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Old 07-21-06, 03:15 PM   #1
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What lures/tactics do you guys use for smallies? I will be mostly fishing in streams/small rivers.also i will be mostly wading.
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Old 07-21-06, 03:35 PM   #2
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Look for chunky rocks around current with depth changes.

Say it with me...chunky rocks....current.....depth changes.....

By depth changes I can mean 1-3 foot drops or greater, but smallmouth in streams and rivers will move shallow if they can just have a little depth and current near by.

Also my favorite lure is the Edge Speedfall - a durable senko type lure. I also like spinenrbaits and small finesse jigs some, and flukes too.
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Old 07-21-06, 04:41 PM   #3
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When i fish for smallies in small creeks and lakes i like to target dropoffs and rockpiles. I mainly use a jighead and grub (color depending on water). I have had great success fishing grubs.
But i also use leeches on my trip to minnesota, with success.
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Old 07-21-06, 05:32 PM   #4
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Definitely look for a change in current. As stated deeper holes after current are good. Look for larege eddies as well. Like lake fishing, fish cover and structure.
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Old 07-21-06, 05:37 PM   #5
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how about lures?
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Old 07-21-06, 08:11 PM   #6
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No question. Small buzzbaits. I throw a 3/16oz. Leverage mostly. You may not catch a ton of numbers, but you'll catch the big ones. Throw it over large rocks, layedowns, etc. Especially in shallow water and bring it as close to the structure as possible. Get it moving and buzzing before it hits the water almost.

If you want lots of numbers, I would get some Rebel Craws in various colors and depths.


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Old 07-21-06, 08:27 PM   #7
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Yep wareagle, small buzzbaitsfished slowly, and some kind of crawfish crankbait. Crawfish make up 63% of their diet, I read that in Bassmaster.
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Whenever i fish for Smallies in creeks and streams I use Rooster tails. But if they are big enough they like crawdads if you have any small ones.
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I like grubs, tubes, and crankbaits in creeks.
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Old 07-21-06, 11:16 PM   #10
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Tubes, Grubs, As well as lipless cranks all work very well for me.
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Old 07-22-06, 07:07 AM   #11
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tubes, grubs, rebel wee craws, small heddon torpedo, number 3 mepps spinners, bitsy jigs
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Old 07-23-06, 09:58 PM   #12
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Case plastic's make a bait called the Jack's Worm. This is the weapon of choice for all the Smallie hunters I know. Doubles the catch ratio of Senko's, so I'm told.
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