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What works best for you all when you are fishing very heavy current like a discharge area?

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Kreature bait(anykind) on a 3/8 oz jig with a weedless guard.Throw it toward the current and let the current take your bait down. This was a very cool technique i learned early this year during spring.

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yeah ive been throwing something like a creature bait and having luck but all the bluegill in the area tear the jig trailer to pieces do you know of a way to fish the bottom or a hard bait that would work its very rocky..

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I fish Toro Creek which is a flood control for Toledo Bend; I throw a Zoom Baby Brush Hog Texas Rigged with a ¼ oz bullet weight; cast up stream short hopping it while letting the current move the bait.

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I'm a river fisherman so I am always facing current, 2 really productive year round baits for me are a texas rigged 4-inch tube and a 5/16oz finesse jig. I let the tube drift with the current around cover and crawl the jig slowly along the bottom.

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I fish the CT River here in MA and use 3 1/2" tubes with 1/4 - 1/2 oz. internal jigs, 6" Senkos (Tx Rigged) and Big Ikas (rev. Tx rig). All have sufficient weight to get down in current and have the "triggering" characteristis needed for a good bite.

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I agree with the  5/16oz finesse jig

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I fish the Mississippi River almost exclusively, not all of it has really fast current, but some areas do. Do not discard a crankbait or rattletrap on a burner geared reel, especially in discharge areas.  The bass are normally in these areas when the feed is on.  Moving baits that imitate their primary forage can be unbelievably productive.  If the current is really flowing, opt for a shallow crankbait such as a Bandit 100 instead of a deeper bait.  With deeper baits sometimes the water will push your line faster than the bait and this can cut down on your hook up ratio.  Also when fish are staged near a discharge, they will normally rise to smack a shallow bait just as well as a deeper bait, sometimes better.

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