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Curious if people have good success throwing these for northern strain bass? Here in ND we have a couple bass lakes stocked with trout and I was thinking about trying some six inchers to target bigger bass. Our state record is 8lb7oz so a 4lber is considered a good bass. Would I be wasting my time throwing a lure this big? Would be nice to hear some results of others that may have tried the bigger baits up north. Thanks

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I would give it a shot. I wouldn't expect many bites with it, but you will get some quality fish.

PS- if you haven't entered the state vs. state contest, you should. A five pounder from your state would probably win.

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A 6in bait is considered small in swimbait terms. A lot of guys use 6in baits for smallmouth so your northerns are plenty big enough to eat  a little 6in bait.

I think your more afraid of the size of the bait then the fish are.

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Curious if people have good success throwing these for northern strain bass?

Mmmm-hmmmmm. And sometimes even bigger baits. :)

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If you really want to target bigger fish, you shouldn't over look 8" and 10" swimbaits too. 2lbers eat 8" trout swimbaits.

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There are swimbait forums dedicated to Northerners. Do a search.

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I live in SW Michigan where a 5 lb-7 lb Bass are considered big fish and it's rare to see anything over that. Last year caught a lot of nice fish on 6" swimbaits, you'll change your mind about these baits when a 3-4 lber inhales a  6" soft swimbait. This year I plan on throwing similiar and at times even larger swimbaits.

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Swimbaits don't work.

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Swimbaits don't work.

Just for fun, how 'bout fishing nothing but big

swimbaits for a whole day at Kentucky Lake?

I would be VERY interested in the results.

-Kent

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RW,

I don't think you need to throw any more fuel on that fire.  :)

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Swimbaits don't work.

Just for fun, how 'bout fishing nothing but big

swimbaits for a whole day at Kentucky Lake?

I would be VERY interested in the results.

-Kent

I'd be down for that.  Obviously, I would have to convince Jimzee to do something similar.

I guess it will depend on what the fish are doing when we get down there.  Can't force feed 'em something deep when they are shallow and vice versa.   :)

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Try an 8" Hudd. I just started tossing bigger swimbaits (over deep structures) for smallies, last season. Unfortunately, my season was cut short due to a family emergency, but while I tossed it, I had some big follows.

I plan on focusing more on these during 2011 for sure. Will be tossing not only these, but the 6" size and 7" Stocker Bass as well. Have caught some decent LM (and big pickeral) on the BBZ-1 Jr. in wicked perch however! :)

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