Decided to go finesse

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senkosam
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Decided to go finesse

Post by senkosam » 13 Aug 2019, 11:29

I've used bass tackle for most of my life but decided to go ultra light to catch all species. Jig head max weight rarely exceeds 1/16 oz and most lures used are soft plastic that are less than 3" in length. Nice is being able to pour my own lures or modify many of the soft plastic lures already owned (hybrids). I've caught panfish and bass smaller than 3" all the way up to 7.5 lb catfish and 3 lb bass. I rarely catch less than 30 fish per outing and in late spring the number was over 60. Here are a few examples:
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Kut Tail worm on a 1/32 jig with #2 hook:
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This little guy must have really been hungry:
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Clear stubby tail:
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Wacky rigged hybrid with stubby tails:
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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by -CN- » 10 Sep 2019, 16:32

This is good fishing!

I like using a drop shot for panfish. A No. 4 hook with a 1/8 oz sinker and use half of a senko, or sometimes a Gulp! minnow or other smaller thin plastic worm, wacky rigged. Bluegill, crappie, and bass in abundance with this rig. Had northern bite me off fishing this way too.

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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by JNG » 15 Sep 2019, 15:47

I prefer finesse/life like presentations. Produce better for me than swimbaits or other giant sized lures.

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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by LDUBS » 16 Sep 2019, 11:38

JNG wrote:
15 Sep 2019, 15:47
I prefer finesse/life like presentations. Produce better for me than swimbaits or other giant sized lures.
I have to agree. Been a while since I targeted pan fish with light tackle. Last time was maybe 4 years ago and I knocked them dead using tiny trout magnet jigs. Many moons ago when I used to target large mouth bass, it was rubber worms fished slowly that were hands down most productive. At the time we wouldn't have known that it was called a Texas rig. There is a learning curve. It is hard to explain the method to someone new but once it works a couple of times it is like a light bulb goes off and it becomes second nature. This was long before drop shot or wacky rigs were part of the vocabulary. haha.
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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by senkosam » 16 Sep 2019, 20:47

Not so sure about lifelike as a reason fish bite lures. Many lures look mechanical in action and get bit anyway. Guess it's in the eye of the beholder what's considered natural and lifelike.

When I design soft plastic lures, I'm strictly after lure actions that irritate fish to strike. Some would say fish bite to eat whatever they strike; I say lures composed of plastic, wood, wire, rubber/ silicone, paint, metal, bronze and other unnatural materials are an unknown to fish and yet they strike anyway.

Not all crankbaits catch fish yet many move in a similar way depending on design, but design matters - ALWAYS ! Fish may be stupid but they are extremely sensitive and aware. I go from there and search for various lure actions fish are more than likely to attack if for no other reasons than - why not? and trespassers not welcome - especially those that flaunt their stuff !

If believing something increases your chances of catching fish, by all means develop a system based on those beliefs of what lures to use and when. The above is my system.

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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by LDUBS » 17 Sep 2019, 19:58

"Not so sure about lifelike as a reason fish bite lures."

Maybe not, but could be a big reason fisherman buy them! Haha

Actually, I think something that seems like prey or wounded prey is going to be effective.
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Re: Decided to go finesse

Post by senkosam » 17 Sep 2019, 20:11

LDUBS wrote:
17 Sep 2019, 19:58
"Not so sure about lifelike as a reason fish bite lures."

Maybe not, but could be a big reason fisherman buy them! Haha

Actually, I think something that seems like prey or wounded prey is going to be effective.
As a one who tinkers with soft plastic designs and catches fish with many, I'd have to say that fish can't know what a lure represents. In other words, they are incapable of even guessing what a lure supposedly imitates. One thing anglers want to believe is that lures are like duck decoys - animal look alikes that fool them into believing something is a real animal and attract them because of it. Maybe so, but how to prove it is the problem. Much easier to know what lure actions catch the most fish coupled with size and shape. The rest is up to the angler using the lure the best way.

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