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Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers

Actually all species are welcome here as long as it swims in  a river.This August 2012 I've been hunting for Smallmouth Bass in a local River ,the Ramapo ,and want to learn more about this adversary in their River homes.Nothing wrong with catching any fish that swims while trying to capture the feistiest fish in the river .Besides Smallies the Ramapo has offered up small but beautiful Red Breasted Sunfish,Crappie ,Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Creek Chubs,Bluegill,Pumpkinseeds and Stocked Trout !Quite an assortment !   I hope those that enjoy the exercise and activity of walking the river banks and wading the water will share their joy and knowledge of fishing this way ! Leave no fishing line or garbage  behind to disgust thoughtful appreciators of the outdoors!

Location: New Jersey
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Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2019

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Favorite Lures for River Smallies 4 Replies

Here are some of my producers for small stream: …Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Oct 8, 2017.

Ramapo River 6 Replies

Nice report you forgot to tell how you fell in :-) Great time I will hit it this week at the I-Hole.

Started by arthur cole. Last reply by arthur cole Jul 17, 2015.

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Comment by Jason Preslar on September 16, 2013 at 11:01am
This was 19" and chunky! 4lbs give or take
Comment by John Sheehan on September 16, 2013 at 10:23am

Ha ha ,your jointed shad rap again .Great fish .I caught a fat largemouth on a shallow runner Shad Rap the other day .It was in a lake .No pic though .It was only 15,1/4 " but pretty  fat for it's size .I'm thinking it was 2,1/4 lbs.

Comment by Jason Preslar on September 16, 2013 at 8:33am

Caught this one yesterday in the river on a jointed Shad Rap....my biggest yet!

Comment by Jason Preslar on September 16, 2013 at 8:32am

Comment by Jason Preslar on August 15, 2013 at 11:30am

Yea, I use these a ton.....I use some grubs/spinners too occasionally though....

I use them no matter what.....

Comment by John Sheehan on August 15, 2013 at 10:34am

Jason- BTW ,I like the jointed style Shad Rap .Never seen them ,let alone ,used one before .Works great you say ?I'll look for one ! Thanks again for the tips!

Comment by John Sheehan on August 15, 2013 at 10:32am

Is that the lure you choose for any water conditions or color ? I used these lures to catch about 10 smallies (and lose a few ) ,two days on the Delaware from a canoe or shore under two different conditions : http://bigbluegill.com/photo/p1012110?context=album&albumId=203...

Comment by Jason Preslar on August 15, 2013 at 10:16am

Here's the exact lure that I use almost exclusively in rivers for smallies.....color is called "fire craw".....works great.....

Comment by John Sheehan on August 15, 2013 at 8:24am

Love the Shad Rap .Got all three of the only Walleyes I ever caught on the Shad Rap .Use to throw it all the time .Still do on occasion. I had a few Perch colored Shad raps on the Delaware .I should have given them some time .Thanks for the tips !!

Comment by Jason Preslar on August 15, 2013 at 7:54am

Yep.....Shad Rap....lots of people use the floating, shallow running cranks and they work great....but my way of thinking is a little different.....

I throw deep divers just like I do in the lakes, and I use the suspending models....when in moving water they don't dive as deep and when you use a stop and go retrieve they are perfect.....

 

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