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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Need help.

So I found spot on the susqy that doesn't seem to get a ton of pressure, but sure holds the fish. Back home on the west branch, I tear smallies up with rapalas and top water. These fish here seem to laugh at it. I'm not asking for everyone's secret lure, but can someone please give me a good starting point? I've heard river shad imitations mentioned in other places.... is this where I should be looking? I'm at a loss with these buggers and they seem to be thoroughly enjoying watching me go out of my mind trying to catch them.


I had one really good day in the there, but since it has just been quiet. I know they're there, I can see them from time to time.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 04:01 PM
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KVD Dream Shot on a 1/16 or 1/8th oz jig is my favorite river smallie setup.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 04:25 PM
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I fish French Creek in Crawford Co. quite a bit, I`ve had good luck in the early mornings with a Perch colored 4" Hedden top water Torpedo`s for Smallies , popping them stopping and twitching them, also using a chartreuse/brown Rebel Crab with a spinning rod with a slow/ medium retrieve..... Good Luck, and let us know if you find a lure that they prefer??
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This time of year. i would go with a fluke style bait. 3.5" White or baby bass. I like to nose hook with a 2/0 gamakatsu finess wide gap hook. Look for them in the push water.
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Tubes are pretty much a standard smallie bait anymore. Flukes, 4" worms(I prefer thinner styles) and smaller jigs(twisters,creature,hair) are also in my "river vest". Along with a few hard baits in a small box (Cotton Cordell "Big O" was/is a favorite in the main stem), Rat-L-traps, topwaters and jerkbaits round out my vest.
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This time of year. i would go with a fluke style bait. 3.5" White or baby bass. I like to nose hook with a 2/0 gamakatsu finess wide gap hook. Look for them in the push water.
That's where I found them. Its just in a spot that is incredibly difficult to access without a boat

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. Good Luck, and let us know if you find a lure that they prefer??


I absolutely will. I appreciate everyone's advice. Probably wont get on them much until the middle of next week, but the current water level seems to be holding so I have some time.
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Tubes and Fat Albert curly tail grubs.
Green Pumpkin or Watermellon seed.
Also Case Sinkin Salty Shads in same colors.

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1/8oz Cabin Creek Salty Spider color #33(pumpkin pepper)

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Z-man trd on a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce mushroom jig head, depending on flows. Look up ned rig fishing on youtube.

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