn't a lake, it is a warm water discharge from a power plant on the river and it is prime for spinnerbaits but another surprising pattern is jerkbaits but it is due to cold water being present further away from the discharge. If you have any areas where the water temp drops a few degrees go there and use a jerkbait, you won't see many do this but it works because of what happens. Fish normally will go to the warmer water and predator fish will do the same only the larger ones often set up on some type of cover or structure to intercept baitfish moving into a warmer cove. That happens a lot where I fish which I know id different but if you have water that is cooler try to find it, I watch boats go by me because the water isn't cold where I'm at but it is 4 and 5 degrees warmer closer to the discharge but I'm on fish getting fat on others coming into the warm water. The jerkbait works because what happens a lot is the baitfish that move out of the area will often end up stunned by the sudden temp change and a jerkbait imitates the action perfectly, the hits can be vicious and the fish, big!!!! Good luck!

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