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Ring-n-Grub/Bio Bait Report


riverbasher

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I know you sent out the samples a while ago Dave but this was the first chance I've had to use them. I decided to hit the river for a couple hours near Elk River. I was tossing a chartreuse Ring-n-Grub. I found the smallies near some rapids right up near shore and on the current breaks. I still think they aren't as aggressive as they normally are, but at the same time I'm seeing a LOT of boats on the river that I haven't seen in years past. I may have to try going further up or down river to explore a little on Saturday.

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Thanks for the effort... pleasse keep on, keeping on!
Catch'n
Dave Hoggard

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I've used the ring-n-grubs several times without any success. I find that the main body of the grub is too thick for gumball jigs leaving very little gap between the plastic and the hook. I'll give them a shot this weekend and give a report.

Stephen

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The Ring-n Grubs require the use of a full-sized jig hook. One hook maker has begun to offer a standard jighook to makers that is actually 3/8 inch longer in the shank and I find this to be a big boost to hook-up ratios. Something you may want to consider too is using a natural colored lure right now if smallies are your target. The water is clearing out from spring rains and the visiblity is really increasing....bright colors might be putting the fish off some.

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riverbasher,
Try tipping your spinnerbaits with a Ring-N-Grub trailer. I've had good luck with those recently on walleyes, bass, and pike, it adds to the presentation. I like a white/chartreuse spinnerbait with a chartruese/white or chartreuse Ring-N-Grub.

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Matt Johnson

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That white and red Ring-n Grub is the best spinnerbait trailer know to man! I went through 20 of them on last years trip to rainy lake pike fishing. They just destroyed them.

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Crossin

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Crossin' Eyes,
I had awesome luck on the White Firetail Ring-N-Grubs up on Rainy River this past march for walleyes. I would have to agree, thats one of my favorite colors as well.

White Firetail Ring-N-Grub walleye...
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Matt Johnson

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The Ring-N Grub is definately a larger body grub and bigger profile. That is their strong point.
I almost equate them to a Kalin Grub... with not as big a tail.
It takes a full sized jig to fit that bigger body, as Crappie Tom suggested... much the same as it does a sassy-shad type body.
I see Ring-N Grubs as a niche bait size wise.
Many times, I bite the heads off and rig them shorter!
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Dave Hoggard

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Dave,
I'm gonna hit Pulaski tommorrow. I'm after some bass and northerns. I'm gonna try the Ring-n-Grubs again. Otherwise I use spinnerbaits. I'll let ya know what I find.

Jeremy

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A couple of posts back, Dave mentioned the ring-n grub as a niche bait....and they truely are. Plastics are many in the making. Few find their way to the box on a consistant basis simply because they do not "fit" in a vital link area. These baits do. One would equate the larger grub as being faster falling in the water, but that is not the case: those rings act as a brake even when fished on a substantial jighead. The rings also bulk up the bait in the middle without adding weight.

99% of the time, a niche bait is one that addresses a specific "profile" need- it allows up sizing to thicker bodies without up sizing the length. The profile has changed...this is the niche. Any time you thicken the middle of these plastics,rings or not, you create more drag and a slower drop rate....another part of the niche.

Niches and profiles are tightly wed. When profile is mentioned, you are referring directly to the plastic. The niche is WHERE that specific plastic's profile features fit into your fishing plan. You are not changing the way you are fishing so much as you are changing how a particular bait presentation creates the hits....if you are jigging
with a regular 3" twister, the fish want a 1/4 head and but this combo drops too fast, you can go to the ring-n grub- bulk it up some- decrease the drop rate and walla.

Now if you really want to have some "niche" fun with these grubs.....find a school of deeply suspended waldos. The fish need to be within four or five feet of bottom. Use a long rod....7 foot or more. Drop-shot the grubs! Typically a bass tactic, I do this when I find fish off the bottom a couple feet in current but they are just too hard to catch because the jig wants to swim. Hang a heavy weight on the end of your line, tie in a long shanked hook (aberdeens work well in about 1/0) at the depth you are reading the fish, thread on the grub and drop it in. The bait is always at the depth the fish are feeding and when they hit there is nothing subtle about it. Works on crappies too! Another niche just entered!

These are a "niche" bait, but that doesn't mean to imply singular. How many niches the ring-n grub can fill is limited only by your imagination.

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Tom I have been dropshotting in the timber on the river with either a power shiner/minnow combo or a power shiner and leech on a jig. Working great for me once i caught onto how deep to set the drop. A half of a Ring worm is working as well. Ill have to try the ring n grubs I got from Dave a while back. Oh those Power leeches are deadly on either of your hooks!

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