Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tight Lining Using the Microlight Combo

A fantastic day on Smith using the 7 1/2 ft. Microlight fishing in 30 to 35 feet down under. When the fly rod won't get to the fish try the next best combo to the fly rod, the Microlight!!!
                                                                            
The lake is very low now and the fish are in the deepwater and very finicky; adapting to the conditions and making the best of the situation is a must if one is going to land fish this time of the year on Smith. I used a technique yesterday that will work on any water one may fish. Tight lining using a microlight spinning rod rigged with a slip shot, 20" above a bluegill hook. A bobber stopper is used to stop the slip sinker from sliding down the line while the rest of the line with the hook float along the bottom. The hook is tagged with a cricket and tipped with white crappie nibblet. A slow retrieve will usually get the take and most all the hits are on the fall as the cricket falls back to the bottom. There is no mistaking the hit, most of the time the fish will take the cricket and swim away franticly, that is when you merely lift the rod and set the hook. I have found that 4 lb. test Vanish line is the best choice for fishing this technique. The above group was the best of the best for yesterday's outing. Got to love it!!!!  


17 comments:

cofisher said...

Fish Fry!!

Mark Kautz said...

"Got to love it!!!!" With that kind of take, I agree.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
When all else fails the live bait will get results--thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Adapting to the conditions, very true Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I started to label this post "What's for supper Grandpa?"---remember that statement on Hee Ha---thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Nice mess of fish Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
Two big meals for sure--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Tough conditions on Smith for sure now. Thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

You clearly have it dialed in Bill..

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Where there is a will there is always a way, I found it Saturday morning on Smith. Thanks for the comment

Feather Chucker said...

Looks like a nice haul. What is a crappie nibblet?

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Kevin
You can find the crappie nibblets at Wal-Mart or at Bass Pro. It gives off a slim as it moves through the water and causes crappie, bluegill, catfish and bass to nail the nibblet before the live bait. It makes a huge difference on slow days, which was what I experienced Saturday. I landed a couple of bass on the fly at daylight and after that the lights went out and nothing else. So I went to the micorlight and live bait and immediately started landed bluegill, catfish. Thanks for the comment

CARF said...

A great day indeed!!!

penbayman said...

water levels are on the lower side here in Maine as well..

Josh said...

Not sure if I've ever fished that deep.

Bill Trussell said...

River
Falling waters can cause the fish to go really deep, this method is one of the best ways to get huge bluegill to react. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mike
Fall is the time when most all water levels fall. Thanks for the comment