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Can anybody give me some tips on catching smallies in NC rivers, like lure selection and where to cast?

Went fishing today in Boone, NC and caught a few brown trout an one smallie. Not that I don't love catching trout I just love the fight smallies put up.

Can anybody help me out??

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I live north of Asheville NC,on the Cane River.  I use a finesse worm Texas rigged, or a paca chunk  on a strike king jig, both green pumpkin color. Top water poppers or a jointed rapala. They work good for me too. I wade fish on a small river, smallies is want I catch the most.

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I wade the Yadkin River when its low. I use X-Raps, Rage Tail Craws, shallow cranks, and Trick Sticks.

Cast anywhere you see a current break or shoreline cover.

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checked out the site, it's awesome...love how its jus NC so everybody is in the same boat I am. I know in different parts of the country fishin is different than it is in NC an vise versa.

Thanks for the link!

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I fish the New River near you at least a few times a year.  I have gotten to the point that I only bring two baits, X-raps and hula grubs.  I fish the X-raps when the fish are more aggressive (early in the morning) and interested in a fast bait and like the 3" version in any natural color.  I pretty much us a hula grub the rest of the time.  I rig it by pegging a 1/16 oz bullet weight to the head and use a 1/0 wide gap hook.  I prefer watermelon and pumpkin colors as the water tends to be pretty clear up there.  I will take the hula grub over a tube any day because I think it looks more like crawfish then a tube.  I also tend to catch larger fish on the hula without seeing a difference in numbers.  As for where to fish in the river, we float down in kayaks and I do best casting to current breaks and boulders in the middle third of the river.  I will be honest though, I do not do very well after storms when the water is dirty and the current is up, so hopefully someone will help you with those conditions.

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thanks for all info AndrewVT, great tips an I'll definitely be givin them a shot next time I go out.

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