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Old 12-03-2010, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey folks. I'm needing a bit of help here. For the past two weeks, the fish have been hit or miss. It's been terribly windy here, and the water has gone from clear to murky and stained. I'm fishing from the banks, as I sold my boat this past summer.

I have no way to check the water temp, but the outside temps have been in the low 40s to the mid 60s. I know the fish are there, but I'm averaging 1-2 fish per trip to the lake. I've tried most of what I know to do...throwing a few soft plastics, like the Yum Dinger wacky rigged on a small #1 circle hook (weedless). This seems to perform best, but not always. I've also been throwing spinnerbaits in darker colors with indiana and colorado blades, texas rigged weightless flukes, top water poppers, and the Rage Tail Eeliminator. So far, the Eeliminator and the Dinger are the only things I'm catching them on, but even then the fish and strikes are very few. Any tips or advice on what to try? What other baits work well in these type of water conditions during this season? Thanks guys/gals, I could really use the help, lol.

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Old 12-03-2010, 07:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try suspending shadraps and rogues. Natural colors to match the surrounding baitfish would be a good starting point. Crank it down and let it sit. When you think you've let it sit long enough let it sit longer. Then move it a little, and let it sit, and so fourth. Doing this has worked time and time again in late fall for me when nothing else would. I call this the "uncle tom presentation". You know, you're in a public restroom doing your biddniss and some creepy guy takes 10 mins to wash his hands and you just want to slap him Same principle.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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"The Uncle Tom" That's great! If I am Struggling to catch a fish this time of year I will grab a little football head jig and fish some rip rap. If the water is murky or stained, I would defiantly throw a black/ black and blue color with a pork trailer. My favorite jigs to throw come from Bass Assault Lures....Check them out here www.bassassaultlures.com Good luck to you!!!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! I'm headed out to the lake now. I really appreciate the advice. I'll let you know how I get along when I return. Again, thanks a million folks!

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Old 12-03-2010, 10:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Water temps for a shore angler -

You can purchase a pool thermometer, attach it to a strink and throw it out to the depth, give it about 5 min and you have your water temp. More accurate them surface temps as you are getting the reading from the zone you are fishing.


Shore fishing is tough this time of year, I thnk you are on the right track with your yum dinger or senko type bait. A carolina rig could be effective too as you can get it out to the depths and SLOWLY stitch it back. The Slow roll swimbait or single blade spinnerbait. I would look at fishing in areas that have creek channels or run off cuts coming down the bank, these typically translate out into the water as run offs, these are also really good fishing holes as the water flow can be warmer then current temps, and bring food and oxygen into the shallows. The other areas to consider are rocky banks that have some depth nearby as winter late fall fish will move up to these banks in the morning.

These are the zones I would focus in, slow, take a thermos of coffee and watch the line, these girls will chew but the window that they are up in the shallows is more limited in the winter as the water temps in the shallows are fluctuating quite a bit and is more stable down deeper.
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Thanks Ash! I actually fish the area of the lake where it's mostly a rocky bank that has a few nice drop offs. I was curious, do Bass still feed on crawdads during this time. I used to have alot of luck fishing a beaver style bait texas rigged with a 1/4oz bullet weight. I may try that tomorrow morning as well. Right now, I have three rods ready to go in the morning. One with a small spinnerbait in shad colors, a weightless texas rigged fluke and the last one with a top water popper.

I've been seeing quite a bit of activity going on at the surface with the Blue Gills and smaller baitfish, but nothing that would suggest they are being targeted by the Bass. The forage is present, but that seems to be it. I'll be ready to tie on my Yum Dinger, Beaver style baits, and possibly some shallow diving crankbaits. Thanks again friend!

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They're starting to feed on crawdads around here in preparation for winter. Can't see any reason it would be any different in your area.
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They're starting to feed on crawdads around here in preparation for winter. Can't see any reason it would be any different in your area.
Thanks a million friend. I'm headed out again to see what I can do. Had no luck with the first outing today. I'll also be hitting them later this evening before the sun goes down...trying to dial in the best time of day to hit up these fish.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, I never got a chance to tie on any of the beaver style baits. I caught three on a small spinnerbait. Two were along the bank in the weeds and cat tails. The 3rd one was a bit deeper...he hit it as I was letting it sink. My confidence in the spinnerbait is growing, but not quite there just yet. I have to say that catching fish on a spinnerbait is VERY exciting!! I think I'll give it a try early in the morning and in the early afternoon. The early afternoon was when I caught these three fish. As the sun starting going down, the Yum Dinger was the bait of choice.

Thanks again for all the help folks!

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Don't rule out a lipless crank bait for the bass. It will perform rather good in shallow water at this time of the year.
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