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I  went night fishing yesterday to get away from the this  heat . I havent been fishing since April . Made it to the lake at 6:30 to get a couple of hours of day-time fishing in . I find the thermocline at 18 foot and a lot of fish between 10 and 14 foot . I head off to a nearby point and dont see many fish on it but do see a lot suspended off the sides 10 to 14 foot in 25 foot of water . I toss a buoy and fish top of the point and only catch one dink . I start casting the Berkely Dredger 14.5  out past the suspended fish and start hooking up . I spent an hour there and caught about a dozen with several 15 to 16 inches , nothing big . I tried a Red Eye shad but was just guessing if it was in the strike zone . I knew the Dredger would hit 14 foot and stay there for a while , no guess work. I like those Dredgers .

 

Before dark I head shallow with a buzzbait and continue to throw it until one in the morning . The bass [no hawgs]  hit all night long , especially along the rip rap dam . Also caught a half dozen along the dam with a Storm Rattlin Thin Fin .

 

 

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Next time try a deep diving jerkbait just for the heck of it. It will stay in the same zone as the crank bait. 

 

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18 minutes ago, Dwight Hottle said:

Next time try a deep diving jerkbait just for the heck of it. It will stay in the same zone as the crank bait. 

 

What  deep diving jerk bait will go 12 foot ?  I want to try it .

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1 hour ago, scaleface said:

What  deep diving jerk bait will go 12 foot ?  I want to try it .

LC Pointer 100XD. A Staysee 90 on 8# line will come awfully close and is a personal favorite. A tiny bit of additional weighting would probably get it there.

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1 hour ago, scaleface said:

What  deep diving jerk bait will go 12 foot ?  I want to try it .

I have added a heavy clip to a 110 and throw it on 20 braid and it works wonderful.

 

Also have added bigger beefier trebles to a couple, which too gets me down there 

 

The MB 110+ gets the call in this circumstance

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1 hour ago, scaleface said:

What  deep diving jerk bait will go 12 foot ?  I want to try it .

Rapala DHJ-12, DD Husky Jerk, Smithwick Rogue DD, Pointer 100 DD, Pointer 100XD, Lucky craft staysee 90 ver3 which is slow sink rather than the ver2 which suspends. 10lb braid with leader will get them the deepest. 15 or 20lb braid will work just not as deep. 8 or 10lb flouro also works well. 

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Anybody know how deep a weighted to suspend , Spoonbill Rogue will go . Ive had this lure a long time ,added suspend dots but have not tried it .

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2 hours ago, scaleface said:

Anybody know how deep a weighted to suspend , Spoonbill Rogue will go . Ive had this lure a long time ,added suspend dots but have not tried it .

If it's this one it should hit 12 feet. 

 

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All the spoonbill baits I have seen were rebel baits not smithwick. The picture is a smithwick. 

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23 minutes ago, Dwight Hottle said:

If it's this one it should hit 12 feet. 

 

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All the spoonbill baits I have seen were rebel baits not smithwick. The picture is a smithwick. 

Thats it .  I bought it at Bull Shoals thirty five years ago and havent used it .

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13 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Thats it .  I bought it at Bull Shoals thirty five years ago and havent used it .

Time to get it wet. 

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On 7/3/2018 at 4:23 PM, Dwight Hottle said:

Time to get it wet. 

Went back yesterday and tried  the long lipped Rogue along with my usual assortments of cranks but the deep bass were not cooperating . The wind was blowing out of the east . I salvaged the day by pitching worms into brush piles and lay-downs then switched to  buzzbaits late .

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Nights like that are what keep me out until sun-up.  Glad to hear you had a good outing after a long dry spell.

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