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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:38 am • # 1 
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Last week the temps here in NJ skyrocketed into the low 90's bringing the lakes to life. Had the afternoon off on Friday, so I took the kayak and headed out armed with two rods.

BFS: Bass Pro Microlite MIL60MLT 6', Tsurinoya XF-50, 8# Yo-Zuri Hybrid
Spin: Daiwa Presso 7' UL, Shimano NASCI 1000, 4# Cortland Camo Mono
(I think in previous posts I've mistakenly listed the Presso as 6'6")

Started with BFS and a Bitsy Bug. This was my first time out with the Microlite. It's less "finessie" than the Kuyung Teton, and the hope was it would do a better job setting the heavy hook of the Bitsy Bug. A cast near the waters edge proved the theory with a 3 or so pound LMB coming to hand (top left in pic below).

After that bass I switched to spin, using a 1/16 oz jig hook with a plastic grub/worm and landed a couple more bass and a few pickerel.

Moving into a shallow lagoon I tied on one of my all time favorites, a 1/32 oz. Berkley Atomic Tube. The fishing had already been good but now it became amazing! With the shallow water, wakes would appear when the lure hit the surface, providing clues as to how big the fish would be. Despite casting near a lot of lay downs and pickerel with their sharp teeth, no fish broke me off.

The Atomic Tubes produced my first ever Jersey Slam which is a bass, pickerel, crappie, bluegill and yellow perch in one day. To borrow from The Lord of The Rings, this little bait truly is my "One Lure to Rule Them All".

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(Didn’t take any pics of the gills and pumpkinseeds)

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:28 pm • # 2 
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Nice afternoon! well done.


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:38 pm • # 3 
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Nice :applause :applause


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 5:41 pm • # 4 
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Wow!


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:14 pm • # 5 
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Got another Jersey Slam yesterday fixing a mix of fly and UL spin (using the “one lure”). Almost didn’t make it. Just one pickerel and it was the smallest one I’ve ever seen. Downright cute.

Crappie were the fish of the day. Caught well over 50! I know they’re a popular fish but they just didn’t have as much fight as even smaller bluegills. Still it was fun. They were also the blackest ones I’ve ever seen. Maybe that’s typical this time of year?

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:37 am • # 6 
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Nice!
I've been thinking of trying tubes (I'm just getting back into UL spinning), so I'll try to find those to try.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:07 pm • # 7 
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Thanks for sharing this with us. Now I have to go out and buy more tackle.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:06 pm • # 8 
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Wabi, I use tubes on my fly rods. You can use micro jigs made at a weight for fly rods or just use a hook. I usually split my crappie tubes in half to make them easier to cast and sink faster too.
1. What works best for me is to just hook the tube on at the tip
2. You can also thread the hook on backward and you have something that looks like a squid in the water.
3. You can also wrap some thread on a hook, put some glue on the tread and work the tube onto the threaded hood, the tube stays on the hook forever in my experience.

The micro jigs are available at both Cabela and Bass Pro fly shops. I usually smash the heads with pliers and then trim them with side cutters to reduce the weight. Just enough weight for the half crappie tube to slowly sink.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:12 pm • # 9 
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Good job . Crappie come in two type , black and white . Don't know the difference but hey , they eat .


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:18 pm • # 10 
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Am I to assume that the green ones are the preferred/most effective?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:02 am • # 11 
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Del Gue wrote:
Am I to assume that the green ones are the preferred/most effective?


That's been my experience.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:10 pm • # 12 
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Ok, I'm curious...

I see many places where the panfish magnets are held in high acclaim.

And you declare the atomic tube, preferably in green, to be the one lure to rule them all.

You ought to pit the panfish magnets up against the green atomic tube on three fishing trips and see which one catches the most fish. It would be an entertaining experiment!

Edit: Btw, I just ordered some of these jokers. Figured after your ringing endorsement I'd give them a try.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:57 pm • # 13 
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Well, I dunno about bluegill and crappie, but I caught a blue crab on one this morning.

I thought I was fishing a freshwater lake, but it seems that it may in fact be brackish.


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