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Good Lures for BIG smallmouth bass.

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I was just wondering what lures yall use for big smallmouth bass, despite the big lure big fish theory a 3 inch grub has caught many good smallmouth for me.

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Smallies like plastics with chartruese tails.  BigBill

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Smallmouth, including good ones, will hit the full gamut of lure types. I agree with Bill that they seem to have a special liking for chartreuse, but they will also hit a variety of other colors.

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I seem to get my big smallies on jerkbaits, tubes ,spinnerbaits(mainly white) and grubs.

I fished senkos a couple of times last year with some luck too

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Big smallmouth prefer live bait.

I have had some success with Lucky Craft Pointer 128, Rapala Husky Jerk (blue & silver with an orange belly), Spook, Sammy, plastic lizards and baby diaper yellow Gitzits.

Artificials seem to be most effective on smallmouth under 5 lbs, the bigger fish are not as easily fooled. Far more important than your lure selection is where you are fishing. Smaller fish inhabit the shallow water, the bigger fish will be in deeper water around structure and if you are on a river, in current.

p.s. I did catch one 6 1/2 lb smallie on a Micro Munch jig last spring, but I dedicated twelve fishing hours to jig fishing (two hours on six diffferent days) and that is the only fish I caught. My partner was killing 'em on live shiners and kept asking me, "Are ya learning anything?".

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catch alot of big smallies on a thunderstick or a bomber long a. brown back, orange belly. best color i found for susquehanna river.

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