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Smallmouth on Rapala DT16?

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I have caught some nice Largemouth on Rapala DT Crankbaits and was wondering if they would be a good lure to try for smallies. Have any of you guys caught them on these crankbaits. What worked. Thanks

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yea  they work  i caught them on DT 6s alot but the last time i went out i was throwing a DT22 on some deep riprap and only caught 3 largemouths no smallies

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Thats funny, I also use DT6 and catch smallies.

Not a great bait for them though---few and far in between.

In deep water I would prefer a dropshot rig, jig or texax rig

The DT22 may work well under perfect conds. like deep structure with a rock pile.

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My best fish on hard baits have been caught on jerkbaits. Otherwise, soft plastics are the most productive class of lures. However, smallmouth can be caught on any class of lure, including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and topwater. When the bite is strong, experiment!

8-)

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Some of the biggest smallmouth I've ever caught have been with a DT16. Plenty over 4#, several over 5#, one over 6.

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tell you the truth i don't own any.  around here when i target smallmouth there are four things i have tied on a white spinnerbait, a tube jig, a shakey head worm, and the most important a lucky craft jerkbait (usually two lucky craft jerkbaits  ;D)

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Some of the biggest smallmouth I've ever caught have been with a DT16. Plenty over 4#, several over 5#, one over 6.

That has been my experience also, large fish but no average sized smallies.  I fear you may be selecting for larger smallies when using a DT16.  I think a deeper diving Bandit may produce more quantity of average sized smallies.

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Lots of big smallies around here come on deep diving cranks. Why not, as long as it gets down to them.

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Smallies will nail a DT16, even 14 inchers. You might not catch the numbers on that size of crank that you will on a smaller crank or jig, but it will still catch smallies.

I've caught smallies on 7" jerkbaits and giant buzzbaits over one ounce when fishing for pike, including some not much bigger than the lure.

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I actually tied my PB smallie this weekend on a DT16 in craw color. 20" and 4#  Bouncing it off rocks in 10-12 feet of water did the trick  :)

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