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If being frustrated with no longer having a boat is enough!  I’m stuck to fishing on shore and I’m throwing crank baits jigs with crack n crawl trailers. Senko and have Ned rigs but haven’t tried them yet!  I’m gonna try more top water . I’ve only caught 5 smallies on a rss as pals dt6 bluegill. The rest all skunks. Maybe I’ll try fishing mornings more instead of late evenings. Any tips appreciated  thanks and never sell your boat unless ur able to get another one

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Fishing from a boat is massively different from shore fishing for 2 big reasons, number one your looking at everything backwards. Number 2 is you haven't got a trolling motor to get you quickly into areas with willing fish. Your going to have to really slow down, and try to get the absolute most out of every area you DO have access to. When I find a spot that looks promising I go through a little checklist mentally based on environmental conditions, I need to fish all 3 levels of the water column unless I get lucky and get right on a pattern. I need to move at a "fast" and a "slow" speed, and I need to fish all obvious cover, the specific offerings might change based on wind, temperature, cloud cover, water clarity etc, but I have something to cover all of those bases in most conditions. If your specifically targeting smallies from the bank, I would never leave home without poppers/walking baits, tubes/jigs, and paddletails/lipless. I have also had pretty good luck with lots of "rigs" and soft plastics. All that said, if the fish aren't holding in areas that you can get to to fish, it isn't something that you should take personally, that's just the way it goes sometimes when your a bank angler. 

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You are a very good fisherman knowing how to think is the key to everything if u are to be good. I got back early but managed to get 1 smallie on my dark green paddle tail swimbait I had a fish come up to hit my kvd popper but he never hit it again after I let it sit. Surprised me it didn’t bite twice!  Thank you very much, I’m encouraged to put more time in

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Yep, it's a challenge as well as an opportunity for improvement. Boat or not, power fishing and covering water aren't the only ways to fish. 

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Couldn't agree more, each has strengths, each has weaknesses, the part that gets folks in trouble is trying to throw 5 casts with a squarebill from the bank with one area available to fish and saying "Nope, no fish" or conversely spending 8 hours fishing a spot with every lure in your tackle box instead of trolling down the bank with the aforementioned crank or whatever.

 

I hold my own, but I certainly am not half the angler that plenty of folks on this board are, there are many of them that have been fishing better than I have for longer than I've been breathing, take the advice of the usual suspects around here seriously, they WILL make you a better angler, that's the biggest shortcut I have found to date.

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???? yes I have to say I appreciate those on here I hope to support br but my income is 890.00 per mo.personally  I’m 65 on dialysis 2 days a week and I’m feeling better have mor energy and freedom going 2 days instead of 3. I’ve thought of selling my 2008 GMC Sierra do I can get a boat and older truck but I don’t want to make the mistake! I’ve made too many!  I think top water will be fun and will work the debths. Sometimes I get tired and can’t stay out there all day but if I had my boat again I would!

I had a 12’ aluminum I picked up for 200 but needed to sell it for my dogs surgery. My vet bought it the Minnkota battery and charger. It’s okay it was not comfortable plus I couldn’t find a trailer for it so I ditched it. I only owe my vet 230 instead 770

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You need to spend time throwing the lightest tube jig you can throw and dead stick thru rocks w/ current (1/8 oz to 1/4 oz )

On a second rod you want a 4" yum dinger texas rigged and weightless if possible.

 

Smallies also love hellgramites in the spring and summer.

And if you have shallow water any topwater, all day, everyday

Lastly- a 1/16 oz black maribou jig in the fall thru to late spring is my favorite at that season

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I've got some pretty serious back issues from my time in the Infantry, and I can completely sympathize with not feeling up to fishing a full day, I go when and where I can. If it's just an hour or two, I fish that couple of hours hard. I am dead serious that if you put in some time learning to fish from the bank, you'll be back into fish in no time, and you can have days just as good or better than any on a boat for a lot less money. 

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Tks, I just learned a few days ago black Maribou jigs for smallies. I’m discovering the many articles on here. Looking forward to my first issue with Bass?? Darn only 15bucks nice gig they’re giving out some good lures too. Yep I’m hooked alright! Yesterday I Spent 186 on a Fenwick hmx and a nice Lews Baitcast reel and today 60 more on cranks etc. today I put 80 bucks in the tank and don’t even have 3/4 of a tank. It’s even difficult for those with families where both of you work. But a boat relieves that stress . I hope you all have a safe and fun summer

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Good luck with your new purchases. Hope it brings you a nice one. Have fun with it. 

 

That DT 06 in original Bluegill is one of my most productive patterns. Try to continue to throw it. The newer live image BG is not very productive. At least for me. 

 

The original pattern I've modified a few different ways. I hung one in my dogwood tree all winter to fade it some. Catches fish and fade is pretty realistic. On one I painted an off-white light pink stripe down the side. A local lake I fish, bluegill are fed on heavily. A long with gizzard shad. Rapala, Strike King and Bandit shad patterns produce well. 

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Ya know you are right! Other day s fanesse jig and coffee tube was getting bit but they weren’t hitting it hard. So I took the fanesse jig off and used just s jig hook and wham! Maybe the other set up was too much meal for the little guys . That one bite was the last one I got. I moved around. Thank you much. Will pick up some yum dingers. The weeds are growing big time now around the jetty rocks at the marina.

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