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Started by jim cosgrove. Last reply by John Sheehan Nov 20, 2018.

FAVORITE RIGS AND SETUP FOR SMALLIES 12 Replies

Share your favorite riggings and how you you utilize them to target the Small mouth.Continue

Started by Slip Sinker. Last reply by John Sheehan May 15, 2016.

Rivers for Smallies 11 Replies

Let's discuss how to succeed finding hooking and landing Smallies that live in rivers !…Continue

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Comment by John Sheehan on December 24, 2015 at 8:38am

That's right a spoon also Allen . I am confident you will be on them in short order Allen ! Best of luck pal!

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 23, 2015 at 7:27pm

Yes, I've seen/read many accounts on In-Fisherman about "Rippin'" for Smallies with a spoon or a RattleTrap.  I've also heard that Smallies will come up through 20 FOW to smash a topwater.

Yeah, I can see myself having fun with them.  I just need to get after them.....

Comment by John Sheehan on December 23, 2015 at 2:41pm

Smallies often hit close to bottom , have similar preferences to active temps as Yellow Perch which also feed close to bottom . Smallies will smash a topwater plug which I've never seen a Perch do though !

Comment by Mark Sleeper on December 23, 2015 at 7:20am

Thanks John yes I also had good luck on the Rapala chrome blue RNR rattle trap

Comment by John Sheehan on December 23, 2015 at 7:11am

With Marks help and your ability I'm betting you'll be catching Smallies soon .Doug Stange had a segment on the IN-FISHERMAN show the other day on Smallmouths .It was the Cold water period and he was ripping Rattletraps off the bottom in deep water and getting many . I did this once years ago one very cold early April day . I was in a boat .I got one on a Blue Backed /Silver sided Rattletrap in 20-25 feet of water off a Rocky Island .The other two were shallower and  I got them  on a Purple 1/8 oz Grub casting to a huge  Rock on shore .Those three Smallies though not big took First Place in a Club tournament .The Largemouths just weren't moving that cold day . Try that Rattle Trap trick if you get the chance and Purple Mister Twister Grubs on an overcast day .Great fish Allen you're gonna like their spunk .

Comment by Mark Sleeper on December 22, 2015 at 11:32pm

Hi Allen check out the two flies I posted on favorite rigs those will catch you anything ,esp smallmouths

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 22, 2015 at 8:51pm

It may be awhile before I can give any good advice here.  I have never caught a Smallmouth.  I'm in "learning mode" for those fish.

Comment by John Sheehan on December 22, 2015 at 7:53am

Welcome Allen Morgan ! Looking forward to your input here!

Comment by John Sheehan on November 2, 2015 at 3:05pm

Michigan has amazing Smallmouth ! Thanks for the post Slip.

Comment by Slip Sinker on October 20, 2015 at 4:21pm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a new state-record catch for smallmouth bass.

Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes was bait-casting Sunday with a green grub when he landed a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch smallmouth bass from Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.

The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set in 1906 with a 9.25-pound, 27.25-inch fish taken from Long Lake in Cheboygan County.

This marks the sixth state-record fish caught in 2015. State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

 

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