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Schooling fish in wintertime #14579673 12/30/22 12:36 AM
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Went over the 380 bridge here on Bridgeport earlier and saw a big school busting on top. Probably sandbass but still cool to see in late December.

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Originally Posted by Mark Perry
Went over the 380 bridge here on Bridgeport earlier and saw a big school busting on top. Probably sandbass but still cool to see in late December.


Hybrids, whites and stripers will do this. Every now and then some LM will join but not often this time of year.

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This^^^^
Some good size stripers and hybrids schooling down by the dam on Canyon Lake right now.

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Originally Posted by John Peebles
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Some good size stripers and hybrids schooling down by the dam on Canyon Lake right now.


There’s no hybrids in Canyon.

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Some good size stripers and hybrids schooling down by the dam on Canyon Lake right now.


There’s no hybrids in Canyon.


Looked like hybrids in the pictures my buddy sent me. Anyway some nice 4-8 lbs fish showing up lately.

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Originally Posted by John Peebles
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Some good size stripers and hybrids schooling down by the dam on Canyon Lake right now.


There’s no hybrids in Canyon.


Looked like hybrids in the pictures my buddy sent me. Anyway some nice 4-8 lbs fish showing up lately.


Those are stripers. They school up like that every year. It’s fast and furious when you get on them but the schools like to move a lot.

Re: Schooling fish in wintertime [Re: Mark Perry] #14580210 12/30/22 03:09 PM
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Mark - I remember back in the 90's during Forks prime that you could run across some really big fish schooling especially in the December through February time period. There was one really good area in Mustang that was really well known and was awesome a couple of times I was there at the right time.


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Originally Posted by TBassYates
Mark - I remember back in the 90's during Forks prime that you could run across some really big fish schooling especially in the December through February time period. There was one really good area in Mustang that was really well known and was awesome a couple of times I was there at the right time.


This is so true. One of the best days I eve had at Fork was Jan about 1997. Water temp was 48 degrees and the big fish were chasing gizzard shad on the surface! My bud had a 9.76 that morning for big fish on an AC Plug. Our best five went 40+ but I guess since I don't have video of me weighing each fish it never happened..... roflmao



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Ken - I remember being in a group of guys talking about a tournament in the wintertime where Jimmy Houston's wife got into an area where they were schooling and caught some major bags to win the tournament that I think was a BassNGals tournament.


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Back in the day school never let out


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Originally Posted by TBassYates
Ken - I remember being in a group of guys talking about a tournament in the wintertime where Jimmy Houston's wife got into an area where they were schooling and caught some major bags to win the tournament that I think was a BassNGals tournament.


I recall the story



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Big bass on topwater in 40 degree temps you say? No way……. Mark come on now……. I know of a place to show u this still happens right now though


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I remember watching a tournament years ago where a guy was catching them on buzz baits while it was snowing.
Also had a high school buddy of mine win an FLW tournament twitching a rogue on top in 40 degree water when everyone else was out deep.
They're almost always some shallow fish biting somewhere on the lake regardless of temperature.



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We were prefishing Lake Tyler several years ago and saw fish busting the surface in really shallow water. We made a few casts without catching anything. I told my partner I knew it was crazy but pulled a rod rigged with a Yellow Magic out. Two casts, two bass. It was January and the water temp was in the 40s.

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Originally Posted by John Peebles
I remember watching a tournament years ago where a guy was catching them on buzz baits while it was snowing.
Also had a high school buddy of mine win an FLW tournament twitching a rogue on top in 40 degree water when everyone else was out deep.
They're almost always some shallow fish biting somewhere on the lake regardless of temperature.

Many years ago I recorded the Bassmaster shows on my 8 track tapes and one was Basil Bacon winning a tournament in freezing temps using a big Colorado blade Spinnerbait. When he caught I believe his last fish the last day he turned to the camera man, gave him the thumbs up and said “It’s coffee time!”




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