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I went fishing this morning and decided to go early to beat the heat. I got to the strip pits near McCune KS at about 5:30. We put the Boat it and got started. It was overcst all day, and actually raining at times. I figued the fishing would be great. We were there from 5:30am to 12pm and only caught 3 fish. It is extremely deep, and there are weeds around the edge in the shallows(which are still 4-5 feet deep, but drop off sharply). We caught our 3 fish on red spinners, and then they quit bitting i guess. We tried about everything in our tack boxes. Any advice would be great.

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When a bite seems to "shut off" on strip pits, I usually go to a topwater bait.  I will start out with a buzzbait or spook along the weed edges.  If that  does not produce, then I will try a frog or lizard (weightless) on top of the weeds.  You did mention rain in your post.  One my best rainy day methods is a white spinnerbait with gold blade(s) waked just under the surface.  Conversely, I like my topwater baits to be dark colors on rainy days.  Good luck and stay dry ;).

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Thats one thing I actually started out with was a black buzz bait. I didn't have any luck with it, and took it off once it got daylight.  Shoulda left it on. Would a t-rigged worm work good at all since there isn't alot of shallows, and its pretty deep? As far as top water thats about the only thing we didn't try. I've lost all my topwater lures except one and is a big ol' devil's horse. I have never cought anything on one so I didn't even mess with tieing it on. Oh, I will most definatly stay dry. It's suposed to be 105-110 for the next 7 days with no chances of rain.  :'(  Thanks for the help man :)

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No problem. :)  That topwater bite will surprise you sometimes (mid-day).  A Texas rigged worm should work fine in the weeds with a high sun.  Try pegging the weight to get better penetration through the weeds.  Also try Texas rigging a salt craw in those same weeds.  Happy fishing.

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My Grandfather was pitt fisherman in Pittsburg, KS.  All he did was carry around a 5 gal bucket full of worms and two spinning rods (mitchell 300's I beleive).  He would sit on the bucket and work the worms very slowly.  He caught his share, I can tell you.  

I did some schooling in the same town but I didn't fish the pitts - always went W. and fished ponds and resivoirs.  Hope that helps.  

Hydrilla

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When you say he would take a bucket of worms do you mean real worms or plastic ones? And if you mean real live worms how do you slowly work a live worm? We went to what I believe is called the sportsman pits. There are almost too many to pick from. Its about one of the only decent places to fish close to me. I live 7 miles west of Parsons KS. Its cool to see people on here that actually come from around the same area as I live.

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