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Matt Johnson

Plastics!?!!?

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Matt Johnson

I used a 1/4 oz jighead in pink/white and I attached a White Firetail Ring-n-Grub. All white twister tails will work too. White and bright chartruese were the hot colors on plastics up there. If you are going to fish live bait then I would use a rattle jig, gold works well, as does white and chartruese. A few guys also had luck on the jigs with both a rattle and spinner attached when using a minnow.

When fishing the plastics I made sure that my bait was close to the bottom at all times. If you can't feel it bouncing off the rocks once in a while then you are too far up. I would cast out and let it hit the bottom, then I would bounce and hop it a few times as we drifted, then a 4-5 foot steady pull/lift with the rod, just about every strike came during the steady pull phase. The bounce and hop would attract the fish and the pull would trigger them into biting. There are a lot of rocks down there too so try and keep the jig constantly moving so you don't snag up. After a few snags you will get the feel of whats a rock and whats a bite. Depending on the current you might want to change the weight of the jig or change up the speed of your retrieve.

Another trick I found to be very productive is to cast your baits at a 45 degree angle up current as you drift down. I found that to be the top producer and allows for the best feel and action. This also appeals to the fish in a natural manner.

Let me know if you have anymore questions. I'll post some pics of the fish I caught in a couple days once I get them back.

Good Fishin,
Matt Johnson

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JiggingSpoon

Thanks Matt!

I appreciate the info, i will post how i do,
JS

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JiggingSpoon

Hey all,
I keep hearing all you guys fishing plastics on the river and other places, i was wondering if you fished with a minnow also, or just the plastics, i fished the mississippi about a week ago and never put a minnow on, i guess if you have confidence in it, it will work, i outfished my dad and he had live bait the whole time, he just wouldn;t take that minnow off.:-)

Matt,
you said you did well on Rainy with plastics, i am leavin in 2 days for rainy and was wonderin what you had the best luck on, you said the white firetail, anything else you would recommend, i have never been to the rainy before,
thanx
JS

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