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Updated Thoughts On Darter Head Fishing ?

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Darter Head fishing for bass  is a recent curiosity of mine (never used it - still researching)  - however when searching most darter head entries are 10+ years old ... *Has the darter head application / technique given way to newer techniques such as a small ,  finesse swim bait head (1/8th oz. - 1/4th oz.) used with small 2.8 and 3.3  Keitech Fat Swing Impact paddle tails and similar OR other techniques ? Thanks in advance ...

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I use a darter head exclusively when fishing a grub or small < 3.5" paddletail. 

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Love the Kalin's Darter heads with a Zoom Fat Albert grub. I think many anglers have moved on to the ned head and moon eye jigs but I still carry darters and use them when I can. 

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Thanks for the replies , I would think a darter head and a grub would still work well (especially in the winter ?)

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Darts work when bass are suspended off the bottom more then a feet, the head design tends to hang up easily if it contacts any cover. Cold water bass tend to hug the bottom structure, not a good presentation for darter jigs.

Prespawn and summer darts are more effective for suspended bass when worked in their face. I use 1/8 oz darts with 4 1/2” to 5 curl tail worms using finesse tackle. Bass strike darts on the fall and swam at the depth they are suspended.

Tom

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On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 12:38 PM, ChrisD46 said:

*Has the darter head application / technique given way to newer techniques such as a small ,  finesse swim bait head (1/8th oz. - 1/4th oz.)

What's the difference?  I mean...not trying to be antagonistic, but I can't seem to find a commonly accepted definition of a darter head -- other than most seem to assume a small jig head with exposed hook - just curious if shape of head, or size of hook or position of line tie, etc....make a small jig something different or special?

I used Charlie Brewer terminal stuff in the same manner as other small lead/hook things -- but, I'm not sure he calls any of his styles 'darter'....just curious

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If you plan to make a lot of bottom contact use a ball head, not a dart, as darts pointed shape wedge into small crevices unless you keep them moving.

Tom 

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