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What To Throw In 40-45 Degree Water?


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#16 WIGuide

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Posted February 27 2014 - 12:04 PM

I think you can catch them on a lot of stuff but you just have to realize it has to be fished SLOW! The weather should be helping you out though making them more active. They should be starting to come up out of their deep wintering holes.



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Posted February 27 2014 - 09:48 PM

We pre fished today and it was tuuuuuuuuuuff!

we were mostly covering a lot of water to look around and scout areas we got a game plan now going into Saturday. We fished, but not near slow enough I'm sure. It's hard to slow down. U just gotta make yourself do it though.

We threw JB, finesse jig, biffle bug, shakey head, spy bait, cranks, rattle traps.

Hopefully what little bit of warm weather we are getting might get those lock jawed fish to open their mouths little more.
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Posted February 27 2014 - 10:07 PM

How about a lizard. Its getting time for spawn in a few months, Bass will start to get very aggressive towards a lizard. We have been catching quite a bit of them on lake keowee in 52 deg water on lizards



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Posted February 28 2014 - 08:37 AM

40-44 - jerkbait

45> - square bill on protected northern banks


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Posted February 28 2014 - 10:10 AM

The last placed we stopped in a cove water temps were right at 45 degrees. Was hoping for some Sun today but its cloudy. Hoping the sun peeks outs this after noon maybe.

 

Just glad no massive temp drops  leading up to Saturday.


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#21 Lip 'em!

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Posted February 28 2014 - 10:42 AM

I fished a tournament this past weekend with water temperatures ranging from 43-47 degrees. We figured the fish would be stacked up on the deeper points and even on ledges so we spent most of our time deep working jigs, cranks, jerkbaits, and the a-rig...we never did really get them figured out. Turns out the winners of the tournament caught their fish on square bills and rattle traps, fishing them fast in 2-4ft of water. We had a pretty good warm front come through during our practice day and air temps got up to 68 degrees. I took away a valuable lesson from this experience: never be afraid to go shallow and fish fairly quickly even with lower water temps if a warm front comes through and the water temps come up a degree or two. After all it's early spring and these fish know the spawn is just right around the corner so they are going to take advantage of every degree they can by turning on the feeding switch.



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Posted February 28 2014 - 11:00 AM

wow yeah last thing i would be thinking is shallow and moving fast. Sometimes you just never know.


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Posted February 28 2014 - 12:15 PM

shallow water will heat up faster... off colored water will too...

protected northern banks...get the most sun...



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Posted February 28 2014 - 01:10 PM

The overlooked inline spinner. Lists of flash & bling plus the steady vibration.


The fish are out there just waiting for you to throw the right lure along with the correct presentation so why are you still here?
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Posted February 28 2014 - 01:31 PM

inline spinner u mean like a rooster tail?


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Posted February 28 2014 - 02:39 PM

I'd throw a jerkbait, then I'd throw a tube, then I'd throw in the towel.
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Posted February 28 2014 - 03:19 PM

Got first event this Saturday and that water is cold! Going over my tackle box and have the ole go toos ready.

Jerk bait
Finess jigs
Shad Raps
A Rig

Anything missing anything? Or got something to add to my over abundant tackle bag? Let me know! This is a tuff time of year so any tips advice on what to throw is welcome!

It's cold right now but next days leading up to event have some decent weather
Thurs 53/37
Fri 65/41
Sat Tourney day 67/37

Thanks!

 

 

Hair Jig

Shakey Head

Jerkbait

Jigging Spoon

 

good luck!



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Posted March 01 2014 - 03:32 PM

If that water gets above 45 degrees, I would have a pre-rapala wiggle wart tied on for sure.


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Posted March 02 2014 - 05:38 PM

if the lake is experiencing warming conditions the jerkbait would be hard to beat. if the opposite is happening then your best bet will be a finesse jig.



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Posted March 02 2014 - 06:27 PM

Great thread. I bought some jerkbaits for this winter, but it has been iced over here. Killing me.




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