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Posted: 6/22/2017 1:34:31 PM EDT
Heading north in a couple weeks and targeting small mouths, don't have many small mouths locally and I want to be equipped properly.

Spinning and casting setups - 12# mono / fluorocarbon respectively.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:37:03 PM EDT
Mini king spinner baits and rapalas
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:39:47 PM EDT
Can't go wrong with worms, Texas rig, or on a jig.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:42:57 PM EDT
My brother's been killing them on ripple shads, I haven't tried them yet. When all else fails, there's always a live fathead, or leeches.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:44:02 PM EDT
I caught several last night using a rebel crawdad lure. This was wade fishing in a creek with 4 lb ultra light tackle.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:44:52 PM EDT
Don't forget tubes.  Good luck, give report when you get back.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:47:15 PM EDT
The best smallmouth lure I've found so far (for here in Arkansas) is the Ned Rig. I rig mine quasi-weedless by putting the plastic on the jig head sort of like a texas rig and burying the hook point back in the plastic.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:47:28 PM EDT
Wooly bugger on a fly rod - even if that's not the setup you asked for.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:52:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By JQ66:
Wooly bugger Polar White Sparkle Minnow on a fly rod - even if that's not the setup you asked for.
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Fixed it for ya!

Gary Yamamoto Swim Senko minnows are killers on a spin or casting outfit.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 2:00:38 PM EDT
A 3" pumpkin colored worm with a chartreuse tail rigged to run weedless and jigged across cover slays the smallys around here. Anything that looks like a crawdad works as well.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 2:57:05 PM EDT
Rebel wee craws, Rapala Original minnow, white spinnerbait, 5/8oz black jitterbug, any sort of squarebill crank in a craw pattern, when all else fails big lively minnnows have worked well for me, maybe tone the line down a bit, 8lb is a nice compromise for me.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 2:59:45 PM EDT
Drop down to 6-8 lb line.

Them fuckers are spooky in clear water up here.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:04:28 PM EDT
I only use two lures:
Hula popper
1/8oz Rooster Tail

People tell me I'm stuck in 1950.

Fuck 'em, I still catch fish.  
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:07:21 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
I only use two lures:
Hula popper
1/8oz Rooster Tail

People tell me I'm stuck in 1950.

Fuck 'em, I still catch fish.  
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I like these. Good choices.

If it is clearer water get a more natural color but if it's stained I go with a bright color, Fire Tiger is always a winner.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:07:37 PM EDT
Up north?
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:12:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2017 3:13:29 PM EDT by ludder093]

That's awfully heavy line for small mouth. 
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:20:29 PM EDT
Rebel crawdaw is the best I have found.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:21:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
I only use two lures:
Hula popper
1/8oz Rooster Tail

People tell me I'm stuck in 1950.

Fuck 'em, I still catch fish.  
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I mean, it's not like fish get smarter every generation
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:26:48 PM EDT
1/4 oz jig head and a 3 inch curly tail grub, on your spinning rod. You don't need anything else
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:29:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By johnnypantz:
I mean, it's not like fish get smarter every generation
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Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
I only use two lures:
Hula popper
1/8oz Rooster Tail

People tell me I'm stuck in 1950.

Fuck 'em, I still catch fish.  
I mean, it's not like fish get smarter every generation
You'd think they would with them being in school all the time!
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:31:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By splunkinoob:
Heading north in a couple weeks and targeting small mouths, don't have many small mouths locally and I want to be equipped properly.

Spinning and casting setups - 12# mono / fluorocarbon respectively.
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Senko or other stick bait type worm wacky rigged on a finesse hook.

You're welcome. Oh yeah hang on tight.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:34:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2017 3:38:58 PM EDT by irishtech]
I bought some blade dancer's years ago that work awesomely.  I know some people hate them, but not me.  Sadly they are no longer made.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:39:31 PM EDT
#2 Mepps with squirrell tail.
6 -8 lb braided line on the casting reel. In moving water, work and cast upstream.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:40:32 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By cavgunner:
Drop down to 6-8 lb line.

Them fuckers are spooky in clear water up here.
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This...your line especially on your spinning rig is too heavy. Go with 8# or 6#.

Also smallmouth will hammer topwater so bring some pop-r's, stickbaits, and a buzzbait.

Any thing plastic that looks like a crawdad will work...Senkos, plastic craws, tubes..obviously in care colors like pumkinseed, etc. 

Also Rebel Craws...
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 3:54:52 PM EDT
I've had real good luck fishing a Ned rig at Shasta.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 4:33:10 PM EDT
Ned rig or shakey head jig are my go to smallie tactics.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 4:41:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2017 4:45:14 PM EDT by Warhawk]
+1 on the NED rig

I use the TRD worm or the Hulastickz on the shroomz jig head. (All ZMan products)

Use as light a jig head as you can get away with.

Hula Stickz
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