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What kind of lure should I use in this pond?...PIC

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Alright, I'm new to here so first i'd like to say i'm file mob. I have got some great advice from here without being a member so i thought I'd become a member...anyway

This is my back yard....I have only caught about 3 smallies in my life here and they were about 7 inches max...I've been using beatle spinners and a variety of other lures...what should i use?

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To me, that really doesn't look like a smallie pond, but it's hard to tell much from the picture. What type of structure is there? What type of bottom? Are there any rocks? Drop offs? I would probably suggest using normal smallie baits like tubes, jigs, and jerkbaits around those areas.

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Do you know for sure that the pond has a population of good-size smallies?

My personal experience is that smallies readily hit any type of lure. So I'd just choose based on depth, time of year, water temperature, sky condition, cover/structure and the like, without worrying about whether a smallie will hit it or not.

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It doesnt look very deep.  I would agree with the tube or a jig n pig.  If you want to fish a lot of water and find concentrations of them, I would throw a shallow running crank bait and see if you can catch some.

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If I don't know anything about the area except there are smalliest you can't go wrong with a watermelon senko. All depending on the type of water and day it is also. Usually the general rule, try and imitate what their eatin. If you have crawfish, try bouncin a jig off the bottom or a rat-l-trap crawfish color. If your mostly dealin with small fish as their main source of food try a texas rigged senko in cover, a carolia rigged floating senko about 18 inches, or a 4-5" jerkbait. Watermelon w/black or red flake, or pumpkin are my favorites. You could try a crankbait in chartreause, or a 3/8 oz spinner bait or buzz bait (remember to use your buzz bait at the top of the water, I usually use this in the morning if I see bait fish surfacing). If you are fish are missing these types of baits you aren't spinning fast enough and just crank it up a notch. The fish will chase the lure and hook themselves theoretically. Depending on time of year,  and what source of food their eating it's hard to tell, but this could be a good place to start.

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