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I looked in my bags and sort of realized that I have a lot of "old school baits":  jitterbugs, Lucky 13, Rebel popper, Hula poppers, Rapala wooden cranks, Rattle traps ànd Cotton Cordell Lipless, Arkie Jigs, Daredevil and silver spoons, Creme worms ....  Does any one else have old school stuff they fish a lot?

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Other than the 13's, spoons and Crete worms, I own and use them all when the times right. 

 

 

 

Mike

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The reason you still use them, they still work. When I'm river fishing for smallies early or late in the year, I still use Tadpollies. 

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I fish a lot of discontinued baits . 

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Define old school, 25 years ago is 1993. With the exception of the Ned rig nearly every presentation falls before that time period.

Tom

 

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I guess stuff that has been around 40 years, Tom.  That would be my late teens. Before Whopper ploppers, Ned rigs, etc.

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Jitterbugs

Devils Horse

Torpedo's

Pre-Rap Wiggle Warts

Creme Scoundrels in natural nightcrawler

Original Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps (pretty sure I own over 200 of them)

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25 minutes ago, thinkingredneck said:

I guess stuff that has been around 40 years

That old I fish Wiggle warts  , Bomber Model A's and Long A's , Norman Deep Little N's , Rogers Big Jim , Rebel Deep Wee R , Original Lunker Lure , Manns Jelly Worms , Fatz Gizzitz , Larew Salt Craw , Pico Pop , Dalton Special and many more . A lot of these lures are still being manufactured .

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I had even more old school baits than I thought.  Fits the profile, I guess.  

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3 hours ago, thinkingredneck said:

I looked in my bags and sort of realized that I have a lot of "old school baits":  jitterbugs, Lucky 13, Rebel popper, Hula poppers, Rapala wooden cranks, Rattle traps ànd Cotton Cordell Lipless, Arkie Jigs, Daredevil and silver spoons, Creme worms ....  Does any one else have old school stuff they fish a lot?

got 'em all...except arkie jig...fish rattle traps and creme worms a lot...others once in a blue moon...use a buzzbait (lunker lure) instead of a whopper plopper... 

 

good fishing...

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Everyone has forgotten where the Whopper Plopper design came from, it's a modern version of Roberts Mud Puppy lure.

40 years ago is going back to 1978 before the majority of today's bass anglers were born and into the vintage lure category.

I have been fishing the jig design continuously since 1971 so I am OldSchool.

Tom

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My 2 favorite topwaters are the zara spook and the smithwick devils horse. I think the spook came out in 1922 as the zaragosa. It was changed to the zara spook in the 1930s I think. The horse came out in the 1940s. These still catch fish for a lot of people. Most all of the modern lures are just slight variations on old designs. The old one will still work.

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Got a devils horse and a Sammy.  Also some Mann's jelly worms, and little george.  Caught my biggest bass ever on one 30 years ago.  

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I fish with a lot of "older" baits in certain categories. Most of my medium diving cranks are Bomber 4As, 6As, and Fat Free Shads. I consider them to be classics but younger anglers call them old school. I also have a lot of discontinued lures not made anymore like the Heddon Dying Flutter prop baits as well as some early 90s Smithwick Rattling Rogues that were discontinued until KVD won a classic in 2005 with one, they have since reintroduced it but they didn't bring back all the color patterns and they work well as the fish don't see enough of them to get conditioned to them.

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My topwater arsenal consists of a Rebel Pop-R, a Rebel Crickhopper, a Hula Popper, a Tiny Torpedo, a Heddon Spook Jr., and a Jitterbug. 

 

I never catch dick with them either. 

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Most of the classic stuff still holds up well, even as companies tend to overshadow them by selling new products.  The Fat Rap and Fat Free Shad (the whole series) crankbaits are some of the best ever made.  Heddon's Spook and Torpedo series are still excellent producers. The Sluggo became the soft plastic jerk bait, but I have no doubt the original would still catch fish, and the classic Culprit ribbon tail worm has probably boated as many bass as any other lure.  

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I forgot about jelly worms! I still fish those (and sniff them too every time I open them).

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After 55 yrs my techniques are the same...the lures have changed!

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1 hour ago, Turkey sandwich said:

 The Fat Rap

How could I leave out the Fat Rap . I use them an awful lot .

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Fliptail worms and lizards

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Not necessarily old school baits, though I did just buy an original Arbogast Muskie Jitterbug, but more so old school techniques. I still troll spoonplugs regularly, fish Sliders the way Charlie Brewer meant them to be fished, throw hair jigs ala Westmoreland, Gee, Sias, Kennedy, and Crawford, and even some Nightcrawler Sectets and Lindy Rigging mixed in now and then. I also pull out the old Fish Lo-K-Tor from time to time and just run a flasher.

 

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I use whatever technique I feel will be most effective when I am fishing, and this includes techniques that are considered "old school". 

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in the 70’s i was throwing Shysters, Mepps Minnows, Little Cleo’s and pre-rigged Creme worms. like some of the others, the names have changed but i still play the game the same way.

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What I consider old school is catching a fish and using it as bait to catch a larger fish, and that works best when fishing catfish or pike.

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I remember throwing the orange with black dots lazy ike, that was the lure

As for the Hula popper I still have those and I'm going to tie one on and use it this weekend :headbang:

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