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#11735199 - 07/21/16 05:24 PM Best plastic for punching mats
boeing driver Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 519
Loc: Memphis, TN
OK, what's your fav bait for this?

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#11735230 - 07/21/16 05:37 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3463
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
D&M Punch Craw

I have several favorites, but this one is my all-time favorite. It's specifically designed for punching and all of the little appendages are going the same direction. When the bait's at rest, all of the little appendages flail out and look really good. It's a good, quality bait.

Gambler Why Not

If they want something that doesn't have a lot of action I reach for the "Why Not". It's a nice, compact flipping bait that works really well in heavy vegetation. Lots of different colors to choose from.

Missile Baby D Bomb

Sometimes they want a small profile, that's where this little bait comes into play. This bait also has nice, streamlined body that's great for getting through the mat easily. I always have some of these in my boat.
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#11735305 - 07/21/16 06:40 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
EastTexasBassin Online   content
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Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 857
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
Rage tail menace and the rage tail bug
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#11735321 - 07/21/16 06:49 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
june-bug Offline
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Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 371
Zoom speed craw

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#11735359 - 07/21/16 07:10 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
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Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/02/13
Posts: 241
Loc: Lindale
Speed craw!

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#11735366 - 07/21/16 07:12 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
RandyK Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 143
Loc: Tx
Beaver

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#11735577 - 07/21/16 08:56 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
Donald Harper Offline
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Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 12745
Loc: Justin, TX.
It works great on shallow mat but best on the deepest grass you can find. You got to keep going until you find that sweet spot, pitch out the marker and circle it looking for others because they will be grouped up under the hollow.
If the wind is blowing you can get in there on the upwind side; put the trolling motor up and big motor up and walk the boat across the mat by rocking the boat from side to side.
In the heat of the day they are burred up in the grass.

Rig a heavy drop shot rig:
5.0 heavy super line hook. Tied on 50# braid. Use a Palomar knot. Leave the tag end at 5 inches long. Tie a 1 oz. weight to the tag end. I just tie a knot in the end of the tag, then use a overhand slip knot to attach the weight. It doesn't take much to keep it on. When I am fishing grass and hardwoods and it gets hung on the wood I can pull it off and come out with the hook and fish. You understand that the hook is about 4 to 5 inches above the weight, so the tails of the bait will hang down and cover the weight.
Use a Gene Lawrue Hoo Daddy Jr. in Watermelon Neon.
It will drop in the grass and come out of the grass with no hang-ups.
Fish vertical to 20% in front of the boat. Directly over the bait is best on the deepest grass. Drop it in slowly and soft so it is traveling slowly when it touches the bottom. The Bass hate anything sneaking in on them. Hold it there with a tight line for about 5 seconds without any movement. They don't want it bouncing up and down. This gives them time to swim through the hollow under the grass and nail the bait.
Vertical presentation and moving along the outer edge of the grass line, making pitches out in front of the boat so by the time it gets to the bottom you are directly over the bait for the hook set.
HAVE FUN!!
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#11736565 - 07/22/16 12:19 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: Donald Harper]
plasma800 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 366
Loc: Montgomery Texas
Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
It works great on shallow mat but best on the deepest grass you can find. You got to keep going until you find that sweet spot, pitch out the marker and circle it looking for others because they will be grouped up under the hollow.
If the wind is blowing you can get in there on the upwind side; put the trolling motor up and big motor up and walk the boat across the mat by rocking the boat from side to side.
In the heat of the day they are burred up in the grass.

Rig a heavy drop shot rig:
5.0 heavy super line hook. Tied on 50# braid. Use a Palomar knot. Leave the tag end at 5 inches long. Tie a 1 oz. weight to the tag end. I just tie a knot in the end of the tag, then use a overhand slip knot to attach the weight. It doesn't take much to keep it on. When I am fishing grass and hardwoods and it gets hung on the wood I can pull it off and come out with the hook and fish. You understand that the hook is about 4 to 5 inches above the weight, so the tails of the bait will hang down and cover the weight.
Use a Gene Lawrue Hoo Daddy Jr. in Watermelon Neon.
It will drop in the grass and come out of the grass with no hang-ups.
Fish vertical to 20% in front of the boat. Directly over the bait is best on the deepest grass. Drop it in slowly and soft so it is traveling slowly when it touches the bottom. The Bass hate anything sneaking in on them. Hold it there with a tight line for about 5 seconds without any movement. They don't want it bouncing up and down. This gives them time to swim through the hollow under the grass and nail the bait.
Vertical presentation and moving along the outer edge of the grass line, making pitches out in front of the boat so by the time it gets to the bottom you are directly over the bait for the hook set.
HAVE FUN!!


smart

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#11736575 - 07/22/16 12:22 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 3168
Loc: Greenville, TX


Sweet Beaver

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#11736738 - 07/22/16 01:43 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
stetson Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 343
Hard to beat a rage craw


Edited by stetson (07/22/16 01:44 PM)
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#11736779 - 07/22/16 02:02 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
SFAJACKS44 Offline
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Registered: 07/18/14
Posts: 131
Loc: Conroe
Havoc Pit Boss
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#11737150 - 07/22/16 06:01 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: plasma800]
Mike Keenan Offline
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Registered: 10/31/04
Posts: 9629
Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
Originally Posted By: plasma800
Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
It works great on shallow mat but best on the deepest grass you can find. You got to keep going until you find that sweet spot, pitch out the marker and circle it looking for others because they will be grouped up under the hollow.
If the wind is blowing you can get in there on the upwind side; put the trolling motor up and big motor up and walk the boat across the mat by rocking the boat from side to side.
In the heat of the day they are burred up in the grass.

Rig a heavy drop shot rig:
5.0 heavy super line hook. Tied on 50# braid. Use a Palomar knot. Leave the tag end at 5 inches long. Tie a 1 oz. weight to the tag end. I just tie a knot in the end of the tag, then use a overhand slip knot to attach the weight. It doesn't take much to keep it on. When I am fishing grass and hardwoods and it gets hung on the wood I can pull it off and come out with the hook and fish. You understand that the hook is about 4 to 5 inches above the weight, so the tails of the bait will hang down and cover the weight.
Use a Gene Lawrue Hoo Daddy Jr. in Watermelon Neon.
It will drop in the grass and come out of the grass with no hang-ups.
Fish vertical to 20% in front of the boat. Directly over the bait is best on the deepest grass. Drop it in slowly and soft so it is traveling slowly when it touches the bottom. The Bass hate anything sneaking in on them. Hold it there with a tight line for about 5 seconds without any movement. They don't want it bouncing up and down. This gives them time to swim through the hollow under the grass and nail the bait.
Vertical presentation and moving along the outer edge of the grass line, making pitches out in front of the boat so by the time it gets to the bottom you are directly over the bait for the hook set.
HAVE FUN!!


smart


That's almost like heavy duty drop shotting....
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#11737167 - 07/22/16 06:11 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
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TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3419
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Biffle bug. With a 1oz tungsten weight. Pegged.
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#11737617 - 07/22/16 11:35 PM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 1267
Loc: abilene,texas
Have used Donald's rig for years and it works and will work where there's very little hydrilla off of bottom around brush. We use a little shorter leader and paint the weight chartreuse.The 520 beaver pegged with 1-1.5 weights is good for mats. fish This was on Amistad

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#11740913 - 07/25/16 10:31 AM Re: Best plastic for punching mats [Re: boeing driver]
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Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 655
Loc: Caddo Lake
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