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Lure Size for Spring Smallies

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In general, when going after pre-spawn smallmouth in early spring when the water is in the low to mid 40's, do you guys normally down-size from your usual offerings? (e.g. size 8 x-rap vs size 10, or 3.5" tube vs 4").  I always slow down my presentation, but I'm wondering if going smaller would help as well?

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Small lures are for small fish.

That's not always true, but big lures attract bigger fish more consistantly. I prefer Lucky Craft 128, full size Zara Spooks and Ledgebuster 3/4 oz Single Willow Blade Spinnerbaits for aggressive bites. Still, standard smallmouth lures work well: 3 1/2" Mizmo tube (Kent's Classic), grubs, single tail Hula Grubs and my favorite Fat Ika.

I never downsize, even when that might be the better option.

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I agree. I always throw baits that are ind of large but smaller ones will also catch big fish. The other night my buddy and I caught 8 bass that weighed right around 30 pounds in only 40 degree water, biggest 5 went 20+. It was a fun night but a 40 inch pike knocked my 300 dollar rod off the deck and I watched it sink to the bottom but someone gave it to me and it was a P.O.S. lol  :)

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