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2 hours ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

What weights do you use for 2 taps and when do you use these? The two taps

All 1/2 oz and I fish RES in, around, over and through light to medium cover (mostly vegetation) in water 4-15 feet deep and in water at least 50 degrees.

 

A-Jay

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Red eye shad.

 

Make sure get the small one if you're fishing shallow water though. I used to try to fish a 1/2 oz. in shallow water and I couldn't keep it off the bottom at all.

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35 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

All 1/2 oz and I fish RES in, around, over and through light to medium cover (mostly vegetation) in water 4-15 feet deep and in water at least 50 degrees.

 

A-Jay

Sorry I meant when do you fish the 2tap over the others

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2 minutes ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

Sorry I meant when do you fish the 2tap over the others

When that little voice in my head tells me too - 

A-Jay

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On 2/12/2019 at 6:04 PM, A-Jay said:

The slack line flutter accounts for at least 75 % of the bass I catch on the RES. 

 

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Hey A-Jay, what model box is that? 

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7 minutes ago, pauldconyers said:

Hey A-Jay, what model box is that? 

Plano Pro Latch Utility Box 3700

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12 hours ago, EGbassing said:

Red eye shad.

 

Make sure get the small one if you're fishing shallow water though. I used to try to fish a 1/2 oz. in shallow water and I couldn't keep it off the bottom at all.

I fish the 1/2oz in 1-2 feet all the time. Drop it to the bottom and rip it up and let it sink again. It kicks up a puff of mud off the bottom, looks like a baitfish that's dying and settling to the bottom and kicking back up towards the top. They'll crush it, it'll look something like this. 2' of water back in December. 

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11 hours ago, A-Jay said:

When that little voice in my head tells me too - 

A-Jay

Pretty much the same reason I do it.

11 hours ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

Sorry I meant when do you fish the 2tap over the others

RES are super popular here because of all the shad in our lakes, so anything that has that profile but with a different sound I think gets a few more bites. Not sure if that's why they work, but man do they work. The first one I ever bought when the came out is getting broke in pretty good. 

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I fish the 1/2oz in 1-2 feet all the time. Drop it to the bottom and rip it up and let it sink again. It kicks up a puff of mud off the bottom, looks like a baitfish that's dying and settling to the bottom and kicking back up towards the top. They'll crush it, it'll look something like this. 2' of water back in December. 

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Pretty much the same reason I do it.

RES are super popular here because of all the shad in our lakes, so anything that has that profile but with a different sound I think gets a few more bites. Not sure if that's why they work, but man do they work. The first one I ever bought when the came out is getting broke in pretty good. 

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That's no longer a RES it's a zombie shad now! 

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I fish the 1/2oz in 1-2 feet all the time. Drop it to the bottom and rip it up and let it sink again. It kicks up a puff of mud off the bottom, looks like a baitfish that's dying and settling to the bottom and kicking back up towards the top. They'll crush it, it'll look something like this. 2' of water back in December. 

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Pretty much the same reason I do it.

RES are super popular here because of all the shad in our lakes, so anything that has that profile but with a different sound I think gets a few more bites. Not sure if that's why they work, but man do they work. The first one I ever bought when the came out is getting broke in pretty good. 

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Thank you,  I'll try that. I've tried jigging it through the water column but I never actually let it sink to the bottom.

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18 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

 

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I guess maybe that speaks pretty highly of your lure retrieval device? I've never been able to hold onto one that long.

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2 hours ago, Hank. said:

I guess maybe that speaks pretty highly of your lure retrieval device? I've never been able to hold onto one that long.

I don't get snagged with it often and when I do it's rarely deep enough I can't reach it easily. I did cast it off once but found it laying on the bottom in the shallows. 

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On 2/14/2019 at 8:08 AM, primetime said:

I agree with just about everyone, the Red Eye Shad is a perfect lipless crank for letting it fall, or worming it etc. 

 

I also catch fish with the Rattle trap and Spots letting them fall and flutter on slack line, but based on what looks better on video camera, I agree that the RES is hard to beat. 

 

I was surprised nobody mentioned the Spro Aruku Shad which is only $7.99 and is weighted in front so it stands upright on the bottom. I use 1/2 ounce for just about everything, but some days a 1/4 oz will work better. 

 

If you want to invest a few extra dollars, I would have a one knocker & silent version of any lipless crank to switch it up and get a few extra fish. Every company makes a one knocker now, but the Xcalibur XR50 now the Booyah Hard knocker is a great lure for the action on the fall as well.

 

Others that are good & have had success with..Yozuri Vibe, Jackall TN (Expensive but works great), and the Ima Rockin Vibe...Tackle Warehouse had them on clearance a few years ago at $4. The profile, action is fantastic and they flat out catch fish. Some of the more expensive lures are worth it at times. I would never not have a Live Target Golden shiner lipless crank, and I am not a live Target fan....But when it works, it really works.

 

This is a great article which gets into detail...Obviously no need to overcomplicate it, but the different sounds kind of matter at times, sizes...http://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/lipless-crankbait-breakthroughs/154613

 

Hope that helps. Lipless Cranks are one of the best ways to catch fish any time of year on any lake imo.

Thanks for the detailed post. The Aruku Shad had been on I list I’ll definitely try one out.

 

 

@A-Jay what color in that box is your go to? Just curious.

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4 hours ago, Birdman2136 said:

 

@A-Jay what color in that box is your go to? Just curious.

@Birdman2136 ~ for several years it was the Gold Sexy Shad & the Perch pattern but past few seasons it's been the Orange Bream.  In both the standard & the new 2 Tap configurations. 

BTW - that picture is a slightly out dated as my RES arsenal has grown a bit to include several of the  "Brown Craw".

That one started coming on strong at the end of last season and I suspect this trend to continue.

Here's the newest look at the RES box.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

@Birdman2136 ~ for several years it was the Gold Sexy Shad & the Perch pattern but past few seasons it's been the Orange Bream.  In both the standard & the new 2 Tap configurations. 

BTW - that picture is a slightly out dated as my RES arsenal has grown a bit to include several of the  "Brown Craw".

That one started coming on strong at the end of last season and I suspect this trend to continue.

Here's the newest look at the RES box.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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@A-Jay Awesome. Being in WI I fish lakes that have no Shad presence at all. I was looking at ordering some in the Natural Shad and Gold Sexy Shad though so seems like I’m on the right track. 

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1 hour ago, Birdman2136 said:

@A-Jay Awesome. Being in WI I fish lakes that have no Shad presence at all. I was looking at ordering some in the Natural Shad and Gold Sexy Shad though so seems like I’m on the right track. 

Seems like it ~ 

It's hard to know and each body of water can be different depending on the forage base. 

While the baits I mentioned have been better than some, I use every bait pictured at one point or another each season on bodies of water big & small all over northern Michigan; and they all catch fish. 

 I will admit to ensuring there is plenty of redundancy, as the pike always manage to get a few.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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19 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Seems like it ~ 

It's hard to know and each body of water can be different depending on the forage base. 

While the baits I mentioned have been better than some, I use every bait pictured at one point or another each season on bodies of water big & small all over northern Michigan; and they all catch fish. 

 I will admit to ensuring there is plenty of redundancy, as the pike always manage to get a few.

:smiley:

A-Jay

I swear to you the smallest Pike steal my lures 99% of the time.

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