- Elite Angler
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- Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:41 pm
- Location: Near Kansas City
i'm just curious. i'm losing faith with the soft stick baits. i've fished every imagineable way. tx rig, car rig, weightless, wacky none of them are producing.
i also fish around a lot of junk so crankbaits don't work out for me. I fish from the bank. no boat yet.
During this summer's heat, I've been having a lot of luck with Joes Flies inline spinners, both the classic and super-striker models. The more natural fly colors have done better than the brighter colors. The only downside is the light weight means that the casting distance is kind of short and it works better with a lighter rod and line. The upside is that I've gotten a lot of enthusiastic strikes and some good fights from the bass plus even some crappie and bream.
In the spring and fall, I've had good luck with Carolina rigged lizards, worms, and craws, generally in darker colors. If these aren't working, I'll try a buzzbait or crankbait. I often regret throwing a crankbait since I'll often loose it.
I like topwater baits like the Zara Spook or Tiny Torpedo or jointed wounded minnow type baits because they're exciting to watch but conditions have to be just right for them to get a bite.
Cast it out, let it fall on a semi-taut line, raise it a little with the rod tip and let fall again while slowly taking up the slack, and repeat thru the strike zone. If you encounter a little cover, don't be afraid to jiggle it a bit to attract a little attention.
In open water you can also swim them a little more and impart an occassional twitch, which is really deadly for SMB. But even so, I still like to periodically make contact with structure or cover, especially if in a cold front.
Don't be afraid to set the hook, even if in doubt, especially during a bad cold front. Some of my biggest LMB I've caught at these times were so subtle biting that they initially felt like a bluegill playing with the tentacles of the tube!
My favorite rod for this presentation is the GLoomis BCR803 (or 853), using a Daiwa TD-Z (or Steez) , spooled with 12# Silver Thread Excalibur.
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