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#11706297 - 07/05/16 08:23 PM Schooling/feeding bass question
Coop3737 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 16
I don't post on here very often, but I need help. These summer bass have got me stumped. Over the past several years, throwing into a school of feeding bass was almost too easy. It seemed that it didn't matter what you threw, you were gonna get bit. Over the past few weeks, that hasn't been the case at all. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I've tried traps, cranks, spinners, swim baits and I'm getting skunked.

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#11706309 - 07/05/16 08:29 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Jaguar6 Online   content
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Registered: 04/16/14
Posts: 498
Loc: Mesquite, TX
If youre talking about schoolers at Athens, they have been pretty tough to catch. On friday they schooled for over an hour within 20ft from the boat. Only caught 12 fish out of them. Only solo fish would bite topwaters. I threw everything frop poppers, spooks, cranks, everything. Finally decided to tie on a "bluegill flash" colored fluke and they tore it up. Throw it in the middle of them, twitch 2-3 times and let it die and BAM. Try this next time
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#11706320 - 07/05/16 08:36 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Coop3737 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 16
Thanks for the tip!

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#11706347 - 07/05/16 08:57 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Jaguar6]
Chris_K Online   content
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 855
Loc: TX
Originally Posted By: Jaguar6
If youre talking about schoolers at Athens, they have been pretty tough to catch. On friday they schooled for over an hour within 20ft from the boat. Only caught 12 fish out of them. Only solo fish would bite topwaters. I threw everything frop poppers, spooks, cranks, everything. Finally decided to tie on a "bluegill flash" colored fluke and they tore it up. Throw it in the middle of them, twitch 2-3 times and let it die and BAM. Try this next time
I want to punch the Athens schoolers in the throat

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#11706373 - 07/05/16 09:06 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Coop3737 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 16
Lol, it just seems odd to me, never had a problem catching them before.

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#11706397 - 07/05/16 09:12 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Bayou Burner Offline
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Registered: 07/26/08
Posts: 3470
Loc: Chocolate Bayou/Lake Conroe
Flukes rule

Or Caffeine Shad
Or small spoons

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#11706414 - 07/05/16 09:17 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Athens schoolers have been real finicky this summer.
I found a 3 inch Rapala shad colored jerk bait to be the ticket.
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#11706418 - 07/05/16 09:18 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
RAT TRAPPER Offline
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Registered: 03/19/06
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Loc: East Texas
I hade the same problem last year and found a senko thrown in the middle of the school and dead sticked worked for me. Also a 1oz jigging spoon thrown at the school and let sink about 5 foot a jerked a time or two would catch some bigger fish. Hope this helps.
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#11706464 - 07/05/16 09:32 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Coop3737 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 16
Thanks, good info...will give it a shot

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#11706705 - 07/05/16 11:29 PM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
David Burton Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1496
Loc: McKinney, TX
Don't overlook the drop-shot for the schoolers...
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#11707065 - 07/06/16 09:10 AM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
pwarren Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 89
Loc: Lakeside, TX
Here is a video on finesse cranking for schooling bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opwPZEJm75E

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#11707136 - 07/06/16 09:39 AM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Ken A. Online   content
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7741
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Sometimes schooling bass get so keyed in on the shad that unless your bait is exactly the same size they will ignore it. I've had them on Fork schooling like crazy and not be able to catch them. This typically occurs this time of year when the shad are pretty small. Try downsizing your baits.

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#11707185 - 07/06/16 10:01 AM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Ken A.]
CoachCBA Online   content
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Registered: 07/10/10
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Loc: Whitehouse, TX
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Sometimes schooling bass get so keyed in on the shad that unless your bait is exactly the same size they will ignore it. I've had them on Fork schooling like crazy and not be able to catch them. This typically occurs this time of year when the shad are pretty small. Try downsizing your baits.


I agree. Even schooling sandies can be this way. Tie a crappie jig above your main lure and it can make a huge difference.
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#11707349 - 07/06/16 11:07 AM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
bigbass94 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3164
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Yamamoto D Shad

One thing that you can try that's loud and subtle at the same time is a soft jerkbait in a bright color. Try the Yamamoto D Shad in the Lime Fever color. A lot of times it's hard for bass to single out a single shad or baitfish. So throwing this bait in a bright color will allow them to single it out and smoke it. I like this better than the Zoom Fluke because it has more salt and it sinks faster. It'll get down below the school a little bit faster and get in front of those bigger fish.

Another thing you can try is to color some of your spinnerbait skirt red. That works really well for me as well.


Edited by bigbass94 (07/06/16 11:07 AM)
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#11707393 - 07/06/16 11:22 AM Re: Schooling/feeding bass question [Re: Coop3737]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
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Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Might be Sandies
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