Lure Con­sid­er­a­tions

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When try­ing to de­ci­pher where fish are in a ris­ing or high-wa­ter sit­u­a­tion, sev­eral spe­cific lures can aid in the process.

When fish­ing the old shore­line, foot­ball jigs, swing­head jigs and Carolina rigs are fan­tas­tic choices for drag­ging around on bot­tom. It’s also wise to keep a lure or two on the deck for tar­get­ing fish sus­pended in trees or bushes around the old shore­line. Wack­yrigged Ya­mamoto Senkos and swim­baits should fill the bill for this.

How­ever, when it’s time to move up into the flooded cover to look around, typ­i­cal flip­ping baits such as jigs, tubes and crea­tures are ob­vi­ous choices. In ad­di­tion, Mark Rose says top­wa­ters – es­pe­cially buzzbaits and frogs – are critical for prob­ing flooded cover.

“Fish that move up in that stuff re­ally like to sus­pend right up in the top layer of the wa­ter col­umn, in the mid­dle of bushes, around float­ing de­bris, and near vines and junk hang­ing in the wa­ter,” Rose of­fers. “So be pre­pared with some­thing you can skim the sur­face with. Also, a spin­ner­bait is still a solid pick in those con­di­tions.”

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