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i found a spot under a train bridge on the weekend that holds a lot of largemouth. i could see 2 that were over 5lbs. they were HUGE. i tried everything in my box for over 1 hour and they wouldnt touch anything. i tried senkos, tubes, lizards, finess minnows, spider grubs. any ideas what i could use to geta bite? i cant throw any type of crankbait or spinnerbait as its right under the train bridge. the water is crystal clear. i realy want to hook one of those monsters and get a pic!

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If the water was gin clear I can't help but wonder if the fish saw you long before you saw the fish.

Now that you know the area is there, maybe try moving in very slowly and stay as far back as you can accurately cast with little splash.

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Ok, all you are gonna need is a toilet paper roll, some gunpowder and a little bit of luck....yeah, that should do it.

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If you are not opposed to it, and you really want to stick one, have you considered live bait? A live shiner is hard to resist.

Did you also consider the conditions at the time. A high pressure situation may have caused them to go tight lipped. Maybe consider waiting for better conditions that may help you out.

As a side note, that smallmouth in your avatar is GROTESQUELY OBESE!!!

AWESOME!!!

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super fluke, paddletail shad, dropshot, senko but use it like a jerkbait A tube might be a good choice skip it up by the bridge and let it spiral down to the bottom then jerk it once off the bottom then reel it in slow.

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My first choice would either be a fat ika or a hula grub on a 3/16 or 1/4 oz jig.  If they don't hit that, then I'd go with a 1/2 or 3/4 oz jig and go for the reaction strike.  This pays off in gin clear water a lot of the time.  A tube, fluke, or senko would be a good choice as well.  I wouldn't write off a crankbait either...lots of choices.  See if you can establish a pattern before moving into that area then pressure it with what has been working elsewhere in the lake.

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Peek a boo, they see you!!! I have been in the same situation several times before. They will pay attention to you and not the lures. For all they know you might be something that is trying to get them. [And you are] From my past experiences they will look at the lure and then back at you. Try hitting the same spot at night with a lantern in front of you shining toward the water and throw topwater or even dark plastics/jigs. Oh yeah, get there before it is pitch black and turn the light on!

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This dude above me is right... they see you. In water that clear, you might as well just stay back about 15 feet, and try casting from there. Either way, sneak up on em.

If the water is really crystal clear, throw a the most natural colors you have. Also, if you havent tried yet, throw a translucent colored or white spinnerbait.

I tell ya what... if that doesn't work, just sneak up on 'em real slow and jump really high in the air, and belly flop right on top of em. Then grab the huge bass with your arms and yell.... "HAHA!! GOT YA!" :D

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If the water is really clear, you might try going back after dark.

Use any of the above suggestions and add a rattle.

I agree, and an attractant wouldn't hurt too.  I prefer garlic scent from BANG.

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Why not a c-bait? I of course dont know all the circumstances, but I have become a real bridge fishing addict this last year (from a boat). I caught my 2nd place personal best off a railroad bridge (8lb large), as well as numerous 4s and 5s....of course they dont show up to play on tourny day, but when I can see these fish and they wont bite for luv or money, I break out the vibe. If you get under the bridge and give it short pops while retrievin' it...man is it loud (it echoes off the pilings). Ive been successful doing this on more than 1 outing. I think they just try to kill it to make it shut up.

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on some waters I fish A railroad bridge pattern but the key is the fish only feed when a train is crossing or soon there after.

Imo the viberation from the train scares the bait into moving and that causes a feed responce from the bass.

Dale

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thanks for all the sugestions guys. i cant use a crank or spinnerbait because of the way the bridge is made. i have to climb down the pillar and stick my rod through the trusses. i can only cast about 12 feet.

they seemed interested in the tubes ,but they only had a look then went back to where they were. im gonna try again on the weekend and hopfully post some pics of me holding one of them. thanks again.

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on some waters I fish A railroad bridge pattern but the key is the fish only feed when a train is crossing or soon there after.

Imo the viberation from the train scares the bait into moving and that causes a feed responce from the bass.

Dale

I never would have thought of this but I'll bet it works.  There is no way a train could cross over the typcial creek or canal type bridge without spooking the bait and I'm sure the bass get conditioned to the "dinner bell"

Now that's what I call THINKING!!

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