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New baits & Techniques you want to try in 2011

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I'll start with mine...

Northstar Jigs- just got my first order and waiting for the ice to melt. Impressed with the quality.

3:16 Wake Jr & 3:16 Herring- topwater swimbaits

Matt lures Tournament series soft swimbaits- He has one to match just about any baitfish a bass will eat.

Matt lures Slow Sink Hard Perch, Fast, Slow & floating Gills- I've already have fished the slow Gills, awesome bait and by next spring I'll have a small school of Matt's Gills

8" 22nd Century Triple Trout- I have to see what the fuss is about, heard good things about this bait

High Power Herring- just got my first one, can't wait to fish it heard these were bad*ss

Various 6"-8" soft swimbaits- slow rolling for big fish

Mega Bait Mega Bug- looks like a cool soft plastic

Power Tackle Lateral Perch- innovative idea

Overall 2011 will be the year of the swimbait for me, I'm going to spend a lot of time trying to learn these baits.

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For me this coming year, one of the main things will be shallow cranks, really shallow cranks(square bills), less than five feet mostly.  Additionally I will work on regaining my confidence in jigs and texas rigged worms.  Going to try some bigger 10" worms this year too.

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Jig fishing is my number one technique I want to try this year.

I did OK dabbling with a Strike King Wake Shad last year and want to try some different wake baits this year.

Also want to fish the drop shot more.

....Bill

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I need to work on cranking and jerkbait fishing. I also have some big jigs i want to try. 3/4oz with an 8/0 gammy hook. I'd like to catch some big bass on it, but a musky would be real nice too. I'll probably catch a bunch of pike though.

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I'm going to give soft swimbaits one more year or until I run out. I've caught a few on them, but nothing consistent.

And I need to focus on slowing down, regardless of the technique. Hopefully, that will come with age too!  :D

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Actually, i have a problem with going to slow! Ha ha. I spend WAY too much time on every little spot that looks good. My buddy fishes WAY too fast and will actually leave a good bite hoping he'll find a better one. I guess we should fish together more often.

That's why i said i need to fish more cranks and jerkbaits. I also need to learn to pick up the spinnerbait and keep it in my hand for a while. It's ridiculous how quick i'll throw the spinnerbait down and pick up my jig rod and start working the crap out of small spots only to catch nothing.

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I'm ready to try a different color Senko.  :D;)  I've already gone through a hundred bags of black/blue flake. ;D

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I'm ready to try a different color Senko. :D;) I've already gone through a hundred bags of black/blue flake. ;D

There's this one color i really like. My buddy makes them. It's called jumbalaya...kinda like an ox blood, and it's coffee scented. When i skip docks, it out fishes every other color i have. I don't know if it's the color, the scent, or a combination of both.

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I just got a ton of shallow cranks, so probably some cranking.

I also want to start fishing more plastics again, primarily tubes and finesse techniques.

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Spinnerbaits for me...many of my fishing buddies do well with them, I can't catch a cold on one. I plan to make a concerted effort to add them to my list of productive baits.

Also plan to mess around a lot with odd colors of soft plastics, especially when the water is murky or downright dirty. You might want to buy some JJ's Magic stock...it will definitely rise in value this spring. ;D

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These are my suggestions:

Rage Tail Baby Craw as a jig trailer and naked

MegaStrike MegaBug

Sworming Hornet/ LFT Live Magic Shad

Fat Ika

For me, 2011 is going to be the year of the spinnerbait.

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I've already got more than I can use, but there's always something to try.  I won a $50 gift card to the local sporting goods store and I picked up four of the new SK KVD Square Bills, 2 of each size, and a handful of SK Tour Model Football Jigs.  That pretty much covers any new lure expenditures for the coming year.

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Nothing coming to mind as trying new. I just wanna catch more fish this year. I'm sure a few new baits might make it on the water.For the most part I'm sticking with trick sticks,tubes,grubs and jig/craw. If the conditions recall for spinnerbaits then that's what I'll be casting.I do want to greatly improve my top water technique.

I'm just concentrating on fishing the pattern.Hoping I can put together a better game plan.

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-Crank baits

-Flick Shake

-MAYBE topwater

I don't think i will be purchasing much lures this year (unless i can find a job lol), most of my money will probably be spent on new rods and reels.

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I'm probably going to try using more cranks (shallow square bills and lipless), and grubs on little jig heads.

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I'm going to force myself to do more drop-shotting, because it's one of my least favorite presentations and I have absolutely no confidence in it producing big fish for me.

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Just ordered a Lateral Perch and some wake baits from TW. 

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I'm going to totally switch gears this year. I'm going slow way down and focus on stitching with big worms and also fishing big soft swimbaits.

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King Daddy, as well as other frogs.

Gambler Big EZ- I finally bought a pack of these late last season, and all I can say is WOW! For the price I've never seen anything like it.... Great natrual action, great colors, durable, heavey, catches fish..... I'm excited about these!

Throwing more full sized spooks.

And frogs....

Frogs.....

Frogs.....

The Spro Bronzeye Jr. was my top producer throw the first half of the season... I guess not alot of people throw these around here.... The Spro's are the best frog's I've used, totally weedless, great hook-up ratio, great action, great colors.... I can't find anything not to like about these.

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Shakey Heads, Swim and regular jigs.

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I have always been fishing jigs and soft plastics , literally sun up to sun down. Played around with spinnerbaits and cranks last fall and really did well and learned alot. Just bought 2 new rods and reels that will be just for these two lures. I showed my buddy how to fish senkos last year and I have created a monster. I just do not enjoy fishing them even though they are amazing. He finally started catching more fish than me he was quite proud of himself and fun to see him do so well. Also this long cold winter I am going to practice pitchin and flippin in one of our heated boat storage buildings. I am building a platform the same height of my boat deck.

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