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What is your most productive technique right now?


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On 3/24/2023 at 7:48 PM, kevinmyfsu said:

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.

Nice conditions you got there! I also find success with drop shots around structure, but sometimes switching to a spinnerbait or jerkbait helps when chatterbaits aren't working. Experimenting with different lure colors might make a difference too. What species of fish are you targeting mainly?

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Went Monday and Tuesday on the north end of Lake Champlain. Got a bunch of smallies in the shallow protected bays using jerkbaits. Looks like they are getting close to spawning. Didn't really see any on beds on the lake. Found some in the great chazy river bedding. Caught several spawners on senkos. We went to the Vermont side and got some LM on spinner baits in the weedbeds. Also a few smallies in similar fashion as we did on the New York side. Shallow, warmer bays with jerkbaits.

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For LMB in Maine, right now it's the biggest, black Whopper Plopper, a wacky-rigged Senko, and a shad-colored Rage Swimmer. 

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Ha Ha a thread like this can go on forever.

I threw all my normal confidence baits yesterday on a very deep clear lake " Philpott " and was looking a skunk in the eyes.

Tied on a 1/8 Shaky head with a Zoom speed craw and it was like turning on a light switch.

So back to the thread title " right now ",

It's Shaky head. Lol

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bird said:

Ha Ha a thread like this can go on forever.

I threw all my normal confidence baits yesterday on a very deep clear lake " Philpott " and was looking a skunk in the eyes.

Tied on a 1/8 Shaky head with a Zoom speed craw and it was like turning on a light switch.

So back to the thread title " right now ",

It's Shaky head. Lol

 

 

Soft plastic on 1/8 oz jighead is my confidence bait 

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Earlier in the year the largemouth were tearing up spinnerbaits now the bass don't want them.  Swim jigs are still working as long as you run them through vegetation.  The topwater bite should pick up, along with the baits fished on the bottom.

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Popper & jig mostly. Still seeing fish on beds. Popper walked around wood, paused every other cast or so in the middle, but 9/10 bites are while walking. Jig in laydowns, most of the fish have came out of the deepest center part of the laydown. 

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A mimic minnow by northland. Throwing it into the current and letting it tumble over the river boulders and rocks feeling every rock it bangs into and when it gets downstream reel it in and what you thought earlier was just another boulder hit was actually a fish hit and catch.

Using this techniqe takes a bit of patience, you must let the mimic minnow tumble down the boulders untill you think it has gone far enough and thats when you find out you have a fish or sometimes the fish will run with it right away and then you instantly know fish on. This current is fast and the fish are behind those boulders waiting for food.

 

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Hands’s down it’s a 5” Senko Texas rig. It’s not even close. Although a chatterbait is starting to take umbrage at that statement and is trying mightily to even the score. 

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Water temp in the low 70's post spawn , early summer . Caught about 40 yesterday with a 6 fish limit between 3 and 4 lbs. Top-water , Bomber Long A with a prop "discontinued lure called the Prop A" accounted for all the bigger fish around weeds and wood.

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