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    Whats the best top water Lure. Last night as tide was coming isomethig was running the bait huge blows ups everywhere that spots always active at night. Even when attempting to use bait I've failed to get a hit so I figured they might hit a topeater lure . Idk how the hell to use a lure lol and the size grub I have was probably to big I was throwing a 6 inch white grub I was told I shouldn't use bigger than 4 inch in the bay but thats what I had . I had a smaller grub but I didn't care to put it on since I was really just there to take out a bird nest and play with the reel. I tried to get my grub t close to the surface as possible but I was using a 1oz jig head it seems to just spook thee bait fish as when get closer to the rocks
     
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    Spooks & bowsticks are my fav.
     
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    Those are some expensive lures lol. I'm not trying to invest just somethon cheap that'll get the job done maybe a small surface iron
     
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    Zara spoon jr is 7$. Maybe some even cheaper knockoff is available, but that's a pretty standard lure for the corvs. Sometimes a shallow diving jerkbait or crank gets their attention better, but those topwater blowups are pretty entertaining. The luckycraft lures are great but you may have to sell a kidney for them
     
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    None of these are sold at Walmart i imagine ?
     
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    Haven't popped in walmart in a while myself, they may very well carry the spook it's a fairly popular lure. Turners, Anglers Choice, any freshwater tackle shop would likely carry them though not positive. Most tackle shops carry the luckycrafts and rapalas. Rapala shadow rap is a good jerkbait that's cheaper than the lucky. Doesn't cast as well.
     
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    Are these really to big for the bay I feel like if I took the head off I might have better luck since the on ounce head was still bigger than the bait . Or maybe I didn't put it on right it was dead center but seem to hang over
     
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    Thanks for all the helpful hints
     
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    I would seriously consider downsizing the entire presentation. Most of the bait fish that the predators are eating are smaller. A lighter leadhead will give a more realistic presentation as well. I fish a 1/4 or 3/8 weight with a 2.5-3inch plastic for bass. Most of the hardbaits are around 4 inches 4.5.
    My best corvina was a 5lber over 2ft long and I caught it on a megabait which is like 2 inches.
     
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    The voice of wisdom is speaking to you here.......
     
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    Oh okay Dana landing sold me last week are my so I guess this would be best bet what if I drop shot it it with a 1 ounce weight or add another 3/4 ounce weight to the bottom bullet to the bottom I understand what you said but i want to be able to cover as much distance as possible in a cast at the same time
     
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    Spotties in MB don't require more than 1/4 to 3/8. Long casts with heavy sinkers won't help you catch spotted bass in MB. Like Eric said heavy sinkers will kill the action of a bait. When I'm casting from shore the most bites come when my lure is about half way back as opposed to out at the far end of my cast.
     
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    Agree. I do like a long rod for slinging the hardbaits, mostly to get it out there and possibly draw some attention from further out with the rattling from the hardbait, but like fogey mentioned most of the hits come 10-15 yds from shore I would say. The 5lb corv bite about 10yds away. Last legal hali I landed bite a rapala literally 3 yds from my feet. Only place I see a real benefit for finding fish on loooong casts is in the surf and that's only when I'm targeting specific holes that are 70yds out. Long casting is fun and does help cover more water, but I believe the fact of the matter is 90% of the fish you can reach from shore are near that weed line or where the rocks meet the sand in that 10-15yd area in most spots. Probably caught more fish within 10yds of me than anywhere else.
     
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    Solid advice from the guys above. Just to chime in. I’ve had pretty solid outings with smaller Keitechs. Either the 2”-3” Easy Shiner or FAT Swing Impacts on 1/4-3/8oz VMC darter heads. You can get them both at Anglers Choice for less than 10 bucks out the door and hit Liberty Station or Harbor Island and get on some fish within 20 minutes.

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    Agree with you there. There times where I’ll switch to an iron with a buck tail on it or something with some weight and heave it. Usually toward the end of a session just to see what else is out there. Sometimes it results in a war with bay dwelling bonito. Sometimes it’s a mackerel. Sometimes I’ll exhausted my entire tackle box for nada. Ha
     
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    This forum has more than a few certified fish killing machines. When I first got started fishing San Diego about 4 or 5 years ago, took me about 11 outings to catch my first fish. Found this forum and read up, took the advice of these guys that were slaying, despite some of it not being what I thought would work or what I was used to. While there is more than 1 way to skin a cat, there are proven techniques that just flat out produce. Use them.
     
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