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question for next year any help?

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every year i fish a tournament on the allegheny river way above pittsburgh in oil city. well that doesnt really matter. i cannot figure this place out tho. every year during the tournament the river is covered with strains of floating grass. i think its a time of year thing but i dont know where the grass is coming from. i found most success cranking shallow rocky points but the problem is i can only keep my crank in the strike so for a little bit before that grass engulfs my bait. ive tried every other type of bait and just cannot get a bite. does any one have any ideas how i could improve my results on this tough fishery?

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In shallow water, GYCB Fat Ika T-rigged weedless and

weightless. Rage Tail Baby Craw, naked. MegaStrike

MegaBug.

8-)

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We had this same problem of floating grass ruining every cast for us on the Menominee River last year. Only thing we could do was to throw a Senko weightless and let in move downstream in the current. Even a sinker on it was inviting lots of weeds. If you have a shallow bite, this approach may help you.

Forget the cranks, spinnerbaits, and jigs. One topwater you may consider, though,  is a popper.  It's cupped head tends to push weeds away from the lure if you don't work it too fast, or with too much gusto. Good luck.

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My number one weedless "crankbait" is a 1/4 oz. swim jig in green pumpkin with a matching grub. If they want something a little more aggressive or if the water is really stained I'll go with a Rage Tail chunk trailer. White is also a great alternative at different times of the year. I chuck and wind all kinds of jigs but you need no more than a Gander Mt. swim jig. Give it a try and hope you whack 'em!

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