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9Fiddy
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Smallmouth advice needed
Mini Me and I are taking a trip to Arkansas Father's Day weekend to camp and do a 9 mile river float. The river is supposed to be chocked full of smallmouth bass. I've never fished for them. Would a basic crappie setup work? Light spinning reel and beetle spins?

Any advice would be appreciated.


bbvdd
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Beetle spin, rooster tails, smaller crank bait and some top water as well.

I caught a 1.5 lbs today on a cricket trying to catch bream.

ETA: they'll hit a lot of the same stuff a large mouth will. Maybe just a touch smaller though.
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Rize
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Medium light spinning reel with flukes. I fished them in North Carolina in the rivers and had my best luck with that setup. Find rocks, trees, sand bars, or anything that slows the current and let that bait float behind it and get ready.

I used a BPs Carbonlite pole with a shimano sierra reel.
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iman48
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Try a Pop-R for top water. I use Texas rigged finesse worms, and crawdad plastics on jig heads. Where will you be floating?


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Nado Jenkins83
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Flip over rocks and get small live crawfish.

Also get some crawfish soft plastics


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AlxTgr
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
The very small Rebel crawfish crankbait works very well.


swelbo1
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Use the Ned Rig. Spinning rod with 6lb test. Take a Zman Zinker Z, cut it in half, super glue the bait on a 1/8oz jig head. They can't stand it. Use pb&j or green pumpkin.

Tackle Warehouse has the Ned Headz and the ZMan baits. I've been using this technique up at Table Rock for the past 3 years with excellent success on smallmouth. It will definitely catch numbers, but will also catch some good ones.
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Hog Zealot
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
What river you floating? Buffalo, Spring, Big Creek?

Best all time bait we used was Gitzit tube baits colored in Pumpkinseed. 1/16 oz jighead or even weightless if you are fishing the slackwater eddy. Let it fall, then rip some lips.

Those rebel crankbaits and roostertails work also but you will catch 10x more bream than you will Brownies. Use the Gitzit and you will tear them smallmouth up.


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smoked hog
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
Crawfish colored tube jigs and rebel craw cranks are my 2 go to baits. Which river are you doing?


roobedoo
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
I have been looking at the Kings River south of the 62 bridge. Have you fellas fished that area? I want a day on the Kings then a day below the Beaver Dam flyfishing.


Jonrubberman
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Metairie
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
We kayak'd the Devil's River for my bachelor party...Bottom line: we killed the smallies on most everything we threw. Anything pumpkinseed was dynamite.


Priapus
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
The Gulp Smelt minnow has been deadly year on smallies and spots here. Reel it as slow as you can and let them run with it a bit if they are not slamming it on the strike.


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chs73
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
The Kings is the best below 62 bridge. It is about a twelve hour float though. The Osage runs into the Kings just above the bridge. It is also a good small mouth stream and not fished much. The upper stretch can be good if the water is up. If not it can be a lot of hitting bottom.


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9Fiddy
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
quote:

Which river are you doing?


I think it's the Ouachita. The camp is outside of Mount Ida.


redfishfan
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
quote:

I think it's the Ouachita. The camp is outside of Mount Ida.


What's the name of the camp? I've been looking into going on a trip like that.


9Fiddy
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
TBD
This post was edited on 6/1 at 4:55 pm


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GreatLakesTiger24
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re: Smallmouth advice needed
flukes, tubes, beatle spins, small crankbaits, and small spinnerbaits (personal favorite) are the way to go. i've only fished for them in lakes up north though.

smallies fight harder than largemouth IMO. you'll have a blast.


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