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6 hours ago, Derek1 said:

Hollow body frog never a single bite. 

Me too. I still throw it when ever I see any lily pads or weeds that reach the water's surface. One of these days.....

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blade baits, they make sense and I have confidence in them, but I bet I haven't caught 10 bass on them. I watch YouTube videos, ask questions to knowledgeable guys on here that have success with them, I'm determined to make them work. I fish all winter and catch them on jigging spoons and flutter spoons, I know they'll eat a blade bait.

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Frogs. Never had a bite on one and I've fished them a lot.

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3/4 oz.  Gary Klein Heavy Cover flipping jig.  I can't guess how much money I've won on that jig, or how much I've lost because I won't put it down.  In an average tournament year, I'll bet I have that jig in my hand over 50% of the time.

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I’m amazed at the number of people that have said something like a frog or buzzbait. I honestly can’t think of a lure style I’ve not caught many fish on, not that I use every type all the time, I do definitely have more confidence in some baits over others though.

 

Saying that, I guess for me, for quite a few years it was a crankbait. I caught the fire out of em on a lipless, or jerkbaits, but never could get much on a crankbait, until one year I decided enough was enough and threw them WAY more than I used to. Once I started connecting with fish, they just became another tool in the rotation.

 

I have found in the past when I really want to learn a new technique, is to leave all the other rods in the locker and really concentrate on using the new rig until I get the feel of how it works and get a few fish on it, then the confidence builds and I feel much better about using it in the future.  

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3 hours ago, WRB said:

Nope

Tom

 

Exactly!

 

If they don't get bit they don't hang around!

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Crankbaits, specifically diving crankbaits. I do OK on lipless crankbaits when I throw them, but not divers or even square bills. That's probably because I bank fish. I think that I've caught less than a handful on them in all of my life. But I still keep 3 or 4 in my bag and once I month I cast them only to be disappointed once again.

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11 hours ago, Derek1 said:

Hollow body frog never a single bite. 

Man, this one surprises me the most. Also makes me sad for you. Probably the most exciting way to catch a bass (to me anyways). Love fishing the slop.

 

 

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5 hours ago, NorthernBasser said:

Man, this one surprises me the most. Also makes me sad for you. Probably the most exciting way to catch a bass (to me anyways). Love fishing the slop.

 

 

Yeah, I’m sad about it to. I did have a bird almost grab it once though lol. 

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A-Rig for sure

 

I've caught a few on it but never had the results of what's seen on TV or read in mags. And even though this has been my experience with it, doesn't mean I don't think it's a great tool; I just need to learn how to make it work in my waters.

 

I will beat this bait!

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18 hours ago, Derek1 said:

Hollow body frog never a single bite. 

What???!!!!!  This is the worst sentence I've ever read.  Please tell me what part of the country you are in so that I NEVER accidentally move there.  

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I live in mass. I’m sure they work here,I fish from shore and never seem to get a bite on them. 

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Hey @BigAngus752 I can give to you a lot of reasons NOT to  move here (snow, taxes,potholes, frozen pipes, dopey neighbors)but lack of a frog bite ain't one of them. @Derek1 keep chucking 'em they can be had from shore.

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   What's glaringly obvious from reading through this thread is that every lure that's a total disaster for one fisherman is a great producer for another (or many others), maybe even in the same locality.  I used to have lures like that. Then I put my stubbornness aside (no small task; brick walls cringe when I walk past), asked a few people who loved that particular lure HOW to fish it. Then I caught fish. Just buying a lure and throwing it in the water wasn't enough. I had to learn the little details that made the lure a success. (Thanks, L.C.!)  It's kinda like shifting a 4 speed. Some people refuse to do it. Other people do it, but not well.  Some do it real well, like second nature. And they're all on the same road in the same place at the same time.

    Details, details, details.  The devil's in the details.       jj

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15 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

You’re kiddin

I wish I was. I’ve used black cavitrons, fished after rain, fished during windy conditions, fished them at night, use higher speed ratio reels, used white buzzbaits, and so on. I don’t get it. 

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Megabass Cyclone SR-X.  I sort of got a deal on few of these about 10 years ago for $15 a piece.  They are an awesome looking bait.  They have great action and run true but for whatever reason I have only caught a few fish with them.

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I don't have one. I eliminated what didn't work for me over 20yrs ago.

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There are popular lures   that I have done poorly with .  I   dont use them much .  If i would spend the time with them   they would be effective, like a chatter-bait .

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Chatterbait, buzz bait, blade baits... I haven't come across a species of fish yet that is even willing to take a swipe at them... never had a bite.

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Big swimbaits and glide baits.

They look like they should catch big fish.

Still waiting for a fish to take a sniff.

 

One other for Black Bass is the blade bait.

White bass won't leave them alone. I have only caught a few small black bass with them.

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I know the minnows are junk, but those sweet soft plastic buzzbaits...I just can’t admit defeat...

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23 minutes ago, FCPhil said:

I know the minnows are junk, but those sweet soft plastic buzzbaits...I just can’t admit defeat...

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I caught a lot of fish on a Banjo minnow when I was a kid, a lot. 

3 hours ago, Russ E said:

Big swimbaits and glide baits.

They look like they should catch big fish.

Still waiting for a fish to take a sniff.

 

One other for Black Bass is the blade bait.

White bass won't leave them alone. I have only caught a few small black bass with them.

Throw a big white glide bait at Wyco and watch the bass come out of the wood work to chase that thing. I won a lot of money in the Wednesday night tournaments throwing swimbaits. 

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8 hours ago, Russ E said:

Big swimbaits and glide baits.

They look like they should catch big fish.

Still waiting for a fish to take a sniff.

This is a big one for me. I've pretty much given up on them, but will still throw one every blue moon. I've got several of the H2O Academy multi-jointed hard body swimbaits. They look great in the water, but I'm pretty sure I've never caught a fish on them and I've thrown them in the middle of schools of bass in a feeding frenzy more than once. It's not a real complicated bait to work, I mean there aren't a lot of options or different techniques to try.

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For the past few seasons, it's been the A-Rig or Umbrella Rig, whichever name you like.

Whatever it's called, I threw that thing until one or both of my arms were about to fall off but with much less than the desired results. 

But last August, I got on some fish with it.  Still not exactly certain if I was 'doing it right' or if perhaps the bass were feeling particularly suicidal, either way somewhere during the next 2 months "the light went on". 

I'll be throwing it again too - as soon as my casts stop bouncing. 

  

 And then there's The Glide Bait - Got a whole box of'em.

Been tossing this one around for twice as long as the A-Rig; sort of hate these foolish things. 

I just don't Get it ! 

Even fished it south of the border where I totally expected the bait to get Hammered . . . . . nope.   

It was like I was fishing a shoe. 

I'll keep at it though because at this point - it's personal..... . . . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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