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Lures for weebeds?

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hey all. I'm pretty new here.  My question is this: what lures are good for throwing in/near weedbeds? im a shore fisherman and i have been fishing this slough a lot lately.  there are weeds scattered about 5-10 feet from the shore.  I had a lot of success 2 weeks ago tossing a 4" black/green flake senko alonmg the shoreline and now i cant even buy a bite.  i mean i saw bass jumping out past the weedbeds today and later i saw minnows jumping...so i am assuming that is what they're eating. the senko is t-rigged weightless btw.

so heres the list of questions:

1. do you guys still get weeds on your t-rigged weightless senkos? if so, i know you can feel the weight of the weeds, so do you conitinue your normal retrieve? or reel in and pull the weeds off and cast again?

2. what lures are shad/minnow/baitfish and are weedless?

I'm sorry if i dont make any sense but im getting pretty frustrated when i go out and have a great day fishing then i go again 3-4 times without a single bite. any help is appreciated!

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When I feel weeds on the senko I just point the rod tip down and make a couple hard pops, which should knock the weeds off. Then you can continue your retrieve.

A zoom super fluke is an example of a weedless bait-fish imitator. You might want to try bubbling a frog over the weeds.

Let me tell you this, most of the time in a small pond one lure will catch 30 fish one day, and then you won't be able to buy a bite on the same lure for months. It is very easy to pressure a pond by yourself. I have done it to many of the water hazards on the golf course I live at. Certain lures will consistently work (I would say 90% of those are plastics), but the bite may be very slow.

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If the fish are jumping try a topwater lure.  Also try a Zoom super fluke, its shaped like a baitfish and can be rigged weedless.

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Yes, I get weeds on T-rigged senkos - occassionally.  I think it's inevitable.  Sometimes the hook tip just comes out and picks up junk.   If I pick up weeds on any lure, I reel in and pull them off.   IMO, it's a wasted effort working a bait you know has weeds on it.

Seems to me a fluke rigged weedless may be productive.   Zoom Super Fluke T-rigged can be worked in a variety of ways and through slop.  Fluke approximate a shad or minnow and may be very productive in your situation.

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thanks for the fast replies! but ya i think i need to go out and find some new places to fish this summer...rather than same stretch of water.

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This is how I reduce weeds w/ super flukes. Hope it helps  :)

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Depending on the angle of your hook's tip it will reduce weeds on your retrieves.  The hooks I use aren't perfect because they stick out slightly, but on the other hand it may help catch a bass lip too.  ;)

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What type of weeds is it? Can you bring a spinnerbait through it fairly well? If so I'd try a spinnerbait or a buzzbait. Should imitate the baitfish pretty well  :).

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If the weeds are a couple of feet below the surface you might try burning a rat-l-trap across the tops of the weeds. Swimming a jig is another method you might try.

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I LOVE THROWING WEIGHTLESS PLASTIC INTO WEED BEDS. YOU ARE GOING TO GET WEEDS NO MATTER WHAT UNLESS YOUR JUST BURNING THEM OVER THE WEEDS. ME FAVORITE RIGHT NOW IS A GARY YAMAMOTO 4" SHADWORM. THE MORE PRONOUNCED HEAD COMES THROUGH THE WEEDS A LITTLE BETTER . ADD A LITTLE MEGASTIKE TOO TO MAKE IT SLIDE THROUH EVEN BETTER. GOOD LUCK

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Another technique I like to use on weedbeds, especially this time of year is a chatterbait - you can pull it through without getting a lot of slop on it as it will shake off as it comes through.

One other technique that I would encourage you to try is "crashing" a crankbait into the weeds - this is something the fish probably haven't seen and can yield some surprises - it can be frustrating but is very productive at times.

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