[nggallery id=764]After fishing the Bay of Quinte yesterday I headed out on Lake Erie, ON this am to shoot a crankin’ smallmouth bass show using the Rapala Shad Rap series of crankbaits. We left the Fort Erie, ON boat launch around 8am and by the time we reached the mouth of the Niagara, Lake Erie was already rolling 4′ waves from the south-west. Nontheless, we headed to one of my favorite reefs where the water goes from 40-14′ and I started by cranking the Rapala Shad Rap RS (Rattling/Suspending), glass series. The 18′ River Hawk boat equipped with a 115 hp., 4-stroke Yamaha outboard, Minn Kota Terrova AP electric and two Humminbird sonars was ideal to run through the waves and to locate and stay on the fish!
In about 5-casts I had my first “brawly” smallmouth on and it must have jumped 5-times trying to throw the hook. I used the Rapala Concept Ti rod matched by a Shift spinning reel and Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid with a 12 lb. Sufix fluorocarbon leader. My outfit was perfect to ensure I drove all the hooks past the barb so that the smallies would stay on. I was blessed not to loose any fish I hook. The largest smallie was pushing 19″. All of them were dark, exhibiting beautiful bronze sides with stripes!
I also used the original Shad Rap from size #7-#9, but the #7 RS Shad Rap produced the best.
Now is a great time to crank for smallies on the reefs, so if you love to bass fish, make sure to take advantage of the excellent weather we continue to have!