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Another question for you guys. Thank you by the way for putting up with all my questions,:DI'm learning a little great deal.

So, you are bank fishing, you arrive at your lake/pond, what is the first thing you throw? Now I know that there are a lot of variables like time of day, weather conditions, seeing any noticeable structure, etc. So in general what is your preferred 1st application?

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Usually a weightless fluke-style bait

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35 minutes ago, Buffdaddy54 said:

Now I know that there are a lot of variables like time of day, weather conditions, seeing any noticeable structure, etc. So in general what is your preferred 1st application?

Buzzbait . I prefer to throw a buzzbait .

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38 minutes ago, Buffdaddy54 said:

Now I know that there are a lot of variables like time of day, weather conditions, seeing any noticeable structure, etc. So in general what is your preferred 1st application?

In general, my preferred first application is always affected by the time of the year and conditions.  For example, under winter conditions I will start with a jerkbait or a jig depending on how stable the weather has been.  In the spring right before the spawn, I will start with a moving bait like a crankbait.  If it is really windy during that time, I probably would start with a spinnerbait or lipless crankbait.  If I am targeting fish on the beds, it is back to a jig or soft plastic.  Etc. 

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Being I try to always be on the water at daylight and without any info I generally throw top water first. And I second the buzzbait being a first choice

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I like to start with a small swim bait like a 4" keitech.  If they will take a moving bait it drives my plans different directions.

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A jig for me then a wacky rig of some kind!

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Conditions vary, so what I throw depends on conditions and time of day. Generally, in the spring summer and early fall I will mostly use one of the following:

Spinner Bait, Soft Plastic Frog or Squarebill Crank.  Generally more topwater early or late in the day.

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6 hours ago, Preytorien said:

Usually a weightless fluke-style bait

This ^^^^, unless I have plan in mind for specific lures, like swimbait, Ned rig or new lures I just acquired. With Fluke I'll try to vary my retrieve, like fast(sub surface) medium fast(water column) and slow let it sink with couple jerks in between.  

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If I'm out fishing on my own I'll throw either a top water (Booyah Pad Crasher or Whopper Plopper) or a big spinnerbait.

 

But if I'm fishing with my son I throw something at a different depth than he's throwing. So if he throws a T-rigged worm I'll throw a bait that fishes the middle column or topwater. I figure if we start of fishing different depths it may help us narrow down where the fish are sitting a bit quicker. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

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Whatever I think they are biting on lol. If they aren't gourging on shad I'll start out flipping and pitching a jig or soft plastic and continue to do so until I think they aren't biting it. But if it's a lake with shad, and they are eating the heck out of them, I'll start with a swim jig, chatterbait, or spinnerbait depending on what cover or lack there of is around. 

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Fishing for small mouth I will usually toss around some sort of finesse bait. Finesse jig, shakey head, wacky rig, darter, ned rig etc. Then move to a drop shot if its really tough.  If Im going for large mouth I'll flip a jig 99% of the time. Depending on the weather/water ill move to some sort of a treble hook bait. If I'm not getting anything I'll switch to a finesse presentation. My bank fishing setups are usually a med heavy to heavyish flipping stick, medium spinning rod, medium crankbait rod, and a variation of an everything style spinnerbait/topwater rod. 

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Some type of plastic, conditions will dictate weighted or weightless 

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I start with the club that gets me the distance and trajectory I require from the tee to the desired spot that gets me a good lie for the next shot, taking the conditions into account...Oh, wrong site, sorry, but same answer...

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This time of year...my favorite start bait is a "jerkbait".  This can change due to fishes mood swings but it has been reliable.

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Depends on time of year so as the season moves on - jerkbait, chatterbait, buzzbait,frog,buzzbait,spinnerbait ,chatterbait 

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As long as there isn't a ton of obstacles, and the water isn't chocolate milk in color, I find myself starting with a Ned rig most frequently.  However if its top water season, i'll often start there.  Something moving to see if they are active

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Start with a moving bait,  like a spinnerbait, then a plastic worm or lizard

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Usually a crankbait, lipless crankbait, or a chatterbait depending on the conditions.

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Speaking strictly preference and not taking any conditions into account I would throw topwater as that's my favorite technique by far!

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Being in Jessup where are you talking about fishing and at what time of the year? I can give you what works for me at say Black Hills, Piney Run, etc. based on when and where. 

 

Allen

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Depends on conditions, if I’m bank fishing amongst crowded bushes and trees, and the wind is blowing strong....

 

the first thing I’ll usually throw, is a fit.

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On 3/20/2018 at 9:09 AM, Buffdaddy54 said:

Another question for you guys. Thank you by the way for putting up with all my questions,:DI'm learning a little great deal.

So, you are bank fishing, you arrive at your lake/pond, what is the first thing you throw? Now I know that there are a lot of variables like time of day, weather conditions, seeing any noticeable structure, etc. So in general what is your preferred 1st application?

 

Depends on what size bass I am fishing for and the location, weather condition, moon phase, time of year, etc I am fishing in. If I am fishing for large numbers of bass I tend to use reaction type lures if the fish are active. If they are being picky I start using finesse presentations. If I am fishing for big bass I use techniques that are better for big bass but not so much for small/medium bass. Sometimes the regular established patterns won't work and I have to figure out what technique will get the bass to bite, maybe a technique most people in my area do not use, which often gets the bass to bite. 

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Spinner bait or Senko. Keep it simple. Moving bait or bait barely moving. 

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Something made from plastic

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