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Old 09-18-2011, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cold front highland reservoir 9/17/11

Got to fish a local reservoir today to try my hand at cold front fishing. Launched at 6:45am. Water temperature was 70-degrees and slightly stained (coolest water we found was 69-degrees). Barometer at 30.40. Winds mostly calm with 10mph gusts from NE.

The first place hit was a series of shallow brush piles in 3'-5' of water inside a small gut off the southern shore of the main channel. Even at that early hour and with heavy cloud cover, the bass were holding tight to cover. A GP Zoom Speed Craw on a 2/0 Moaner ewg and a 3/16 black lead bullet pulled three bass out of their lairs. The largest was app. 2-pounds.

We trolled toward a shallow point with steep dropoffs and fished the banks along the way. These banks are relatively bare of cover and we neither got strikes nor graphed any fish on them.

The second stop was the aforementioned point which was approched first by fishing across it with crank baits and plastics, then from deep to shallow with plastics and finally from shallow to deep with plastics. There are many large stumps and a great deal of chunk rock off this point which usually hold fish year-round, but we didn't get bit until we slowed down and hopped 4" watermelon red tube jigs down the point. The bites all came as the bait left the flattest part of the point and started down the slope. Some bites came on the fall, but the majority came after the tube was dragged from one rock to another in nearly 15' of water. The bites were subtle and there was some risk of deep hooking the bass.

Both smallmouth and largemouth came off the same areas of the point.

We decided to try the backs of a couple coves and were rewarded with a couple nice bass. The feeding activity (shad) was lighting up the graph, but there were no takers on crankbaits, spinners, topwater or soft swimbaits. As with the other fish, all strikes came from cover of some type- either large rock or wood. And, as before, the tube was the bait of choice. Watermelon red stickbaits or worms didn't get any attention whatsoever.

The next stop (around 11am) was a series of laydowns along the northern shore. We trolled along the shore flipping into the wood but had no luck which was the exact opposite of the southern shore. Upon reaching a flat point that terminates into a steep dropoff, I tied on a Carolina rig with a smoke colored lizard and was quickly bitten by a toothy critter and lost the bait. I re-tied using a Zoom Centipede and was able to bag a pretty smallie by dragging the rig perpendicular to the dropoff.

The smallmouth was the last fish hooked until my buddy bagged one with a T-rigged black trick worm with a 1/8oz. bullet weight off a rock ledge.

At this point, the weather was taking a turn for the worst and college football beckoned, so we called it a day.

The day in retrospect: We made the right call hitting shallow cover on the southern shore first. The pressure rise had bass relating tightly to wood and large rock. Craw baits and tubes fished slowly were the only productive baits in the a.m. Even with bass busting and chasing shad, crank baits (billed, lipless and suspending) were ignored as were spinners and topwater. The northern shore was less productive and the fish were deeper, although still holding to cover off points and transition routes. If I had more time, I would have thrown some big worms in the mix and even tried a dropshot or Neko rig. In all, 12 bass were caught in about 5 hours with the majority being off T-rigged plastics and tube jigs. One came off a C-rig.



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Old 09-18-2011, 08:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I love hearing about successful fishing trips I wanna hit the water at least one day this week to check out the new Hummingbird on the front of my boat but it seems that chores that need to get done before winter...both here at home and at Mom's are piling up on me. Way to go Toad!!!
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Toad, that is just an awesome report. I can't see why your cold front res fishing would be any different from what we find up here in SEMI. We might be a week or two ahead of you weather-wise, but that all sounds just about right.

Great stuff Amphibian.
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Thank you, gentlemen. Just trying to pay it forward. TBH has been a hugely valuable resource as a whole and we need to get the Virginia board rocking, too.

By the way, just got a call from a dude who wants to hit the same reservoir about 12-ish. Will definitely have a go at the Neko and drop shot today.
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Thank you, gentlemen. Just trying to pay it forward. TBH has been a hugely valuable resource as a whole and we need to get the Virginia board rocking, too.

By the way, just got a call from a dude who wants to hit the same reservoir about 12-ish. Will definitely have a go at the Neko and drop shot today.
I know youre already on the water, but good luck Toad!
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What a great report back .....thank you Toad
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Awesomazinabuloustastic report Mr A V!! Great to hear you got out there and got in some good fishing during this cold front. Won't be long before we are fishing for fall bass!
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Thanks again, folks!

Today was a different experience than yesterday. The barometric pressure decreased a little and the wind laid down almost entirely. We hit a few of the same spots as yesterday such as the flat point with drop offs, but no luck. Tried to find some baitfish in the backs of coves but they were scarce. The only activity- and this was inconsistent- was from schools chasing shad and alewives on the main lake. After a few hours of zilch, we decided to hit a decent-sized weedbed on the way back to the ramp. With one of the last casts, I luckily and completely by chance caught the one and only fish we had for the day- a nice deuce- off a C-rigged Centipede (tail dyed chartruesse just for mlsims ). I wish I had more to add but we literally had one strike and one fish after four hours fishing. Post-frontal bass fishing can really test an anglers skill and patience.
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You said you "luckily and completely by chance caught the one and only fish of the day". As the old saying goes, "I'd rather be lucky than good anyday". Way to go Toad!!!
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See there Jaison, I told you to dip those tails. Great report Bro. those cold fronts can really put them down, it did for me this weekend but I still managed to pull out a few nice keepers, between fighting the wind and current. The small fish were biting but the quality fish had buried up and refused to bite. Great looking pic, I would take one like that anyday with conditions tough as they were this weekend.
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