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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:10 AM 05/14/10 (CST)
I've recently started hitting the Mississippi, around Hidden Falls, for some pre-opener bass fishing from shore. Caught my first smallmouth, a good sized one too, just this week. That was on a Terminator in-line spinner just yards away from the ramp. Unfortunately, he killed my trailer and I haven’t had a hit on the replacement, poppers or buzzbaits.

So I have a question about baits. It seems most folks use faster moving baits around here but I've read a lot about jigs and even Texas rigs for smallies. Even big Texas rigged Paca Craws. Would you recommend something like this for shore fishing the Miss? Do you still fish it off the bottom? This would match much better with my LM style. Thanks for the help and good luck to you Walleye folks this weekend!





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:06 AM 05/14/10 (CST)
I've caught dozens of smallies on that part of the mississippi pitching jigs with various plastics. I typically use a white or pearl plastic shad because its also a favorite of the walleye as well.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:12 AM 05/14/10 (CST)
Thanks for the reply NoFish. So it's not necessarily true that you have to downsize? What about something like a Rage Tail craw with a bullet weight? Do they take offers that big?

I'm going to do my best to find out over lunch today, but I I'm interested to hear what you say because I know you're down there a lot.




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:45 AM 05/14/10 (CST)
I don't think you necessarily have to down size, some days yes other days no.

When I am down there I am fishing for multiple species so I try to use versatile baits that will catch everything.

I usually start with a 3/8th or 1/4oz jig (mostly 1/4) and then I'll go with something like a 4" sassy shad up to a 6" ring worm. I've also used larger gulp products had caught fish.

I'd think your Rage Tail Craw should work. Almost all the fish I've caught have been tight to the bottom so using something that you can work along the bottom should work.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:06 PM 05/14/10 (CST)
Well, I went down over lunch and threw out a Texas rigged white Smallie Beaver. Got a few tugs and then decided to split the tail. That did the trick! I whacked 4 like this in about 40 minutes and had 4 or so more pick it up but missed 'em; all standing on the same rock. They did a number on the beaver though. So, as an experiment, I changed to green craw (similar to a Rage) and got nothing; not even a nibble.




Thanks for the tips NoFish!







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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:00 PM 05/14/10 (CST)
Glad you were able to get out and get some fish. I was stuck adding ventilation to my mother in laws attic.

Always seems like white is the best color on the river. I'm sure its easier for the fish to key in on in the stained water.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:10 PM 05/14/10 (CST)
yah white is definately the way to go for river smallies



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