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Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? #3988615 04/12/10
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What are your faves.....and colors too?

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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: elelbean] #3988885 04/12/10
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spinner baits.

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love me some spinner baits cause pike will smack em hard too.



Something clever here.

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: northern_dave] #3989034 04/12/10
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Off the top of my head, I'd say...

1) Jig (mostly natural colors, though I do like some wild ones)

2) 4" slider style worm on a spider slider leadhead (color not terribly important, but can never go wrong w/ black)

3) Rat-L-Trap (chrome w/ blue or black, white or bone, strawberry red)

4) Rapala countdown minnow or similar (a neutral weighted Lil Ripstick is awesome)

5) Spinnerbait (though I much prefer items 1-4)

That said, if the jig is even remotely working I'll stick with it, unless trying to cover water quickly.

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: elelbean] #3989434 04/12/10
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Night crawlers

one of about 1000 kinds of spinner baits

Rapala's

Mepps spinners

jig n plastic


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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: tzone] #3989749 04/12/10
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We always had great luck using a three-hook crawler harness at our place in Ontario. (red beads, three spinners). I've never had any luck with any artificials up there, and I've thrown everything imaginable at them.
I have good luck cutting two of the hooks off the same type of harness and using a minnow or crayfish instead of worm. The lake we're on is a great smallmouth producer; catching them in the 5+ pound range is quite normal.

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: levrluvr] #3989796 04/12/10
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Originally Posted by levrluvr
We always had great luck using a three-hook crawler harness at our place in Ontario. (red beads, three spinners). I've never had any luck with any artificials up there, and I've thrown everything imaginable at them.
I have good luck cutting two of the hooks off the same type of harness and using a minnow or crayfish instead of worm. The lake we're on is a great smallmouth producer; catching them in the 5+ pound range is quite normal.


we caught a bunch of them on our leech rigs set up for trolling for walleye last year......


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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: rattler] #3989983 04/12/10
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jigs
Smallish rapalas
Rat l traps

Will be tossing flies at them this year. Smally shop


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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: teal] #3990024 04/12/10
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I'll go a little diferent early...Orange Flo Rooster tail spinner with a gold blade///

Otherwise, 4 inch worms, pop'Rs...stick baits...


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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: sgt217] #3996392 04/14/10
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Rapalas if the bite is aggressive.

Powerbait pumpkinseed craw on a slip sinker rig is the bite is on the bottom.

Bravo

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: RDFinn] #3996442 04/14/10
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Originally Posted by RDFinn
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Dat one...I like it a little more brownish, but I think its what I like, and not so much the fish... grin

Ingwe


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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: ingwe] #3996454 04/14/10
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Rattlin' Rogue jerkbait... fished in a specific style. wink


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make it a hole to remember.
Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: ingwe] #3996626 04/14/10
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I've caught smallies where ever they swim on those.

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: ingwe] #4003714 04/17/10
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Originally Posted by ingwe
Originally Posted by RDFinn
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Dat one...I like it a little more brownish, but I think its what I like, and not so much the fish... grin

Ingwe


You sure do have an interesting sense of humor. This pictured is my absolute fav, including the color. Next in line would be:

Crawdad Crankbait
Wally Diver
White Spinnerbait
Shad Rapp



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Good to have a little variety as well. Threw in a "Turd Tube" for ingwe. That's actually what the company (Wacky Worm) calls it.

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Originally Posted by RDFinn
Threw in a "Turd Tube" for ingwe.



laugh


ingwe


He spoke in tears of 15 years his dog and him traveled about. The dog up and died. She up and died....After 20 years he still grieves.
Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: ingwe] #4004176 04/17/10
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What do you guys use when they are on beds?

something simple to use that is...:)


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Originally Posted by tomk
What do you guys use when they are on beds?

something simple to use that is...:)


Since the smallies don't touch artificials where we go in Ontario, I'll use a small jig with a live crayfish hooked through the tail, right on the bottom. A slow bounce and retrieve is all it takes to entice them off the beds.

I sometimes go out at sunrise just to do a little scouting to see where they are; it's usually so calm and the water is so clear you can see them in up to 30' of water. They won't bite in the calm, but go home and have a little breakfast after the scouting trip and try them as soon as the breeze picks up and it's almost always a success. When they're sitting on the drop-offs and around the huge boulders in the lake, I'll use the crawler harnesses with live bait, minnow or worm.

Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: levrluvr] #4006609 04/18/10
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I don't know much about smallmouth and the top five suggestions are of interest. I lived on a good smallmouth river when I was a kid but majored in trouts. Fished smallmouth with a crawler on a 3-way mid-summer.

I've fished Lake Michigan shoreline(rocks)at the first of June and they hit spinners but have never tried live bait there. Last year we didn't do well... Do you think your live bait setups would outperform the spinners?



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Re: Smallmouth Bass: Top 5 lures or your go to lures? [Re: tomk] #4009231 04/19/10
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Spent my summers on Rainy Lake and it is a great Smallmouth water my favs are,
1. Jighead and grub combo both single and double tail, pearl, chartreuse, yellow or purple, Powergrubs work well, better than Gulp in my experience
2. Old Rapala Fat Rap in Crawdad or gold with black back, hard to find now so a Craw colored Wiggle Wart works well
3. An inline spinner in 3/8 to 1/2 ounce with a single hook and twister tail gold color is my first choice
4. Spinnerbaits with single or double willowleaf blades, I like to fish smallies fast and the other blades rise up to quick, I have the best luck with gold blades and a chartreuse and white skirt
5 when I have to fish slow cause of conditions I will use a hulagrub in watermelon/pumpkin pepper color on enough jig weight to feel bottom these work for me pretty much where I fish Smallies, there are times a modified Carolina rig or dropshot will work better than the 5 methods I described but more so on very clear water

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