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#12258398 - 05/23/17 07:15 AM How to Make Sandbass Bite?
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I bought a fishfinder to help me locate schools of sandbass instead of blindly trolling around or watching for surface activity. This past weekend on Ray Roberts, I saw some scattered surface action in a cove and caught a few sandbass on a small spoon using a fast retrieve. The problem was, I could see tons of fish on the graph but getting them to bite was another story. I tried jigging the spoon, slow retrieve, switching to a Roadrunner, etc. but the fish didn't seem interested.

Is it normal for sandbass to be schooled up but not actively feeding? What can I do to get them fired up or is it just a waiting game? This was just after noon on a mostly sunny day if that helps.

#12258422 - 05/23/17 07:32 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: PlanoTom]
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First impression is that looks like a big bait ball rather than schooled sandbass or hybrids. Gamefish typically appear as arches.
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#12258439 - 05/23/17 07:38 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: PlanoTom]
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Looks like shad . Not sandbass. But the answer to your question is no.
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#12258536 - 05/23/17 08:27 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: PlanoTom]
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I have found good schools of fish on Hubbard lately that will not bite. One thing I have found if they are not biting hard on the first 1-2 fish I hook I let them run around in the school trying to get the school excited. Sometimes that helps the bite to turn on.
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#12258630 - 05/23/17 09:10 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: PlanoTom]
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I like playing with the settings on the sonar so I'll try that out. I have found that the images in shallower water aren't as clear as the ones in deeper water. Always learning...

#12258812 - 05/23/17 10:24 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: PlanoTom]
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They look like bait man. When you on a school of white. They will bite none stop this time of year.

Just like these

Its one after another when you on them.

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#12260153 - 05/24/17 12:07 AM Re: How to Make Sandbass Bite? [Re: Ken Huynh]
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Registered: 02/02/15
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Loc: Red Oak, Tx.
That video was me Saturday afternoon. Wife an my daughter's keeped me busy. The birds flying and the fish are schooling. Fish on every cast. ]texas fishing forum[/url]

Edited by txhntr (05/24/17 12:43 AM)


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