5 Baits to year round success

As a fishing guide I have to consistently find new ways, but simple ways to catch fish. I guide on small to med sized rivers. One thing I have seen over the years is that Largemouth and Smallmouth bass can become conditioned to some baits. But there is always 5 basic baits I will reach for no matter what the newest fad is at the time. It is also the baits I rely on to get my clients bit. No matter how many times a bass sees these baits they will almost always take them.

The 1st is the Jighead and Grub Combo. I believe Field and Stream once called this the best lure of all time. There is so many color options out there that you’ll be able to find some colors that work for you. I have three bread and butter colors I always have on me. White, Chartreuse, Motor Oil. Rig them on a simple round jig head in 1/16oz with a size 1 or 1/0 hook. The beauty of this bait is that you can fish this bait has a search bait just casting and retrieving it or you can hop it along the bottom. It is also a deadly bed bait. I have even used this bait for jig fishing suspended smallies in a deep quarry. If you can think of a technique you can probably fish this bait that way.

Key times to Fish: Winter, Spring, Fall

My second all time favorite is a soft plastic jerkbaits. I fish a Zoom Super Fluke and Jr. size weightless on a EWG hook. I fish the pearl color a lot I also reach for Tennessee Shad and Pumpkin colors. I use this bait almost all year round, but someplace this bait really shines is during the Pre-Spawn through Post Spawn. These are deadly baits for bed fishing. I will cover that at a latter date.

Key times to Fish: Spring, Fall

The third go to bait for me is the 3/16 oz spinner-bait in the compact size. Booyah and Strike King both make great models for this. I use this bait to cover water fast. If you ever seen KVD burn water with a spinner-bait you get the idea of how I fish this. I will cast it to every current break and slack water I can find. This is key in the dog days of summer when smallies in these river will spread out and find some shady cool area to spend the day time.

Key times to Fish: Late Spring, Summer, Fall

Fourth is the smallie classic the tube. I fish 3.5 and 4 inches most of the time. One thing I look for is that the tube has been cut 50/50. What I mean it that it is 50% body and 50% tails. The brands I use are Extreme Bass Tackle and Economical Bass Baits. EBB makes a hot pink color tube and I have done really well on that color. So don’t over look those crazy colors. EBT makes tri-laminat tubes I love, Great Lake Perch, St. Clair Goby NFT.

Key times to Fish: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Last and my fall go to bait crankbaits. The two go to baits for me is the Bandit Footloose or Series 100.One thing I do with these baits is take the front hooks off so I don’t get hung has much on the bottom. I fish these baits and bang bottom hard. If it get stuck I let off and let the current free it for me. I get a lot of strikes right when I do this. You might be wondering why I don’t use a deeper driving bait.Well it is really simple I snap and crack way to many of those bills no matter what brand I have tried.

Key times to Fish: Late Summer, Fall

If you don’t have these 5 baits in your tackle bag you might want to go pick a few up before spring is here.

Site move

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A day on the Ice OIM

A few weeks back I got an e-mail from Gabe VanWormer from MUCC. He wanted to know if I would help them out and doing an icefishing segment for their video channel on their website. I jumped at the chance.

This is the second time I worked with Gabe on doing a segment with MUCC. We had a blast out fishing and got some great footage and few tips mixed in there for you guys,I also invited my good a hunting buddy of mine and a buddy of his along for the fun.

Stop by the MUCC site these guys are help protect our Fishing and hunting heritage in our state. Enjoy!

Walleyes worth $100

The Mi DNR is looking for you help starting this spring there is a new tagging study happening. This new tagging program is to increase our knowledge on walleye movement and better manage the fishery, a tracking study is being conducted with walleye tagged from Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Each fish will have up to 2 external tags and 1 internal transmitter. In the event that you catch and keep one of these tagged walleye, there is a $100.00 reward for reporting the fish and returning the internal transmitter.

If you catch one please follow these instruction:

  1. Record when and where you captured the fish
  2. Immediately remove the internal transmitter from the fish and rinse with water. Store the transmitter at room temperature. You may keep the fish.
  3. For reward and arrangements to mail in the transmitter, please contact the USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station:

(989) 734-4768 (Mon-Fri, 7:00 am – 4:30 pm). At other times, leave a message at extension 111. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Local contacts:

Ohio DNR: Chris Vandergoot – Phone: (419) 625-8062; E-mail: christopher.vandergoot@dnr.state.oh.us

Michiagn DNR: Dave Fielder – Phone: (989) 356-3232; E-mail: fielderd@michigan.gov

New Section Added to OIM

I would like to announce a few new section I have added to my Blog. One is a Bait Shop Pages. What this will be is a place for me to list bait shops and give a review on the shops that I visit while on my travels throughout the state.

The newest section is going to be a place for River Guides and Charter Captains to list their services with us. This is an economical listing site and a great resource for anglers to start planning trips throughout the state.

If you would like more info on getting listed feel free to e-mail me at :outinmich@gmail.com

Got Ice Plastics?

Well do you have any? If not it is time to get on this band wagon cause it’s not stopping. About 7 years ago ice fishing plastics started to hit the market. At 1st they where ok really only seemed to work on aggressive fish days.But over the last few years things have really changed. People are learning how to make this micro baits really dance and move. I own maybe 15 different designs totally but I find my self fishing only one or two design now.

One is the Little Atom Nuggie.This plastic has put more money into tournament fisherman’s pockets then any other plastic design to date.The Design is super simple and is scent impregnated with Little Atoms T-9 Scent. They come in a myriad of colors Glow, Two-tone and from my favorite place to buy them Sportsmen’s Direct has two custom colors that have black flake in them.These custom colors are deadly in clear water like we got here in Michigan.

Now this next one if very new to the Market and well I just think this one could take the tournament world by storm. It also became my go to plastic late in the year for me. It is the Ice Mites from J and S custom jigs. It’s a simple design that even the bass world has taken notice of and started to incorporating the tail design into some big bass baits. I recommend these Ice mites to everyone I come across now, I have just feel in love with these baits.

If you have tried ice plastics maybe it is time you did? We do have a few days left of ice so get out there and give them a try.

Both of these baits can be bought online from a Michigan Company called Sportsmen’s Direct. They are running specials now and they also have packages that are full of the best colors of plastic so you don’t have to think to hard just “click and fish”.