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Smallmouth soft baits

Postby FowlOffspring » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:55 pm

For those of you guys that fish Smallmouth, what are some soft plastic baits that you would recommend for flipping and the like? I have one one color of tubes and one color of beaver baits. The rest are ribbon tail worms and skirted twin tail grubs.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Sagebrush » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:23 am

They ALL work........ just get them down and "Walk the Dog".

Put some scent on them if you have to..........

Some times lots of noise works , some times you got to be very quiet and sneaky !
Depends on their mood and water conditions and pressure in the area.

Big, small, fast, slow, light, dark, jig, pig, Texas, Carolina or drop shot..............
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby 18javelin » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:31 am

Plastic leeches... zoom brush hogs
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Greenheadindy » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:48 am

Yum crawfish on a 1/4 ounce jig or same jig with a simple 3" mister twister grub.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Lights-Out » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:32 am

chigger craw on a 3/8 ounce jig black and blue, of just the old brown/watermelon tube, my friends caught back to back 6 pounders in grandtraverse bay on the tube, not in spawn!
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby ducks385 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:55 pm

I like to use Gary Yamanotto senkos. i Texas rig them and fish them slow off the bottom. the bass love them with the slow fall they make.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby NVDuckSlapper » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:04 pm

Strike king dream shots off a drop shot rig
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby micneador » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:49 pm

Robo worms on a drop shot or wacky rig.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:18 pm

My favorite is a 1/32 chartreuse jig head with a Bobby Garland 2.5" Strollr in the Shiny Hiney color , 4 pound test line on a St Croix 5.5 premium UL rod with Shamano Stradic reel.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby MNGunner » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:47 pm

You already said tubes, so:

4" grubs (white, chartreuse, green pumpkin).

Zoom finesse worms (drop shot or shakey head)

small craw trailers on bass jigs (in clear water, I trim the skirt and use heavier jig)

Zoom flukes, senkos--deadly fished weightless

football jigs with spider grubs.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby rikasam2013 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:45 am

Where I fish on the Snake river, everything mentioned will work at some time during the year. Carrying a whole bunch of different colors and shapes will eventually get you into something. Something I like using are GULP minnows and leeches.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Drivetacks » Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:23 am

Flipping for smallies is only a 3 week window up here on spawning fish, in other words sight fishing. The rest of the year is deep usually Carolina rigging craws. Zoom speed craws in most green or brown patterns, also June bug the color in the heat of summer. Weightless senkos wacky rigged or like a Texas rig but weightless, drop shotted or Yankee rigged, can't go wrong. Gitz-it tubes on a jig head, weed-less later in the summer on light tackle when they get shy. Don't forget grubs and swim jigs and a million other options, Just start experimenting, every body of water is different, I've fished from Alabama to Champlain (home), and something's remain constant but many change.
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:27 pm

Tough to beat a finesse worm or twister/grub. Tube worked well on this one too.

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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby steamer1958 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:14 pm

Agree on the finesse worm. I have picked up small mouth on 4 inch black power worms with a small split shot weight about 6 inches in front of the wormImage


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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:25 pm

Never did the split shot with a finesse worm myself steamer. Thought of it though. I use a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jig
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby mallard militia » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:38 pm

wacky rig small senkos or zoom super flukes in the brightest colors you can find. a killer bait to is a live bluegill about half the size of your hand
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby kdog » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:26 pm

Yum Craw papi Jeffs crawling jig
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Re: Smallmouth soft baits

Postby micneador » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:28 pm

The new gene lerew rattlin craws are awesome. We've had some awesome days on the kayaks fishing them.
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