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Submitted by Ned Kehde - May 18, 2001
Tips for catching the increasingly popular
During the past three years the virtues of the smallmouth
been extolled in this space with regularity. And since these
creatures have begun to abide with escalating numbers in several
along U.S. Highway 75, stretching from Holton to Yates Center,
caught the fancy of an increasing number of anglers. Meanwhile
recently have called, asking for a list of tackle that they need
pursuing this noble fish.
Here are the rods and reels that several local smallmouth
For a rod, a six-foot, medium-action Billy Westmoreland Signature
Spinning Rod by Bass Pro Shops is ideal for handling all but
spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures.
To accompany that spinning rod, a Lew's GSS30 spinning reel
extra spools is a durable and economical choice. The spools are
six-, eight-, 10- and 12-pound clear Trilene XL monofilament.
anglers prefer to use only one spool and fill it with 10-pound-test
Fireline or other brands of braided line.
To accommodate a big spinnerbait, a 1/2-ounce Rat-L-Trap and
a Heddon Zara
Spook, an angler needs a baitcast outfit, such as a six-foot
Shakespeare Synergy rod and Garcia 5500C3 reel spooled with 12-pound
Big Game line.
Most smallmouth inhabit rocky lairs, but occasionally they
and pursue gizzard shad. And the smallmouth at Coffey County
intermittently about the pondweed that grows on the shallow points
Here are the lures that will entice the smallmouth in the
and amongst the shad:
Day in, day out in eastern Kansas the best lure is a 1/16-ounce
Tackle mushroom jighead formed around a No. 2 hook and adorned
three-inch Berkley Power Grub. And when it's tied to eight-pound
performs magnificently around rocky coverts.
Besides a Power Grub, a pearl, smoke or amber Bailey Magnet
of smallmouth this spring, and it's quickly becoming a quintessential
finesse rig. Also a Power Tube affixed to a mushroom jighead
classic lure in these parts. Two other year-round staples are
1/8-ounce marabou jig and an 1/8-ounce Strike King Bitsy Bug
Jig and small
trailer in a crayfish hue.
When the water temperature hovers in the 40s, a delicately
like a Rapala Husky Jerk or Smithwick Rogue, bewitches scads
and big ones to boot.
Once the water temperature climbs into the 50s, a 1/4- or
spinnerbait with No. 2 and No. 6 gold Indiana blades and short
becomes the lure of choice. After the spinnerbait's effectiveness
out in late April, it is replaced by a chartreuse Norman Deep
Tiny N, which
remains effective into November.
From mid-spring into mid-autumn buzzbaits, Zara Spooks and
Skitter Pop periodically attract the smallmouth's attention --
Coffey's weeds. Throughout the summer a twin-tailed spider grub
plastic worm tantalizes lots of smallmouth.
By late summer and through early fall, a shad-colored or chartreuse
Rat-L-Trap seduces scores of smallmouth, as does a chartreuse
Worden's Rooster Tail, and the white spinnerbait becomes effective
At Coffey the smallmouth forage upon sunfish the size of a
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that regularly abide along the rip-rap shoreline. One of the
best lures to
mimic theses sunfish is the Slo-Poke GrubMaster Jig made by Bait
Company of Madison, Wis. These lures also are excellent tools
to search for
the smallmouth that wander away from the rocky havens to frolic
pondweeds or chase schools of gizzard.