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This place has been sorta slow lately so id figure we'd talk about some slop fishing. Just some general discussion about it like what techniques and stuff.

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Its heavy weed fishing. Lily pads, mats, heavy weed growth.

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ahhh, thanks. I actually tried getting into a weedy area on Big Marine Sunday, my trolling motor died, I think I blew the fuse on it. Is that where Jigs come in handy for the bass and also frogs?

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Ive used frogs in the past but I think im missing alot of bass sneaking around under the mats, whats the best way to get these fish?

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scum frogs suck there is no weight to them, use spro frogs. as for punching pads use the jig n pig or a florida rig, or peg your sinker and use a creature bait, make sure u have braid on though.

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I have no problem throwing scumfrogs, I've stuff a few BB's in them for weight and a little noise. I also have used a T-rigged curly tail worm and try to drag them on lily pads and then slowly pull them off and let them fall and wait about 15 seconds and repeat until its boatside. Watch your line when its falling any little twitch set the hook!!

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My favorite "slop" baits are sinking frog type lures, for me they are by far the most versatile in the slop. But I like popper mouth scum frogs in pads that have more holes in them and on the edges. Brush hogs, and jigncraw shook slowly in pads work good too. If under high skies and tough fishing conditions I usually deadstick and twitch heavy jigs in areas I know should have fish. Just make sure you have heavy duty equipment.

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Here is what i like to use when i'm fishing mats, 93% of the time i'm flipping into the mat and punching threw it. (a type of slop fishing)

3/8 up to 1 oz. flipping weights

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I've been having luck this past week up north and today in the metro fishing slop and pads with a strike king wild thang creature type bait. Texas rigged with a tru-tungsten wieght and your good to go!

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I like a frog, rage shad, or sluggo for slipping and slidding over mats and pads.

Jawbreaker spoons and Berkley blade dancer works well if you can get under or along the fringes.

Yo Yoing a jig flipped to pockets produces too, but I dont always have the patience for it so I revert to one of the above baits.

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5.5 inch Mizmo tube and one ounce weight in a slop pocket produced this one a week ago. I've almost always got one tied on. Won the tourney for me and my partner in Hawgz Series down here. Went 6.18 lbs. IMG_0908-1.jpg

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It helps to have at least 30lb braid and med-heavy rod. Those pads are tough and pencil reeds are tougher. Spro frogs are great but for 7.99 - OK I still buy them.

Creature baits in the pads - interesting. Do try to get away with the lightest weight possible. I'm mostly a frog guy in the pads. Senkos on the edges, but sometimes a 10" power worm and florida weight slips through the pads easy.

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Spro Frog mostly, flippin a jig plastic is close second, Texas Rigged Ring Fry or Magic Shad if there are holes to let them fall into,Jawbreaker occasionally, and 'secret' weapon is 10" Powerbait worm with small (1/16 usually) Water Gremlin bullet sinker crimped right at hook dragged slowly across mat and let fall into holes.

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Strike king makes a bunch of floating plastics that work great in addition to everything else named so far. I also love scum frogs and j/pig. Baby birds work great too! Just let em sit til they git bit!

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when the pads are a little more sparce, a willow leaf spinnerbait will work for those fish hanging under the pads. once they get too thick, you have to either punch or frog em'

i was a snagproof guy till the spros came out. love the bronzeye!

i saw a show as a kid where they were useing smithwick devils horses in the duckweed. it makes a mess, but it does work. i'd like to try a tube on a weighted worm hook.

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