Ice cold smallies – no matter the outside temperature, nothing warms me up like a smallmouth hitting a jig. I had the chance to fish with Tyler from TBrinksFishing for a quick weekend outing. We found an interesting area that was home to a very aggressive school of smallmouth. Within an hour, Tyler and I loaded the boat with four beautiful bronzebacks.
The choice of techniques were important and after fishing several baits in the area, colors were just as noteworthy. For specific models, I got the chance to get my Warrior Baits jigs wet. These are the new Tomohawk models that are brand new for 2013 – quality skirts, impeccable paint jobs and sharp hooks right out of the package. Tyler’s main weapon was the Megabass Vision 110 FX. Both baits produced multiple species, including Pike on my jigs and Pikeminnow on his jerkbait.
For cold water and finesse applications, I stick to Pline 100% Fluorocarbon. While many middle-of-the-road rods can get the job done, I am simply astonished at the sensitivity of Lamiglas’ Infinity series.For jig fishing in particular, I prefer a softer tip because that property helps transmit light “taps” by hesitant fish. By adding fluorocarbon or braid to the mix, you gain additional sensitivity and reduced stretch.
When the bite is on, we learned that location is everything. These schools of smallmouth travel long distances to feed – and feed they do! Look for deep water, experiment with various depths when the weather changes and don’t forget to cover water. It’s a timing thing – if there are fish in an area, you won’t have to wait long to hook the first catch. Keep grinding until you find an active bite.
Photo Credits to Tyler Brinks