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This morning I was out ninja fishing and I started to notice my retrieval changing back and fourth. I was just doing it, slow-fast-pop it-fast-slow-pop it-pop it-fast-slow......anyways. Do any of you feel like your in a zone, where it's almost natural motions but not repeating? I would catch a fish then say "ok how was that retrieve" and I wouldnt really know.Then I would pay attention and not get hit. I swear just as sooon as I would drift into big fish land i'd catch one(dink). Anyways!!!
What line do you use for deep cranks?
Swivels?
Most favorite Crankbait?
" " " " Topwater?

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I find that I catch more fish when not paying attention to what I am doing(no comments please)amd I use 8 to 10 pound p line for just about everything except the bigger swim baits which I am too outa shape to throw more than a couple of times anyway!
 

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12# Suffix DNA for topwater Favorite top lure Lucky Craft S-8 popper

10# P line CX for cranks, Favorite crank is a Bandit or Cordell Spot

14# P Line CX for rip baits, Favorite Rip is Lucky Craft Staycee

Never use swivels on cranks or top water. use them on Bass Assassins, they add just enough weight to let them sink a little faster yet flutter down.
 

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6# for leadhead/shallow water wormin
8# drop shot/light worm rigs
10# jerkbaits/topwater/jigs
12# just about anything else
fav topwater is the spook or the puppy
fav crank is one of 3...rapala fat rap, shad rap or the POES that dont rattle
 

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"Chris Love"?? Where'd that come from??

I use 12# Stren for most deep cranking. If I want it deeper, I'll go to 8# but back off on the drag.

I don't use swivels for anything other than assassins and flukes (only to eliminate line twist). I tie directly to the lure. I will add the occasional split ring on some baits though.

Favorite crank(s): Normans, several different sizes and colors. Also, the Excalibur Fat free Shad and Fat Free Fingerling, and of course the jointed Rapala.

Favorite topwater(s): Spook, Rico, Fluke. I wish I could throw the Spook all day but it's too much like work.
 

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RL... I think that's his last name.

Chris, I find my self doing that all the time. When I catch a fish, I think to my self, "Oh God, I'm snagged again..." Then the realization of me having a fish on makes me forget how I was retrieving the bait. Then again when I don't pay attention is when I catch the most fish... DOH!

As far as the other stuff, I'm working on plastics this year. I have a 6' 6" St Croix Med action fast tip that I'm using for cranks. I have McCoy Mean Green 10 lb test on it. My favorite crank is the Norman LDN Baby Bass.

I don't use swivels on Flukes or Assassans but I've heard MANY recommendations to do so.

My favorite top water is the rico that's swiming around Saguaro with the little rat that took it just over a week ago. I love flukes but I haven't thrown them at all this year. (trying to stick with rico's, pop-r's and spooks) ...it would be nice if that top water bite at patty turned on for the tourney!
 

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Boat Cop - Your response made me smile. I love Bandit lures (craw and splatterback in 200's and 300's are sweet). I've started to really like their Spitz here recently - have you fished it? Also, as RL can vouch for I love the Staysee's, too (preferably the 80's over the 90's). I use 12 lb. MagnaFlex for these. My favorite lure to catch a fish on would definitley have to be a Spook or Spitz in which I use 20# line. I use 8# PLine Cxx for drop shotting.
 

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i fished the heck out of a spook last fri evening/night at sag...never got touched but was ready for a hog to grab it!
 
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10 pound trilene xl for most applications-
Crankbaits-I used to fish wigglewarts all the time, but now I really like the "DT" series from rapala, you can cast them really far (but I have yet to catch a fish off of one)
Topwater-it's hard to beat a zara spook, real hard........maybe a torpedo, but all it is spook with a prop..........
Big Baits-I don't really like swimbaits-I know they work, and they have thier place, (the winter) I just think large plugs work alot better, my experience with stripers has shown me that trout usually get pushed to the surface, or to the shoreline........ 8)
 

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I like to use deep diving cranks, preferably cranks that can get down to 8-10ft on 10lb test. I even use them when I'm cranking in 4-5ft of water. 90% or more of my strikes come from when the bait is really digging the bottom. If you ever watch a crank that is bouncing around off the bottom it really darts around, I believe it's usually a reaction or aggravation strike more than anything. I like 10# P-line cxx, it's sensitive enough to let me know exactly what my bait is doing, ie. bouncing on rocks, gravel, or if the line is dragging over a tree or rock so I can prepare to pop it off the structure. I really like the flukes for action, plus you can really work them fast with out them rolling. For the past couple weeks I've been doing pretty decent at Saguaro on the flats popping the fluke across the top almost as fast as I can work it. You'll miss as many as you will hook, but it is fun to watch them blow up on the surface. My buddy and I have also had some decent luck working Sammy's as well. Good luck!
 

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Bayou, the white bandit in the 200 or 300 series is a great fish finder. i have not fished the spitz yet. at the last tourney i went to i met a sales rep who was showing me one. i liked it. as for the staycees, the 80 or 90 in aurora pro blue or tenessee shad. as for the S-8 popper, i have only found them in Japan and have to order them in. they are sweet. I have about 15 Ricos and the S-8 will out do them at about 5 to one. they are a slow popping bait that will make a loud ( bloop) every time you pop it.
 

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It is a chugger type popper made by Lucky Craft. I have yet to see one being sold in a store. i get them in Japan. it sort of looks like a Rico yet has a smaller mouth . you work it with a single or double pop, but not fast. if you are gonna be at the kids tourney on Sat i will show you one
 

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I,ve seen that you guys use swivels on soft plastics are they jerk baits? If so what kind do you use? Also do you use them on senkos.
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when you use a swivel make sure you use a good quality ball bearing swivel. the others are like having nothing tied on.


I dont use swivels on my senkos. I also dont use them on anything else either but I dont fish jerkbaits that much, maybe if I did I would.


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