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What's your #1 hardbait for smallies?

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Mine is easily a squarebill.  I get pretty good luck with both the KVD 1.0 and the Rapala Crankin' Rap 3 but I throw the KVD more often so it takes first place.  Image result for kvd 1.0 db craw

"DB Craw" works pretty well for me in semi-clear to muddy water.

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Cotton Cordell Big O in natural crawdad. I fish a lot of muddy, high water and where I fish is rocky so this really works.

 

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Lucky Craft Slender Pointer 97MR, Super Spook JR, or a KVD 1.0. 

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I will preface this by saying this is for river fish which rules out a lot of baits.

Bandit 100 has been my top producer over the years. The SK 1.0 along with the mini 3 and the newer SK shallow SB have done well for me too. The larger SK square bills really have disappointed me though, the smallies just don't like them or I am fishing the wrong. Others that do ok, scatter rap crank and the smallest size of the old Luhr Jenson Brush baby, I got a ton of them for like a buck a pop a long time ago.

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Scatter rap deep in any of the craw colors has been an awesome producer for me. It seems to be a great all species bait too, have caught saugers, walleye, pike and musky on them. 

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Luck Craft Pointer SP 100

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A popper that I dont know the brand . It wasnt very well made as the rear hook hanger eventually pulled out ,but it sure caught a lot of fish .

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My fav hardbait for smallies... XD3 of the DT10. Either one plain out catches fish!

@scaleface youre probably thinking Rebel, their hook are literally the worst! 

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15 minutes ago, GORDO said:

My fav hardbait for smallies... XD3 of the DT10. Either one plain out catches fish!

@scaleface youre probably thinking Rebel, their hook are literally the worst! 

Its not a Rebel . I still have the lure and fish it with a dressed belly hook only .

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Norman Little N #21TSBO, LC 78 Pointer Minnow Ghost Threadfin Shad & Nishiki (clown).

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1/4oz revenge spinnerbait

 

Duo realis 110 jerkbait

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the only hard bait that worked for me last week when i was lake fishing for smallies was the  black 130 plopper 

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KVD Square bill.1.5

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Xcalibur Xcs100 silent in one of the craw colors. I don't remember which one. Got my PB smallie with it last spring.

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I have a few, so to pick the number 1 is difficult. So, Ill pick the latest to the list. Rapala's X-Rap 10 in the olive green color

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Summer time? Chart/white Stanley VibraMax double willow. 

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bomber long a size 14a, any color will do as long as it's got an orange belly…….lol

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Storm original wiggle wart in any of the craw colors. I honestly seem to catch just as many on the new ones as I did on the pre rapala ones everybody goes crazy for. I rarely fish the pre rap ones except the ones I've already used a lot that are all scraped up from grinding rocks and catching fish. I save those for tournament days

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A #5 jointed Rapala Shad Rap flavored in Smallmouth. I do very well with it at Great Herring, Plymouth, MA.

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I've caught more smallmouth on a half ounce perch pattern Spro Aruku Shad than any other hard bait. 

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Bone Super Spook

Pointer 100

Slender Pointer 97

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pointer 100 or 78DD American Shad

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