Aux Pleins wrote:Forget about the smallmouth. Theres going to be some epic pike catches from the big pond in the up coming decade. The lake habitat has been changing in their favor.
Brett wrote:I went back again today, this time I tied less space between the weight and hook to keep it lower in the water, and tried something more goby-like. Couple smallies came to investigate but no takers. I have been using 14 lb. Fireline so far and I'm wondering if fluoro would make a difference. After a while I switched to the worms I had been using prior and caught a couple quick rocks to shake the skunk. Then I tied on a hard body swim-bait. Had a blow up working it like a wakebait but he missed, had another hit kind of yo-yoing accross the top of some weeds but didn't hook it. No pics of the rock bass because they look remarkably similar to the ones above. Also, a couple of guys were slaying perch at the south end of the harbor, before the breaker walls. Mostly steak fry sized fish I was surprised to see them keep, but they pulled up a nice sized one too in the short time I watched them. They were using some sort of bottom fishing rig and had cartons of what I'm assuming were soft shells.
ChiCityYaker wrote:Hey man, just to help you out...you can fish the braid but tie on a 6-8lb floro leader, yes it will get you more bites! Those fish have great vision in the clear water. Makes a significant difference. Try a finesse jig (2.5" total length including trailer...at most 3") and slowly drag it.....and when I say slowly...I mean, if you think you're going slow...go slower lol Probably the best pattern to run for summer smallies now.
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