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There was a 130+ boat tournament on my home lake today and I was wondering if any of yall had any insight on post tournament fishing. Would be productive to fish the area where they released the bass the day after? I really don't know enough about this part of their behavior and whether or not the fish will hang around the same area or head back to their old stomping grounds so to speak. 

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I read a study once on brown trout where they were doing a bunch of tracking and filming. This one group of fish was running five miles up the creek in one night to feed on a hatch that wasnt happening where they were and coming back in time for daylight.

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Yes.

 

They are called "retreads" and you can find them up and down the shore from the tournament release point.

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Work the area 100yds on either side of where they were put back. I read somewhere it takes like a day or so for the fish to get their bearings and head off to new territory. 

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 One of my more memorable days for numbers of big fish in the last 2-3 years, was the day after a tournament, in the area the fish were released. Oddly, none of the fish I caught that day looked like they were caught before. IDK if the sudden influx of "new" fish to the area made the resident fish super agressive or what, I just found it a little strange, and have yet to duplicate it, and not for lack of trying either. Odd thing is, on this perticular lake, this area is where almost 100% of  the tournament fish are released, and ever since that one odd day, I have caught almost nothing worth remembering in that area..........yet I had a day just last year, the day after a tournament, where I loaded the boat for the better part of the day, 2 miles away from the release area, with tons of fish that showed definate signs of being recently caught.

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Some fish will swim back to where they were caught the same day they are released. Some tend to take up shop in the area they are released. Your best bet is to find common spots that they are released and check them out.

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For those interested in the science behind this, here is an article written by Maryland fisheries biologist Joseph Love, Ph.D. It goes into great detail. Link is to a pdf file.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bass/docs/Movement%20and%20Home%20Range%20of%20Largemouth%20Bass.pdf

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