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#10816545 - 05/04/15 06:55 AM Fishing grass at Athens
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I finally got to fish Athens Saturday, caught a few but here is my question. There is a lot of brown grass out there, and a lot of green grass. I fished a lipless crankbait over (and through) both and never got a bite doing that. But for future reference, do the bass hang out in the brown grass as I know they do in the green grass? (I don't know the names of the grass species, that's why I got fired from my job as a horticulturist a few years ago). The ones I caught were very shallow on a hollow body frog out past goat island.
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#10816593 - 05/04/15 07:40 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Not to be a smart A, but if you didn't catch any fish in the brown stuff, doesn't that answer your question??

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#10816610 - 05/04/15 07:47 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Didn't catch it in the green stuff either. Not a cloud in the sky, not sure how that was effecting things. I'm the first to admit, I'm not much of a fisherman so I have to ask the questions. I have fished rocks a lot of times to no avail and didn't give up there. Other times I have had great days fishing the same rocks. The lakes I usually fish have no grass at all.
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#10816826 - 05/04/15 09:12 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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I have found them in both. Just two different kinds of grass.
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#10816969 - 05/04/15 09:55 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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excellent, thanks
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#10817001 - 05/04/15 10:05 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Soft Plastics. Would have been the difference between catching and not.

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#10817018 - 05/04/15 10:11 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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I caught them out of coon tail, hydrilla, eel grass, hyacinths and duck weed (the brown stuff) last Wed on Athens.

Find a place where they mix and a lot of times you can find a lot of fish...
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#10817333 - 05/04/15 11:44 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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thanks, I'm going back in a couple weeks, I will be more prepared
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#10817455 - 05/04/15 12:17 PM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Try a c rig baby brush hog on the outside edge.

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#10817637 - 05/04/15 01:14 PM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Great question! I'm nowhere near an expert on bass fishing and only fish 2-3 times a week, but from what I've read from those who do it for a living, focus on the green if you have brown and green of the same species since the brown is dead but the green is producing oxygen and drawing in the food chain. So, if you have brown hydrilla and green hydrilla, the experts, from what I've read, would say fish the green hydrilla. From what I understand, this applies mainly to the warm seasons - now through fall.

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#10817648 - 05/04/15 01:19 PM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Ken A.]
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Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Not to be a smart A, but if you didn't catch any fish in the brown stuff, doesn't that answer your question??



He didn't ask if he got a bite there.....not as concentrated as in the green. He asked if there are fish in the brown grass.

Yes there are fish in it. As they get more pressured, they are more and more finicky about bait and presentation.


Edited by 5Redman8 (05/04/15 01:20 PM)
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#10819153 - 05/05/15 01:39 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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You fished a crankbait through weeds and grass? How in the world did you not wind up with grass/weeds all over the crankbait? Bass aren't blind or stupid...they'll see even a small amount of weeds hanging on the bait and they wont touch it. At least thats been my experience in 44 years of bass fishing(I'm 59 years old).

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#10819221 - 05/05/15 06:32 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Right, I fished above the grass on purpose, it was easy to see when it went through the grass because I brought some back with me. Through the grass... was unintentional. Like you I'm 59 years old... but with maybe 44 weeks of bass fishing. Still learning.
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#10819223 - 05/05/15 06:34 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Snakeyes711]
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Originally Posted By: Snakeyes711
You fished a crankbait through weeds and grass? How in the world did you not wind up with grass/weeds all over the crankbait? Bass aren't blind or stupid...they'll see even a small amount of weeds hanging on the bait and they wont touch it. At least thats been my experience in 44 years of bass fishing(I'm 59 years old).


In your 44 years of fishing, You have never fished a crankbait through grass/weeds ?

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#10819281 - 05/05/15 07:16 AM Re: Fishing grass at Athens [Re: Drummond1]
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Drummond, I'm 72, and have been bass fishing for more than 60 years - and I'm still learning. Never stop learning. Once you think you know all there is to know about bass fishing, it's time you're going to get humbled!

I've caught a lot of bass over the years by ripping Rattletraps out of and over the top of green vegetation - but never over brown, dead grass. That must mean something.....


Edited by phototex (05/07/15 07:13 AM)
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