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#11759595 - 08/04/16 10:08 PM Clear water on joe pool
Bobby Milam Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2361
Loc: Arlington
Fished pool for a couple of hours today. I caught a few fish and began fishing new areas. I found one area that had about 2 1/2' depth that was crystal clear. I could see the fish cruising or next to a rock. I played in the area for awhile taking the opportunity to see how the different lures were being presented. One thing that surprised me was how many of the fish ran from the lures when they got close to them.

This was not a normal fishing spot. No deep water nearby, no drop offs, virtually no structure. I normally would never have even tried it. Seeing their reactions to square bills, spinner baits and texas rigged brush hog changed the way that I look at fishing. I thought maybe the splash would spook them if to close but they didn't seem to mind. The lures themselves coming to close would send them running.

I pretty much had thought previously that days when the bite was extremely tough, they just weren't there and it really aggravated me because I've had days I couldn't locate them anywhere. I also thought that if they weren't biting, they were just ignoring the bait but multiple casts might trigger a reaction bite. Never thought they'd just run out of the area from it.

Edited by Bobby Milam (08/04/16 10:11 PM)

#11759641 - 08/04/16 10:35 PM Re: Clear water on joe pool [Re: Bobby Milam]
bradnitro175 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/08
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Loc: Dallas,tx

#11759659 - 08/04/16 10:52 PM Re: Clear water on joe pool [Re: Bobby Milam]
Donald Harper Offline
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I use to see the same thing at Amistad. If you were going to get bit it had to be right next to the grass line where the Bass that were feeding were set up to ambush. Down sizing also helped.
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#11759906 - 08/05/16 08:47 AM Re: Clear water on joe pool [Re: Bobby Milam]
Fishingking Offline
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Registered: 12/11/13
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Yes sir most people would be amazed at how many fish there are in an area not biting and just look at your lure. Just to drive away and say "No fish in this spot"

#11759914 - 08/05/16 08:50 AM Re: Clear water on joe pool [Re: Bobby Milam]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
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I witnessed the same thing with a 16# bass in the aquarium (no longer) at Lake Fork Marina.

One rainy day I was sitting in there drinking coffee with Keith Blair and we were watching this giant bass, suspended just off the bottom. There were probably a dozen bluegills in there with the fish. One of the bluegill swam up to the nose of this massive fish and started picking and pulling on this loose piece of skin on the bass' upper lip. This little 3" long bluegill was obviously unafraid as it pulled and pecked at the upper lip of this enormous fish. Keith and I watched in disbelief for maybe 15 minutes.

The bass, apparently resting, slowly opened its mouth wide and flared its gills almost like it was yawning. Many of you have probably seen this happen in person. Every bluegill in the tank suddenly ran for cover and hid as the fish began to slowly move about the tank.

My theory is that there are times when bass are resting, that they cannot be enticed by any lure. Even live bait will go ignored at these times of rest.


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