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New '08 line up for techniques

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Suspending Jerkbait - Fished around cover or shorelines with minimal cover.

Spinnerbait - anytime I can  

Openwater - Rattle Trap (or floating cranks when the trap is too fast or agressive) open water or around cover

Slug-Go - anytime I can Probably fished side by side to the spinnerbait

Wacky Rigged Worm - open water, around cover, over strucutre, work it on the bottom.

I'll probably start off early in the season when things are cool and slow with a suspending jerkbait, slug go and wacky rig. These are slow enough to fit the time of year, plus they all have good action and are fairly finnese techniques(down size and slow the jerkbait)

Once these warm up, my go to is probably going to be a spinnerbait. Chart. with chart. blades for sunny days, and chart. with gold or silver for cloudy days. I'll also work the Slugs and wacky when the fish don;t seem to be on the spinnerbait.

Once mid summer comes, I'll start using the Rat'L trap more. Keying in on deeper water.

I mainly got these from the Mad Fisherman  :-? Charlie Moore

He is a wacky guy, but he's another Northern Guy, really the only Northern Fisherman on TV; beside the Lindners, eh.

Mad Fish mainly throwns the Fleck Spinnerbait and the Lunker City spanky wacky rigged. He also likes the Slug Go. Occaisionally he'll throw a suspending jerkbait or a Rat'L Trap.

He mainly just goes around and beats the shoreline; working cover or structure that he sees. Sort of what I do, but mostly from the bank for now. I know this is sort of an amateur way to fish, but being an amateur myself, it seems to fit. I am going to work on more techniques as I go along, but I want to keep it fun while I do it. Plus I'm sort of on a beer budget, meanwhile the Bait Monkey is has champagne taste. So I think by sticking to a few lures and techniques that I know will do the trick for most of my fishing, I'll actually have money in my bank account  :)

As I start fishing new waters, and/or fishing more from a boat, I'm sure I'll start to utilize different techniques as need be and start upping my game. But, as of now just being a bank beater, I think these lures will do O.K.

I'm also going to add a SPRO frog to that list. I can't wait to work that over weeds or on lily pads.

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I'm getting into topwater next year...Looking at a bunch of buzzbaits,top water walk the dog type lures and poppers.

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SPRO frogs are good, but rubber frogs (SIZMIC toads, YUM horny toads, Gambler cane toads, etc) are more versatile and I think more effective in general (and cheaper).  If you haven't tried those, do yourself a favor.  They're a lot of fun to use and the bite starts earlier in the year and finishes later than you would guess.

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I'm gonna keep working on my year-round jig techniques.  I'm also stepping out of tournament fishing and going to start working on smaller lakes to refine other techniques.  Spinnerbaits being really high on the list.  I've got a good lineup of virgin lakes that no one fishes that has great population and I'll be testing some home made jigs and soft plastics there as well as working on becomming an all around angler.  2009 is the year of the tournaments.

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I'm getting into topwater next year...Looking at a bunch of buzzbaits,top water walk the dog type lures and poppers.

DON'T OVERLOOK JITTERBUGS AND SPITTIN IMAGES 8-)

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I intend to fish every technique when the time is right.

The "rest of the time" I'll be fishing a jig or a swimbait!   ::)

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My projected goal for 2008 is to land a Share A Lunker (13 lbs+); I was close this year with a 12 lb 8 oz and it's just now getting to be big season.    

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I need to learn how to do the "Shaky Worm" thingy. Have tried it a few times, but just get the head hung up with goop from the bottom or tangled in weeds. I've never seen "clean" bottom areas, like the ones in the demonstration videos on TV, that actually have fish around? BTW, jwo1124, don't forget to play around with a few Senkos - if you haven't already  ;)

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Lotta new toads and soft plastic top waters coming out so give 'em a whirl and see what works best for you. Let us know what you settle on.

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I intend to fish every technique when the time is right.

The "rest of the time" I'll be fishing a jig or a swimbait! ::)

Ditto, except only with the jig.  The swimbait bug hasn't bitten me yet......I stress yet!

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my strat will probably be using the jig more often and also ive established a goal to catch a four pounder

i know, thats meager to u guys but that would be golden for me.

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I finally caught a few on small jigs like the Spider and Boo Bug. Next year I'll try my bigger jigs like the Jig-X.

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