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Old 06-26-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Jitterbuggin'

The last two summers, when I start to hate striper fishing, I've been switching back over to the yak and and fishing first light with rubber frogs and poppers in the ponds around here. Last year was such a blast and it really got me back into sweetwater.

My girlfriend's parents live on a private lake, and last night her brother who has fished the lake his entire life, took me out in the canoe for some night fishing. As much fishing as I've done in my life, I've never gone out in the dark and thrown jitterbugs from a canoe before. What an absolute blast it was. We went out right after the storm and hammered fish on the black jitterbug. We were anchored up off a point where there is deep water and then a flat. Fish were blowing up everywhere so all we had to do was fan cast. We were only out there for an hr or so after dark, but we had double digits of small to medium size bass (and some monster bluegills!).

I know most people on here know the jitterbug to be a staple in their tackle box. Guess I'm a little late to the party But it was cool to me because it was like fishing a danny, seeing the v-wake in the dark, and then having a bass crush it. can't wait to pull an all-nighter out there soon!

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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Jitterbugs are awesome. Just a few nights ago, similar situation. Out on the pond where my daughter lives fishing rubber lizards doing "okay". Right around dusk, I'm looking in my tackle box and see the jitterbug sitting there. Very first cast a nice bass slammed it! Then it was on!!!
Like you said, just watching that V wake and having a decent bass come up and slam the jitterbug=lots of fun. My grandson's eyes were bugging out of his head with every strike.

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Old 06-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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Awesome way to get your grandson into fishing Rubber lizard is my go-to
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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I love the friggin things.....sometimes you don't even have to retrieve it....as soon as it hits the water BAM!!

The hot weather is the perfect time for it....
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TDF is a master at it. Saw him pull a 6 lber out last year. Piglet.

Still trying to sculpt a fly that will do something similar, albeit with not much success.... Going to try some obnoxious divers this year, might work.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:39 PM   #7
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are you guys using those giant muskie jitterbugs or just normal sized in black?

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I love the friggin things.....sometimes you don't even have to retrieve it....as soon as it hits the water BAM!!

The hot weather is the perfect time for it....
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It was like that last night! As soon as it hit the water you would hear a fish blow up on it. Or just two cranks, BAM.

I have about 6 that i just found in another tackle box in my parents' shed so I'll be back out there tonight. We were out for an hr earlier today right before the t-storm and we got a bunch of fish. Some awesome structure on this lake. Got the royal tour earlier. Pumped for tonight!!
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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Luv the jitterbug and hula popper. I'd like to see one of the plug guys make a big salt water version of jitter bugs.
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I thought I saw one at a show once, i think it was a Lemire...
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it is Lemire that makes one....

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it is Lemire that makes one....
Lure of the Monthe – Lemire’s Plugworks Sea Fly

Back when that Oakley jack-ass did some writing for them....

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TDF is a master at it. Saw him pull a 6 lber out last year. Piglet.
More like 3.5 lber...but I appreciate it growing over time

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Has anyone fished that Lemiere plug? Ive always thought about but never swam one. Curious of the performance.
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Read the link BBaller

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epic night

started off with the jitterbug then went to the big zara spook. 40+ fish between the two us before the moon got high in the sky
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More like 3.5 lber...but I appreciate it growing over time
Closer to 8 I bet
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Closer to 8 I bet
Lets keep this dialog going...I bet I can get that bad boy up to a world record by the weekend

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started off with the jitterbug then went to the big zara spook. 40+ fish between the two us before the moon got high in the sky
thats awesome. I've been wanting to fish the lakes and ponds here in TX at night but there are things that come out at night here that I really dont want to run into......

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Hey it's Texas, pack some heat!
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thats awesome. I've been wanting to fish the lakes and ponds here in TX at night but there are things that come out at night here that I really dont want to run into......
I don't blame you

The last two nights were two of the most fun outings I've ever had, both fresh and salt. Really looking forward to the next heat wave and the new moon in a couple weeks...
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