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What are your favorite early season/ice out tactics for largemouth?

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On a similar note to rw, I'm going to be trying the chatterbait type jigs. Slow, close to bottom and noisy vibrations should attract LM's quite well.

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VibraSpin used to be a sponsor and I picked up a few of their lures,

but didn't get around to fishing them very much and never had a

strike last spring, summer or fall. Oddly, I caught a few bass in

December on the lure, but only white with a silver blade, which I

subsequently lost. I have had no strikes since on the same lures,

different colors.

So, I think you might be on to something and I'm going to give

them a better workout, too!

8-)

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I have been throwing nothing but jigs lately and had great success in Georgia.  PB & J has been a killer color with either a zoom chuck or a netbait craw.  Using a 1/4 oz jig because the water isnt too deep. Also caught a few on the red eye sexy shad crankbait the other day.

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I have been working on Jigs althought i havn't had any luck yet im hoping i get a hit soon !

Suggestion; learn to fish a jig where you know the bass bite is on. For example you are catching bass on a Texas rigged worm, then try the jig in the same area. Start by using a spider type jig; Yamamoto or Chompers twin tail hula grub on the stand up style jig head.  Also give a shakey head jig/worm combo a try.

Fishing any lure more than an hour without a bite is not the way to learn, you will loose confidence, concentration and miss bites.

WRB

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today was relatively cold here in sunflower county , Mississippi . I did rather well with a baby bass colored rattle trap . Got 3 nice heavy bass and a few small ones too. Tried the worm and jig with the slow approach . Caught 4 average size bass ranging from 1-3 lbs. Did great fishing the banks with thick vegetation and cypress trees.

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With air temps under 40 degrees, and water under 60..I've had good luck with worms, rigged every which way, texas, wacky, ect..Also I've caught a few on spinnerbaits, worked very slow with a couple of twitches every few turns..mine are also in the 1-3lb range.

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Caught two largemouth this evening on the only pond in the area with open water. Fishing out of my canoe, I managed one pitching a 3/8 oz. black Strike King jig "THROUGH" a skinny ice layer between two cottonwood laydown logs (deep water) and the other bass came off a slight ledge where a near-shore flat broke from about 5 ft. to 9-10 ft. That fish barely loaded up the rod; lure was a craw-colored Storm Wiggle Wart.

Took a meat thermometer on the canoe - water was between 40 and 42 degrees...

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I throw a Bass Pro Enticer Smallie bucktail jig with a Zoom tiny chunk on back when the ice melts here in the rocky finger lakes of NY and the big green bass will just munch it right up. This works best up until the water hits about 45-50, then a pumpkin-red flake zoom baby brushhog on a 1/8-3/16 owner ultrahead just anihilates them right up untill (and through) the spawn!

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I like to throw a jig in cold water, although it never gets quite so cold down here.  The only time I saw ice in the water was when I spilled my drink.

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When I think of cold water baits, the first thing that comes to my mind are

1)blade baits, like a Vibe-e.

2)Spoons ( I love the Flutter spoon by Lake Fork Trophy lures)

3)Spinnerbaits (slow rolling them deep and shallow)

4)Jerk baits (hard and soft)

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When I think of cold water baits, the first thing that comes to my mind are

1)blade baits, like a Vibe-e.

2)Spoons ( I love the Flutter spoon by Lake Fork Trophy lures)

3)Spinnerbaits (slow rolling them deep and shallow)

4)Jerk baits (hard and soft)

Welcome back!

I would really like a lesson in "Spoons".

Please post it as a new thread in "Tackle"

if you have time.

8-)

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The best luck we have had with cold water fish is with grey-white crankbait's (tried other colors with no success).  Also we have had good luck with watermelon red Senko style worms rigged wacky style and just fishing them real slow.  The only other luck we have had is with a dark yellow skirted jig.

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Welcome aboard!

8-)

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I have had a great deal of success using a "tiny torpeedo". I use the simple patterns at first(blue&silver, gold & green ect..) then I will change to a frog pattern when the water warms up.

Rule #1-fish it slow!

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