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I see people catching hawgs at holiday park and catching multiple of them. I went today, it was a bit windy and a bit of an overcast. Didn't catch a single fish. Tried senkos (watermelon red and junebug), tried topwater frogs, a rapala xrap, and live shiners. IS IT ME? Or is it the fish? Or is it the areas I fish? I launched off the boat ramp farthest west not the one by the entrance and went west until the first right. Fished for a few minutes on that canal then went all the way to I-75 and fished on the canal on the north side of it for 30 mins and caught nothing. Then went to the canal on the south side of I-75 and went about a mile passed where there is a little turn to keep going west. Nothing. Not even a bite. Then we went back and fished on the side and as we were heading to another spot we saw a guy and his son pull out a nice 5 lber out of the pads. I got jealous ;) Sad day of fishing. So what do I do? I love holiday but never catch anything. HELP ME PLS lol

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When things get real tough down size your bait and slow down the presentation. I will go with a 4" senko, beaver, or Zoom centipede. Part of slowing down is go with less weight and slow the fall of the bait. Keep the bait in front of the fish's face as long as possible. Let it sit on the bottom for a minute, two or three short jerks, moving the bait a foot or two, and then sit again. When you think your fishing slow enough, slow down some more. You will get bites.

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This would probably help a lot. I was using a 6" BPS Stik-O with a 3/8 oz weight and little to no patience lol. My retrieve was very fast compared to what you are saying. I will definetly go at turtle pace, lol, next time I go which will probably be in about a month. Thanks for the advice! Your always a big help when I need it!

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Sometimes they just dont bite.

And sometime they do, just the way fishing is.

 

November thru mid January I did pretty well, last couple of weeks not so so good.  I normally don't use a senkos, I did use them a few times in the past couple of weeks.  Catching a few on them but if a senko doesn't produce, heaven help ya............lol

 

 I'm just starting to see some beds now, I think in years past I noticed them earlier in the season.

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Windy and overcast?

 

Did a cold front move into the area?

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You're not on the fish, the fish are probably in the flats spawning and your fishing in the canals.

 

Try the finger canals north when you cant access the flats they hold fish on the points, Shad Rap each point where the finger canal meets the main canal.

 

Edit too add if the waters high enough, I stopped fishing those canals decades ago.

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I see people catching hawgs at holiday park and catching multiple of them. I went today, it was a bit windy and a bit of an overcast. Didn't catch a single fish. Tried senkos (watermelon red and junebug), tried topwater frogs, a rapala xrap, and live shiners. IS IT ME? Or is it the fish? Or is it the areas I fish? I launched off the boat ramp farthest west not the one by the entrance and went west until the first right. Fished for a few minutes on that canal then went all the way to I-75 and fished on the canal on the north side of it for 30 mins and caught nothing. Then went to the canal on the south side of I-75 and went about a mile passed where there is a little turn to keep going west. Nothing. Not even a bite. Then we went back and fished on the side and as we were heading to another spot we saw a guy and his son pull out a nice 5 lber out of the pads. I got jealous ;) Sad day of fishing. So what do I do? I love holiday but never catch anything. HELP ME PLS lol

I don't have a boat so I am at a disadvantage but I did try holiday park off the bank, and then the rest areas on i-75. I experienced the same issue as you. I was out there for hours, I did try just about every lure in my tackle box. I tried slow and fast, hard baits, plastics, topwater. You name it. I just had no luck that day. But the fish are out there because like you said, others go out there and catch some good bass.

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Go reallly slow.

 

When a cold front moves in It can get rediculous. I personally use no weight (if no wind, or light weight) let it sink and bump the reel moving the lure about a 1/2 inch at a time. then let it sit for a few seconds. Ive had fish bites taking as long as 10 second when I pause.. Sometimes consistant extremely slow reeling works better. For good measure Ill say it again. Slow lol. I get impatient with it too.

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Best Solution = Return in APRIL   :eyebrows:

 

Roger

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You didn't do anything wrong. A lot of these guys know Holiday like the back of their hand, and have the hardware to go where the bigguns are. 

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