Chris, you have thrown out a lot of things to consider. In fact, so much we are still left to figure out what to do on which lake. Would you be willing to zero in on what you think works best for each lake? Let's say it's a cloudy day, temp about 50 degrees, wind about 5 mph and water temp is 45 to 50 degrees. In these conditions from your experience what rigs and what presentation techniques for dead-sticking work best for each of the lakes you are familiar with? There seems to be a lot of interest on the forum about this. I'm sure others familiar with specific lakes will also want to add their input. Thanks in advance for whatever specifics you can share. Dennis
Dennis I would have to write a book! lol
I've spent a good part of my life trying to put all that information together and still have a ton to learn. We've sacrificed a lot of what could have been great numbers trips fishing the same ole patterns by getting out of our comfort zone and eliminating water through trial and error. I don't mind giving general tips and hints for others to put in the time and explore themselves but I'm not going into an extreme level of detail on a public forum. Mostly out of respect for my brother who depends on having a competitive edge to make his living.
With that said, for someone like yourself who has put in the time and been so gracious in sharing information over the years I'll make an offer. I am re-powering my Triton right now, but as soon as I get it out of the shop I'll take you out on Cedar Creek and show you what I've learned about deasticking it. We can swap stories about other lakes we've fished over the years and the techniques that work. Please bring ED as well, he's one of my favorite guys to fish with.
And as for your weather scenario, I would need to follow up with the following questions before making an assumption as to what the fish are doing. Trends are more important that specifics when establishing a pattern.
Air Temp 50
Water Temp 45-50
Cloudy: Is this the first cloudy day in a while? Is it the second or third cloudy day in a row?
Air Temp: Is 50 the high, or the low, or was it 35 at daylight with a high of 65 and now its 50 mid morning? Is this 50 degree day pre or post cold front?
Wind 5: What direction? That is extremely light wind so this time of year its probably either the second or third day after a front. If so, it would be North 5-10 in the morning light and variable throughout the day transitioning to SE in the evening. If its South at 5 then its probably the third or fourth day after a front and not the day before the next front because it would be 10-15+ from the Southeast.
Water Temp 45-50: There is a huge difference in 45 and 50 degree water in East Texas. Is the water on a warming trend or a cooling trend? What time of year is it? This scenario could play out Jan-March. Chances are the majority of fish wont be in the same section of lake that entire window.
Fishing is problem solving at its finest, wrapped up in the mystery of the fact that we will never truly understand exactly what goes on under that murky water.