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Old 05-31-09, 09:16 AM   #1
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I thought now would be a good time to remind others that this is a good time of year to try downsizing our presentations. The lakes are full of small newly hatched young fish, insects, tadpoles, crayfish and so on. They make an easy meal for a hungry largemouth and using a presentation to relect that is a very wise thing to try. Spinning tackle works very well with this type of approach, but casting equipment using light lines and light to medium action rods works great also depending on what your going to throw. Good lure choices for this time of year would be 1/8 - 1/4 oz. spinnerbaits and small inline spinners like a Mepps or Rooster Tail. A small #6 or #8 Rapala X Rap, or any small jointed minnow bait like a #7 jointed Rapala works very well this time of year. Especially deadly right now would be to use a tube bait which very closely resembles small fry. By using it with a light weight or weightless, toss the tube out near docks, brush, weedbeds, and other cover and let it gently sink. Retreive the tube with a slow soft jerk jerk pause retrieve which closely mimics the movements of young fry. Small 3-4 inch worms worked slowly along the bottom will capture a lot of attention as well as well as a small crawfish type bait like a Baby Peca Craw. Last year I tor'em up good using a small Baby Peca Craw tig rigged with a 3/16oz bullet weight fished in weed pockets. Small crankbaits sold as crappie cranks will catch both crappie and bass! As will the old but reliable beetle spins, and crappie jigs. Try these small presentation and remember to try to match the color to the type of prey that is prevalant in your body of water. You just might have the time of your life.
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Old 05-31-09, 09:29 AM   #2
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yeah this time of year mean go small or go BIG!!! im gettin addicted to throwin huge worms..... just somethin different for the big females that have moved deep to see
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Old 05-31-09, 12:41 PM   #3
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thanks for da reminder keith.
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Old 05-31-09, 09:42 PM   #4
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Yeah..that's what she said....
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Old 06-04-09, 07:59 PM   #5
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great post,


yeah also you northerners might be experiencing the shad spawn...tie on a crank or a spinnerbait and go get em.
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Good reminder, thanks for the original post!
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Old 06-05-09, 11:29 PM   #7
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Does anybody ever use H&H spinnerbaits anymore? I used to throw them a lot. I love using a Zoom 4" curly tail this time of year with a 1/16 oz t-rig and drop shot.
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Old 06-06-09, 12:45 PM   #8
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yeah this time of year mean go small or go BIG!!! im gettin addicted to throwin huge worms..... just somethin different for the big females that have moved deep to see

Thats all hes been buying lately is 9in+ worms, i think the fish hes caught on them so far has been as long as the worm(just pickin at him,were best friends I dont want to start more drama, from a joke), but hes getting better, he'll catch a decent size fish on one the snakes one day
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Old 06-06-09, 03:56 PM   #9
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Thats all hes been buying lately is 9in+ worms, i think the fish hes caught on them so far has been as long as the worm(just pickin at him,were best friends I dont want to start more drama, from a joke), but hes getting better, he'll catch a decent size fish on one the snakes one day
seems like it always works that way for me when i use a big worm...was fishing a magII worm the other day and caught a fish that was barely pushin 8 inches....lol...but i have caught some good ones on it too.
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Old 06-06-09, 04:00 PM   #10
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KeithDog, good advice! I was just thinking that this morning while picking up some 5/0, 1/8 oz. weighted hooks! I'm still getting LOT'S of hook ups on an 8" salt sling/ pumkins seed color worm. lol If the rain ever slows alittle I'm sure I'll need to get the jig and trailer out for these swollen ponds. lol
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Old 06-06-09, 05:46 PM   #11
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