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All jokes aside, I need help finding small smallmouth. I'm stuck from shore, and the majority of fish seem around 15-18 inches where I am, and I'd like to throw one in my fish tank (yes, I know it is a legally grey area). Do the 12 inchers go to seperate spots than their older siblings? Thanks!

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Downsize your lures. 

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2 hours ago, Scott F said:

Downsize your lures. 

Yup; try small inline spinners of different colors, green pumpkin TRD on a Ned head, small crankbaits, small white flukes

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Throw a 3" Yum Dinger or a Z-Man Hula Stickz wacky style on a split shot rig. You will get all the dinks you can handle.

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How to catch small smallmouth?

 

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You must have a pretty big tank if you're looking to put a 12" Smallie in there. 

 

I would set set a tank up close to what their environment is like. 

 

Personally I would not do it. I don't see anything good coming out of it. But, I'm not a marine biologist. I know it would not be in my best interest to do. 

 

But it I do hope you have fun with your expirement. Good luck. 

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Where are you fishing? I'm goin there next weekend! 

 

Try a smaller lure in shallow water or where the current isn't so strong. Ned rig, or a 3-4" stick bait near grass or brushy/wood cover usually works. Of course, I've had 5" smallmouth chase down and hammer 6" senkos twitching them in heavy current, so they'll try to eat just about anything. 

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1/8oz Roostertail seems to really catch the eye to tiny bass for me. 

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8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

1/8oz Roostertail seems to really catch the eye to tiny bass for me. 

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2” curly tail on 1/16 oz head with a very small safetypin spinner (or just a couple beetlespins).

small smallie magnet. Also the smaller rebel wee craw

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I would say go fish in calm coves that are close to points with good current (where the larger fish will be).  That's where I most often catch tiny smallmouth.  They seem to retreat to calm, shady areas.

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Small squarebill cranks catch a ton of dinks along with big fish in my local river.

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Fly rod with a small woolybugger

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On 8/29/2018 at 3:46 PM, webertime said:

Fly rod with a small woolybugger

This will catch virtually everything that swims. 

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On 9/11/2018 at 12:24 AM, Turkey sandwich said:

This will catch virtually everything that swims. 

Yup.

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Strike King bitsy bug tubes on split shot or Mojo rigs

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