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Offline FM

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Favorite Baits
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:57:31 AM »
This a request for Dry (Bill) If he wouldn't mind, I know in the past he has been generous with sharing some of his favorite plastic baits. I am getting in the mood to try some of them out but don't have the time to sift through all the posts to locate the names and details. So, if you (Bill) wouldn't mind and have some time could you compile a little list of your recommendations. I will be glad to follow suit, Once this thread gets off the ground it will be available for any one to add to and gather ideas from.
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 05:01:16 PM »
Great thread Fm... Dry has proven himself over and over again... The river runs through his heart....These are the guys I look up too..." They are the river" He is Humble... Bless you Dry... and you also Fm.... Great job... info and pic's...

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 05:03:13 PM »
Cold water smallmouth bass fishing is my favorite. Some people call cold water fishing "finesse fishing." The lures are smaller in size both in length and in diameter presenting a smaller profile to the fish. Smaller baitfish are generally easier to catch and digest than larger ones. The colors generally match the colors of natural bait...meaning gray-black, brown-tan, brown-green and generally darker colors. Florescent orange and chartreuse are OK for stimulating aggressive fish but those colors generally do not match the hatch and cold fish aren't that aggressive.

My coldwater baits have been designed by a friend and longtime smallmouth fisherman from PA named Al Winco. He recently sold the company and his baits are now being sold under the name Fitt Premium Lure Company.

Four of my favorites for cold water:

G&W Krinkle cut worm...here is a picture of the 3" worm next to a typical 5" senko that I might use in spring/summer/fall



The Undulator -  with a flat ribbed body and a thin undulating tail like a leech...fished on a standup up jig head (also shown)



The Baby Predator Craw (on the bottom in this picture) - a 3" crayfish also fished on a standup jighead places the crab in a defensive position in the water.



The Willie Wanabee (top and middle in the picture) - a very small 2" lure with a flexible tail and silicone strands that wave in the current as the lure sits on the bottom. Also fishes better on a standup jighead.



Here is a close up:



My 2 other cold water offerings are not made by Winco.

Cabin Creek tube 2.5" in smoke/purple color...in this picture it is below one of my standard 3.5-4 inch tubes.



And finally a lure made in the Lewistown area for well over 50 years...the small 3" Lockett curl tail minnow in smoke.



Well...there's what I carry in my fishing vest when wading in winter.

Bill

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2018, 09:34:56 PM »
Just out of curiosity Bill. The guys at fittlures, are they as passionate as Al was? I was surprised, somewhat, that they acquired his business. Realizing also, there is a time and season for everything and everybody. But was really glad to see they were a company from Pennsylvania still.

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2018, 09:48:53 PM »
Just out of curiosity Bill. The guys at fittlures, are they as passionate as Al was? I was surprised, somewhat, that they acquired his business. Realizing also, there is a time and season for everything and everybody. But was really glad to see they were a company from Pennsylvania still.

I do not know the man who bought the business. Al is my age and things get a lot more difficult with age, especially a one man operation. I am glad that it will stay a "ma & pa" Pennsylvania business for now, I like buying local. I think the lures are great and will continue doing business with the new owner.

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Re: Favorite Baits
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2018, 02:28:41 PM »
Great list thank you!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 07:45:04 AM »


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I bought all Winco's trailers just before going out of business. He said he was not making them anymore. I love em. 

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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2019, 01:35:38 PM »
I like the winco trailers because of this lure:

This is a summertime color. For winter I use black bucktail and no trailer
Here is my neighbor holding a fish I caught last June:
« Last Edit: March 21, 2019, 01:38:24 PM by Phil Sweeney »

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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2019, 04:02:08 PM »
nice bass phil  I wish I caught it. jf

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2019, 04:28:13 PM »
Thank you Sir! All that rain last year kept us off the river a bit. Praying for less rain!!

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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2019, 08:27:02 AM »
Cold water smallmouth bass fishing is my favorite. Some people call cold water fishing "finesse fishing." The lures are smaller in size both in length and in diameter presenting a smaller profile to the fish. Smaller baitfish are generally easier to catch and digest than larger ones. The colors generally match the colors of natural bait...meaning gray-black, brown-tan, brown-green and generally darker colors. Florescent orange and chartreuse are OK for stimulating aggressive fish but those colors generally do not match the hatch and cold fish aren't that aggressive.

My coldwater baits have been designed by a friend and longtime smallmouth fisherman from PA named Al Winco. He recently sold the company and his baits are now being sold under the name Fitt Premium Lure Company.

Four of my favorites for cold water:

G&W Krinkle cut worm...here is a picture of the 3" worm next to a typical 5" senko that I might use in spring/summer/fall



The Undulator -  with a flat ribbed body and a thin undulating tail like a leech...fished on a standup up jig head (also shown)



The Baby Predator Craw (on the bottom in this picture) - a 3" crayfish also fished on a standup jighead places the crab in a defensive position in the water.



The Willie Wanabee (top and middle in the picture) - a very small 2" lure with a flexible tail and silicone strands that wave in the current as the lure sits on the bottom. Also fishes better on a standup jighead.



Here is a close up:



My 2 other cold water offerings are not made by Winco.

Cabin Creek tube 2.5" in smoke/purple color...in this picture it is below one of my standard 3.5-4 inch tubes.



And finally a lure made in the Lewistown area for well over 50 years...the small 3" Lockett curl tail minnow in smoke.



Well...there's what I carry in my fishing vest when wading in winter.

Bill
What weight standup jig heads do you you use? I didnít realize I have a standup jig mold. And Iím going to pour some. I just need to get the hooks for that mold. Probably going to pour 1/16 and 1/8 oz.

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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2019, 09:00:56 AM »
What weight standup jig heads do you you use? ...

1/8 oz with size 1 Mustad BLN

3/16 oz with size 1/0 Mustad BLN

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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2019, 02:44:51 PM »
I didn't see a post from FM and I know he's the man with the info you seek... my 2 cents below:

I don't usually fish for smallies late in the season but the water is cold in early-Spring and that's when I have tried a pile of different lures.  I'm talking early... between the time the ice melts up until pre-spawn (late April).

Cabin Creek Salty Spider is the bait that comes to mind... the small size soft plastics... I use the 1/8 oz Cabin Creek head and then I find 3/16 and 1/4 oz jig heads that will fit the small parts.  The large size Salty Spiders just don't seem to have the same "magic."

I have had luck with them... I've seen others have great success with them also.

#2 choice would be a Bandit 200 series.

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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2019, 08:20:24 AM »
1/8 oz with size 1 Mustad BLN

3/16 oz with size 1/0 Mustad BLN

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Did Al Winco sell all his molds to Fitt lures?

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2019, 11:53:51 AM »
Did Al Winco sell all his molds to Fitt lures?

Yep!! He's totally out of the business now.

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