Travis Manson “Smallmouth Crush” Seminar 2020
Finesse Fishing for Smallmouth
Finesse excels in negative weather patterns.
All finesse fishing is done on a spinning rod Medium-Medium Light. 4-6 pound fluorocarbon line, 6-8-10 pound braid to fluorocarbon leader.
Types of finesse baits and lures:
Small jigs 1/16-1/4oz.
Finesse tubes use a Medium rod. If there is a rocky bottom go with heavier line.
Variety of small soft plastics such as the hula grub.
Smaller hard baits like cranks, jerks and topwater.
Finesse 2.8” swimbait fished on a swimming, ball or even on a Ned rig head. When dragging a swimbait on bottom try using a swimbait that will float. This will mimic a baitfish pecking off the bottom.
When fishing in heavy current such as on the St. Lawrence River, maintaining bottom contact is crucial.
Hair jigs in black, purple and olive 1/8-3/32oz. Slow reel in the middle of the water column like you would a finesse swimbait. Light hair jigs are best when fished in 12'.
A twist on the Ned rig is the TRD Bugz. Instead of the standard TRD use a creature style bait to show the fish something different.
When fishing deep usually use drop shots. When fishing shallow inland lakes use more small jigs.