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What is everyone's best producing smallmouth plastic?  This past season I had the most success with the Yamamoto double tail skirted grub in watermelon black for smallies.  What has everyone else had success with?

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A 5" grub will always catch good numbers, but for me it is definitely Zoom Lizards, both 4" and 6"

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Rage Tail Baby Craw

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Numbers? Or Size?  It really boils down to time of year and location.  I'll go with Roboworm 4" in Aaron's Magic, on a drop shot rig for consistent deep smallie action.

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Streams: superfluke during warm water season or a 4"senko and smallie beaver Green pumpkin on a stand up jig head in colder water.

Flatwater: 4 inch grub or tube (These fish normally aren't real picky.)

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Depending on location and forage base, it could range from a tube, to a grub, to a craw worm.  And then there is a cut down ribbon tailed worm.

In the early part of the year, I will take a 7" power worm (black or motor oil) and cut down the head so that it is small enough to fit a 2/0 Gammy EWG hook.  I use either a smaller worm weight or a splitshot that is just heavy enough to maintain bottom contact when I fish the bait with casts that quarter upstream.  This allows the bait to move along with the current and under overhanging cover.

I think this approach mimics a leech or smallish eel and the smallie simply hammer the bait when they bite it.  If the fish takes off running with the bait, I'll always cast back into the same cover assuming that the fish was trying to escape with his meal from others inside the same cover.

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Rage Tail Baby Craw by a mile. Top colors are Watermelon Red with claws dipped in chart JJ's, and Candy Craw. Eeliminator gets quite a few, too!

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in clear calm water during the summer heat when looking for size over quantity I have had the most luck with a rapala skitterwalk in bluegill. I caught a whole bunch of 2-4 pounders that came up from the depths to nail it.

Other than that I really like dark natural colored 4" senkos

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Tubes, weightless 4 - 5 inch worms and weightless flukes

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Tubes, and 3" Gulp......often time it matters not what style/color, as long as it's Gulp.

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For size, I'd say Sweet Beaver, for numbers, it's a toss up between rage tail craws and tubes.

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did someone say FAT IKA????????

Also, Franco

I agree.  roboworm in exactly that color drop shotting with 6lb flourocabon is hard to beat

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OK, Sfritr and Francho, I'm not finding any 4" Roboworms anywhere.  Where do you get yours?

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did someone say FAT IKA????????

Also, Franco

I agree. roboworm in exactly that color drop shotting with 6lb flourocabon is hard to beat

Fat IKA is my number 1 green fish lure. The brown ones seems to like tubes for snacks. 4" watermelon dinger was also deadly.

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Numbers? Or Size? It really boils down to time of year and location. I'll go with Roboworm 4" in Aaron's Magic, on a drop shot rig for consistent deep smallie action.

Right on!  :)

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My favorite plastics for smallmouth are tubes, grubs, texas rigged rage tail craws or 1/4oz. & 3/8oz. jigs rigged with a rage tail craw. For top water action I love stanely ribbit frogs.

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Early in the spring on the river here watermelon red  strike king coffee tubes  later on the 4" poor boy stick worm in any sort of watermelon, watermelon red or baby bass color.  Also poor boy erie darters work at times

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Another vote for the Fat Ika.

If you count trailers, the Swarming Hornet/ LFT

Live Magic Shad is another option.

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