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Larger 6" swimbaits on the Finley

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Any of you guys use 6" plus swimbaits on smaller waters like the Finley?  Last fall I threw around an S Waver in the deeper pockets of the Finley below the darn in Ozark and was mind blown by the size of the fish it would draw out from some of the brush piles and washed out deeper holes.  I caught 2 17" bass out of them and had bigger follow it.  The bait would infuriate small mouth but they wouldnt commit to it.  

Ive been trying my luck this winter with a paddle tail swim bait at the park with no luck yet.  Have had an 18" bass on a 3/8oz jig and alot of smaller bass on a jerkbait though.

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I haven't fished a lot out of the park, but didn't have a whole of success in terms of size there, but I haven't been throwing larger baits anywhere else on the river either. However, even if the fish don't hit those larger baits I watched a tactical bassin video about using those real over-sized baits for the area you fish to draw them out. They are curious and will come to check out the bait, so you could potentially see if there were fish in the area. I haven't really tried this myself, just passing on what I saw. 


I bought a S Waver to try this year, and if I throw it on the river I will try to report back. I usually fish James river, just for easier access and pickups on floats. 

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