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Author Topic:  Heat of the summer pan fish and small bass  (Read 1618 times)

Offline SENKOSAM

Heat of the summer pan fish and small bass
« on: August 13, 2017, 12:18:50 PM »
Been a strange year with all the rain we've had in the northeast as compared to the severe drought of the last three years. Algae blooms are the norm but don't usually affect the bite even in water 77-85 degrees surface temp. The high water has relocated fish schools to other areas than before and they have been harder to locate in some waters that have depths of 45' or more. The shallow lakes still have fish biting shallow and no deeper than 5'. Seeing as how the water is closer to shoreline overhanging limbs, casting way under those branches finds aggressive bites from most species.

Most days I log over 40 fish and a few weeks ago over 85. The minority are small, but the large fish of each species is noted along with the lure used and location caught. When I find schools near mid lake humps, I mark them with home made buoy markers made from those tubes kids thrash around in the water:


When I find lures that work really well, such as the ones below, I don't stick with them after a dozen fish are caught, but try others to see how they compare. These cut from the tails of plastic worms, always catch fish.


I even dug out some Bass Assassin prong tail grubs and caught fish:

For the first time this year, I tried a Crappie Magnate grub by Leland and because of the numbers of fish it caught, ordered it in a dozen colors from the web site. This is a perfect example of the importance of lure design, especially when the slightest design detail makes all the difference!



I also discovered that if I reduced a 4" Charlie Brewer Slider worm to 2.5", I caught fish after fish.


Each successful design had one or more unique characteristics such as profile, action and maybe color in combination that worked great with certain retrieves. Modifying lures such as the small Slugo cut lengthwise, added that something fish jumped all over.


If you ever want a child to take an interest in fishing beyond using live bait, use any of the above or many others and show him or her the importance of the retrieve and casting to as many areas as possible. Success will in all likelihood be instant and hook that child far faster than watching a float sit there without a twitch.




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Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Heat of the summer pan fish and small bass
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 09:39:13 AM »
Nice report SENKOSAM. Boy those crappie look very pale, were they caught real deep?

Offline SENKOSAM

Re: Heat of the summer pan fish and small bass
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 09:08:29 PM »
Most fish caught in the lakes fished average less than 7' deep even when adjacent to deeper water. For some reason, the unusual summer rains have risen the water levels and fish have not been found anywhere but closer to shorelines  and in water parallel to them. It's been great being able to pattern all fish like never before.

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