Lathem Lately?

Coenen

Senior Member
Y'all do any good with traditional hard baits on the lake? What sort of situations are they delivering for you?

I spent some time Sunday working a flutter spoon and a lipless, used a yo-yo retrieve in areas that I knew were stacked, and nothing. Fell back on the spybait and bagged about a half dozen. Same deal with a traditional lipped crank last week; area was alive with action, no takers on the crank. Surely, they've got to be willing to eat something other than a Keitech or spybait.
 
I went 1 for 4 on big bass with the spybait recently. I only got one in the net, a 3.5 lb spot that put up a heck of a fight. The others managed to shake the lure off by jumping. One was est. 5 lbs+ LM, hated losing that one. They all hit at around 15 feet. The schoolies are mostly dinks, but it's starting to get good as the water cools and the days get shorter.
 

weagle

Senior Member
Question:

How Does this differ from say a popping cork used for flats fishing?
What’s the significance of the bubble rig over a normal cork?

Genuinely asking!
It's just an adaptation of the bubble rig that worked for me on Spanish in Saltwater and I have had good success with the specific combo of pieces.

The bubble makes a better noise in my opinion and casts further. Since it's clear you also don't get many fish hitting the bubble, although sometimes they still do. The line sliding through the bubble also gives the soft plastic a great motion and brief free fall on the pause. The nose hooked soft plastic is the real key to success.

The entire combination, including the nose hooked soft plastic just seems to work and produces a very high ratio of hook-ups vs misses.
 
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The line sliding through the bubble also gives the soft plastic a great motion and brief free fall on the pause.
The entire combination, including the nose hooked soft plastic just seems to work and produces a very high ratio of hook-ups vs misses.
Thanks! Good point on the line slide through aspect. My popping cork setup for the flats is very similar. I use an adjustable rubber guide that allows me to control the depth. The cork slides up and down the line on the pop between the guide and swivel, settling down at the depth determined by the rubber guide.
I like it much better than the stationery popping cork setups because it allows me to cover more water quicker to locate the fish by adjusting the guide up and down based on the water depth.
Plus to me it adds more action to your point on the free fall.
Appreciate the response. I’ll give the DonBob a shot soon!
 
Friday morning post-Sally fish. 15" 1.64 lb
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19" 2.65 lb spot (on a UL + crappie jig)
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14" 1.56 lbs.
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Weird. Caught the big crappies trolling a spybait 1 mph over 80-60 FOW at about 10' while moving between spots. Found crappie on brush, but they would not bite.
Caught the chunk spot throwing a 1.5 g jig w/trout magnet in front of bream feeder looking for red ears. A long, but FUN 5-minute fight on 3 lb test Gamma panfish mono and a UL JDM rod. Caught some toads and some dinks, then the bite up and died about 11 AM. All fish released. Surface temp 75 F!
 
A slab on nearly every cast...
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I had the PLS gain cranked to see my itty bitty jig, so the picture is noisy, but they were really stacked up on a flat. Wind was blowing me off anchor, and they were hard to stay on, but if I got my jig near them - THUMP. Caught and released a bunch, most 11-12 inch fish (plenty in the freezer already).
 
Fished 11-4 today in bright sun. Water temp 70F. Took home a fine mess of 11"-14" slab crappie, released even more.

I found them on bottom 18-20 feet deep. Super light bite, no thump, just weight on the line. My JDM UL rod and 2.3 lb polyester (zero stretch) line was like magic for feeling them. Sowbug and Bison color trout magnet, 1.5 g black jig head, tipped with a crappie nibble. Pretty good for the middle of the day.
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Today was another awesome day. I fished 8AM until noon, water temp 65F, lake pretty clear. No fish on the old spots, so I trolled around and kept looking. Finally found some crappie, at 10 AM on sunk trees 20-25 feet. Did not expect them so deep.
I could tell right away from the screen these were slabs schooled up, and bunched up tight. First cast to them - kaboom fish on. Kept the first 6, then let a bunch more go, maybe 20 fish. I released a couple over 2 lbs, and all the fish were solid 12" or better. No smalls at all. Greenie Weenie color trout magnet was the key.
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Biggest of the six fish I kept was 15" 1.84 lbs.
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