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 havent 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!
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.