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#11805115 - 08/30/16 06:33 PM More Ideas Please
Pilothawk Offline
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Registered: 01/14/03
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Loc: Kentucky Lake
Posted on this last week. Thanks for all the advice.

Back in Clay Bay early this AM. Quiet for a bit, then the fish really turned on. Flying Shad, jumping bass...it was something to see.

I saw bass cruising. I would conservatively guess 150 or more. Schools of 3/4 to 1lb bass of 20 fish. Bigger fish in three or four fish groups. They were feeding. Actively.

Sis threw minnows....only got one good strike but missed him. I had a couple of hit...no fish.

Here's what I threw at them. Shad Rap 5 and smaller Shad rap.
Weightless fluke....in Pearl. Larger and smaller.
Square bill crank bait.
Senko
Kastmaster, small and large
Rooster tail
Tiny swim bait (match the hatch type)

Now I am begging for help. Many times when fishing is slow I think to myself they are not where I am fishing...or that they are not feeding. Today, I knew they were there. I watched them feed.

What should I try next. I am thinking that maybe I should try smaller, perhaps even ultra lite stuff.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts...and NO, I am not giving up fishing.
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#11805119 - 08/30/16 06:37 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
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I have luck with spooks and poppers in that situation.

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#11805160 - 08/30/16 07:19 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Cast net!!!!
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#11805169 - 08/30/16 07:26 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Trickster Offline
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Cast net!!!!
Yep, catch one and cut him open to see what they are eating.
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#11805196 - 08/30/16 07:45 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: topwater sniper]
collincountytx Offline
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Originally Posted By: topwater sniper
I have luck with spooks and poppers in that situation.


Agree
You threw all the right stuff large and small. The one thing in common with what you threw is that they are all middle of the water column. If they don't bite a rooster tail or a swim bait or a shad rap, my guess is they were topwater feeding. I probably would have tried spinner bait just below the surface and a lipless also

The weightless fluke on line that floats can be fished as a topwater
Depending on the water clarity and wind, I'd try a buzz bait, popper, walking bait, or prop bait
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#11805271 - 08/30/16 08:32 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
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These fish were in six feet of water or less...mostly less. Fish were very clearly visible in water with about three feet of visibility. Flukes were fished weightless. I tried a five inch ribbed swim sit, and the smaller fluke. The small Shad rap is a floating bait. I varied retrieves....from ripped, to just sit, move a foot or two sit. Repeat.

I am almost ready for blasting caps.
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#11805301 - 08/30/16 08:48 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
T54 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/07
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90 size sammy in ghost minnow walked as fast as you can walk it. I've had a lot of success doing this on schooling fish in the summer. Yellow magic would also be a good option.

You could also try a "launcher" with a 12-18 inch leader and a small pet spoon behind it. Looks goofy and people may think you are throwing a popping cork, but it is deadly on summer schoolies if they are on microbait.

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#11805375 - 08/30/16 09:32 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
Brent S Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/13
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Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
What size line are you using? Maybe try using light line.

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#11805384 - 08/30/16 09:36 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
bradnitro175 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 3767
Loc: Dallas,tx
Try a white roadrunner

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#11805450 - 08/30/16 10:12 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
Rog Offline
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Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 402
Loc: Carrollton
Change the color of ur fluke to watermelon seed the white is too close and not the right size but the watermelon color will look like a small bream and be different.

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#11805453 - 08/30/16 10:13 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
Rog Offline
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Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 402
Loc: Carrollton
Also wacky rigged fry same color.

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#11805490 - 08/30/16 10:29 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 148
Loc: Killeen, TX
1/4 Oz. White/Chartreuse spinnerbait, tiny torpedoes or Pop-Rs..... or yeah,the cast net.
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#11805555 - 08/30/16 10:58 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 07/14/11
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Make sure you back off on them a little bit. You may be too close for that kind of water clarity.

Try a drop shot with a robo-worm alive shad.

Try carolina rigging your fluke.
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#11805566 - 08/30/16 11:10 PM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
mhall1986 Offline
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Registered: 10/05/12
Posts: 96
Loc: Conroe, Texas
Try a wake bait. I've had pretty good luck with em when they were short striking top water lures. Vary the retrieve from steady to erratic.

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#11805758 - 08/31/16 07:49 AM Re: More Ideas Please [Re: Pilothawk]
GarySHO Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
Posts: 11183
Loc: Haworth, Ok
PH, I have seen the same thing many times. Super fluke should get you bit but were you fishing it slow? I have seen it a lot that they want it fished so fast it is almost skipping across the water. Came across this by accident one day. Fish were schooling everywhere but wouldn't touch anything. I too was throwing a fluke and they would just swim right by it. Some fish blew up on the other side of the boat and I started reeling the fluke back as fast as I could so I could get it in the school and it got blasted as that fluke was skipping across the top. I started working the fluke as fast as I could almost trying to keep it from getting wet and had some of the biggest strikes ever. Also try burning a chrome rattle trap or cotton cordell gay blade in chrome/blue is the baddest schooling bait made and you can chunk it a mile.
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