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What plastics are your favorites?

Starting about a million years ago I have used to use a tiny fireball jig-n-minnow with very consistent success. This bait almost always out fished live bait. They are no longer made and my supply is finally depleted, what should I go to next?

Thanks in advance


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Gulp has been my go to minnow shaped plastics,  although you could mold and make your own.


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for crappies gulp alive 2.5 black shad is a great bait for me set on a 1/16oz jig.  tube jigs are great also!

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I finally got out fishing last week on Thursday. I used a gulp alive minnow. one of the smaller ones, and it worked great. I put it on a pink ratso with a white body and the gulp on it and the crappies and bluegills would not leave it alone. Other baits were not as effective that afternoon. 


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yeah the 1" are nice also...I just like the 2.5 for the durability (less rebaiting) and the more selective fish it tends to catch (bigger) :)   Glad you got out and found success.  The ratso and the shrimpo are also good options to use also as I have had many great days with no bait and one of them on.  Another fun option is a plain flu flu no bait.  Good Luck!!

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Camp and Fish

Hey Roony...  I've been fishing for panfish for 60-years now and have tried about every panfish lure made.


I finally lucked up on one from a guy that flat catches more panfish than anyone I've ever seen.


I will trade you 25 of these super lures (and where to get them) for a day's fishing with you this summer.


If interested, simply pm me.



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Thanks a lot for the offer but I think I found what I need. In fact the crappies and bluegill were jumping out of the water to try to get at it while I was walking down to the dock!

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