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The Senko with a splitshot about 1 ft up the line is a fail safe bait. You will get alot of bites, but if you're going for big fish, I would go with a crank bait, or a pig-n-jig. Jigging a spoon or a spinner bait in deep water is also a big bite bait. Let the spinner bait fall and rip it up. The will hit it on the fall 90% of the time, so keep the line tight.
mornings- throw top water..buzzbait, spook, popper, fluke etc
middays during heat- deep water with jigs, worms, cranks, frogs or swimbaits around vegetation and pitch under boat docks with jig etc
evenings- go back to the topwater and spinnerbait
all lakes are different and the structure, vegetation, weather, water clarity, etc of course has to be taken into consideration. I only fish the lakes around my area of alabama like smith lake and guntersville and what i listed above is usuallly my go to with some exceptions but as mentioned before just throw out the whole arsenal and when you find a pattern stick to it
I fish Guntersville as well, the past couple of weeks I've been mainly fishing in 25+; catching a ton of suspended fish! Gville is insane right now, 80 pounds in the 3 day flw tournament last weekend was simply nuts!
I've found that a single large swim bait has worked better lately when it comes to catching the bigger bass. I never really got caught up in the Bama' rig craze. Yes it's a great bait, but it's not a miracle lure like some people make it out to be.
My advice would be to find what the natural food is in the lake and use colors that replicate that. For example, Shad is a major food source on Guntersville, so I tend to buy lures that resemble shad. If the grass hasn't come in too thick yet, try throwing a drop shot in the morning. If that doesn't work move to deeper water and throw deep diving cranks and swim baits.
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