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Post Posted: 10:03am - Apr 17,16 
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The weather was too perfect to not get out and hit the river pretty hard this weekend. The river is dropping like a rock. Was out first light on Saturday and shook the skunk almost immediately with my first flattie of the year:
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She hit a Rapala SR06, a springtime favorite of mine. She also coughed up a live baitfish :)
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Stuck with the Rapala the whole time and ended with a modest five smallmouth and the kittie.
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Sunday was a little more consistent bite and I got them on the SR06 and a 4" chartreuse grub.
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The larger bass were getting pretty chunky. Seven smallies and a largemouth on Sunday and I missed a couple of fish that walloped the SR06. It's too dang hot out there already :winker And the lure doing most of the damage:
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Post Posted: 10:27am - Apr 17,16 
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Great post and pix...... As usual bro.....thanx :usm mike

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Post Posted: 06:20pm - Apr 17,16 
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Glad you enjoyed :D

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Post Posted: 06:26pm - Apr 17,16 
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Nice job dog! You sure do catch them river slobs pretty consistently. I gotta get out there more this year...

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Post Posted: 08:14pm - Apr 17,16 
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What color are they calling that SR06? Can't seem to find it on their website. The chartreuse stripe is what is throwing me off.


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Bob P.

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Post Posted: 04:55am - Apr 18,16 
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It's Helsinki Shad

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Post Posted: 08:20am - Apr 18,16 
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Good stuff, well done. Nice treat with the flattie!!!

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Post Posted: 06:41pm - Apr 19,16 
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jmdog wrote:
It's Helsinki Shad


Thank you sir! You seem to be a fan of those. i notice they dive 5' to 10'. Do you have trouble hanging them up, as i would think most of the water you're fishing isn't that deep? Thanks.

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Post Posted: 09:11am - Apr 20,16 
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It really depends on flow. Last weekend the river was still a bit high and fast so you can get away with a deeper running lure. I do a lot of upstream casting and reeling with the current so that also requires a lure that dives a bit. In slacker water I slow down my retrieve. That said, yes you will bump rocks and hang up. I use 30lb braid to help mitigate against breaking off.

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