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The fishing is slowing down for me. Now I've started to target any size bass. What baits catch the most bass for you, doesn't matter if the fish are big or small.  8-)

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Very small crank baits

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Fat Ika, Zoom Finesse Worms, Yamamoto Kreatures and Zoom Lizards. These lures have accounted for over 70% of the fish I catch.

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*** 5 inch wacky or Trigged/weightless have brought me many,many multiple fish (over 10) days,by far and frequently.

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1/8 oz rooster tails have been catching most of my bass (and other assorted fish) this year.

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Downsize, downsize, downsize. I fish primarily light tackle to begin with, about 50/50 light and ultra light.

I did a lot of reading up on light tackle a couple of years ago and it really opened my eyes. It appeals to more than panfish. Just yesterday, I was out for about three hours and landed eight fish. Four white perch, one yellow perch and three LMB, the largest going about 2.5 lbs. Not bad for goofing around with the ultra light.

All but one of the bass were taken on a 1/16 oz jighead with a 1.5" Yum Curltail grub. The last bass went for a 3" Slider worm T rigged on a little #1 Gamy EWG hook, with a tiny splitshot at the top of the worm just to give it that extra little 'oomph'.

I've caught more than my fair share of 4# plus bass, nice pickerels, etc. over the last couple of years on light tackle and small baits. A lot (not all) of the time I'm catching when others are struggling, especially post spawn to the end of the season.

There's a lot of good articles on this site, here's one of the better ones :

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing/light_line.html

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The 3 lures below will often catch numbers of bass, especially when bass are in a neutral disposition (which is most of the time):

> Strike King 3x Finesse Worm (4")

> Zoom Finesse Worm (4-3/4")

> Gambler Ziggy Stick (5")

The nice feature about finesse lures is knowing that they're also capable of taking your Personal Best.

In a tournament, Kevin VanDam boated a bass weighing over 11 pounds on a 4" fry worm 8-)

Roger

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I'm not writing this to be a wise guy.

Baits don't catch fish.  Fishermen do.

Some guys slay 'em on crankbaits, jerkbaits, slashbaits, etc.

I cannot buy a hit on any of them, and I've got a bunch of good ones in my arsenal.  I do well with all the Rage Tail baits except for the ten inch Anaconda.  I've thrown it weighted, unweighted, in the weeds, in the pads in the rocks along the edges, and not a tap.  Yet I'm having a ball with the monkey, lizard, craw, toad and shad in the same places.  It looks great running around in the weeds and rocks, but unlike the other RTs, it appears it can be fished wrong, and I'm doing it.

I know the problem is not with the baits, it's with me.  I don't know what the heck I'm doing with them, or how to use them, in spite of googling and reading a plethora of information on when, where, how and why to use them.

Based on my experience, the baits suck.  And they do, for me.

But I'm not giving up on them.  I'll keep plugging away (pun intended) until I succeed.

My experience was the same with jigs until this year.  Now I love 'em, and have a box full of them in all types and colors.

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Rhino,

Texas Rig a 10 Anaconda with a Strike King Saber Point Round Bend Offset 5/0 hook weightless.

Cast that bad boy into the thickest, nastiest, lily/grass flat around working it across the surface like a big ole snake stopping it in every opening regardless of size and hold on tight cause you just might get you're rod broke.

Big Tip: do not set hook until you actually feel the weight of the fish, I'll point my rod tip at the fish giving her just enough slack so she doesn't feel me while taking up any additional slack. Then set hook like you are trying to break something.

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Rhino,

Texas Rig a 10 Anaconda with a Strike King Saber Point Round Bend Offset 5/0 hook weightless.

Cast that bad boy into the thickest, nastiest, lily/grass flat around working it across the surface like a big ole snake stopping it in every opening regardless of size and hold on tight cause you just might get you're rod broke.

Big Tip: do not set hook until you actually feel the weight of the fish, I'll point my rod tip at the fish giving her just enough slack so she doesn't feel me while taking up any additional slack. Then set hook like you are trying to break something.

Thanks, I'll give it a try.  

For all the stuff I've tried the past year, Texas and Carolina rigging have not been among them.

The closest I've come is the Luck "E" Strike perfect worm rig, and the Owner Sled head.  I've tried the Anaconda on the Owner, but not the Luck "E".

In the pond I fish most of the time, all the bass are caught in less than six feet of water.  Except for three small holes, likely springs, that is the depth of the pond.  The bottom, away from the shore is mud with very little if any vegetation.

There are huge thick schools of white perch and crappie in the center of the pond.  Thick enough at times to turn the screen of the fish finder black.  Don't know what they eat, but there has to be plenty of it, because they are all fat and healthy.

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1.  by far-----***-wacky rigged

2.  Rapala original floating (twitch, twitch, BANG theory)

Rhino-I've been learning the anaconda this yr.  It will be #2 of the only 2 baits I will throw till next november.  It's my "follow up" bait to my Working Girl Wakebait, hitting store shelves VERY soon ;)  I'll keep u posted but so far, I've had some nice ones come by rigging it on a keel weighted hook.  Many of the rage baits are designed with this hook in mind,give it a shot.

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Looks like I'll have a wacky rigged senko and a finesse worm in my arsenal tomorrow ;) Thanks guys

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For me it is a manns 6" augertail in purple t rigged ,on a jig or alone,second has to be a fluke in white if im after a grand slam a beetle spin in white will catch anything bluegill.bass,crappie,whiteperch,yellowperch,pickeral,bluefish,small rock, even catfish,bullminnows,

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5" senko style bait.

5-6" finesse worm

4" tube.

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Every environment is different - but up north, in clear water ~

A 4" *** fished Texas style weightless w/ 2/0 EWG Gamakatsu worm hook and Small Parasite clip is Money.

For colors - Pick one that matches the bottom. ;)

A-Jay

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1. Senkos

2. Flukes/Sluggos/Bass Assassins

3. Shallow Cranks

4. Spinnerbaits

5. Deep Cranks

6. Poppers/Buzzbaits For Topwater Time

Pretty much the same rotation I always use. I'll also use big lizards and bigger worms but they aren't usually numbers baits.

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    Why none other than a Senko.

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95 % of the bass my wife and I catch have been on Zoom Watermelon Red Super Flukes and U Vibe Speed Worms (same color). Late afternoon buzz baits have been working well too.

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