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  • Tips for fishing Thursday

    Posted by jtpiercey on March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I am fishing in a tournament Thursday out of Fate Sanders. With the rain and cold front coming through, what would be the best pattern and places to fish. Thanks!

    simplecircuit replied 10 years, 3 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • simplecircuit

    March 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t have any specific suggestion on places to fish…
    However, if it rains a lot, there is a good chance the creeks will be really muddy. The thing that helped me catch fish in the more stained water this weekend on the lower end of the lake was switching from a #5 shad rap in craw pattern to a flat sided crankbait in a brighter craw pattern [red/orange]. The crankbait had a small rattle in it [not a loud knock]. I believe that the way the flatsided crankbait moves more water coupled with the sound and the brighter color made it easier for the fish to find. A lot of people swear by the shad colors, but in the spring, it seems everyone at priest is throwing some craw patterned shad rap, squarebill or lipless crankbait. So, I would just check the conditions when you get there and make some color selections based on that. Otherwise, the fish that I caught was clearly staging on what I would consider a secondary point leading into a spawning area. Pea gravel with mixed rock seemed to be the deal on Sunday, but that can change fast. Good luck in your tournament. Who is running it?

  • Brian

    March 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    With the water in the 50’s throughout the entire lake now, you could probably fish up or down lake and be around active fish. For me, I would stay up lake where the water is between 52-57 degrees. Stay in 2ft-6ft of water in creeks and coves casting red rattle traps, red crankbaits and possibly topwater around wood. The cooler temps will have more an impact on us(the fishermen) than the bass. The water temperature is finally comfortable for the bass and I do not think 1 cool day will shut them down.

  • jtpiercey

    March 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the info. It is put on by Tant Dowell with the ESBA.

  • simplecircuit

    March 14, 2014 at 1:56 am

    How’d you do?

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