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I'm going Friday. What are your favorite baits for water in the 55 degree range? Probably full sun, 69 degree weather, northerly wind, permanently stained, but not dirty water. I'm thinking Rat L Trap, slow rolled Colorado blade spinnerbait, T-rigged Craw.

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I like the way you're thinking! I'd probably have a chatterbait tied on to slow roll across the bottom, and a jig as well.

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I'd add a swimbait (3-6" size) and slow wind that thing back as well as the jig, chatterbait, lippless crank, and spinnerbait.  Then you have all your bases covered.

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I'd add a swimbait (3-6" size) and slow wind that thing back as well as the jig, chatterbait, lippless crank, and spinnerbait.  Then you have all your bases covered.

It just so happens I usually take 5 rods with me on the kayak. I have 5 holders rigged.

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It just so happens I usually take 5 rods with me on the kayak. I have 5 holders rigged.

Well have to switch it up and figure out where to put the dropshot rod now and make it 6....lol

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Well have to switch it up and figure out where to put the dropshot rod now and make it 6....lol

I have only tried a dropshot once, to no avail. But the water's generally stained around here. From what I hear, dropshots excel in gin clear water, no?

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Okay, don't tell the fish I catch they aren't supposed to bite because the water is stained.  You may be missing out on something easly overlooked if people around where you fish don't fish a dropshot because the water isn't gin clear.  Worked great in the middle of summer in Louisiana behind a buddies house in stained 12" visability.  Just saying, might want to rethink and give it a shot. And it works in cooler water just as well.....last time I got to fish ended up with a dozen on the dropshot, 4 on jigs, and one on a swimbait with the water stained and 57.  Not 55, but come on I live in S.Cal......55 is about as cold as the water gets sometimes.

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Okay, don't tell the fish I catch they aren't supposed to bite because the water is stained.  You may be missing out on something easly overlooked if people around where you fish don't fish a dropshot because the water isn't gin clear.  Worked great in the middle of summer in Louisiana behind a buddies house in stained 12" visability.  Just saying, might want to rethink and give it a shot. And it works in cooler water just as well.....last time I got to fish ended up with a dozen on the dropshot, 4 on jigs, and one on a swimbait with the water stained and 57.  Not 55, but come on I live in S.Cal......55 is about as cold as the water gets sometimes.

Cool. What are some of your fav dropsot baits? In off-color water, what colors would I be looking for?

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I fish a lot of green pumpkin.  Favorite dropshot bait....4" Live Impact.  I have others I've fished but these just have the right action and have a great set of colors.  Also dropshot the Swing Impacts at times as well.  And if needed I'll take a bit of Chartreuse Spike It and dye the very tip end.  And the Roboworm's Margarita Mutilator is another that works well in stained waters.  Very popular color up on the Sac. Delta.  

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Up here  when it gets that temperature , I have had a lot of luck on Bomber Model A's  over the years . Dont know why the Model A has consistently out performed other cranks when the water cools down but it has .

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Up here  when it gets that temperature , I have had a lot of luck on Bomber Model A's  over the years . Dont know why the Model A has consistently out performed other cranks when the water cools down but it has .

One of my favs is a model A in craw pattern.

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Throw a  Sebile Lipless and watch it catch 5x the fish of a Rattrap. Got my first one from MTB and will never use another lipless again. Amazing. 

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Throw a Sebile Lipless and watch it catch 5x the fish of a Rattrap. Got my first one from MTB and will never use another lipless again. Amazing.

So if I'm catching 25-30 a day in a Rat-L-Trap ya gonna catch 125-130?

Huh! ;)

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So if I'm catching 25-30 a day in a Rat-L-Trap ya gonna catch 125-130?

Huh! ;)

 

I'm gonna ask when can I go fishing with you......I'll bring my own Rat-L-Traps too :D

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Well, I caught 2. One on spnnerbait & one on T-rigged craw. Missed 2 more on the craw. I really wanted to catch one on the swimbait. That'lll have to wait for another day.

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Throw a  Sebile Lipless and watch it catch 5x the fish of a Rattrap. Got my first one from MTB and will never use another lipless again. Amazing. 

My friend catches more on a CC Spot. It's shaped exactly like the Trap, but the metallic gold is darker. But I can tell you, I haven't caught any dinks on the Trap. All big'uns.

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I'm gonna ask when can I go fishing with you......I'll bring my own Rat-L-Traps too :D

We got a road trip coming up in 3-4 months!

Go down to the "ya wanna learn Toledo Bend" thread; we catching 25-50 a day now!

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Suspending jerkbaits, traps (I like the one knocker types in colder water), bladed jigs, squarebills, spinnerbait with tandem Colorado/Indiana blades. 

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So if I'm catching 25-30 a day in a Rat-L-Trap ya gonna catch 125-130?

Huh! ;)

Yes. Plain and simple. Watch and behold.

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Yes. Plain and simple. Watch and behold.

Come on down to the road trip & you can try to prove it!

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Come on down to the road trip & you can try to prove it!

 

I would love to be able to meet everyone here and fish that body of water.

 

Getting back to my OP, I truly love the sebile baits, and think they work markedly better than rattle traps up here in my neck of the woods. Now, do they really catch 5x no- I may have exaggerated as fisherman tend to do. But, I really would urge anyone who uses a trap to give these a try and see if they work better for you. 

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Throw a Sebile Lipless and watch it catch 5x the fish of a Rattrap. Got my first one from MTB and will never use another lipless again. Amazing.

Fermata > Sebile lipless

Just sayin'.

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I would love to be able to meet everyone here and fish that body of water.

Getting back to my OP, I truly love the sebile baits, and think they work markedly better than rattle traps up here in my neck of the woods. Now, do they really catch 5x no- I may have exaggerated as fisherman tend to do. But, I really would urge anyone who uses a trap to give these a try and see if they work better for you.

I understood what ya meant ;)

We tend to give the lure all the credit when in fact it was location not lure that was productive.

I don't care which lipless crank ya throwing, if ya aint where the bass are it aint gonna matter!

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I've been throwing a Red Eye Shad here lately. They have a nice shimmy on the fall. They do catch fish (when you find them).

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