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20151101_133535- THE SMB BITE CONTINUES WITH THE PANFISH GEAR

20151101- it’s been almost a week since I made a cast…
doing a little bit of resting and recuperating the neck shoulder and arm… some days to painful to go fishing… then overdid it with some walking with the legs and lower back… so today I felt some improvement and decided to do a little shore fishing casting UL jigs on tiny dia line. This rod and reel is feather light can barely tell your holding it in your hand. It’s a Eagle Claw Skins rod 5-6’ with a Shimano 50 series reel mounted storing thin 4# Nanofil… casts tiny jigs a country mile and the sensitivity is off the charts. This little setup landed my 5# SMB filling the Master Angler.
Today I put it through a work out again. As I walked to one of my shoreline spots I noticed a bass boat thoroughly working the area. I waited for him to slowly and methodically work over the area and slowly moved past. Striking up a conversation I asked how the fishing was and he replied hes gotten a few SMB’s but the fishing was slow… he was using a craw colored marabou jigs tipped with minnows… he also stated the water temps were in the mid 40’s. 10 degree difference in a weeks time. I waited till he was out of casting distance and started working over the structure. I immediately hooked up with a heavy fish and nearly brought a huge walleye to net. One head shake and I was down a jig. The fish would have measured close to thirty.
A few short casts later I hooked up with a chunky SMB that just shook loose after a beefy battle. The next few hits came quickly in succession landing a 15” class that I thought was a rock bass at first. Had the heart pounding for a bit. Felt good to bring the next one also to net at 18.5”. All that activity after another angler just covered that spot?

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Comment by Slip Sinker on November 2, 2015 at 3:17pm

20151102- Thanks Carl... it does feel automatic nowadays... i did some work upfront last summer using my down imaging and sonar to find the key structure around the shoreline within casting distances from my Ascent D10T kayak with my Elite 4 HDI to pinpoint high probability fish zones... the work has paid off. I now spend less time fishing the vacant areas and concentrate on the more efficient fish zones. Multiple casts to the high percentage spots resulted in quantity as well as quality fish this season.

Comment by Slip Sinker on November 2, 2015 at 8:18am

Thanks Mark!

Comment by Mark Stine on November 2, 2015 at 5:08am

Nice one slip!

Comment by carl hendrix on November 1, 2015 at 8:49pm

great looking smallie slip stinker !  you must be fishing in a live well catching these beauties !!

Comment by Slip Sinker on November 1, 2015 at 7:43pm

thanks Jim! if it were possible to trade some SMB's for B'Gills

Comment by Slip Sinker on November 1, 2015 at 7:32pm

thanks Adam! im thankful for being able to fish another season

Comment by Jim Gronaw on November 1, 2015 at 7:04pm

I'm jealous...wish I had smallies like that out my back door! Great work!

Comment by Adam Rink on November 1, 2015 at 6:07pm

Great smallie for you, Slip.

Comment by Slip Sinker on November 1, 2015 at 5:57pm

thanks Dick... just like the whole season this year Dick... tiny baits for panfish and when the preds show up HANG ON!!! this has been a very reliable pattern for me this fall though... usually im pitching 3" long swim baits on 1/8 oz jigs and doing well... switching to tiny rods line and jigs have easily surpassed last years numbers with quantity and quality.

Comment by dick tabbert on November 1, 2015 at 4:20pm

Great Smallie, Ken you got them Smallies down buddy.

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