You can make smallmouth come a long way to hit a spinnerbait, or it works when the bass are relatively shallow. Smallmouth really like reaction type lures and a spinnerbait fits just right. I like painted bladed spinnerbaits, in white or char; the size of the bait can range from 3/8 oz. to a full 1oz. bait. S and J Custom Lures have made some new proto type baits in different colors for this year and I can’t wait to try them out. So the next time you are on a lake with clear water and it has smallmouth bass, try burning spinnerbaits for them, it is a fun way to catch them. By the way make sure you have your heart pills with you. Good luck!
As we all know, tube baits are excellent lure for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can improve the lure with one simple modification. Most manufacturers put too many “tentacles” on the bait, prohibiting them from their full range of motion. When you take it out of the package, remove 6-8 tentacles from the bait, Read More…
How do you trigger the competitive instinct in a bass?
One surefire way is to rig your lures in “tandem” when the situation allows it. Here are some tips on four techinuqes and lures that you can effectively fish in tandem.
Top Water – A “front runner” 8-12 inches in front of your top water popper or spook type bait can be deadly.
Carolina Rigging – Using a 3-way swivel to drag 2 lure choices on a Carolina rig is very effective. One leader should be slightly shorter than the other to give the “chase” effect.
Fluke Rig – The same swivel technique can be used with “fluke” type baits or “sassy shad” type swim baits to catch schooling fish. This is a great rig for catching 2 bass at one time.
Carolina Jig – A traditional Carolina rig with a “jig” weight also offers two options.
The first three examples mimic a predator fish chasing a baitfish, which triggers the competitive instinct in a bass to prove he is at the top of the food chain. Most single catches will be on the front lure.
My favorite bait would have to be the spinner bait. A spinner bait can be used in several different ways according to the speed you use and the way you hold your rod. I can speed up the bait for top water fishing or slow it down for deeper fishing. My favorite color is the Read More…