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Two day tournament on a local trophy bass lake starting tomorrow. I think this is going to be the ticket right here in about 8-10’ Water. 
Dobyns Champion Carolina Riggin Special

Daiwa Elite

20lb invisx

1oz tungsten

Spro swivel

6/0 jungle hook

7” mag fluke

 

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Do you Carolina rig?

 

 

Reports have been that fish were shallow (63 deg water temp), but it’s currently 33 degree air temp today and will be low 30s tomorrow and Sunday during the tournament. So I think they’ll fall back a little. 
 

Also have swim jig, 3/8 t-rig, spinnerbait, jerkbait, pitching jigs ready to go, with weightless fluke/senko as an “oh crap, I gotta get bit” backup. 

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63 surface water temp should be late pre spawn early spawn. Cold air has a slow affect to bass unless wind stirs the water column.

We all have our confidence lures mine are jigs and worms, swimbaits during pre spawn. Don’t see any listed by the OP, different strokes for different folks.

Tom

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10 minutes ago, WRB said:

63 surface water temp should be late pre spawn early spawn. Cold air has a slow affect to bass unless wind stirs the water column.

We all have our confidence lures mine are jigs and worms, swimbaits during pre spawn. Don’t see any listed by the OP, different strokes for different folks.

Tom


hmmm, It says right up there that I also have Texas rig tied on. That’s for my worms.  Also says I have jigs ready. Three types actually. Swim jig with paddle tail swimbait trailer, 3/8 finesse jig with craw trailer, 1/2 pitching jig with sweet beaver trailer. ??‍♂️

Fluke is a swimbait too right? 
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I don’t read between lines to well and a Fluke is a soft jerk bait to me.

Regarding the traditional C-rig (ball & chain) never use it, do use a slip shot rig. Heavy weight tend to wedge into rock where I fish.

No idea how deep the bass are without being on the water. You pre fished and should know.

Good luck,

Tom

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One thing no one has mentioned yet is to use your t-rig for a lizard. I don't know about your area, but they kill that lure around the spawn here.

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2 hours ago, Cbump said:

Pre fishing today. The 10-30 mph wind has the water about 58 now. 

Nasty windy cold front.

Hope you got the depth dialed,

Tom

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49 minutes ago, KSanford33 said:

One thing no one has mentioned yet is to use your t-rig for a lizard. I don't know about your area, but they kill that lure around the spawn here.

20 years ago, the lizard would top most angler's list.  C-rigged when the water was in the 50's, T-rigged when the water was 60+.  Not sure when the lizard went 'out of style', but I'm going to throw it more this spring.

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8 minutes ago, KP Duty said:

20 years ago, the lizard would top most angler's list.  C-rigged when the water was in the 50's, T-rigged when the water was 60+.  Not sure when the lizard went 'out of style', but I'm going to throw it more this spring.

8" Zoom Mag Lizards have always been a big fish catcher for me.   An all black one accounted for PB during one summer.    I'll fish a lizard year round.   Perfect combo of creature bait and worm.   

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I like that soft jerk rigged on a c-rig so that the nose juuuuust turns up a little. I makes it pop up and flutter /glide down. Caffeine Shads are my favorite but it works with any.

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A trick worm neko rigged, if it got sunny, no wind,  start to warm,  buzzbait, rat, frog. Big girls eat those in the spring. Biggest on a buzz was a 7.8 in 58 degree water. Also had a 6.10 that morning.

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On 3/17/2023 at 12:30 PM, WRB said:

I don’t read between lines to well and a Fluke is a soft jerk bait to me.

Regarding the traditional C-rig (ball & chain) never use it, do use a slip shot rig. Heavy weight tend to wedge into rock where I fish.

No idea how deep the bass are without being on the water. You pre fished and should know.

Good luck,

Tom

 

When would I want to use split shot rig over c rig?

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