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Local smallmouth..the impossible dream


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 So I've mentioned on here a few times that my local lake has a small population of smallies. The past two years we've been under drought conditions and I haven't caught any. The 2 years prior I probably caught 30 in 2 seasons. This summer I've heard a couple reports of one being caught...last week I heard a first hand report of a nice one being caught. I've got the area selected...rocky, long points, access to deeper water nearby.

 Here's where I'm looking for some suggestions: I've got a Carolina rigged speed craw, a dark sleeper and a rugby head big TRD tied on. I'm fishing from shore. Anything I'm missing?

 

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Maybe a Shad Rap or a DT. You don’t need to buy a million patterns. Throw something on the natural side. DT has a wider wobble, Shad Rap is tighter. Don’t over look a Rat-L-Trap, a simple chrome with a black back or gold with a black back. These will help you locate smallies. I think it’s great that you are going after the bronze fish among all the greenies. 

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Try throwing a spook or whopper plopper out over deeper water off those points.  Especially a spook when shore fishing, because you can cast it a mile.

 

I've also had good luck from shore casting a dropshot on spinning gear. 1/4oz or 3/8oz. weight and a bit longer drop (24" or so) to account for the angle of retrieve.  Nose hook a Berkley MaxScent Flat Worm.  Cast as far as you can and feed line until it's on the bottom.  Wiggle it a few seconds, if no bites reel in a couple turns.  One cast should take a minute or two but if you pick up a couple you can dial in.  Oh, and the weights we were using were long, thin lead and we'd bend them into a "C" shape - I found they get snagged a lot less than pencil or ball weights, and the soft lead will just straighten if they do so you don't always have to break your weight off.

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11 hours ago, DitchPanda said:

 So I've mentioned on here a few times that my local lake has a small population of smallies. The past two years we've been under drought conditions and I haven't caught any. The 2 years prior I probably caught 30 in 2 seasons. This summer I've heard a couple reports of one being caught...last week I heard a first hand report of a nice one being caught. I've got the area selected...rocky, long points, access to deeper water nearby.

 Here's where I'm looking for some suggestions: I've got a Carolina rigged speed craw, a dark sleeper and a rugby head big TRD tied on. I'm fishing from shore. Anything I'm missing?

 

I like all three of your selections. I have caught quality fish on all of them. What is water clarity? if it's clear try a Zman TicklrZ in Smelt. Works for me!

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