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#2892927 - 08/01/12 02:55 PM Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait?
Daniel_Boone
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What do you all like to use when getting after river/creek smallies? (artificial baits)

I know there are many good soft plastics, crank baits, spinners, and jigs but I have had my best luck throwing green Bitsy Tubes on a 1/16th or 1/8th jig head.

What all do you guys like to use?

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#2892929 - 08/01/12 02:59 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Daniel_Boone]
Daniel_Boone
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To add, I hear lots of people rave about the rebel crawl crank baits but it seems like I catch way more redeye / panfish when I throw those as compared to a small plastic (tube, craw, lizard).
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#2892930 - 08/01/12 03:01 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Daniel_Boone]
smstone22
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Rebel crawdad for me. I do catch alot of redeye on them as well but I dont mind that.
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#2892932 - 08/01/12 03:03 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: smstone22]
Kimberman
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Watermelon Zoom Fat Albert grub with a Slider style head.
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#2892935 - 08/01/12 03:07 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: smstone22]
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I always have tied on... Buzzbait, crankbait, lizard or craw, spinnerbait. My favorite is which ever one produces the biggest smallie for the day.
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#2892955 - 08/01/12 03:21 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: AllOutdoors]
jb3
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Rebel craw and rooster tails is what i started on. Easy for a kid to use. as i got older, small zoom lizards or grubs worked really well. Zoom use to make a worm about 4-5" long with a curly tail that had it's moments. I know this is about using artificials, but I still like catching lizards or crawdads and throwing them into a deep hole and waiting.
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#2893014 - 08/01/12 04:07 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Kimberman]
monsterbuck07
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
Watermelon Zoom Fat Albert grub with a Slider style head.


^ This......
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#2893036 - 08/01/12 04:28 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: monsterbuck07]
catman529
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haven't tried tubes yet. A zoom lizard is my favorite. I use Fat Alberts for largemouth in the fall and winter sometimes. Green pumpkin, watermelon seed, watermelon red flake are my favorite colors. May have to give that tube a try sometime.
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#2893040 - 08/01/12 04:31 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: monsterbuck07]
Daniel_Boone
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Assuming the '3 inch on the grub? What kind of heads, not familiar with what slider style means.

As I said, love working tubes - over the years they have just been my most consistent bait for small mouth but looking to try some others as I begin to fish more and more.

I'm sure there are some light hair jigs out there that can put the hurting on them in the moving water as well.

Was at sportsman's warehouse earlier and saw some nice 4 inch mini lizards that looked killer.


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#2893049 - 08/01/12 04:46 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Daniel_Boone]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Daniel_Boone
Assuming the '3 inch on the grub? What kind of heads, not familiar with what slider style means.

As I said, love working tubes - over the years they have just been my most consistent bait for small mouth but looking to try some others as I begin to fish more and more.

I'm sure there are some light hair jigs out there that can put the hurting on them in the moving water as well.

Was at sportsman's warehouse earlier and saw some nice 4 inch mini lizards that looked killer.
buy those lizards. I have used 4 and 6 inch lizards both with success. Only complaint with Zoom lizards is the Super Salt Plus lizards which are pretty much the only ones I can find around here. They break apart a lot quicker because of all the salt. But if you take em to the smallmouth creek, chances are it will be fish that are breaking them apart.
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