MontclairDave

River Smallies: Top 5 Baits?

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So, having just rediscovered the joys of fishing for river smallies, was wondering what your top 5 baits are? Right now, I am limited to bank fishing for em down the road where my Dad lives. I grab a few hours in between taking care of him and it’s always a blast. So far, all of em caught on T-rigged caffeine shad.

 

But I do have a kayak and hopefully will be able to put in at some point, when I have more care support for Dad and time for myself. (Hey, he taught me to fish, among a million other things I am thankful for, so no complaints here.)

 

So, help me put together a river smallie box! (I have a #1 lure that I just didn’t have in my box this day; we shall see if it makes the cut in your lists!)

 

Thanks guys!

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A moving report. God bless the two of you.

Top water poppers work well this time of the year, just not sure of how big your river is. Blowdowns? Shakey head worms and wacky/ Neko rigged worms are killers. Which one depends on current. Good luck.

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1 hour ago, Shhh....Now said:

Texas rigged? . something else?

Yes. 3/0 Ewg. Tried nose-hooking on 1/0 drop shot hook but that rig doesn’t play well with river rocks, wood, etc. Good for deep pockets though.

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My top 5 - jerk bait (prefer rapala such as xrap & shadow rap), swim bait (Keitech), zoom fluke, small blade bait with slow retrieve or bottom bouncing, and Ned Rig with 3” senko. If you were on a kayak would also have to include dropshot rig.

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Texas rigged craws or worms

Size 8 or 10 X Rap

super spook jr

anything that looks like a crawfish really

 

Just this year I started using a Gold/Neon red Kastmaster and it's been great

 

 

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Depending on water depth a rebel crayfish, natural to a darker color. 

Mepps #3 red/white blade with a squirrel tail 

As light of a jig head as you can get away with and a black Mr twister type grub.

Or just the old standard medium size big o black on top white/ Grey sides.

70's I know but I've caught tons of smallies all over the NE US  and Canada and these all work flawlessly. 

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3" gold/black floating Rapala

2-3" twister tails on a ball jig head - brown, chartruce, yellow

3" crayfish tails on a ball jig

Small crankbait - crayfish color w/ orange (for slow, deep areas)

Live hellgrammites (SMB candy in my area)

 

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Drift a shiner behind your kayak.

 

I lost my dad when I was 13. My mother made it age 83.

 

My cousins are going through what you are doing for your dad with my Uncle Peter right now.

 

Hang in there.

 

 

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keitech swimbait

zara super spook jr

small crankbaits (daiwa peanut cast upstream and burned back is fun when wet wading)

zoom fluke + wg hook

3" twistys + jig head

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How much current?

 

Tubes all day long

 

T rigged senko with bullet weight

 

Jerks and top water

 

Smallies like the white water so you need something to drift to them

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3 hours ago, fishless said:

Nobody' using the tube baits anymore?

Yes! That’s been my go-to for years. Wondering when someone would include a tube. These other suggestions are all great, will help me expand my arsenal without getting too complicated.

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