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How to target smallies

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i live in Nashville and bass fish all the time. i am pretty good at knowing where to find LM's and spots all year round but am ignorant as to where or how to target smallies. i find schools of smallies from time to time (once a year) but they are few and far between. there is a great population of smallies in tennessee so i would like to know how and where to fish for these. thanks

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unlike locating largemouths by looking for visible shallow cover   u want to use your electronics to find deeper rocks  

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alot of times they'll sit on shoals and ledges too!  and they sit around weeds the same as smallies but try to fish a little deeper.  these fish like access to deeper water.  I read somewhere about hair jigs?  try those you're supposed to let it fall and once it hits the ground lift your rod tip up and let it fall in a pendulum.  i tried it last year for a couple casts and i actually got a few bites on it, it'll prob work better down in tennessee tho

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sounds right. i don't have the best eletronics in my boat right now so that could be the reason that i have not been able to find the offshore structure where smallies live.

i read about the hair jigs in bassmasters a few issues ago also. thanks for the advice.

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anytime, up here all the smallies will school up in about ten feet in the rivers and i catch them on small jerkbaits. in the lakes i use bigger deeper diving jerkbaits and shakeyhead worms for my bigger smallies.  but then again up here their the most prevalent species

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its frustrating to me bc i want to be able to say today i know where the smallies are hangin like i do with LM and go after them. i see guys weigh in some nice smallies in my club tournaments and i say i have absolutely no idea where he caught that fish.

i have been throwing the shakey head for a few years and have never caught a smallie. i had no idea that smallies like shakey heads.

thanks for the feedback

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there is alot of really good info on the link. i ordered a lowrance GPS unit and it should be coming in the mail next week so hopefully i will be able to find smallies with my front depth finder and GPS unit.

great advice. thanks

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