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MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water #13817731 12/24/20 02:12 AM
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With close to 2,400 MAL Lures put in anglers' hands since July of this year, most of whom learned of the lure from this Whites-Hybrids-Stripers TFF Forum, I thought I should update you on what is working for me now that the water has cooled.

I put this MAL Lure video together today, 23 Dec. 2020, to show the posture of white bass in a feeding mode in cool (55F) water. They are NOT always like this. But, when they get like this, I've found the MAL Lure far outperforms slabs. In this sub-58F water, slabs are now my go-to presentation when fish are tight to the bottom and refuse to chase upwards. Each time I find white bass and/or hybrids on sonar, I evaluate their attitude by dropping a lure (slab or MAL) down to them and observing their reaction using Garmin LiveScope. Enjoy!

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Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13817901 12/24/20 05:06 AM
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Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13818089 12/24/20 01:54 PM
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I share Bob's enthusiasm for the MAL lure and used it yesterday the 23'd to catch and release a full limit of white bass on Lake Belton. I found fish chasing and birds working in the BLORA area and used the vertical retrieve to catch all of my fish. It has become my go-to technique that caught fish 4 to 1 compared to the 5 boats fishing slabs next to me. I recommend that everyone try it and see if it doesn't improve your catching results. Good luck and tight lines. Merry Christmas to all.

Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13818137 12/24/20 02:51 PM
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Have not had a chance use mine on whites but did catch two small spotted bass on Grapevine looking for sandies.

Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13819317 12/25/20 02:13 PM
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The extra weight has to be a plus vs traditional Mepps and having to add a pinch weight . IMO the pinched weight causes one to incorporate a longer tag line in order to feel the lure not the weight .

Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13819473 12/25/20 04:34 PM
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You can't fish a regular Mepps vertically with a pinched weight on because it will tangle up. For me, with a number 4, I don't need a weight - it falls fast enough in water up to 28 ft. I am going to fish today and try to do a test. When I'm on fish, can I catch more in 20 minutes with the MAL vs regular Mepps 4? I think the regular Mepps 4 starts spinning more readily at slow speeds than the MAL. But I have to wait longer for it to get to the bottom. If I can get the MAL to start spinning as readily as the regular #4, then I should be able to catch more fish in the 20 minutes. I'll post my results back here.

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Bob has this lure and fish activity dialed in! Our trip with him was outstanding -- 244 fish landed in 4 hours of fishing. thumb


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Looks like a great day to be out Dennis.



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Re: MAL Lure Adjustments for Cool Water [Re: Holding The Line] #13819899 12/26/20 02:39 AM
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Was a nice day to be out indeed. I was not able to make the comparison because I couldn't stay over fish to fish them vertically - they kept moving and dispersing. What I did do was time how long it took a regular Mepps 4 and the MAL Mepps to reach the bottom in 23 fow. Eleven seconds for the regular Mepps 4 and 8 seconds for the MAL. I also could make the MAL blade spin slowly enough to catch fish on the bottom like I work the regular Mepps. So, I am hopeful the MAL will increase the catch rate. I'll keep trying to do the comparison.

I was out from 11:45 AM until 4 PM and caught 40 whites, 3 hybrids to 21 inches, and a yellow bass. Most of these were caught by casting and working the Mepps back to the boat along the bottom. One place I caught them was Key Ranch Drop-off in 13 to 15 fow. Interestingly, the fish would balk at a #4 Mepps, so I put on a 2, and that's what I caught the 3 hybrids on plus 7 big white bass. The other places I caught them were Long Ridge West in 23 fow, 3-Jug Hump in 20 fow, and Merimac Point in 19 fow. I caught 24 all big white bass at Merimac and left still catching them.

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