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Just wondering if anyone here is using these baits.  What size do you prefer and what is you setup for fishing them.   I was able to jet my hands on some knock offs that impressed me enough to be interested in purchasing a couple of the genuine article if others are having success.

 

 

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I had one but didn't like how slow I had to reel to keep it on the surface. 

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I had one but didn't like how slow I had to reel to keep it on the surface. 

Did you have the 4" or 3" model?

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Pretty sure I had the big one, it was a really big bait I remember that. It's been a few years since I sold it and I liked the action and would probably give one another try if I found one for the right price. 

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Pretty sure I had the big one, it was a really big bait I remember that. It's been a few years since I sold it and I liked the action and would probably give one another try if I found one for the right price. 

The big one is a large bait, it weights over an ounce.  I have played with the knock off I have at Melvern, and while I have had no takers, I have raised a few small mouth that make me interested in the baits.  

 

I am not going to guess how big these fish were, but I will make the prediction that the next State record smallie comes from Melvern.

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I've caught quite a few at Melvern, up to 4 pounds smallmouths and spots, with a 7" Slammer and 5" Bull Shad, I have no doubt they'll hit that Buzzjet. 

 

There's more and bigger smallmouths in Milford, but there's state records in Melvern no doubt. 

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The last outing I had at Melvern was interesting.  We were having a very slow afternoon and it was windy, so we were just kind of playing in some cuts on the south side just west of the wing wall to the marina.    I was throwing the buzzjet, and not having much luck, was just kind of trying to get an idea of what rod, line and retrieve would work well with the bait.  I was throwing shallow and retrieving the bait slowly,  I had a small mouth follow the bait for a ways that was big enough I was embarrassed to tell the guy on the front of the boat what I actually thought it weighted.  It was a large fish and had its nose as close to that bait as I think was possible, I almost dribbled on my leg a little.  

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That's close to the area I caught my 5 pounder out there. I hooked a fish the day before I caught that one that was noticeably larger that tossed my bait on it's first jump. Last year I had one follow a 3.5 pound smallmouth all the way back to the boat that made that fish look small. Since the lake got zebra mussels in it, it just seems like the smallmouth size has exploded out there. 

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How long is it going to be before they start having a tournament or multiple tournaments there every weekend.  I hate to keep talking about how good it is, in hopes that it will somehow prevent that from happening.  They ruined El Dorado, after a magazine article said how great it was.

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It's not a popular lake with the tournament guys for some reason. The club guys fish it about once a year per club but they must never hit the timing right or spend their whole time fishing for largemouths because the weights are never good. Last one I heard out there it took 9.5 pounds for first place team and that was with a bass pass. If I went out there and couldn't do that weight with a partner in 5 fish I'd feel like I had a terrible day. I think maybe they catch so many of the little smallmouths that maybe they don't feel like the quality is there or something. 

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Pretty sure I had the big one, it was a really big bait I remember that. It's been a few years since I sold it and I liked the action and would probably give one another try if I found one for the right price. 

You sold it to me lol.  It was the big one.  I've only fished it a few times and haven't caught anything on it but it does look great in the water.  

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It's not a popular lake with the tournament guys for some reason. The club guys fish it about once a year per club but they must never hit the timing right or spend their whole time fishing for largemouths because the weights are never good. Last one I heard out there it took 9.5 pounds for first place team and that was with a bass pass. If I went out there and couldn't do that weight with a partner in 5 fish I'd feel like I had a terrible day. I think maybe they catch so many of the little smallmouths that maybe they don't feel like the quality is there or something. 

10 lbs on 5 fish would be a very average day, not hard to do much better.  Have you had any luck on the West end in Coal Creek?

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You sold it to me lol.  It was the big one.  I've only fished it a few times and haven't caught anything on it but it does look great in the water.  

Small world, I have not seen you around much lately, everything good?

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Small world, I have not seen you around much lately, everything good?

Doing great, just been working a lot.  You?

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Doing great, just been working a lot.  You?

Well that will keep a man honest.  I have not been that well, been having some health problems that don't seem to be getting any better.  Would love to get together with you and fish again.

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10 lbs on 5 fish would be a very average day, not hard to do much better.  Have you had any luck on the West end in Coal Creek?

We actually launched at Sundance last time and fished around that area and did pretty well. It was much slower fishing that the east end but we also had zero combined experience that far down the lake. 

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Well that will keep a man honest.  I have not been that well, been having some health problems that don't seem to be getting any better.  Would love to get together with you and fish again.

I'm sorry to hear that man.  We should get together next spring, I'd love to head north and do some fishing.

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I fish a few areas on the West end of the lake.  I agree the fishing in general is slower, but I think, I know, there are some very good fish to be had if a guy spent the time to get more familiar with that end of the lake.    Just have to deal with the Walleye guys a little to fish the areas that I like.

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I'm sorry to hear that man.  We should get together next spring, I'd love to head north and do some fishing.

Nothing life threatening, but some things that are certainly making the things I enjoy doing difficult.     It would be cool for you to come back up here, or I would even head your way if we could figure out a plan.

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Nothing life threatening, but some things that are certainly making the things I enjoy doing difficult.     It would be cool for you to come back up here, or I would even head your way if we could figure out a plan.

Keep it in mind and we'll touch base after the first of the year and see if we can figure something out.  I'll be ready for a few days off in march or april.

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Just wondering if anyone here is using these baits.  What size do you prefer and what is you setup for fishing them.   I was able to jet my hands on some knock offs that impressed me enough to be interested in purchasing a couple of the genuine article if others are having success.

The Jr. is one of my favorite TopWater baits .....Not just for LMB as the Browns like them too. Here are a few of my favorites ....6C7FC432_zpse6ec8bf6.jpg

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That's close to the area I caught my 5 pounder out there. I hooked a fish the day before I caught that one that was noticeably larger that tossed my bait on it's first jump. Last year I had one follow a 3.5 pound smallmouth all the way back to the boat that made that fish look small. Since the lake got zebra mussels in it, it just seems like the smallmouth size has exploded out there. 

 

 

That's what started the explosion on the great lakes.

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