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Breaking out the finesse

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Well, as the magic of post spawn starts to waver in the next few weeks the dog days of summer will be upon us here in the south.  While I'm with agreement with many of the summertime tactics, I know that there will be many, many times where I have to break out the little stuff.  Here's what I carry

-Pumpkin Orange 1/4oz Beetle Spins

-Black/Chartruse 1/4oz Beetle Spins

-Ball (shakey) jigheads 3/16 and 1/4oz

-Zoom Finesse worms (watermelon red and green pumpkin)

-1/8, 3/16, and 1/4oz bullet weights

-Assorted split shots

-* Watermelon Red Small Beaver Craw

-Watermelonseed Hula Grubs (various brands)

This covers 100% of my finesse fishing.  Split shot rigs, small jigs, flipping creature baits, miniature texas rigs, shakey head jigs, and the beetle spins speak for themselves.  

What's your finesse box look like?

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Green Pumpkin Finesse worms

1/8oz Spot Removers

That's about it. Unless you want to talk dropshot.

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4.5" and 6" Roboworm Straight Tails (warmouth)

1/8 oz Shakey Heads

Zoom Finesse Worms (watermelon candy)

Baby Brush Hogs on a split shot rig (watermelon seed)

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My two go-to finesse baits are a small texas rig that usually include fat albert grub on a 1/0 EWG with a 1/8 or 3/16 oz bullet. The next would be a Zoom Finesse worm or Berkley Shakey Head worm wacky rigged with a 1 inch screw in the head to give it a crazy fall, then I shake it like a shakey head worm once it gets on the bottom. Over the past couple years it has really been my "money in the bank" bait.

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picasso shakey head with an *** or zipper finesse worm thats all i use for finesse i love to power fish.

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My favorite style of finesse fishing is without a doubt Shakey head or Spot Remover jig head with the high floating Elaztech finesse worm in watermelon or green pumpkin and tipped chartreuse w/JJs majic. Besides this, I will use a Peg- It rubber pegging system Carolina rigged Craw with a 1/4 oz or less weight in shallower depths and increasing weight as depth increases.

Big O

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Hey Brian, Bottom of the 9th and The Ole Change Up had 'em swingin' for the fences. Sounded like a knuckle ball to me, they couldn't stand it!!!!!!

Oh, this is about fishin' isn't it>  

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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My finesse box is probably as volumonous as anything else I own.  Lots of finesse fishing for me.  Small jigs/3" craws, 4" worms of all types, tubes, grubs, splitshot rigs, jig/worm, Fin-S-Fish, small cranks, rapala minnows....heck, you name it and I probably use it. Sometimes you just have to get small, ya know?  My most favorite method has long been 1/16 or 1/8 oz snagless Slider heads and 4" Producto Tournament worms or Kalins western worms.  I have caught a LOT of fish on the Slider's and am a big fan of their stuff.  Slider Fishing is FUN!  Their little 3" grubs can be killers.

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My finesse box is probably as volumonous as anything else I own. Lots of finesse fishing for me. Small jigs/3" craws, 4" worms of all types, tubes, grubs, splitshot rigs, jig/worm, Fin-S-Fish, small cranks, rapala minnows....heck, you name it and I probably use it. Sometimes you just have to get small, ya know? My most favorite method has long been 1/16 or 1/8 oz snagless Slider heads and 4" Producto Tournament worms or Kalins western worms. I have caught a LOT of fish on the Slider's and am a big fan of their stuff. Slider Fishing is FUN! Their little 3" grubs can be killers.

I've been fishing the slider for almost 30 years. Great baits. First bought them when I was living in Birmingham directly from Charlie himself.

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Everybody has forgotten about Sliders.  You never hear mention of them anymore.  Highly effective technique in the right hands and conditions.  In fact, I have many times seen them work when NOTHING else would.

I have to add this tidbit regarding Sliders.  DO pick up some of the Pro Series heads too.  They have a larger wire diameter on the black nickel hooks they use and these are NECESSARY if you fish these heads around ANY heavy cover.  I have lost some good fish when they straightened the fine wire hooks on the standard models because I had to put enough pressure on them to keep them out of heavy cover.  A robust 3 lb'er will do it to you.  I fish them on 6 pound line and the fish never break the line before they bend the hook!!!  So, you need both.    I will only use the Pro Series when conditions require and even though I should step up to 8lb line for better sets with these, I don't.

On those really ultra tough days, I can always count on at least a limit of 1-2lb fish because of Charlie Brewer!! I may not score the big bites on those days but I'll never go broke.

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