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Junk fishing for bass

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By Mike Sweeney
Columnist

Friday, September 8, 2017

Some people I know have a favorite bait and stick to it for almost every fishing trip but if you only throw one bait and it is not the bait of choice then you may strike out for that trip.

One of the keys to fishing success is to be able to fish different baits and be good at all of them.

It is called junk fishing because you can throw almost any bait and catch fish with them all.

When I am bass fishing I throw a lot of Flukes and spinner baits but they are not the only bait I will pick up in one day.

I will also throw top water, crank baits, worms and jigs if I think they will work and over the years I have been able to fish all of them with good results.

I remember fishing a creek one time and the fishing was on fire with a Pop-r bite.

Once I finished the area I went back through with a worm and caught just as many as I did with the top water bait.

I would have missed those fish if I stuck with the same bait and moved on but I knew the fish stayed were thick in that area so I switched up and scored.

Junk fishing requires you to have multiple rods but if you can tie a quick knot you don’t have to have many.

I typically fish with 2 or 3 rods with one spinning outfit and a couple of bait casters.

I will have a crank bait on lighter line on one rod and a worm or jig on heavier line on the other.

The spinning rod with usually have a fluke or maybe a top water bait so I can skip the bait under docks and trees.

If the bite is slow then I switch up regularly till I find the right bait for that day.

It may be a jerk bait or a Carolina rig or a Rattle Trap whatever makes the fish strike but if you learn to fish all of these baits then you can be a junk fisherman like me.

What’s biting, where...

The offshore guys are having good success before the storm with lots of yellowfin and blackfin along with decent dolphin.

The mahi just have not shown up like they have in years past but if you look hard enough and find some debris you will find the dolphin.

There are still good billfish swimming out there with white marlin and sailfish flags showing up at the docks on a regular basis.

We still have some wahoo coming in also but this storm may put everything on hold so lets see what next week brings.

Closer to the beach there is some blues and Spanish coming in on the near shore boats and the red fish are also schooling.

Surf fishing is still slow but if you put enough time and bait in the water there is some mullet and even a flounder or two swimming in the shallows.

On our rivers and creeks the bass fishing is still king with good, quality fish being caught on top water baits like frogs and Pop-Rs.

Finesse worms are also putting quality fish in the boats after the sun gets up high if you throw the baits right up in the bushes and on the stumps.

The white perch are still on also in the drop offs outside of the big flats and the catfish are huge this year if you fish with fresh cut bait.

If anyone gets out this week send me some pictures and a report to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and I will be glad to brag for you.

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