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Rod, line and tackle?


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Doing a fishing kayak float trip from Clearwater down about 8 miles. Fishing for smallmouth and walleye. I have several rods. Wondering which one to bring, what line weight the use and what lures, bait to bring?

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For lures, crankbaits ( fat raps,DT3 or DT4) in-line spiners(mepps no. 2-5), topwater plugs, plenty of 3-4in grubs and 1/8-1/4oz heads. For line, some good 8lb will work just fine.

Good luck of the float trip grin

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For lures, crankbaits ( fat raps,DT3 or DT4) in-line spiners(mepps no. 2-5), topwater plugs, plenty of 3-4in grubs and 1/8-1/4oz heads. For line, some good 8lb will work just fine.

Good luck of the float trip grin

Add a few spinnerbaits in there to can get pike and bass on them

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These guys pretty much hit it on the head. 8lb test is perfect for handling and to break off when snagged if need be. 3-4 inch grubbs, in yellow and white are my personal choices. Inline spinners for sure and buzz baits are also very productive on the smallies. 1/8 and 1/4 oz. jigs are perfect for most situations. good luck and have fun, it should be a blast!

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tubes and senkos :>)

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If you realy want to catch fish on live bait try crawlers. I haven't had to use live bait for mid summer smallies in a lot of years wink.

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