Artificial Smallmouth Bass Fishing Lures

You are still fishing near the bottom with this lure but in a much slower manner.  You are now trying to make a fish that does not want to eat grab your bait anyway.  Fish are cold blooded creatures.  When they are in an inactive phase they will not move far or fast to eat.  You need to place the bait directly under their nose and entice them to strike.  My favorite method is to first cast the lure several yards beyond the area I have targeted to hold Smallmouth Bass.  I then will make my retrieve by lifting the bait a couple feet off the bottom and allow it to settle back down.

The period of time while the bait is dropping to the bottom is when a strike is most likely to occur.  This is where your rod quality is at a premium.  For this type of fishing you really need a high quality graphite rod that will allow you to feel these gentle strikes.  Active fish slam a lure to devour it; inactive fish like these will often merely pick up the lure in its mouth and swim away with it.  Once they determine the food is not real they will spit it out.  A high quality graphite rod will help you notice the fish and set the hook before this occurs.

With these two lures you have almost every situation covered.  If you are fishing a river less than four feet deep you can often turn to a traditional Largemouth offering like a spinnerbait for success.  The most important thing to remember remains matching the lure you select with the primary forage of the fish.  Smallmouth Bass in different bodies of water will feed on different types of forage.  You need to match the forage in shape, size and color.

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