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Decline in schooling fish on Athens? #12829116
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Has anyone else noticed this? Usually they’re everywhere.. this year they’ve not been schooling as well.. what gives?

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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829122
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Originally Posted By: Chris_K
Has anyone else noticed this? Usually they’re everywhere.. this year they’ve not been schooling as well.. what gives?


I agree..... I've been out there every week and hardly seen any real "schooling"....water temp might have something to do with it.... it's mid 80's


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829152
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Reports I’ve gotten have been steady with good quality fish being caught.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829158
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Originally Posted By: Chris_K
Has anyone else noticed this? Usually they’re everywhere.. this year they’ve not been schooling as well.. what gives?


Steez and Fish2222 probably caught'em all.

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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829168
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July 1st they were busting all day in the cove we were in. South cove by the dam in the very back caught a couple on yellow Magic’s.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: coachmas] #12829177
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Originally Posted By: coachmas
Reports I’ve gotten have been steady with good quality fish being caught.


My report is they ain’t schooling, not in the usual brush piles, and I’m not seeing anyone else catch them either. Now obviously I’m sure someone is always on em, but the last week or two have been brutal for me

Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES] #12829180
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Originally Posted By: GIG'EM AGGIES
Originally Posted By: Chris_K
Has anyone else noticed this? Usually they’re everywhere.. this year they’ve not been schooling as well.. what gives?


Steez and Fish2222 probably caught'em all.


Nope. The schooling fish are not as easy to find lately. Yesterday, I couldn't find a single under 14". I think I caught 3 17" fish in a row that MIGHT have been schooling. Or, maybe luck.

Only fish I catch are top water when I go there. It's what the lake is for, right?


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829182
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Saying that, one guy that fished the tourney said he caught schoolers. It showed too, 5 fish for less than 5 pounds.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES] #12829183
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Originally Posted By: GIG'EM AGGIES
Originally Posted By: Chris_K
Has anyone else noticed this? Usually they’re everywhere.. this year they’ve not been schooling as well.. what gives?


Steez and Fish2222 probably caught'em all.


Makes sense roflmao

Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829212
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Nothing about that lake is how it was 2-3 years ago. It gets hammered like never before. The pressure per acre of water is phenomenal now.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829390
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I don’t usually mess with schoolies, but Friday night I made some casts when they started busting under a dock light. Like most of the night I did not hook up. Fished from 9pm to 1am caught 2 out of 5 bites. I was throwing a spinnerbait and the fish were biting worms. All bites came out of hydrilla in 3 feet of water.

Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829415
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I was out there today and saw a few schools and caught 1 about 2 pounds. It was a tuff day as we caught 10 total.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Frank the Tank] #12829454
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Originally Posted By: Frank the Tank
Nothing about that lake is how it was 2-3 years ago. It gets hammered like never before. The pressure per acre of water is phenomenal now.


Agreed.

Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829459
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We caught 5 fish yesterday. All in grass in 8-10 fow. It used to be easy to find unders and catch them on that lake. Only one of the 5 fish we caught was an under. Biggest was a 5 lb 20 inch slot.
Most in our club said they caught a bunch of good slots, and there were a few overs weighed. I know at least one team culled an over. For me it was the toughest the lake had ever fished for bites that used to be easy.


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Re: Decline in schooling fish on Athens? [Re: Chris_K] #12829562
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I have fished Athens five times in the last six weeks and have not seen any schooling fish at all. I know a couple of guys in our club found some, but the schooling was not widespread.

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