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#2899645 - 08/07/12 09:56 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: ShaneHallum]
Headhunter
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1/16 oz pro slider head and an Irish whiskey colored slider worm.
Best there is in my opinion, for both smallies and rock bass in the river.
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#2899946 - 08/08/12 08:40 AM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Headhunter]
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1/16 slider head with my 5 inch finesse worm or baby hawg t-rigged with a 1/16 ounce weight. If I am just trophy fishing it's one of my swimbaits.
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#2899964 - 08/08/12 08:53 AM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Headhunter]
BUSHRAT
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+1 on the slider's. 4" lizard, 4" senko, 1/4oz buzzbait.
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#2899980 - 08/08/12 09:07 AM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: BUSHRAT]
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Zoom Fluke Jr with the swim bait tail with a 2/0 hook sticking out of the back. Work it across the top and hold on.
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#2901025 - 08/08/12 09:56 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: ShaneHallum]
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Tan Zoo Cougar in size 6 or 4. I usually use it on a flyrod with sink tip line, but you can fish it with a spinning rod and a light-weight Carolina rig with a 12 inch leader. When you jig it the weight pulls it down toward the bottom, but when you let the line slack the deer hair makes it slowly flutter to the top like a dying sculpin.









Works great on Stripe, too.

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#2901077 - 08/08/12 11:01 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: jakeway]
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All these answers and nobody says LIVE BAIT blow my mind!!!!!! Nothing beats a live stone roller or shiner or maybe I'm one of the few and should keep my mouth shut!!!

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#2901082 - 08/08/12 11:06 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Hollar Hunter
All these answers and nobody says LIVE BAIT blow my mind!!!!!! Nothing beats a live stone roller or shiner or maybe I'm one of the few and should keep my mouth shut!!!

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stone rollers are awesome baits, best minnow you can use live or dead. Reason I use lures when creek fishing is because I am usually wading a good stretch of river and don't want to sit and let my minnow swim around and carry a bait bucket while trying to keep them alive. I like to stay mobile most of the time when smallie fishing but there are those times I will bring the cast net just for stonerollers and I throw all the shiners and other minnows back in the water.

BTW the markings on that smallie are awesome.
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#2901392 - 08/09/12 09:17 AM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: catman529]
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I catch bait before I go Fill up my minnow bucket and tie it to my belt loop and just let it float along with me when I need to walk a stretch just grab the handle and go. If I need to bring my cast net for say a real long trip stuff it in the backpack with some cold drinks. Doesn't hinder you being mobile but to each their own. If I'm fishing crystal clear water though and you want to trick those 3 to 5 lb smallies you need live bait...
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#2901744 - 08/09/12 02:15 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Hollar Hunter
I catch bait before I go Fill up my minnow bucket and tie it to my belt loop and just let it float along with me when I need to walk a stretch just grab the handle and go. If I need to bring my cast net for say a real long trip stuff it in the backpack with some cold drinks. Doesn't hinder you being mobile but to each their own. If I'm fishing crystal clear water though and you want to trick those 3 to 5 lb smallies you need live bait...
I did that once and might do it again. I caught 27 stonerollers in one throw, put them in the minnow bucket, dragged along with me through the water. Then I set them on the bank for just a bit too long and they all died. But with more care I could do it easy. Crystal clear water...... hmmmm sounds familiar. Need to be going back there soon.
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#2901945 - 08/09/12 05:36 PM Re: Favorite River/Creek Smallie Bait? [Re: catman529]
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Live baits cheatin!
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