Jigging Metal For Smallmouth

Most anglers own a collection of jigging spoons, but for many, they are relegated to the third or fourth drawer of the tackle box. For those that jump on this vertical approach, though, big fish and plenty of them are yours to reap! Primarily a fall tactic that produces tremendous results, spoons are also a proven method for connecting with summer smallmouth. Knowing where to look and what to do will give you the knowledge for getting into fish.

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Smallmouth Vertical Jigging Tips

There are certain days when a vertical jigging approach is the best way to catch the most and biggest smallmouth bass in a lake. Here are some tips to improve your success for this presentation. Whether you use tubes, drop-shot rigs or spoons, practicing your vertical presentation during the summer will ensure you’re ready to catch fat, football-sized bronzebacks come autumn!

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Soft-Plastic Stickbait Tips For Smallmouth Bass

There’s nothing fancy in the design of a soft-plastic stickbait, but its
fish-catching ability is far from ordinary. On days when finesse tactics are
what’s catching fish, a Senko or similar style stickbait is one of a handful of
lures I’ll rely on to coax smallies into biting. Here are some tips on fishing
the simple, but effective soft-plastics known as stickbaits.

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Brood-Guarding Smallmouth Bass Vulnerable

Pull a jig across a smallmouth bass nest and hang on for a tail-dancing fight from an irascible fish. It’s arguably unethical to sight-fish for nest-guarding bass. And some states and provinces even prohibit pulling brooders off the nest. The underlying reasoning for the regulation is the potential harm to bass populations. Until Illinois scientists recently studied the question, there was no science behind the regulation.

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Perils Of Nesting Erie Smallmouth

Storms, catch-and-release fishing, and the invasive predatory fish round goby, they all have something in common. They may harm smallmouth bass populations in Lake Erie. According to a study by Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, smallmouth bass nesting success could be influenced by all three factors.

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Pursuing Snake River Smallmouth: Part 1

Bass get little respect in Northern Idaho where salmon, trout and steelhead rule the angler’s year. However, Snake River smallmouth are there in numbers and 50, 75 or 100-fish days aren’t unknown for those smart enough to use appropriate rigs and move to ideal water temperatures to find the productive fishery.

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Dog Days Can Be Smallmouth Bass Days

During the long, hot days of August most bass anglers wouldn’t even consider fishing for smallmouth bass. As a rule, these fish prefer cooler water temperatures than their warm-water loving cousins, the largemouth bass. If you have a hankering to hook-up with a powerful smallmouth bass in New England, I highly recommend you plan your next excursion for the waters of the Merrimack River in New Hampshire.

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Cold Tempered Bass: Part 3

So far this series has focused on cold water bass fishing in America’s Deep South. But, you don’t have to travel south of the Mason-Dixon line to catch bass in open water even in the depths of the frigid Northwoods winter.

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