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Old 10-26-2009, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So it is starting to turn fall around here in MS and AL. Some of you may have been out lately and notice the bass schooling up on some shad up on top. In your opinion what are the keys to getting those bass to bite. It is really a fun time to watch them busting on the top but when they wont seem to bite what should you do? What are some good lures to throw during that time? Got a secret you wanna tell. Do you target the fish on top or focus on the fish under the school for the bigger bite? When the school dies down and where do they go? What will trigger a bite then?

I wanna hear what you think all opinions are welcome here at the
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sexy shad redeye shad is the bait of choice on wheeler.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey 178bee... How you been man!! We I now am in SMississippi... Gonna be back up to make a TN river run in a few weeks.. How is the Bite going these days??
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Some sort of fluke-type bait or a popper on top or a weighted swimbait or spinnerbait for the bruisers under the school. Sometimes a white Senko really does the trick, too. For some reason I don't have much luck with schooling bass, but when I do those seem to work.
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The fish are biting good just had to catch any big fish.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Check out the threads posted in the Fall period.
First thing to do is determine what type of fish are surface feeding on what type of baitfish. Assuming bass are feeding on shad can be misleading; a lot of different predators feed on different types of small bait fish; catfish, white bass, trout, striper's and largemouth are just a few. Threadfin shad are very common, however most lakes have shiners and other minnows that predator fish feed on.
My #1 lure for school feeding bass are structure spoons, followed by tail spinners like the Sworming Hornet and baby Fluke on a Scrounger head jig. Anywhere from 1/8 oz to 1 oz in weight, from 1 1/4" to 5" in length, depending on the size of the baitfish.
Trying to catch bass out in the open water basin may be a waste of time and effort. Watch the birds to determine what direction the school is moving and intercept them as they approach a compression zone where the water abruptly changes depth; underwater hump or long major point.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well I made earlier this week I told you about the hot fall pattern that my brother and I have loaded the boat with for years.


Since then I have been out 3 more times to 3 different fisheries and like clockwork the pattern held true and under 3 different weather conditions at that.


I landed one of the nicer fish of the year a 23 1/4 inch 7.35 lb largemouth along with several other bass in the 4 to 5 lb range.

So needless to say Tuesday night when I saw the forecast for Wednesday and the approaching northeaster that was going to bring a drastic temperature drop, gusty winds and buckets of rain for 4 straight days, I could hardly sleep.

I had visions of huge bass jumping all over Terminators, Chatterbaits, Rattle-trap's, square billed cranks and buzzbaits dancing in my head like a kid has of toys on Christmas eve.


The setup was perfect a run n gun fishermans dream.


We've had stable water temps for over a week, water clarity was perfect and the storm was to arrive after sunset Wednesday night.

I would hit the lake Wednesday afternoon and have a falling barometer the whole day and my pattern would annilate them.

After all the bass had been super hot all week anyway and now you couldn't have a more textbook feeding frenzy situation setting up right ?....................................WRONG!


I got there on time the weather held up its end of the bargain and everything was perfect. For 2 hours I hit my traditional hot spots that produced year after year including this week and nothing!


I worked every reaction bait thoroughly in each spot and then turned around and did it again from the opposite angle and nothing not even a short strike or a follow.

I couldn't believe it I mean this is a good fishery with jumbo sized bass and I know it like the back of my hand.

The bass are no doubt there and are ignoring the newest and hottest baits in the world in the exact colors of the forage they eat.

So then I drag and hop a jig and chunk trailer in 2 different colors NOTHING!

So at this point I'm 3 hrs in with about an hour of daylight left and I haven't even smelled a fish on the perfect storm of fishing trips.

So I reach in my bag pull out my 5 inch Senko put it on my weedless Gamakatsu wacky hook and wacky rig it through the middle weightless and toss it out to the end of a long sandy tapering point that's given me bass day in and day out for years.

First cast........ thump, thump.........WHACK! 5.2 lbs. Second cast 6.8lbs, both weighed on my Berkley digital scale.

For the next 35 minutes I caught fish after fish until it was dark, all 2- to 3 1/2 lbs along with those two hogs.


All of them in a place I'd thrown every bait I own earlier.


So here I am on a POWER FISHERMANS DREAM DAY....................catching bass with 8lb test on my spinning rod! LOL.


Just goes to show you... Never think you know it all! Let the fish tell you what they want. I'd love to hear similar stories from you guys n gals when this has happened to you.
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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"Just goes to show you... Never think you know it all! Let the fish tell you what they want."

Ain't that the truth.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't know what pre frontal fall transition power fishing has to do with this thread about schooling bass feeding on shad, here is my take.
It sounds like you fished long enough, over 3 hours, for the inactive bass to start feeding. The question is; was it the wacky rigged Senko, timing or a combination of being at the right place at the right time with the right lure?
The fact the larger bass bit first tells me you found the right combination a little late.
Taking for granite any seasonal period based on our calendar month disregards basic bass behavior of water temperature and available prey.
If you know the bass are there, sonar or visual sighting, then it's a good plan to keep trying different lures during the fall transition.
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