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Old 03-29-2013, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never figured this out but how do these guys catch 5 keeper smallmouth in spring? I'm lucky to get 1 or 2.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Assuming by these guys you mean the pros - simple - they work at it 8 hrs a day many days per week and have the best equipment money can buy. Even then only some manage 5 fish.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can get a limit of bass, just not smallmouth. I'm referring to the locals not the pros. There has to be some kind of trick to finding the quality smallmouth. I'd like to be able to catch quality smallmouth consistently but am usually lucky to get 3 or 4 keeper size ones a year. I don't have that problem with largemouth.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Smallmouth like clearer water. And jerkbaits will draw them in from a long long way. Not saying it doesnt work somewhere like loudon because it does. But I can tell you for a fact a limit of brown fish isnt hard to obtain on a lake like tellico or norris. So try clearer water with jerkbaits. I like clown long a's. As far as areas to fish use common sense. I cant tell you all the pieces to the puzzle! Lol
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I'll definitely give it a try. I've had limited success with jerkbaits but haven't fished them as much as I should. I appreciate the tips.
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Also they are typically fishing diffrent areas of the lakes ect. On my home lake boone I can catch large mouth, or smallmouth just by changing the structure from humps , rock piles and ledges to lay downs , and docks ect. Also I tend to downsize baits to small jigs, cranks and jigs . There are always areas where you could catch both, Esp when shad are dying ect.. Jut my 2cents lol
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SM like rock (all different sizes from pea gravel to chunk rock) and current as well as clear water. We have had success catching them on tuge jigs (natural colors like brown, green punk'n, etc.) with 1/8oz to 1/4oz jigheads. For some reason, they are also attracted to chartreuse and garlic scent. So, we dip just the tips of the tube tentacles in chartreuse worm dye and then spray it down with garlic scent...deadly! Our favorite tubes are BPS 4" tender tubes which are impregnated with salt. A bag of 10 tubes is not that expensive and will last a long time.
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smallmouth tend to hold deeper and like main channel stuff better steeper rockier stuff. jigs hair jigs grubs dropshot rigs all standard smallmouth lures.
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Thanks guys for all the tips! Greatly appreciated!
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