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missmolly  
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08/12/2011 08:04AM
 
I don't use little lures much. I typically buy the biggest lures so that I can cast them farther. However, I was in Grand Marais last week and the cabin there had some BWCA Journals and I read this interview with a longtime guide up there. This guide's favorite smallmouth surface lure was the Tiny Torpedo. He said that doesn't twitch them, but retrieves them slow and steady. Anyone else fish them that way?


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Wallidave  
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08/12/2011 08:17AM
 
yes, the slow and steady retrieve is my favortie with the TT.
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QueticoMike  
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08/12/2011 09:46AM
 
That is the way I always used to work them. But now I do a lot more twitch and pauses instead. I caught my biggest smallie in Quetico this year with a bullfrog TT. I just bought a magnum torpedo that I am taking up there to the BW on Labor Day weekend. They are 3 and 5/16 inches long. Bigger lure, bigger bass ( at least those are my hopes and dreams :) )
Miami1  
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08/12/2011 10:57AM
 
A steady retrieve works great. I use it at night, as I believe it helps the fish get a better track on the lure thus more solid hook sets. Anthony


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missmolly  
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08/12/2011 12:50PM
 
quote QueticoMike: "That is the way I always used to work them. But now I do a lot more twitch and pauses instead. I caught my biggest smallie in Quetico this year with a bullfrog TT. I just bought a magnum torpedo that I am taking up there to the BW on Labor Day weekend. They are 3 and 5/16 inches long. Bigger lure, bigger bass ( at least those are my hopes and dreams :) )"


Bigger lure, longer casts! I have caught hundreds of bass at the very end of my reach.


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bassnut  
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08/12/2011 02:37PM
 
The TT is a lure that just "lends" itself to different retrieves. the only knock on the lure is the poor hooks, please change!!(mag. size has decent hooks) Slow, steady retrieves can be interspersed with sharp jerks, as when passing cover(stump, weeds), or to entice followers.
In the same vein of lure, my favorite is the Woodchopper. Excellent hooks, balsawood, propellers spin at very slow retrieve speeds. A little heavier, so casts farther. However, a bunch of toothy critters can wreck a lure...cool battle scars!!!


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QueticoMike  
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08/15/2011 07:56AM
 
quote bassnut: "The TT is a lure that just "lends" itself to different retrieves. the only knock on the lure is the poor hooks, please change!!(mag. size has decent hooks) Slow, steady retrieves can be interspersed with sharp jerks, as when passing cover(stump, weeds), or to entice followers.
In the same vein of lure, my favorite is the Woodchopper. Excellent hooks, balsawood, propellers spin at very slow retrieve speeds. A little heavier, so casts farther. However, a bunch of toothy critters can wreck a lure...cool battle scars!!!"



Yep, I will second that...change the hooks.
missmolly  
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08/15/2011 08:35AM
 
quote bassnut: "The TT is a lure that just "lends" itself to different retrieves. the only knock on the lure is the poor hooks, please change!!(mag. size has decent hooks) Slow, steady retrieves can be interspersed with sharp jerks, as when passing cover(stump, weeds), or to entice followers.
In the same vein of lure, my favorite is the Woodchopper. Excellent hooks, balsawood, propellers spin at very slow retrieve speeds. A little heavier, so casts farther. However, a bunch of toothy critters can wreck a lure...cool battle scars!!!"



I fished nothing but muskies for a few years, so I know about battle scars. As always, thanks for the advice, bassnut.


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missmolly  
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08/15/2011 08:37AM
 
quote QueticoMike: "quote bassnut: "The TT is a lure that just "lends" itself to different retrieves. the only knock on the lure is the poor hooks, please change!!(mag. size has decent hooks) Slow, steady retrieves can be interspersed with sharp jerks, as when passing cover(stump, weeds), or to entice followers.
In the same vein of lure, my favorite is the Woodchopper. Excellent hooks, balsawood, propellers spin at very slow retrieve speeds. A little heavier, so casts farther. However, a bunch of toothy critters can wreck a lure...cool battle scars!!!"




Yep, I will second that...change the hooks."



I always change my hooks. I love those barbless Gamakatsu trebles. They're the sharpest hooks that ever stuck me.


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bassnut  
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08/15/2011 08:57AM
 
LOL


Fish hit lures worked by pros to novice everyday. the guy that fishes once a year has just about as good a chance of hooking a real hog as a guy that fishes 100 times a year. The difference is the guy that fishes 100 times a year maximizes his chances, makes the most of them thru experience, and 'CONTROLS" the things he(she) can.
1.sharp hooks
2. good knot
3. fresh line
4. rod, reel, drag combo(rod action)


The TT (or my Woodchopper) is a lure that ANYBODY can fish effectively. It is up to us, as experienced fishers, to emphasize the things we can control, so we can teach a novice to land that hog.


Missmolly: I've got a story about a Gamakatsu worm hook, a 1/4oz. worm weight, and a forehead....(no scar!)


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missmolly  
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08/15/2011 09:19AM
 
quote bassnut: "LOL



Fish hit lures worked by pros to novice everyday. the guy that fishes once a year has just about as good a chance of hooking a real hog as a guy that fishes 100 times a year. The difference is the guy that fishes 100 times a year maximizes his chances, makes the most of them thru experience, and 'CONTROLS" the things he(she) can.
1.sharp hooks
2. good knot
3. fresh line
4. rod, reel, drag combo(rod action)



The TT (or my Woodchopper) is a lure that ANYBODY can fish effectively. It is up to us, as experienced fishers, to emphasize the things we can control, so we can teach a novice to land that hog.



Missmolly: I've got a story about a Gamakatsu worm hook, a 1/4oz. worm weight, and a forehead....(no scar!)"



I used to change my line each year. Now, I change it between trips. It takes such a beating. My partner and I landed two pike 40 inches or bigger on six-pound test with no leaders and I attribute that to fresh line, sharp hooks, good knots, and LUCK! Now, are you going to tell your story? And when are we going fishing? Wanna go next year? I know some fine bass lakes north of the BWCA.


"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
realandrea  
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08/18/2011 09:09PM
 
I saw this lure in action in June and couldn't stop laughing! I'd like to say it was good for the pure entertainment value except for all the fish it caught!
TallMatt  
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08/19/2011 08:01AM
 
Thanks for the tip on changing out the hooks--I never even thought about it, and have had trouble getting hooksets with this lure. I swapped it out for some generic trebles I had in my tackle box. Just feeling the hooks with my fingers they feel a lot sharper and look like they'd set better. Heading up to the BWCA on Sunday, I'll report back if the torpedo gets any fish.
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