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#12501606 - 11/12/17 07:56 PM Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish...
texasAUtiger Online   content
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Registered: 04/13/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
On an overcast afternoon, there were schools of fish busting all around me in 3 or 4 different spots. They would go nuts for 5 mins then suddenly stop. Then fire up fire up for a few minutes in a slightly different area, then stop. This went on for like 1.5 hours as I moved down a bank with a big flat in front of it.

I tried throwing top waters and various small crankbaits. Nothing would hit any of it. I was throwing right in the middle of the swarm several times, to no avail.

I thought about stopping to tie on a fluke or something soft plastic, but I didn’t want to take the time because then they would stop.

What do you do in such a situation?

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#12501651 - 11/12/17 08:29 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
scott123456789 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 487
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Which top Water and what color crank bait? If it’s sand bass I have best luck with chrome if it was black bass great question because they wouldn’t bite for me today.

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#12501659 - 11/12/17 08:33 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
the skipper Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 3359
Loc: nederland, TX
You have to experiment when they are so keyed in on the bait. Size and color matters

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#12501662 - 11/12/17 08:36 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
JIM SR. Online   sick
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Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
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#12501663 - 11/12/17 08:36 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
K.D. Offline
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Registered: 05/04/02
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Loc: Hurst, TX
When that happens and I can't catch one, I tie on a chrome 1/4 oz rattletrap. That will usually get one to bite and I can determine if they are bass or sandbass

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#12501665 - 11/12/17 08:38 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
Rayzor Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/08
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Loc: Magnolia, Texas
Not catching schooling fish can be very frustrating. I know. I fish Lake Bastrop and in the Summer time, the bass start schooling. A good majority of schoolie chasers use a Launcher cork and very small minnow impersonating soft plastic baits. They throwm them and retrieve the bait while keeping the bait on top of the water. A Launcher is a foam cork with a weight on the bottom. They come with differnet size weights.

http://www.thesurfcaster.com/product/Launcher/Floats
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#12501668 - 11/12/17 08:45 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
texasAUtiger Online   content
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Loc: Waco, TX
I was using a yellow magic and on the crankbaits there was a white, white and green, chartreuse and black.

I suspect they were whites now after thinking about it.


Edited by texasAUtiger (11/12/17 08:47 PM)

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#12501677 - 11/12/17 08:51 PM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
scott123456789 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
Anyone thrown a Bama rig with success in the fall?

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#12501876 - 11/13/17 07:32 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: scott123456789]
i-Fish Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 650
Originally Posted By: scott123456789
Anyone thrown a Bama rig with success in the fall?


That is apparently the juice in the fall as cooler temps become the norm and the bass are shad related. Just have to know where to throw it.
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#12501882 - 11/13/17 07:38 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 13012
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I had the same thing happen yesterday on Fork, schoolers all around and they would not hit a shower blow, so I switched to a yellow magic and they would not hit it either. I didn't have a fluke tied on but that has worked in the past on schoolers. I caught a few on a drop shot before the school moved on.

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#12501889 - 11/13/17 07:45 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
gborg Offline
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 1602
Loc: WEATHERFORD
Fluttering slab ,bendable slab, bounced off the bottom as you do when fishing carolina rig will get u bit !!

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#12501893 - 11/13/17 07:48 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: i-Fish]
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Originally Posted By: i-Fish
Originally Posted By: scott123456789
Anyone thrown a Bama rig with success in the fall?


That is apparently the juice in the fall as cooler temps become the norm and the bass are shad related. Just have to know where to throw it.
I broke off the only a rig I had on the third cast yesterday. Don't know what (or how many), but it put up a good fight for 'bout 4 seconds. Then it won.
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#12501969 - 11/13/17 08:50 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
Slide_R Offline
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Registered: 05/31/03
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Loc: Richardson
1/4 oz Little George
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#12501975 - 11/13/17 08:54 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
Bill Durham Online   content
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 447
Loc: Crowley
Tried and true on schoolers is a 1 oz, white Rooster Tail. buzz it right under the surface.

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#12501980 - 11/13/17 08:56 AM Re: Maybe dumb question.... schooling fish... [Re: texasAUtiger]
Tc24 Online   content
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Registered: 08/05/16
Posts: 455
Loc: Dallas texas
X2...Rooster tail w/ a chrome blade


Edited by Tc24 (11/13/17 08:57 AM)
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