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Just looking to gain some knowledge here. I typically only have room for 4 rods with me on my bass raider on a given outing. Those rods are usually rigged as followed. Looking for advice on a good starting lineup or if what I've got goin isn't too bad.

1. 6-6 MHF ethos casting-hollow belly swimbait

2. 6-6 MHF gander mtn elite casting- trig big worm or craw.

3. 6-8 MXF St.Croix Rage casting- weightless senko

4. 6-6 MHF Shimano Clarus casting- top water of some sort.

Fishing a 50 acre sandpit in KS. Let me know if you guys would change anything or any tips you have.

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Spinnerbait depending on water clarity depends on the blade

Senko

Jerkbait

Jig and pig

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I've been giving the jig alot of thought lately. I have tons of them. I'm bad about getting locked onto throwing a handful of baits and trying to make them work

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Spinner bait

Deep crank 

Jig

Carolina rig

This is my summer starting setup/ subject to change anytime 

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what line do you have on each rod?

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Add a 5th rod and make it a spinning rigged with a Ned Rig....

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start with a plan like you have, but don't be afraid to change it up!  with a decent bit of wind like you would have there on the regular, i'd throw in a spinnerbait or maybe a bladed jig....  i'd also try a deep crank, deep being relative to the body of water.

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Just now, LastCastChris said:

Add a 5th rod and make it a spinning rigged with a Ned Rig....

Can the ned be rigged weedless? This pit has alot of weeds for 15 or 20 yards out from the shore.

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99% of the time, when I'm fishing largemouth in northern NY, this is basically it....

Frog - top of the water column

Bladed Jig - middle of the water column

Jig - bottom of the water column

 

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Just now, jtipton91 said:

Can the ned be rigged weedless? This pit has alot of weeds for 15 or 20 yards out from the shore.

They offer a weedless shroomz jig head.. Haven't tried it yet...

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4 minutes ago, Scarborough817 said:

what line do you have on each rod?

15# P-line cx premium on rage and gsx elite. 

12# big game on the other 2

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55 minutes ago, jtipton91 said:

15# P-line cx premium on rage and gsx elite. 

12# big game on the other 2

i would rig the following

1. 6-6 MHF ethos casting-1/2 oz chatterbait with paddle tail trailer.

2. 6-6 MHF gander mtn elite casting- trig big worm, trig craw or jig with craw

3. 6-8 MXF St.Croix Rage casting- weightless senko.

4. 6-6 MHF Shimano Clarus casting- start with a buzzbait or spook depending on water conditions (i would also fish a jerkbait on this)

 

edit: i forgot to add why i suggested those. first thing you should be covering water looking for active fish either with topwater, jerkbait or chatterbait. then slowing down if they aren't very active which is where the jig and weightless senko come in

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I agree with the bladed jig suggestion. They're great for fishing over submerged weeds because the strong vibrations calls fish out of the weeds. 

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These days, I don't leave the dock without at least one drop shot rig ready to go.  Strip pits in Kansas though, where you're at,  I don't know.  Strip pits are their own animal and experience on lowland reservoirs or Ozark type hill land reservoirs only kinda applies.   Given that the water in those is generally pretty clear I'm thinking that a top water and a wacky senko is probably all I'd throw.   The previous suggestion of a ned rig is a good idea.  Back in olden times, we called that a "Slider Rig" and used Charlie Brewer Slider jig heads and 4" worms - very similar to the ned rig IMO.

Back in the day with my first boat ( an 8' Water Scamp ) I fished strip pits quite a bit - primarily the Finger Lakes State Park north of Columbia, MO.  That area is a series of strip pits- a few individual ones that require walking in and dragging a boat.  The primary water there is a group of strip pits that, back in the 80's the Conservation department bull dozed lanes connecting a dozen or so of the pits and then built a dam that raised the water level of the whole place 10' or so.   It was a difficult place to figure out - but there were a series of shelves where the lanes connection the series of pits happened.   You could generally pull a fish or two off each ledge with a jig.

I think that the best way to think of strip pits is like they are miniature canyon reservoirs - there just isn't a lot of fish holding structure there, so you spend your time finding what is there and when you do you have a good spot.

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Also try a tube right off the weeds on the deep side. I fish a strip pit that they still work in and this works very well. 

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Just looked on my rods, pre-rigged for next time out. 

Spook, Jr

10" worm C-rig

T-rigged Craw

Zoom Trick Worm weightless

 

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1 minute ago, the reel ess said:

Just looked on my rods, pre-rigged for next time out. 

Spook, Jr

10" worm C-rig

T-rigged Craw

Zoom Trick Worm weightless

 

I went with a senko, cut r worm, craw, and frog for tonight. I'm going to try to get better at adjusting when what I'm throwing isn't working. 

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18 hours ago, jtipton91 said:

I went with a senko, cut r worm, craw, and frog for tonight. I'm going to try to get better at adjusting when what I'm throwing isn't working. 

I went to a new pond last night for about an hour and a half. As soon as I saw it was full of lilies and standing (and laying) timber, I cut off the C-rig and tied on a frog. I caught 9 all between the frog and Spook. My dad went along because he knows the owner well. He grabbed the Trick Worm and caught a couple and missed a few. A little rusty.

Anyway, I'm glad my dad went. He usually says he's too old for that and not into fishing anymore. Watching me catch a couple got his interest.

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That's a good start but you'll want to adjust for conditions. 

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Don't be afraid to put a 1/4oz. Fish Head Spin and a 3" paddletail swimbait on that Senko rod. 

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Wind was around 20mph so I swapped the frog for a chatterbait. No hits on that. Caught 1 fish on the cut r worm and the rest on a trig rage craw. Not a bad night. 

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54 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

Don't be afraid to put a 1/4oz. Fish Head Spin and a 3" paddletail swimbait on that Senko rod. 

I fish a paddle tail on an owner flashy swimmer underspin almost every time i go out. 

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Just trying to visualize your sand pit lake. Most pit lakes I am familiar  with have steep banks on 3 sides with a sloping bank where the equipment exits the rectangular shape pit.

LMB in these pits tend to roam the perimeter to hunt prey. The middle areas usually don't have isolated structure to give prey a place to hide. If there is something out from the bank like boulder pile, road bed with sharp break then they become good areas to fish.

My choice of lures would be to add a terrestrial lures like a rat wake bait, a bluegill swimbait and stay with craw jig and T- rig worms.

Tom

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45 minutes ago, WRB said:

Just trying to visualize your sand pit lake. Most pit lakes I am familiar  with have steep banks on 3 sides with a sloping bank where the equipment exits the rectangular shape pit.

LMB in these pits tend to roam the perimeter to hunt prey. The middle areas usually don't have isolated structure to give prey a place to hide. If there is something out from the bank like boulder pile, road bed with sharp break then they become good areas to fish.

My choice of lures would be to add a terrestrial lures like a rat wake bait, a bluegill swimbait and stay with craw jig and T- rig worms.

Tom

You are correct. It is rectangular shaped, with a more shallow bank on the north end opposite the boat ramp. I've been mostly finding fish along the perimeter. I think the middle area is a barren wasteland for the most part. I have most success with trig baits and swimbaits. Recommendations on wake baits or bluegill swimbaits to try?

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