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Old 03-16-2007, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Think of post spawn bass as recovering from surgery, they want a safe place to rest and meals delivered to them.
Post spawn bass tend to locate on the post spawn bass are not in condition to case down prey. Baby bass and shad are easy meals at this time, so lures that look like a bait fish moving erratically and moving slowly close to where the bass is holding, becomes a target of opportunity.
Locations are usually close to the spawning areas, like secondary points with structure and cover or any close deeper cover. The bass leave the spawning area to seek deeper water and stay close because they do not have the energy to relocate to the summer locations.
Lures to target post spawn bass are small surface poppers, hard and soft jerk baits, 4 1/2 to 5 1/2" plastics worms that represent baby bass or shad and Senko's are all good basic choices. The post spawn bass usually will not case down a lure, it needs to stay close to the bass. When the bass have recovered and move to summer locations, then faster moving crank baits, spinner baits, buzzers, Texas rigged larger worms, Carolina or slip shot rigged larger worms and creatures, frogs for mats, jigs or whatever you have confidence in should work.
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I usually throw soft jerkbaits late in pre spawn and in the postspawn, with a watermelon fluke being my weapon of choice.
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The best all around lure color of choice for post spawn bass should be baby bass. LMB will target baby bass simply because the fry are close to the location where the post spawner's are holding. Minnows are minnows to a bass and just another food source. Baby bass are light green with chartreuse and silver highlights. Small 3" lures are best, however a 5" lure will work.
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that screams out fluke and sluggo to me
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Crappie prefer to spawn in waters 62-66 degrees, just ahead of largemouths. Bream get going about the time the bass start, but mostly around full moon periods. I say that because those spawns produce eggs which attract egg predators, and fry to feed fingerlings and a large host of predators in general. That includes bass feeding on bass fry and fingerlings, as well as all the other species trying to survive to age one. Clouds of bream arrive to compete for spawning bed areas the bass like too, but the bass are at a great advantage. They feed on those pilgrims. Until the whole of all the fish hatched get scattered and able to hide, the bass hang around the spawning areas. Just thought someone might want to know why they do that.

Ah, but knowing that helps us determine where to most likely find the bass. It isn't likely they will be deeper than 10 feet until about mid June here, a little later northward USA. But each week till then the bass will move farther out from shore to include more shad to their dwindling minnow diet. When the bream finish and move out for the next month, what remains will hardly interest spawn-hungry bass. Bream will be back to spawn again, maybe a couple more times into mid summer.

If you haven't caught it yet, the post-spawn is a reversal of the pre-spawn. In the pre-spawn bass juggle water temperature, length of day, hormonal urge, and forage supply in their journey up from deep winter haunts. They can't get ahead of their food supply.

In the post-spawn they juggle area familiarity with rising water temperatures, bonus forage arrivals and departures, and the need to get closer to shad or whatever other major forage supply. Threadfin shad move deep and well away from shore each day, visiting the shoreline nights to feed, rest and spawn. They begin spawning toward the end of bass spawning into July. When spawning they might remain shallow for a few hours past daylight, but it's most important to know they otherwise swim out deep at daylight and return around dusk. That's why so many successful anglers are done fishing by 9-10 am. They know to pay attention to shad movements. That's also why late evening shallow bassing is usually more active than mid-day bassin. Once the shad are schooled up deep they are scattered and hard to find, for us and the bass. I highly recommend taking time to discover the routes taken by shad to their shallow haunts, then ambush bass following along that way. It pays to know as much as possible about any shad or other small fish in your lake that become meals for bass.

At this point in the bass season the bass, as Tom mentioned, will prefer easy meals. That's why bass prefer to take up ambush points along those shad trails. They just suck in shad passing by.

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Yeah, baits imitating bream, like a big fluffy black/blue trailered jig or shad imitator will certainly get their attention.

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Shad colors like silver/translucent purple/chartreuse/smoke work great if the lake has a threadfin shad population, add orange for gizzard shad. Lots of lakes don't have a shad population, then bluegill & crappie and baby bass colors are the ticket, or use both color combinations, including white all work good for post spawner's feeding on baitfish. The key is putting the lure close to the bass so it doesn't need to chase it down. Once the bass have recouped or new pre spawn bass are in the area a faster bulky type reaction lure works.
Where I do most of my fishing the big bass will go on a shad bite as they transition to deeper water summer sanctuary's. The shad bite indicates to me that post spawn is over and the summer period has arrived.
This is the time when most bass fisherman stay tied to the shoreline, instead of going back outside where those pre spawn bass staged. Summer is time to use your electronics and not to put the sonar/GPS away. Reread where do big bass go after the spawn. It's not that all the bass go outside, summer is a time when bass scatter and go everywhere that prey provides them a good opportunity to feed and cover and structure provides a safe haven from fishing pressure.
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I think we'd have to sort lakes by shad species to identify "the shad bite" timing for a lake. Here in Central Arkansas where threadfin are common, the shad bite definitely begins in post spawn while bass are still reluctant to chase. They need to stock up on easier meals for now to gain enough fat to sustain a chase & eat habit. All that while shad are on the move and feeding stripers already in the chase. In our case the summer season begins when bass metabolism snaps into high gear and the chase is on. For that matter our fall season begins as soon as late summer depressed bass resume chasing after a month or two of summer doldrums, high heat shutting them down about like winter cold does.

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Agree, I was thinking "shad bite" as serious surface and shoreline feeding activity by bass similar to striper's and shad schools being targeted outside by big bass on deeper breaks, instead of being ambushed quietly by pre spawner's. This type of pattern can go on during most of the summer in cooler water of highland reservoirs.
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Bream get going about the time the bass start
I wanted to say that I know in Texas Bream do not spawn at the same time that Bass do as Jim noted. They spawn starting late May but mostly in June. Bass are for the most part finished spawning at that time and are however looking for easy Beam meals. In the past when I lived there late May and June was a good time to use bream swim baits like the Castaic Bream or now the Matlures Bream.

Florida, Bass are done spawning here and I have seen Bream beds popping up. They are not hard to spot as they are all in colonies in large clumps. But I always heard that Bream spawned after LMB? That is what I have been told and have observed myself.
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