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Old 09-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wow! Wednesday when I got off the lake at about 2pm it was 101 out. Yesterday we were still in the 90s. Today it hasn't gotten above 65!

Cold fronts like this can really be challenging to fish. I fished for 2 hours today and my general thought was it could go one of two ways. One way is that it could be that the cooler water could turn the fish on and put them in an "end of the world" mode where they feed like crazy. In these times, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and other faster moving power fishing presentations could be the ticket. The other possibility is that it could shut them down and it would require tapping them on the forehead with your bait to get them to even pay attention to it.

Today, it ended up being the latter.

I started cranking to no avail. I changed up to a Texas rigged lizard. I got one hit on that. But it was such a light hit and they dropped it as quick as they hit it. I switched to a finesse worm. The hit's were still very light with no real commitment behind them. Finally I downsized to a 3.5" tube. This was what did the trick. Finally the fish were committing. I ended up catching 6 like this over the next hour. It was a lot of fun and was a good lesson that I will not soon forget.

I would like this to open up discussion of cold fronts and fishing them. Let's hear everyone's experiences, good or bad. Also, if you have questions, let's hear those too.

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Old 09-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the norm is good when the front hits and then it starts to go downhill for like 3 days....
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Wife and I went out yesterday. Started off with 7.5 inch lizards. Caught 4 bass that were barely longer than the lizard. Downsized to a 4 inch lizard in same color - pumpkinseed/chat reuse tail. Wife hooked up with a 3 pounder and cranked him to the boat. Few more small ones until it got dark and we headed home. So I'm unsure if the size of the bait mattered in our case. But we definitely had to fish them slower to get the strikes.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thats not bad for a couple hours.I like it cooler I dont sweat my but off rowing around the lake to get to my spots. I found lots of times when your fishing regardless of the time of year,smaller baits sometimes work much better.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good info, Jared. I'm going out tomorrow and will take some small tubes with me. Already have finesse worms and baby flukes, 4" lizards, Speed Craws, Spearworms, etc. Tubes might be the ticket here, too.

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thats been my experience with a cold front Jared, if the cold front is preceded by blue bird skies, then they shut down and you have to just about put the bait in there mouths to get them to bite. Iv had great luck with the shakey head, or with small 1/4 oz jigs tiped with baby paca craws. Dont think I have ever had an amazing day after a cold front passed. Now if the cold front comes in and it stays cloudy for a couple days, I have been able to catch them with a little less effort, but its never been a free for all, after one passed.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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80s on wednsday, 40s this morning when I went fishing, water probably dropped 5 degrees over the past 2 days, not nice. 1 of 2 things will happen, as Jared mentioned, the fish will be on fire and try to eat evrything, or they will hunker down, they hunkered down for me today. After throwing a popper to see if they were eager to play,they weren't, I swung to my backup, a 4 inch "T" rigged worm, I finally
started to get bit, not much & very soft, but I put one in the boat. Then I swung to my dropshot with a ZOOM finesse worm, I found them in about 6 feet of water in weeds on a sharp drop, within 20 minutes I had 6 fish, the smallest abotu 2 lbs, the biggest about 21/2 lbs, things were looking up. I picked up a buddy and we went back at it. My friend picked a 3 lber with his dropshot, the catch of the day was a 4.38 little beauty I nailed on a hair jig. It was simply a matter of working throuch the baits to find what was working, I had an empty 2 hour period until I found the method and the place then it was decent fishing. Don't give up, just keep working it and you will get them, you just have to find what they want. Now, if I can do that in my next tourny I'll be alright.
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7 fish in a couple hours ain't a bad day in my opinion. for some reason slow rolling a spinner works well for me on a hard cold front. lol yes we actually get cold fronts in Florida
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We have had a cold front rolling in through for the past two days. Winds at 10 - 20 mph from the North and then rolling around to the East. I was able to find some fishable water, but nothing seemed to work. I threw spinnerbaits all throughout the water column, cranks up and down, and soft plastics of many varieties. The air temps were anywhere from 48* to 58*, but the water temps were still around 66-67*. Still, I got very few bites.

I picked up two fish yesterday, and four more fish today. All of them came on topwater baits of all things. Pretty amazing when you consider the chop on the water. I got hit on a medium-deep crank but lost the fish. Other than that, zilch.

Normally up here, the days before a cold front are pretty good, but during and after are really tough. As this is written, the overcast skies have fled the scene, replaced by bluebird skies and 61* with a breeze. Time to watch some football.
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Pease- you nailed it, my friend! Just got back from ol' Happy Valley and had a decent day thanks to your tube insights. Pulled fish off a few brush piles with speed craws in the a.m. but it shut down around 9:00. Finally tied on a 4" watermelon/red flake tube and stirred up some more beasts. To be honest, I'm not sure I would have tried the tube if not for this post. Thanks, Capitano!
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