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Which one do you prefer to fish for? What different techniques do you use when focusing on smallies vs largemouth? Lures? bait? depths?

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Which one do you prefer to fish for? What different techniques do you use when focusing on smallies vs largemouth? Lures? bait? depths?

Smallies have more meat on them. smile

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Always enjoyed wading the river in college fishing for smallies, spinnerbaits, jigs with twisters, small cranks. A lot of good memories fishing up there.

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Well actually the smallies up here in the north do have more meat on them. Cold water treats and the small fish are very stout compare to the largemouth of the same length. Just saying

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If I'm in the north half of the state I prefer Smallies, if I'm in the south half of the state I prefer Largies.

If I had to pick just one I'd probably go with Smallies just because I prefer fishing they types of lakes where they are more prevalent.

Oh, and they are both delicious.

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Living by the Mississippi river for 25 years means I like bronzebacks. smile I really love pitching a tube to a spot I think one might be and WHAM! The body doesn't allow me to get aggressive these days but I still have fun chasing them once in a while. Stick baits also wacky style but tubes last a lot longer. smile Then running a buzzbait and waiting for the gulp. Just started doing that not too long ago. Always have a few Mepps in the box and love them also. So many more thing to try but the tackle boxes are only so big. grin

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"Smallies have more meat on them. smile "

Really? Here comes the species bullies. Put your chest out, my species is better than yours. Comments like this are what make idiots out of some anglers. You have the ability to add so much to this form.....

I will play, sure glad I chopped the head off that 28" walleye I caught this weekend....I am just going to eat the cheeks though. The rest? In the garbage. smile

chill out dude. It was a joke. I was making fun of the "which is better" thing. I realize that eating a bass is anathema to many folks.

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I live in the middle zone where to the south of me largemouth are king and to the north the smallmouth are. So with in travel distance I have the best of both worlds. I also have several rivers where I can chase smallies. As far as tackle goes I have boxes for each species. I don't think catching smallies on top water can be beat other then fighting smallies in a river, pound for pound I think smallies in fast water are the toughest pole bending fish you can find. But then you toss a plastic worm up under a dock and a five pound largemouth takes you for a ride around dock posts and under pontoons and jumps a few feet above the water to send your lure at a hundred miles back at your head.. Ya I have to pick....

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Guess I'm an equal opportunity idi0t...

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Any bass over 19 inches is worth chasing.

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I guess I like largies more, but that is mostly because their aren't many smallie lakes in my area. Guess I could hit the river, but don't really feel like dodging rocks all the time.

I think largies would have more meat on them. I'm pretty sure river smallies pull harder, but I've had some largies that pull pretty good too for their size.

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I go back and forth on the two. I would say I mostly like to fish smallies more unless I am flipping heavy timber for largemouth. By far my favorite way to fish. Nothing like pitching a jig into a bunch of sticks and trees and feeling that pop and wrestling that beast out of there. It's a treat though when I pitch into that heavy timber and a smallie comes out...that's happened before too :-)

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I go back and forth on the two. I would say I mostly like to fish smallies more unless I am flipping heavy timber for largemouth. By far my favorite way to fish. Nothing like pitching a jig into a bunch of sticks and trees and feeling that pop and wrestling that beast out of there. It's a treat though when I pitch into that heavy timber and a smallie comes out...that's happened before too :-)

I was about to say the EXACT same thing...

Love me some bucket faces but Mille Lacs will persuade you otherwise.

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My favorite is whichever one I caught last. Entirely different charms and challenges to each. I love smallies for their unpredictability, tenacity and attitude. Love largemouths for their adaptability, how versatile they make you become, and how predictable they can be when you play your cards right and get them wired.

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I love fishing for both and I'm glad I'm near couple lakes (I'm sure there are more that I don't know about)that have both species. Both fish can be caught in a variety of ways.

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