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  • Lures to Use for Small Mouth on PP?

    Posted by tupelo-ty on May 27, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Percy is my go to lake as I live about 6 miles from Cook’s Boat Dock. (Close to the Dam area) I do well with the LM using baby brush hawgs mostly. I have caught one large smallie on that bait and that was one of the most exciting fights I have experienced. I thought it had to be a 5 pound LM. It surprised me to see a 3 pound SM

    I want to catch more Small Mouth and would like some advice on what ya’ll are catching them with on Percy. Also, any spots you might recommend to target.

    tupelo-ty replied 5 years, 8 months ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    May 28, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Smallmouth love gravel banks. Focus on long points and steeper gravel banks with Strike King Bitsy jig or a Bitsy tube in green pumpkin or black and blue. Also try Hoppy’s Emerald Blade spinnerbaits with single Colorado in black and blue or purple.

  • Greg

    Member
    May 28, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    1/4oz jig with curly tail grub.
    Cast out and real slow just off the bottom.

  • dwsubaru

    Member
    May 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I use a BassPro 4 in magnum tube in green pumpkin or watermelon w chartreuse tail rigged to a BPS 5/16 tube jig head.

  • jake

    Member
    May 31, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I went out last Friday, a week ago & started fishing about 6pm, my wife went to visit her parents & took our 3 year old with her, soooo I decided to fish a little longer & ended up finally getting off the lake at 2:30am; just so peaceful at night. Anyways, I caught several fish before the sun went down. I don’t get to fish at night near as often as I would like, meaning I’m not great at it. But, about 10 pm I felt a tap, kept working my Jig (green pumpkin 1/2oz with a green pumpkin pack-a-chunk Sr) and finally started to reel it in up off the bottom once it was about 10′ from the boat and a 5lb smallie just crushed it about a foot from the surface. It wrapped itself around my trolling motor shaft, being dark & thinking I might have a drum on I let the line go slack & luckily it just swam out, unwrapping itself & I was able to land it.

    Caught two other smaller bass over the next hour & a half, can’t remember but I think one was a smallmouth. About midnight felt a bump & set the hook & landed a 4lb smallmouth. Now this fish was quite a bit shorter & chunkier than the 5lber, which made me realize the first one would have weighed even more but it was most likely a female that had recently spawned. About 15 minutes later had another bump, felt just like the other smallmouth I had caught that night, which felt distinctly different than what a Largemouth normally feels like, set the hook & it absolutely doubled my rod over. Right after the rod fully loaded it sprung & I quickly realized it broke off; 20lb floracarbon. I am usually religious about checking my line for abrasions, but I guess I was getting tired. That’s what always seems to happen when I don’t check it regularly. I’ll say this though, I’m about 99% certain it was a big smallie, and it felt bigger than the other two; I’ll never know for sure!

    Please forgive me for not identifying exactly where these spots are, but I’ll give you a detailed description of them so you can target similar areas. The first fish came off a rocky point where the rock sticks up a lot higher (3-5′ deep sitting over them) than the surrounding water, which is about 5-9′. The second (and 3rd that I broke off) came from an area that’s about 5 to 7′ deep with huge scattered boulders that are 3 to 4′ tall. Both spots are located in close proximity to much deeper water.

    Since I’m not exactly a wiz at targeting smallmouth, it got me wondering if there was something to catching those smallmouth at night. A quick Google search landed me on a BassMaster article about how big smallies are much more active at night, particularly on pressured lakes & once the water temperature reaches 80 degrees plus. It also said the water needs to be relatively clear, which they described as at least 3.5 feet of visibility; if I recall correctly. As further conviction, the article’s information was derived from a pro angler (who apparently fishes a lot for smallmouth at night up north, can’t remember his name) and a well known guide inTennessean that is known for smallmouth (can’t remember his name either, sorry. Just Google fishing for smallmouth at night or something like that & you should find the article). What is particularly interesting is this TN guide says once the water temp hits 80 he pretty much guides for smallies exclusively at night because he thinks trying to catch a big one during the day is pretty much a waste of time.

    I was also talking to a buddy of mine, who is a MUCH better fisherman than me, & he agreed with the article & added that he thinks fishing for smallmouth at night in June is the best month of the year; something about the moon. As someone else has already pointed out, he told me if I had slow rolled & heavy dark colored single Colorado blade spinnerbait I probably would have caught even more that night since they seemed to be actively feeding. He said to add a very chunky trailer (like a Strike King rage crawl or something similar) to it & that would allow the fish to find it in the dark easier & allow me to reel it even slower by providing lift.

    Anyways, if you want to increase your chances for catching big smallies, you might want to consider targeting them at might; according to people that k own a lot more than me. Hope this helps.

  • jake

    Member
    May 31, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Should anyone be interested in reading it, here is the article I was referring to: https://m.bassmaster.com/tips/night-fishing-smallmouth

  • dwsubaru

    Member
    June 4, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Fished Sunday 6/3 from 7-12. Caught 5 total. Water temp in the low 80’s. Had a few blow ups early in the day on a pop-n r. Fished the Lamar hill cove.. nothing. Motored up Camp Widjiwagan, by then the wind was a howling….. no bites.. on texas rigged lizard. Fished the steep bank on the bridge side of Party Cove where I caught my first keeper on a BPS green pumpkin 4 in magnum tube. Headed to Hotel/Motel . I saw some tournament anglers on the other side. I know they saw my rod doubled over when this one nailed my tube. She pulled about 10 ft of drag before I lipped him into the boat.


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  • Brian

    Administrator
    June 7, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Solid!!!

  • eanderson

    Member
    June 7, 2018 at 2:50 am

    only thing I have ever caught a smallie on… Senko Texas rigged.

  • tupelo-ty

    Member
    June 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    See that is what I am after right there! Nice!!!

  • tupelo-ty

    Member
    June 8, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks gents for all the great advice!!

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