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Floating the Current from Williams Landing to Two Rivers in a couple weeks. I have wade fished at Round Spring three times and had a lot of success on Strike King Bitsy Tubes. Honestly that's pretty much all I ever use for smallies anymore. However, if those should fail me, what are your go to baits. I plan on packing a couple crawdad pattern cranks, small spinner baits, 4 inch worms, spinners, and a few maribou jigs. Can you think of anything else?

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No flukes or topwaters baits?

Never really tried them since I usually fish in current (or real close to it). Don't imagine those types of baits work well in current. I suppose if I was fishing early morning or late evening when the smallies go hunting for minnows in the shallows or slack water, I might give them a try? I don't get a chance to fish those times of the day often since we usually float or wade fish during the day, but I honestly can't remember seeing a smallie hit something near the top of the water but a couple times. All the big ones I have ever caught were in deep holes with current holding tight to cover.

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"There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."

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Try a buzzbait in current. Run it along willow weed edges, logs & rocks......topwater walk the dog type plugs like a Lucky Craft Sammy or Gunfish in flat water...early and late can be good sometimes, but dont rule out mid-day...Figure that Al, Coldwater, & I took at least 90% of our fish on top last week. Even if they wont hit topwaters, they are good fish finder lures. Followup with a fluke or a plastic if they refuse the topwater offering.

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Good call on the buzzbait in current and weed edges. Never really thought of that although I do it for largemouths quite a bit. What size flukes do you use?

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"There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."

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Use what you have confidence in, which sounds like the tubes. But it's gotten to where I ALWAYS fish topwater in the summer. It won't be the only thing I fish, but I'll always have a topwater tied on one rod, and it will be some version of a walk-the-dog lure, which includes poppers because I fish them with a walking action.

In clear water like you find on the Current, I fish stuff that moves fast and stays up on or close to the surface, looking for pure reaction bites. Topwaters fished fast and splashy. My homemade twin spin fished fast and just under the surface (and the color should be chartreuse, fluorescent yellow, white, or a combination of those colors), or buzzbaits (same colors). Only if that doesn't work will I go to something slow and on the bottom (and most of the time it works so I don't have to). If using tubes or anything else fished on the bottom in clear water, look at the predominant color of the bottom rock and gravel, and use colors that blend into it.

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