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TexomaPowerboater

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Did anybody see this fishing show the other week? I recorded on DVR and have watched a few times.

They were slaying small mouth bass up north somewhere using this method, which appeared to be usefull in early summer thru end of summer drifting on top of forage near deep spots and over ledges. They were deadsticking a 5 inch "tube stick" with a small VMC Shmoochie jig heads using natural colors. The tube stick was fairly close to a fluke or one of Ax's bubble bellies. The presentation was supposed to look like smelt. They would just let it sit there fairly still in anywhere from 40-25ft of water (depending on season), with the bait suspended 3-10 feet under water and they were getting nailed right at the boat in a foot of water on some hits. They said guys were winning tournaments on this method and has really taken off.

They said that when there is a lot of schools of baitfish running around suspended that the smallies program to fish baits farther up the water column so traditional tube baits and crankbaits or whatever along the bottom don't work.  I think I may try it, but curious to see if anyone saw the show or have tried similar deadsticking type methods with small mouth.
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kirbydog

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Having  fished Texoma a lot this summer and fall I think they suspend a lot of the time and you can fish "under" them. 
I assume they are suspending just below the schools of baitfish they prey on.  So I've been fishing a jerkbait a lot this past week with mixed results.  Another bait I like to throw is a shad rap which doesn't run too deep. 

Didn't see the fishing show but northern smallies always go on that fall bite-their season is condensed compared to ours and they have always seemed easier to catch for me.  Up north you get those 50 fish days-down here I've never come close.
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TexomaPowerboater

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That short season theory makes a lot of sense.
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