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Old 05-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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The few times I have fished live shrimp under a float while wading the grass flats, I seem to lose all of my shrimp to the small pan fish. What am I doing wrong? Do you use a circle hook for this technique? Also, what would anyone consider the best soft plastic to fish under a float for specs?

I am a rookie at this and can use all of the help I can get.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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You can use circle hooks for specs. The pin fish are everywhere and are sometimes a pain in the butt. But they are also great bait for big old gator specs. Catch you a medium size pin hook it just before the tail (circle hook) and throw it out there to soak a bit. The best artificial I know of would be a Gulp new penny for specs, less trouble with the pin fish also. Keep at it the best fishing of the year is upon us. Good luck.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:07 PM   #3
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thank you for the info. I will definitely stay after it. I caught trout up to 22" this past week using the spook jr and it is a blast. What is your favorite topwater bait for specs?
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Get rid of the shrimp if you want to catch the gators. Slap a big pinfish on there.
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Cant beat the new penny colored gulp shrimp. Ive had good luck with the rootbeer ones as well. For topwater in the grass I like a red headed mirrolure with a shiny gold body. The ones with shiny white or silver bodies work alright too, and always a lot easier to find it seems.
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good info, I've been wondering this myself. also wondering if a fake DOA shrimp will work instead of real shrimp
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try the "DOA Deadly Combo" best thing ever it even works on reds
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good info, I've been wondering this myself. also wondering if a fake DOA shrimp will work instead of real shrimp
DOA's work good for specks and reds...maybe not as good as the real thing but they will catch you fish.
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I used to use live shrimp a lot until DOA's came around and then gulps. Gulps are just as good as shrimp and can be a little less expensive. But there is nothing like seeing a live shrimp jumping out of the water trying to get away from a speck.

If you use live shrimp under a cork and the cork twitches, it probably isn't a speck and is probably a pinfish. If it is a pinfish, there will not be a speck anywhere around. So get you shrimp away from that area immediately and cast to a different area. If you continue to do this, you will find that when you cast to a location that your shrimp is not immediately attacked by a pinfish a trout will hit.

So when I fish with live shrimp on the flats and I am not getting those annoying little nibbles, I have a better chance of catching a trout.
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There is a place here in Valparaiso that sells Gulf shrimp on ice for $1-2 pier lb., good eating and good bait. I still have the DOAs that I haven't opened yet, waiting to find the trout first.
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