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Will Wetline

A Wacky Morning on Quabbin, 6/11/16

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It didn't take long to figure out that the fish wanted no part of a popper or a crankbait or a Spin Bait. I was not ready, however, to believe after a half hour of casting, that there were no fish on or around this choice hump. It was more likely they were in a weather and/or post spawn funk and needed to be seduced by something subtle, sexy . . . which is to say a wacky rigged soft stickbait.

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Don, who had been working hardbaits too, joined me patiently sinking, twitching and pausing an unweighted soft stick, sometimes as deep as 15'.

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Between us, we CPRed 15 fine smallmouth in 4 1/2 hours. This trip was not the first when the fish refused a variety of other baits but inhaled a Senko (or other brand) soft stick.

Speaking of "inhaled," I've greatly reduced the number of gullet-hooked bass since I switched to circle hooks. I use a size 1 Gamakatsu Octopus circle for a 4" bait and a 1/0 for a 5". When bit, train yourself to reel down until you feel the fish then simply reel faster. The hook should set up something like this:

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Yours, wackily,

WW

 

 

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I have a hard time detecting the fish when throwing a weightless rig. Maybe because my pond doesn't have bass that big!! Nice catch!!B)B)B)

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Awesome! Love wacky riggin'!!

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nice catching will.  it may not be the most entertaining bait to use, but the senko is downright deadly when they want it!

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