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Victor
Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 06:35 pm


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Will try my first smallie fishing before sunrise this Sunday from my kayak. I'll launch my kayak around 6am at Clardon Beach. Is spinnerbait good lure for smallie in dark? What is the depth is good? Any recommendation is appreciated!

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mbrown
Posted: Sep 29, 2018 - 01:08 pm


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With the exception of late in the season, when fishing deep, I have never done well on Simcoe for smallies before 9am. I usually spend the first couple hours fishing perch, then the real fun begins. MB

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Victor
Posted: Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 pm


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Thanks MBrown. I'll try around 6am first.

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Fishallday
Posted: Sep 30, 2018 - 09:33 am


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I caught 3 with one at 6lb and lost a 4lb at the net. Both were in 12 feet of water and caught just as I passed schools of perch in a bay. They gave a great fight with jumps and pulled like a train. This is by no means the answer or their pattern this time of year, just what put a few fish in the boat.

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Posted: Oct 01, 2018 - 11:25 am


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Fishallday sounds like a pretty good outing. Mind if I ask what lures you caught them on?

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Fishallday
Posted: Oct 01, 2018 - 01:14 pm


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Hey thanks, I also caught a 11.5lb lake trout (in deeper water of course), so it was a good day considering the poor weather.

For the bass we were using crankbaits and jerkbaits in perch pattern. The key is to vary the retrieve with hard pumps of the rod. This will trigger a strike usually.

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GrandRiverWill
Posted: Oct 01, 2018 - 01:42 pm


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Pictures??

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Derrek_13
Posted: Oct 01, 2018 - 06:03 pm


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Thanks for the tip. I'm looking to head out again Wednesday so I'll try cranks and some jerk baits maybe a spinner too. 8 went out last week and threw neds, wackys and a drop shot worn with no luck. I had no idea they would be feeding on Shad and other baitfish this time of year!

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Victor
Posted: Oct 01, 2018 - 11:15 pm


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No luck on smallies, while great fun on jumbo perch

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Posted: Oct 02, 2018 - 03:56 pm


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Victor, nice catch!

Can I ask what you were using for the perch?

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Victor
Posted: Oct 02, 2018 - 06:58 pm


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I used shrimp, and minnow lure, smoke color

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