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I have caught around 20 smallmouth this year and 18 have been with the cinnamon brown senko ... now that i have gotten that down and can catch fish i want to try something else ive tried a lot of other lures but what are some that are gonna be the best to try i just cant  catch a fish on anything else. please help

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Great lake smallmouths?....try mastering the tube, small jigs, drop shot rigged leeches, SK Go-b-gone, or X-rap Shads (yellow perch is awesome for smallies)

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Soft plastic jerkbaits,fluke,sluggo,lunker city finesse fish. Senko can be worked that way too,but is more of a sinker.All of which can also be very effective on a carolina rig as well.

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Fat Ika

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Spinnerbait -- I hear the smallmouth love 'em.  Chartreuse and retrieved fast.

Darn -- now I wanna jump in the car and not stop until I'm within range of some smallies :o

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Not to rain on your parade but mastering a senko is like mastering a beetle spin now mastering a jig is a diff story .Senkos are great dont get me wrong but what i have read is u cant fish um wrong anyhow

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I was going to go somewhere along the lines of Maximus Redneckus....

Mastering the Senko is less about the bait itself, and more about location. its a "spot on the spot" type of bait.

If you are simply wacky rigging them, I suggest getting some 3/0 Owner Wide Gap Plus hooks, and learning how to rig them weedless, do a search for "texposed" or "Texas rigging." This will allow you to throw the baits into heavier cover, skip under docks and overhanging limbs.

If that is what your doing already, then grab some 2/0 Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse hooks, and try wacky rigging them. This is a great way to sight fish, targeting either fish you can see or visible pockets at close range.

While you are buying some tackle, do what roadwarrior says, and grab some Fat Ikas, and those same Owners in 4/0 or 5/0 size. There will be days when the Senko gets totally ignored (I know, hard to believe, but true) and the Ika gives the fish a different look.

Another thing you want to do is pick up some "search" baits. A spinnerbait is a great tool for locating concentrations of bass. Once you locate them, go to work with the slower plastics presentations like Senkos.

You're next step would be to try using a classic Texas rig, with a bullet weight. A good bait to start with is Berkley 7" Power Worms. A 1/4 oz. bullet weight, and a 3/0 Owner Offset Worm hook rounds out the terminal gear.

There are a ton of articles on each of these here, and spend some time reading them, and practicing what you learned on the water. As you progress, start looking into crankbaits, jerkbaits, flukes, jigs, and alternate terminal rigs, like the Carolina rig, split shot rig, Mojo rig, etc.

The learning process is never ending. Good luck.

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Spinnerbait -- I hear the smallmouth love 'em. Chartreuse and retrieved fast.

Darn -- now I wanna jump in the car and not stop until I'm within range of some smallies :o

Amen. Chartreuse/white and terminator's trout color are killer on smallmouth

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From the shoreline: Original Floating Rapala or small Jig and Pork

From a boat: Jigging Spoon

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I havn't mastered the Senko and I have been fishing it since it came out. It's all about location and what to do with it. It changes daily(Hourly), and what you do with it makes all the difference. You may have been successful catching fish on it, but you certainly have not mastered it.

What's the plan when you do not get bit on it? No one ever masters any lure. It's an everyday learning process that will continue until the day you lay the rod down.

Good luck  

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Spinnerbait -- I hear the smallmouth love 'em. Chartreuse and retrieved fast.

Darn -- now I wanna jump in the car and not stop until I'm within range of some smallies :o

i've had some good luck with spinnerbaits on the largemouth.  one of the things I like about them is you can cover so much more area in less time.

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18 fish on a certain bait makes you a master of that technique. I'll have to remember that when some one asks me how good of a fisherman I am.

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18 fish on a certain bait makes you a master of that technique. I'll have to remember that when some one asks me how good of a fisherman I am.

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I wouldn't go bragging about mastering a bait that is known as "idiot-proof".  When you can fish it weight-less in 80' of water on Erie with 6 footers and catch 5 pound smallies, I would call you the Senko-Master.

You also have to remember that smallies are extremely aggressive  and curious by nature and generally if you put a bait within 5' of them they will eat it.

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Jig

tube

spinnerbait

fluke

Yup!

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Spinnerbait -- I hear the smallmouth love 'em. Chartreuse and retrieved fast.

Darn -- now I wanna jump in the car and not stop until I'm within range of some smallies :o

I feel ya on that!!! As I'm in Atlanta too.. But back to the ? try some drop shotting that should keep you busy for a while.

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18 fish on a certain bait makes you a master of that technique. I'll have to remember that when some one asks me how good of a fisherman I am.

HAHAHA!!!

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ok didn't mean mastered just meant its the only thing i catch fish on and barely catch anything on other   ... sorry.

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When you can fish it weight-less in 80' of water on Erie with 6 footers and catch 5 pound smallies,

who goes on and fishes on lake erie with six foot waves? just curious

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When you can fish it weight-less in 80' of water on Erie with 6 footers and catch 5 pound smallies,

who goes on and fishes on lake erie with six foot waves? just curious

In tourney's. It's not pleasant. Nothing like spearing a few and having 200 gallons of water come over the bow. ;D

Learn to drop-shot a 3" senko, you will never want to catch smallies any other way.

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Shakeyhead might be a fun technique for you to learn, effective on largemouth too.

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