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So this past summer, I spent much time wading in the New River in a part of Virginia, throwing spinner-baits across the wide, deep-ish areas of the river. One spot I liked in particular. It was a very wide spot in the river, where there were many large rocks in a straight line across the river. It could have been a drop in the river also, I was unable to tell. However, this created current swirls and swings and back-currents on the far back side of these rocks. I caught a few 2-3 pounders on this back area by reeling a large willow bladed spinner-bait along the back-currents and the swirls in the current. I didn't catch many or any big ones but i had a feeling there were more and bigger fish in here. I will go back this upcoming spring and summer and i was wondering if there would be any other baits i could try that wouldn't get carried away by the current first thing and would cover this large area easily and give me a chance to pull in some good smallies. Thanks, and tight lines to everybody.

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I wade fish and heavy current areas are one of the top spots.   Texas rigged crawfish are my favorite lures and I cast up current as much as possible. I will cast across current or down current but up current is preferable . 

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Rage Tail Baby Craw and Lizard would be a couple to try.

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Always worth it to try a #11 floating Rapala.

 

Toss it upstream and give a natural drift right over those obstructions.  Just give it a few slight twitches as the lure gets there and hang on.

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Hungry bass are hanging out behind those rocks out of the current waiting for a meal to drift by. Weightless senkos drifting  in the current right next to the slack water are money.

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My river bait is a white fluke. The smallies up here just love em. The water circling behind the rocks is easy to fish a weightless bait in; the circling water kind of holds the bait right in there. You can usually fish them as slow as you want.

Be careful this spring bud. Don't be in too much of a hurry to get out there.

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I would give a tube a shot. I have a lot of luck with those in clear water. My personal favorite is a smoke with blue flake or smoke and chartreuse. Just cast them out and jig or swim them back.

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The new gets tons of pressure, I would suggest sticking with finesse presentations, and topwater in the early morning. T-rig a 3" senko with a 1/16 or 1/8oz weight and let it drift along the bottom, twitching it every now and then. 

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Try cranking a strike king 5xd or 6xd in colors like chart.sexy shad,sexy shad,and gizzard shad-

And be sure there rattling for river fishing.

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Try a crank bait then a spinnerbait

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Favorite lure for river smallies will always be a lipless crank. Find one with a decent rattle and awesome action. They will ambush it from the rocks and tear that rod out of your hand!

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Don't forget about ole` reliable.... the curly tail grub!!  I prefer rage tail grubs and kalin's salty lunker grub.  Fish it on a 1/32 to 1/8 oz jig head and you can't go wrong.  Try to get a jig head with a larger hook though.. 1/0 to 2/0

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Always worth it to try a #11 floating Rapala.

 

Toss it upstream and give a natural drift right over those obstructions.  Just give it a few slight twitches as the lure gets there and hang on.

I use #7's around here in the gold black back, but three pounders are very rare with the avg being 12-13in.  What colors work for you?

Don't be afraid to try the push area just in front of those big rocks, not just the breaks and swirls below them.

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Don't forget about ole` reliable.... the curly tail grub!!  I prefer rage tail grubs and kalin's salty lunker grub.  Fish it on a 1/32 to 1/8 oz jig head and you can't go wrong.  Try to get a jig head with a larger hook though.. 1/0 to 2/0

I second this suggestion. You almost can't go wrong with curly tails for river smalies. Works well here in SW/SC PA anyway. Try a dark color jighead with a bright curlytail or vice versa. Not sure why, but that always seems to work better for me.

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It sounds like youre asking us to be your baitmonkey!

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Try either a 3" curly tailed grub on a 1/8 oz. ball head jig, or an XRap.

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