Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.


    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

New Smallie Tactic - Secret Bait

Recommended Posts

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


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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-)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Found a cardinal nest in one of my shrub bushes. Cute little gray fuzzy things. I tried to take a picture, but my camera phone sucks, and I didn’t want to bother them. I’m so glad I spent $20 on a cardinal nest box, only to have it sit empty.
    • 20180519_060302.mp4 20180519_060302.mp4
    • Wisconsin's turkeys have survived my visit this year.  One is surely deaf after I managed to miss at 18 paces as he walked past me...  Not sure how that happened...   I feel like I rushed the shot when he started to get nervous.  Passed one jake the first morning that I could have taken at 40yd.   Came very close on two other mature gobblers.   One picked me off as he came around a hay pile at 20yd and immediately turned and ran, very smart bird.   The other came in hot, but decided to do a circle around me.  Appeared at 30yd wide open to my side while I was aiming down the sights towards his last gobble, and I had no chance to turn and shoot...  
    • Mentored for the Mn DNR women's Turkey hunt on Fri night and Sat morning. Friday was quiet but the birds flew up within 40 yards af the blind so we were hopefull for what the morning would bring. Sat morning was quiet and I waited till shooting hours to make my first yelps which were immediately cut off by 4 different birds. My lady was excited to say the least. She had never seen a turkey in the wild growing up and living in iron range.  Two of the toms gobbled a little after fly down but I could tell the were going north. The other 2 that were to our east gobbled a bit but shut up but sounded like the were coming down the road towards us. After about 20 minutes they rolled a big triple gobble within 60 yards wondering where this hen was at. I gave them a few purrs and set the call down getting her ready and calming her down for the shot. We still had not seen them put I could hear that unmistakable sound,pfffft boooom. Now I'm getting excited because I know they are danger close but they are on the side we can not see. Like always they proved me a fool and instead of coming right up the little road the cut through a high spot in the swamp and pop out in the field at 30 yards. They immediately hit full strut and throw a huge gobble right in our face and directly at my decoy that is set up at 8 yards. Then instead of coming right in they circle the decoy and blind at 25 yards and go to the side of the blind that is closed and gobble and strut for 15 min finally working into 8 to 10 yards bit still won't come towards the decoy. So I shut the one blind window and get her moved for a shot. The birds are now at 18 yards but getting skittish and moving away. As soon as I get the window open I hear her string drop and whay sounded like a hollow feathery smack and she says she got it. I look up and the birds are still there and look just a little nervous so I hit the call and they gobble back so I know it was a miss. So close but it was so much fun. Those 2 birds hung out for a few hours after strutting and gobbling at everything. 
    • Great bird, way to keep at it.
    • Nice bird, good job!
    • I assuming you are putting on the 5/16 T & G? I pushed mine tight and face nailed. Two nails per stud
    • Awesome!  Congrats and great work!!!
    • Five hours? Wow! That's about 3 hours longer than any bird I've ever worked. Good job.