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    Smallmouth Tips?
from MDIfisherman1  
5/7/2012 10:35:13 PM


 Wondering if anyone has any smallmouth tips they can share. I read an article that changed my perspective on smallmouth fishing. Generally, I've always fished towards the shore, around cover like docks, rock piles, stumps, brush etc. using Senkos, lizards, and Brush Hogs (always texas-rigged on a 3/0 EWG hook). I also like to burn crankbaits just about anywhere. Apparently, this isn't really where to find smallies according to the article (although I've had success in these places). What do y'all use for smallies? Baits, colors, how you rig them, etc. And where do you have success?

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   I'll offer my opinion from 710brownfish #17012  5/8/2012 1:19:36 PM
  (And with a name like "7lb-10oz brownfish", it's got to be good advice, right? LOL) I suppose nothing is a blanket statement because each lake will hold the fish based on the best available structure/cover. However, in general I would assess smallmouths as offshore structure fish to the "nth" degree. Not always "deep" water, but humps, roadbeds, ledges, etc with TONS and TONS of current. It has been my experience that if the current is not being generated, it's gonna be a long day for smallies. Depending on how the structure sets up, we catch them on everything from heavy swimbaits bumped along the bottom with the current, to jigheads and grubs, to Carolina rigged anythings.

But heck, I've even heard of people around here on Pickwick catching a BIG smallmouth in the matted grass on a rat!

Edited 5/8/2012 4:38:42 PM

   My advice from StevieP  5/8/2012 6:45:33 PM
 stop reading articles.

All generalizations are false.

   it depends from Randy B  5/9/2012 10:49:38 PM
 in the great lakes, many are catch on tubes, senkos, dropshots, goby imitations. of course, they'll eat a crankbait sometimes too.

my favorite is the tube, generally in lighter shades of green or even sand colors.

during the spawn, some are in 6-9' in sandy flats with sparse grass while some are in bays only 4-5' with pencil reeds - any dark spot deserves a senko.

on windy days, it's hard to bet a spinnerbait.

I say read those books and articles. the people that took the time to write them were trying to help you.

   . from RJR  7/14/2012 4:30:21 PM



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