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Now that the season steps down to 20" on Saturday should we switch out some of the 9" shads for 6" shads?
 

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I'm not going to downsize, at least initially. But I already had a handful of 6 in baits in the spread. Caught a few under-28 fish last weekend (along with some spawning size fish too). One on a huge 21 tony spoon and another on a 9in bait. So you can still catch smaller fish on the bigger baits. But I will be bringing some smaller baits on the boat -- it's easy to switch out a few lines as necessary based on conditions. I think, however, there will still be large fish to be had this weekend since things turned on late this year due to the cold winter. FWIW.
 

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Definitely downsize EVERYTHING for the smaller fish!! (I'll worry about all those big fish still hanging around for ya! :hysterical:)
 

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Elephants eat peanuts.

My most productive trolling bait is a tandem 2/4oz bucktail w/ 6" shads.
Admittedly, I haven't caught my largest fish on that combo, but it has caught more fish than any other in the spread.
 

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My most productive trolling bait is a tandem 2/4oz bucktail w/ 6" shads.
Admittedly, I haven't caught my largest fish on that combo, but it has caught more fish than any other in the spread.
My experience as well. I actually doubled up last year, one on a 2/4 and another on an 8/12. 18' and 35'.
 

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Nope.....but I have noticed in years past 6" grubs have worked well.....still run 9" and 12" shads but I use 6" grubs mixed with 6" shads on my smaller tandems
 
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