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i was wondering wat the best tactic is for really really thick weeds.i ask because i was fishing 2 day and i came across a cove with really thick weeds.i first tried pitching senkos but the weeds were so thick it would not sink so i tried a texas rig but i could notpull it along the bottom without getting weeds  caught on the worm. the last thing i tried was a jig but like the other tactics i could not retrieve it much before getting weeds caught on it.

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It depends on the weeds...Are they grass or lilly pad stalks or reeds or just bottom junk?  If its grass like milfoil or hydrilla, try running a shallow crank just above the top of the weeds, or along the edges if you can.  If its lillies, make sure you use braided line and try using a t-rigged senko and make sure you bury the barb so you don't snag so much.  Also, if you're on lillies, try using a frog...

Another little tactic I've found helpful is giving the bait a couple of shakes when you feel it bogging down.  Sometimes, not always though, this will knock off quite a bit of the stuff hanging onto the lure.

Hope this helps...

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Try a weightless Zoom Super-fluke. Work it on top of those weeds slowly and with an erratic motion. the bass will come out of those weeds to hammer this bait.

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By now there probably isn't enough water above the weeds to swim anything. You can work a frog over it effectively, especially over coontail and elodia. Bass can charge through that stuff easier than through hydrilla or packed lily pads, so they follow a surface frog out to a pocket of open water.

I also use a very heavy grass jig, at least 3/4 - 1 oz with a compact chunk trailer with no appendages that can wrap around a plant stem. I fling it high and let it pop a hole in undisturbed matted vegetation, let it down to the bottom, the yo-yo it a moment through the hole above. Lighter baits don't fall to bottom well unless they can break through the mat into relatively open water below a mat. If you can figure out where a ditch runs through, or find a rock below it, a ridge, hole, or stump, all the better.

Come winter and possible low water I go out scouting to map features that will be covered and out of sight the following summer. I GPS boat positions then take a digital photo of a stump, hole, rock pile position in the center of a photo with enough shoreline behind to help relocate those later when all I see is weed choked water. Some spots are memorized, but not enough yet. If it wasn't for the thick weeds I could sound bottom with jigs for such things, but then the bass might not be there using them without weeds hiding them.

Jim

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For the thickest of weads, I would reccomend using a topwater frog. They are one of the most wealess baits and are a blast to fish. If you get a strike but dont hook the fish,(this happens often with frogs) throw back a weigtless worm in that spot. Have fun!

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