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dahl19
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:02 PM 07/12/10 (CST)
Getting up North in August so I expect to find lots of weeds. Especially in Pelican Lake since it's so shallow. Anyone have ideas on the best bait I can use?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:43 PM 07/12/10 (CST)
Bass Buster Beetle Spins! They seem to catch anything and everything that hangs out in or near the weeds. The single hook rides upright, and is protected by the spinner and L-shaped wire pretty well. I like the white with a red spot, or the yellow with black lines. They also come with extra bodies. The bass, northern, crappies, walleyes all love them. I think they might be one of the most versatile and overlooked baits on the market. Buzz them on the surface, troll, cast, slow roll them them down a drop, it all works for me. I just wish they would bring out some really big ones, for bigger fish. I seem to catch a lot of fish on them, but I would like to target the biggen's with a bigger bait!
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:41 AM 07/13/10 (CST)
Depending on the type of weeds, when I go bass fishing, I like to use the Texas rig since you bury the hook into the side of a plastic. That along with a bulletnose sinker works well.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:39 AM 07/13/10 (CST)
I second the Texas rigged plastics. 3/16 is a good weight to start with. Rig up a Beaver/Creature bait for dropping into holes and a ribbontail worm for the rest. Can't go wrong with an unweighted Tex-posed Senko either.

For thick mats, drag and/or hop a hollow boddied frog across the top, pausing in the holes. For weeds that are just close to the surface, a Stanley Ribbit is killer. wink smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:43 AM 07/13/10 (CST)
i have to agree with webdude and fish cat. in really thick weeds i only use frogs like the scumfrog which is pretty cheap priced or just a big heavy plastic worm on a bass womr wook rigged weedless style with no weight attached. also if the weeds are kindof spread out my favorite bait to use is a green and black single bladed ( big round ones, the bigger and rounder the blade is the better) spinnerbait or just a white spinnerbait. also if those dont work i always go to the texas rig like fishcat and webdude was talking about. i hope this helps!
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:34 PM 07/13/10 (CST)
Hey Dahl19,


The guys have obviously given you some really solid recommendations if you are targeting largemouth. You never really stated in your question what your target species was going to be. I thought I might throw out a few more suggestions in case you were thinking about pike, muskie, or walleye.

MUSKIE/PIKE
If the weeds are a total mat to the surface then another option is to get the largest size Johnson Silver Minnow, or similar large weedless spoon (Jawbreaker, Moss Boss etc.), and cast it up on top of the mat. Rig it with a large plastic trailer or pork chunk. I like the 1 1/8 ounce Silver Minnow spoon in firetiger coupled with the Bo Hawg Pork O in about a 6 inch length for this situation. Let the spoon flutter down into any holes, alleys, etc. It will pretty much crawl across the top of the mat. I have found this a stellar presentation at times for pike or muskie. It can be worked by slowly crawling or sort of herky jerky short hopping. You have to use really tough heavy action gear for this with no stretch braided line and a low ratio bait casting reel to torque the fish out when you hook up...but man what a blast! The hardest thing to remember is to NOT set the hook when you see the blowup! Wait (easier said than done!) until you feel the weight of the fish before you set the hook. Hard to do...but will result in a good many more fish.

The Top Prop is another great bait for this situation if there is any room between the weed bed and the top of the water. It only needs an inch or two. It also comes in a very large size for muskies/pike. It is in essence huge floating buzz bait. Normally is also has a many fingered flutter plastic teaser tail with the packaging but you can affix anything you want. My experience is that the more water you can displace with the trailer the better...especially in low light conditions. Since the Top Prop floats you can keep it churning on top at any speed...fast or slow...or even a dead stop.

Tbones idea with the spinnerbaits will smash the pike and muskie as well as largemouth...just be sure to use a leader!

WALLEYE
If there is any room at all above the weed growth... or even open patches in the growth then a SLOWLY retrieved large original floating Rapala minnow is a known giant walleye producer in weedy lakes in low light or after dark if permitted. Chunk it out and reel it in REALLY SLOW JUST UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER. Almost creating a wake behind it. If the weeds are down 6 inches or more below the surface then this is a great technique. Perhaps more 10 plus pound walleye caught on this technique with this lure than all others put together except live bait. Even if there are patches of weed to the top it is often worth it to try this technique with the Rapala in the open patches.

Walleyes and live bait often go hand in hand. There are some really good weed jigs out there for that application. A night crawler or leech fished on a weed weasel or slo poke jig head can allow you to snake the crawler or leech through the jungle. There are several commercial jigheads made specially for this application. You should of course go with the lightest head possible in this situation. It obviously has its limits of effectiveness...but if the weeds are not so thick they simply can not be penetrated and have some openings it is a great choice.

Another seldom thought of presentation in this situation is a leech under a slip bobber. I have a buddy that drives around looking for holes in the weed beds during the day. At night or low light periods he returns and puts a leech under a slip bobber into the holes. It is unorthadox because the leech may be only 12 inches or so below the float. However, a leech out there struggling in full view of some hungry walleye often moves them to act! It is an unusual way to target walleye...but often effective. This technique only does well in low light periods though unless you want to target bluegill/sunfish. It can be good on them most any time it seems.

Well that's just a few more ideas in case you want to target something other than the largemouth.

Good fishng to ya..let us know how you do!

Jason
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:31 PM 07/13/10 (CST)
Thanks for all of the good info guys! I greatly appreciate it.

I am going to be fishing all species so I appreciate the different options.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:56 PM 07/13/10 (CST)
The Fisher does it again... we might have to put this in the "Best of..." forum now, eh?

Thanks Fisher!

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:24 PM 07/13/10 (CST)
I sometimes forget that people purposely fish for things other than largemouth! shocked smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:23 PM 07/29/10 (CST)
I've been fishing millfoil and deep weedline edges since I was young. Up until the last two years, I was clueless as well. In my opinion the wacky rigged artificial worm is the all around favorite. Get yourself a Medium light rod and a weedless eagle claw hook with whatever artificial bait of your choice, and jig away.
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