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Hey fellas,

I havent fished seriously for bass in a few months because of school/work etc. Now that I have free time I'm trying to dive back into this great sport. Im re-reading my old magazines trying to memorize as many tricks and techniques as possible. I have a tournament coming up and I want to be able to fish with confidence. So my question is, what is your favorite technique to fish for largemouth? It could be for any time of year or any type of gear. I just want to hear what you guys are doing so that maybe I can mimic it.

Thanks.

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My two favorite techniques are topwater, and pitching Texas rigs to downed trees.

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To me this sounds like when I had a test and didn't study till the last minute. :hahaha-024:

I'm a T-rIg worm or a Spinner bait guy. Both work year round.

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38 minutes ago, Bpett2552 said:

Im re-reading my old magazines trying to  memorize as many tricks and techniques as possible.

 

 maybe I can memic it.

 

With those two thoughts ya in trouble ;)

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Throwing a Frog and punching matt's 

 

Mike 

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I honestly have grown very fond of cranking. I love working shallow flats with a shallow running crank then venturing out to the drop off and throwing a medium diving crank along the ledge. Love a jig as well, and a swimbait on a jighead out deep or shallow over grass. 

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I love topwaters and time my trips and locations so that I'll have the best opportunity to use them. But, honestly, there are times they simply won't work. like the T rigged craw as my bottom bumping favorite. There are very few times this won't catch a thing. I'll keep a Trick Worm handy and I'll try a spinnerbait, jerkbait or other mid range lure handy.

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Over the past couple of years, for numbers, a "finesse pitching " rig had worked best for me.  For me, finesse pitching = 6'10" Falcon Eakins Jig Special, Chronarch 50 spooled with 10 lb Abrazx, primary bait is a 1/4 ox Brewer Pro Slider head with a 5" paddle tail worm.

For size over the past couple of years my home made jika rig had produced more fish over 15" than any other technique.   Jika rig weighs half ounce more of less and I throw it on a 7'2" Aetos, Chronarch or Curado 50 and 15 lb Abrazx.  Bail of choice will be a Zoom Brush Hog or a Netbait Mad Pace or a lizard, in some shade of green pumpkin.  Jika rig is most effective a couple of feet either side of the deep weed line on a point, generally 9 to 16 feet down, but above the thermocline.   Hope this helps

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My favorite technique is what is catching fish and that always changes . Summer time , in the weedless lakes in my area the most successful techniques  usually involve  crankbaits and texas rigs in deep water . Deep water is relative to the water being fished . Here it is 10 to 20 foot .

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Right now it's the Ned Rig and Wacky Rig. I don't think the smaller lakes I fish in have seen these very much based on conversations with other locals. Going a larger lake tomorrow to see if these two techniques hold up with a vastly more pressured body of water. 

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My go to setup has to be a Carolina rig with a watermelon seed lizard. Throw it in and around docks, and blow downs. I can usually snag a few dragging it across some main or secondary points.

I will throw a Model A flat crank (6' to 12') if I see the bass are wanting a little faster presentation or if the seem to be suspended.

Then I'll dig through all my tackle boxes and just find one that just looks like it might be a worthwhile chance.

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When it comes to bass fishing nothing is more exiting than hooking a trophy bass on a topwater lure. 

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Thanks for all the replies so quickly, I appreciate the advice fellas.

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Except for jigs, I don't think I have a favorite.

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11 hours ago, Mike L said:

Throwing a Frog and punching matt's 

 

Mike 

geese what did these matt guys ever do to you lol

 

lets see my favorite thing to fish has always been frogs.. but for pure numbers its gotta be a jerk bait

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I love working grass, so a frog over the top of it or a punch rig if i have to go down to get them . Also since I am starting to dabble in bigger swimbaits, that would be a close second because of the size of fish it produces. 

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For me, my specialties are topwater, pitchin' jigs and creatures to cover, and fishing soft jerks and soft sticks. But I stick a lot of fish on spinnerbaits and cranks as well. In general, hard baits seem to work better with chop on the water, and topwater in low light and cloudy conditions. Higher, brighter conditions without much wind call for plastics usually.

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Spinnerbaits and swim jigs, nothing against t-rig I'm too impatient. I'm working on it though! 

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A Swim Jig was new a while ago and then it sort of cooled off.  I loved it then & I'm loving it now. 

Tom Monsoor was one of the first to bring the technique to main stream bassing.  His lighter version both head weight & hook wire requires a less beefy approach but really excels in shallow to mid-depth applications.  More recently modern anglers have pumped up the bait with bigger hooks & heavier heads for more Combat type situations with heavy line.  That certainly works but on pressured lakes & in clear water situations the scaled down subtle action of a swim jig with a grub or a small paddle tail is still very effective.

A-Jay

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What works for me on my lake is just that..........what works for me. Trying to copy what other people do is a fools errand. Learn what works on your body of water. That being said...........I consider these techniques "Bass fishing 101" and they can and will work on any body of water a bass lives in. And if you do nothing else but these simple basic things, you will catch bass where ever you go.

#1 Wacky rigging a  stick bait

#2 Pitching a jig or texas rigged creature bait to  cover like boat docks, lay downs, and in grass beds.

#3 Drop shotting a nose hooked worm on spinning gear 

If you do nothing but these 3 things you will catch bass year round. Yeah, some days doing some specialized stuff will get more bites. I subscribe to the K.I.S.S. method of bass fishing, and the above 3 things are my "bread and butter".............add frogging, swimming a jig, shallow cranking with a squarebill, and fishing a suspending jerkbait in cool water.............and that pretty much covers most everything I do.

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Shakey Head and Weightless Senko they Catch fish 90% of the times and places I go fishing. 

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