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#11076216 - 09/01/15 07:57 AM Best lure for schooling bass
fish 'till I drop Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1985
Loc: Austin, TX
I need a lure for making long casts into schooling bass that push shad to the top of the water and don't stay up long enough to get close to them. Which lure works best for this situation?

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#11076234 - 09/01/15 08:07 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Zara spook or a 3/4oz trap.
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#11076242 - 09/01/15 08:11 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
You definitely need something that casts a long distance for these situations

First choice would be a rattle trap or other lipless
I like to cast it just past where the school blew up/then disappeared let it sink on semi slack line for a count of four (looks like a dying shad if you let it sink), then retrieve

Other choices that cast far and have that dying action on fall
Spoon
Wingding or other tailspinner
Bladed swim jigs

If the school blew up closer, your options increase to include squarebills, soft swim baits, swim jigs, topwaters, flukes/sluggos/etc
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#11076284 - 09/01/15 08:28 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Best for that is a cordell gay blade in chrome/blue.
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#11076299 - 09/01/15 08:33 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
fish 'till I drop Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 1985
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks very much for the replies. Appreciate it.

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#11076304 - 09/01/15 08:36 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Anchorman Offline
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Registered: 03/02/15
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I would probably go with the lipless crankbait too. Also, tie on a med diver suspending crankbait. Sometimes the bigger fish are below the smaller schooling fish. Big fish can be lazy. They'll follow the schools around and take their share. I used to run a shad color suspending crankbait under the schooling fish and catch some hogs on Cypress. Every evening in the summer there was this one point where the spots would school and surface. They were fun to catch but I would often pull some nice ones out right under them by cranking and stopping a suspending crankbait.
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#11076482 - 09/01/15 10:14 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
ogles824 (aka Lakewaydr50) Offline
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Registered: 12/11/05
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Loc: NETX
1/4 oz. chrome blue Ratl-Trap
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#11076501 - 09/01/15 10:23 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
cephusjoe Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 966
Mini Zara spook
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#11076513 - 09/01/15 10:33 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
RangerBass21 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/15
Posts: 2210
Loc: Plano
Drag around a crig
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#11076517 - 09/01/15 10:37 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
BassSacker Offline
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Registered: 08/09/09
Posts: 62
Loc: Kaufman, TX

best lure I found yet! good luck trying to find one, Learned about it from the guides on Toledo bend in the mid 80's

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#11076531 - 09/01/15 10:46 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Tyler.Woods Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 1021
Loc: Mansfield, TX / Nacogdoches, T...
Weightless fluke for me
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#11076547 - 09/01/15 10:56 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
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Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Kastmaster 1oz
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#11076565 - 09/01/15 11:10 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
hanson3708 Offline
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Registered: 04/28/13
Posts: 138
Loc: Midland, Texas
If you can find them try a cotton cordell near nuthin.

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#11076595 - 09/01/15 11:30 AM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3163
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Paycheck Baits Repo Man



You can't go wrong with the Repo Man. I like it because the weight transfer system in this bait lets it casts a mile and it just seems to walk easier than other similar baits. Not to mention they have really cool colors.
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#11076803 - 09/01/15 01:27 PM Re: Best lure for schooling bass [Re: fish 'till I drop]
Fast Lane Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
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Loc: Tyler, texas
Spook

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