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What is your most productive technique right now?


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I live in North FL in the Big Bend area, and conditions here are really nice - 79 and sunny with about 10-12mph wind. We've had a few cold snaps, but it's already quite warm. Fish are on and off beds and all over the place. My most consistent producer are 3.3 keitechs on ball heads, but I'm seeing success with drop shots around structure and glide baits on beds and off. I get a lot of followers on the bigger glides, but the one that gets bit the most is the little 5 inch CL8 glider. I also throw Texas rigs and swim jigs and chatterbaits, but they aren't really doing much for me right now. I'm really curious what people in different parts of the country (and the Southeast!) are getting bit on.

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Scum Frog or Spook on top

Magnum UV Speed Worm in the middle 

Rage Bug on the bottom 

 

Been like that for a while 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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2 hours ago, Mike L said:

Scum Frog or Spook on top

Magnum UV Speed Worm in the middle 

Rage Bug on the bottom 

 

Been like that for a while 

 

 

 

 

Mike

How are you rigging and fishing the speed worm if you don’t mind sharing? 

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Swim Jig and Jerk Bait are making fish bite!  Spinnerbait and lipless are close second.  Soft plastics are about to be huge in the next week or two ?

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11 hours ago, FishTax said:

How are you rigging and fishing the speed worm if you don’t mind sharing? 

 

Sure!!

When I fish on top it’s weightless of course rigged with the cut pointed down. This gives the maximum displacement and action when skimming. 
 

When swimming I use a 5/0 Trokar hook with either an unpegged or pegged 3/16 weight on either 20# Shooter or 40# braid with the point rigged sideways.
I swim it with a steady retrieve killing it periodically and dropping down every hole or open area in and through submerged (ideally) or topped out grass. 

The thing about the Magnum Speed Worm rigged this way the action is not just from the tail. 
The bottom 1/3 will sashay back and forth while the tail is doin it’s thing. 
To me that’s what makes it the most deadly of all cut tail swim worms. 

 

 

 

Mike

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Still mostly iced in here, but if I pick up where I left off last year, the spinnerbait has been the hot bait for me for size and numbers. 

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12 hours ago, FishTax said:

How are you rigging and fishing the speed worm if you don’t mind sharing? 

You can't rig one wrong. I read @Mike L reply. Good stuff. I like to rig it with a 1/16 oz head. That way you can either swim it slowly or skim it along the surface with a fast retrieve. This is an excellent bait for hot summer when they don't seem to react to any of the old standbys. 

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NC. Water temps have been anywhere from 52-58 depending where on the lake and the on/off cold snaps weve been having. 

 

Chatterbait bite has been great and a light Trig with a sweet beaver. Both fished where new grass is growing and laydowns in 2-5' of water, mostly 1/2 way to the back of a pocket/cove. Havent really been able to fire them up with anything else yet. 

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