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#11476164 - 03/14/16 09:58 AM Turning on schools of fish
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4033
Loc: Longview, Tx
I know how to tell when schools are actively feeding on my electronics. The issue I am having is finding the active schools lately. I have not had any issues finding the fish, I just am unable to find any willing to eat what I am offering. I have tried thumping and splashing as well as a variety of baits including live shad at a variety of depths w/o success. What do y'all recommend when I am unable to find the actively feeding fish?

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#11476324 - 03/14/16 10:58 AM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
SteveStrasemeier Offline
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Registered: 03/26/08
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Loc: Garland TX
Thumping the bottom of the boat may help.
My opinion (and you know what that is worth) is that this time of year they have spawning on their minds and can be finiky about eating. Wait 2-3 weeks and they will be very hungry.
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#11476369 - 03/14/16 11:12 AM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: SteveStrasemeier]
TCK73 Offline
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Registered: 03/26/15
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Loc: Jack County
I have found a lot of non-feeding fish lately, presumably stripers or hybrids. After giving up, I have been turning to the Whites. They have been easy pickings on Cordell Slabs in 30' of water. They are fun to catch and stock the freezer, but I'm ready to get back on some bigger fish.

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#11476741 - 03/14/16 01:36 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
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Can't beat those Cordell's 2/$2.99! Tawak specials!
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#11476872 - 03/14/16 02:31 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
big D Offline
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Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 213
Loc: Brookshire, TX
I found the same schools of fish this weekend! They wouldn't touch a slab or plastic of any kind, but when I dropped a live bait in front of them it was game on!!!! The schools of whites I found would feed on anything but the striper were picky. Did you try live bait? I've been using 3-5" sunfish because shad is hard to come by on the main lake. I have also had luck with large minnows. The only problem is the whites and smaller fish will eat the minnows too!

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#11476996 - 03/14/16 03:24 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
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Registered: 01/31/16
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Loc: Lewisville Texas
I have found a trick to catching those hybrids right now that don't want to bite....its a lot of fun too. When all your normal tactics aren't working, I drop a 1/8 oz Christmas tree colored feather crappie jig with 10 lb test line on a spinning rod right in front of their nose and don't move it. They will hit it almost immediately...can't catch big ones as they will straighten your hook. This works like a charm for me on hybrids in Lewisville
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#11477575 - 03/14/16 07:59 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: El Gato Azul]
jbobo Offline
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Registered: 02/26/13
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Loc: springtown,tx.
Originally Posted By: TCK73
I have found a lot of non-feeding fish lately, presumably stripers or hybrids. After giving up, I have been turning to the Whites. They have been easy pickings on Cordell Slabs in 30' of water. They are fun to catch and stock the freezer, but I'm ready to get back on some bigger fish.


^^^^ Me too! I spent all day, today, at PK marking fish. Thumped, splashed, went into stealth mode. All I caught was a bunch of small striper and small sand bass.
From Costello island north was stained, 60 degree water. South was clear and 57 to 58 degrees. Up Cedar Creek was clear to the state park.

Originally Posted By: Cree
I have found a trick to catching those hybrids right now that don't want to bite....its a lot of fun too. When all your normal tactics aren't working, I drop a 1/8 oz Christmas tree colored feather crappie jig with 10 lb test line on a spinning rod right in front of their nose and don't move it. They will hit it almost immediately...can't catch big ones as they will straighten your hook. This works like a charm for me on hybrids in Lewisville


I can catch the small ones on slabs and small jigheads with small flukes. I may have to drop down a few lbs. in line size and just use a skirted jig without the plastic.
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#11477692 - 03/14/16 08:38 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
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Registered: 01/24/04
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Loc: Seagoville,TX,USA
I am having the same problem. Last 3 trips I have found the fish but can't get them to bite. I think the fish are in shock from all the rain raising the lake so quickly and also releasing large volumes of water at the same time. I could actually feel my lures bumping fish and brining up scales on the barbs.
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#11477766 - 03/14/16 08:56 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
44 Diesel Online   content
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Registered: 12/25/12
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Loc: Burleson,TX
It's called the "Lake Benbrook Syndrome", you can find em but they don't eat

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#11477804 - 03/14/16 09:07 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: 44 Diesel]
TCK73 Offline
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 2955
Loc: Jack County
I liked fishing better when I just had one of those circle flasher graphs, it left me with more excuses. I'm not for certain exactly what fish I have been seeing, but they were definitely in the non-biting family of large fish. It does seem that Gaspergoos' (sounds cooler than Drum) have been running with the Sandies lately. We always seem to catch a couple in the mix.

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#11478163 - 03/14/16 11:57 PM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
1Tacklehoarder Offline
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Registered: 02/14/16
Posts: 124
Loc: Couple miles west of College S...
Another bait you might try is 2" live crawfish. I know it's just another bait, but it's real easy to catch a dozen and have them on hand. I have caught a lot of hybrids on crawdads.
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#11478166 - 03/15/16 12:02 AM Re: Turning on schools of fish [Re: Txmedic033]
1Tacklehoarder Offline
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Registered: 02/14/16
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Loc: Couple miles west of College S...
And goos love crawdads, too, so if that's what you are seeing on your graph, at least you can get one to the surface to see what it is. I wouldn't be afraid to drop a good ole' fresh dug worm down there either.
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