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93° Water & Schooling Bait in Open Water #14076720 07/29/21 02:43 AM
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I've been struggling at my local small lake lately, 93° water temps! I've come across apparent schooling bait and feeding bass but I have no confidence seeing something on the graph, trying to turn around and casting aimlessly into open water hoping to get close. I can do it for a minute but I get eager to move on like they aren't there anymore.

Any pointers for "hitting the mark"? Is it worth dropping a marker buoy? I figure small swimbaits, underspins, hair jigs, a-rigs,etc may be good for targeting these fish. Would a ~10ft diving crankbait be a decent idea?

I can't get anything going off of the shoreline.


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Re: 93° Water & Schooling Bait in Open Water [Re: Goodysgotacuda] #14077034 07/29/21 02:22 PM
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Suspended isolated bass way off the bottom and not relating to cover = hard to get to bite. If they are suspended at a particular depth, find somewhere there's timber, a creek channel, hump, something different that connects with that depth. Hopefully there you'll find them grouped up and easier to take a lure.


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Re: 93° Water & Schooling Bait in Open Water [Re: Goodysgotacuda] #14077714 07/30/21 12:44 AM
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Find a steep drop and slowly drag a 1 oz crig around


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I hope it’s as big as you say it is Hop. Don’t wanna be disappointed

Re: 93° Water & Schooling Bait in Open Water [Re: Goodysgotacuda] #14077731 07/30/21 01:13 AM
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See no bass in your pic. Look for something like this. [Linked Image]

Re: 93° Water & Schooling Bait in Open Water [Re: Goodysgotacuda] #14077759 07/30/21 01:50 AM
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Forward facing sonar is the only way you can follow them. But honestly, that pic is probably a catfish, can’t imagine that’s a school of anything, not even baitfish.


Edit: referring to the OP’s pic.

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Originally Posted by grout-scout
Forward facing sonar is the only way you can follow them. But honestly, that pic is probably a catfish, can’t imagine that’s a school of anything, not even baitfish.


You talking the OPs pic or mine? I can assure you I know exactly what they were and they were not catfish. Also, I didn’t have to chase them with livescope if you are talking about my pic. Lol. Here’s another pic of catfish um I mean 5-7lb bass……but believe what you want. Just trying to help the guy out if he is chasing what’s in his pic…..he is struggling cause it’s just bait fish and maybe some small bass or other species.

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Originally Posted by Rog
Originally Posted by grout-scout
Forward facing sonar is the only way you can follow them. But honestly, that pic is probably a catfish, can’t imagine that’s a school of anything, not even baitfish.


You talking the OPs pic or mine? I can assure you I know exactly what they were and they were not catfish. Also, I didn’t have to chase them with livescope if you are talking about my pic. Lol. Here’s another pic of catfish um I mean 5-7lb bass……but believe what you want. Just trying to help the guy out if he is chasing what’s in his pic…..he is struggling cause it’s just bait fish and maybe some small bass or other species.

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The OP’s, yours is good for him to see, show him what a school really looks like. cheers


If you look at the OP’s pic, that bigger fish in the middle is how blue cats tend to feed. I guess it could be some kind of baitfish, but what runs in a school that skinny & vertical?

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