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    Winter- time for the spade tail grub

    While I fish 6 in. or larger grubs most of the year, I will switch to a 3 in. spade tail grub in winter. Spade tails have little inherent action, are fished on the bottom, and are good in current. I will fish them when the temperature is 36 degrees or below. They are best fished on ball head or small football head jigs with a 3(0) hook and 1/4 oz. weight or less.
    The spade tail is fished to resemble a minnow feeding on the bottom. The best technique is to cast it out, let it settle to the bottom, and gently pull on the line. This causes the jig tail to rise above the jig head and resemble the feeding minnow. You can also gently shake the lure. This is a slow moving tactic made for cold water bass. The lure is especially good in river current. Cast it out, let it settle, and let the current provide the action to the lure.

    An old but very good lure seldom used by today's fishermen!
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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)

    This is one of the cold water lures I have been meaning to try?Do you rig the tail flat or vertical? Around here is is hare jigs and more hare jigs for me.

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (Munkin)

    It is rigged horizontal to the hook. When you pull on the line, the spade tail will move up and down. Good question.
    I fish hair jigs also. With a trailer for largemouth and bare for smallmouth.
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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)

    I also fish the spade tail grub in cold water. The grub I use is made by Mann's and I think it's called "Sting Ray" grub. I fish it a lot in 60-70 ft of water when the smallies are suspended. I use a 3/16 oz. head and let it drop on a semi tight line as they will often hit on the drop. I f no hits I swim it or hop just off the bottom and work it back to boat then reel it up. Lots of times strikes will come when reeling up. Other times if I can see them on locator I'll count it down until I can find the depth there hitting. It is very slow fishing and can be boring if not catching, but when you get into smallies or spots it can be very productive

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (etecviper)

    I have used your technique on Norfork. We need more posts on deep water fishing. Thanks!
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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)

    Good post and Good Tecnique Lozman !!

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (basscat247)

    I fish the Sting Ray grub as well. I like it in tough conditions as well as winter. My favorite technique is to just tick it off the bottom. I use various jig heads dependent on the cover or bottom composition. Another tecnique I like to use is called stitching. Usually done with spinning tackle, you basically pull the line in by using your thumb, index and middle finger. Pinch the line between your index and thumb, close to the reel face, then reach out with your middle finger and pull 2 or 3 inches in. Take up the slack with your reel. VERY S-L-O-W technique, but would work awesome with the above described bottom feeding presentation.

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (Terry Anderson)

    Are any colors more productive using grubs such as the sting ray?




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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (medicpelle)

    For clear water I use smoke or black. For stained water or fishing for smallmouth, I use white/chartruese, chartruese, smoke with chartruese dipped tails.
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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)

    I've had a bunch of Sting Rays for years..problem now, if I cast them they just bounce around or get stuck in a snow drift

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)

    great info... forgotten lure... Old school... I like the 3" grub with as little weight as I can... fish slow and steady, like a slider worm... I used to fish them year round... sting ray grubs hard to come by... anybody got an online source?

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (capticeman)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by capticeman &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> sting ray grubs hard to come by... anybody got an online source? </TD></TR></TABLE>

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (capticeman)

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (LOZman)



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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (Munkin)

    http://www.mannsbait.com/Store_Index.html
    Click on the softbaits tab, and they are on the far right hand side of the page!

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (Terry Anderson)

    with the way bass fishing has been going to the finesse side... I would love to see the sting ray grub in better colors...

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    Re: Winter- time for the spade tail grub (capticeman)

    As I have gotten older I have really cut down on the colors I use in plastics.
    White, Black, Smoke, watermelon flake. I fish mostly clear water and one of these will usually work. I will sometime dye the tails with chartruese. You are right about the trend to finesse fishing. Fishing pressure is greater over time. My power fishing is now limited to the times when the water is stained.
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