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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Deep-Water Jigging For Fall Smallmouth

The fall colors were in full effect, dotting the shoreline on a crisp, October morning. I was fishing for deep-water smallmouth. I jiggled my tube jig along, paused, and then felt a slight tick. I set the hook and the fight began. It’s no secret that come fall and cool water temperatures, smallmouth move deeper. Here’s how to catch them.

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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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Shad-Feeding Smallmouth Tactics

For anglers who may wonder, "Why aren’t the
smallies in the rocky shallows?" In many lakes I fish, the answer is often that the bronzebacks are chasing schools of shad. You can catch these roaming smallies with a variety of baits. Here’s how to do it.

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Forced Swimming Effects On Nesting Smallies

Anyone that’s spent some time at the health club has heard the trite saying: “No pain, no gain.” You have to make those muscles burn if you want to put more muscle on. They burn, then they hurt. And the next morning you can’t lift your coffee cup. Fish have muscle and experience the effects similar to ours from exercise. When and how we play fish could have long-term consequences after release. Take smallmouth bass, for example.

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Fishing For Summertime Smallmouth

Summertime. Smallmouth bass. That’s a hard combination to beat. The warmer the water, the more aggressive they get. They school up, stay shallow and feed. Here are some tips to catch smallies this summer.

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