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I've never really had a use for Beaver style baits but I found some Big Bite Baits Yo Mamas at a dirt cheap price so I figured I would give them a shot.  The problem is that I have never really fished them seriously before and I am unsure what the general conesus on presentations for them are.  I am assuming that they are great for flipping/pitching, as well as jig trailers or jig baits minus the trailer such as on a football head jig, but I really am not certain at all. 

Of the various techniques and presentation styles applicable to this style of soft plastic lure, what have you had your best success with?

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You can t-rig them and fish 'em just like a worm.

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We fish them on a Titleshot jig from Fin-tech...works very well and doesn't tear up the baits so much as Texas rigging tends to do.

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when fishing is tough    hot weather or over fished areas   i use them weightless  on 4/0 hook   usually around heavy weeds and let them sink in the holes n pockets    what kind of deal u get on those yo mammas?

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I don't have the reciept anymore but it was right at $2.00 for a pack of the 4" YoMama in Kiwi at a local Academy.

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d**n thats a pretty good deal  just started carrying bigbite products at local gander mtn  and noticed they tend to be lower priced   which is a good thing with my budget  lol   looking to picki up those fighting frogs very soon for only 2.99   u ever try those?

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There's an Ebay seller who sells them $16 for 50 of the 4" and $13 for 50 of the 3". Not a fantastic deal, but still not too bad.

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no, I havent tried them.  I just did a search online and the $2.00 isn't as "dirt cheap" as I thought.  Apparently, Academy regularly has BBB's for 2.19-2.49. 

Looks like the bait monkey swindled me again.  Oh well, gives me a new lure and possibly a new technique to learn.

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There's an Ebay seller who sells them $16 for 50 of the 4" and $13 for 50 of the 3". Not a fantastic deal, but still not too bad.

Thats more expensive than buying them outright from what I can tell.  .32c each if you go through him (before shipping), .31c if you purchase through Academy at the regular price of 2.49 for a pkg. of 8.  Again though, thats assuming you have an Academy in your area. 

Thanks for the Ebay heads up though, I wouldn't have thought to search there for soft plastics, great idea!

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The closest Academy to here is roughly an hour away, so in-store pickup is not an option.  :)

It's funny, a city the size of Atlanta and we don't have an Academy or Cabelas.

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You can get the same Beaver Bait and Chunks that *** isnt allowed to carry anymore at this website:

http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=2067

Same Beaver baits can be purchased here as well(Ive heard this seller is a relative of Brent at ***:

http://www.aandmbaits.com/4.25%20INCH%20BEAVER%20CRAWS.htm

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I use them mainly t-rigged, but have also used the titleshot jigs to get them to really stand up and tempt them finicky bass.  Last year I mainly rigged them with an 1/8 oz. bullet weight and that gave them a really nice slow fall.  That's also a good weight to choose when you want to skip the bait around docks and timber, just be sure to practice that thumb motion.

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Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops both have a Sweet Beaver style bait.I used the Cabelas one last year with alot of success.Just bought the Bass Pro one,can't wait to try it.

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You already answered your own question.  Flip and pitch texas/rig or use as a jig trailer.  I use the small size on a 1/4 oz. football head, exposed hook for smallmouth and it works.  I would suggest you try an Owner or Gammi twistlock hook, about a 4/0 for the size you purchased.  They are softer then RI baits and they will hold up longer.  I use 3/16 to 5/16 weights and get  good fall rate. It's a very good bait.

Enjoy

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thanks for the information guys, I appreciate all of your input.

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T-rigged, c-rigged, pitched, flipped, jig trailer, drop shotted.  You can do just about anything with a beaver style lure.

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I use them mainly t-rigged, but have also used the titleshot jigs to get them to really stand up and tempt them finicky bass. Last year I mainly rigged them with an 1/8 oz. bullet weight and that gave them a really nice slow fall. That's also a good weight to choose when you want to skip the bait around docks and timber, just be sure to practice that thumb motion.

This is exactly how I caught a 9 pounder. I was using a Sweet Beaver right after dark, T rigged with a 1/0oz weight to give me enough weight to cast, cast up against a stump and my bait got heavy -- 9 pounds heavy. Never felt a bite, she just sucked it in and would not let go.

In stained water I will dip the "claws" in chartreuse dye.

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