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New Smallie Tactic - Secret Bait

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Let me preface this by saying I recently took a trip up to a lake along the Gunflint after some smallies and walleye. The walleye were tough, but it's been awhile since I put the smack-down on smallies like I did a week ago.

I have in the past pumped Dittrich for information on drop-shotting, as I know nobody better than him at catching bass with this technique! We went over rigging, baits, etc. And just before I left, he offered some advice.

Well I've modified the tactic. Simplified it actually and improved it. And my god does it work wonders. It's funny how on-the-water innovation can sometimes outproduce all the funny pre-planning and war-room lure-building.

Fish were holding on mid-lake rock piles in 10-18 FOW, and I found one that sloped off to 30 FOW in all directions. We actually anchored upwind, let out some anchor rope to put us directly over the fish and got ready.

What you do, is take a jighead.......1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, doesn't matter.......then take a nightcrawler. Fatter and more lively the better, and hook it through the head. Drop the jighead over the side and wait for them to hit it on the way down. Now comes the tricky part. Some of those smallies will steal your worm. Necessity being the mother of all invention, I took some pre-made stinger hooks and added them to the shank of the jighead. I then buried one of the hooks on the treble into the body of the crawler. Few to no misses after that.

So there you have it. I think I'll call it jigging. Leeches worked well too, but not nearly as well as a lively crawler.

Sorry Deitz!!! grin


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Hey, if it puts fish in the boat, I'm all for it. Specially because I know you had your little one in the boat with you. Bet he had a blast!

Ok you turkey hunter, back to playing in the woods and leave my brown bass alone! 8-)

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JOEL!?!? What's up man...You told me about that the other day and it was supposed to be Super Top Secret... confused

I'll scroll onto another forum below to see if you blabbered about that other STS thingyabopper... whistle

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