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What's the first lure you go to tomorrow? What type of area is your first stop?

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I throw a  smithwick suspending rouge in clown color.on some 45 degree rip rap south facing banks. I follow it up with a red colored red eye shad hopped on the bottom.

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Alabama rig! :)

 

Rippin Lips is on the right track.  Might throw in a football jig too.

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Hard to know without having been up there in awhile. Weather has been crazy in alabama fir the last month 75 degrees one day but snow 3 dats before and after that. We are getting hit with a pretty big storm right now. So if someone put a gun to my head and said go catch a bass I would probably pick up a white/chartreuse war eagle spinner bait with two gold blades and go find some wood. If it warms up some the next couple of days I'd pick up a 1/4 ounce Davis swim jig in spot chaser first thing in the morning around what grass is left. Oh and I'd be in honeycomb doing it

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Jerk or swim bait.

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It depends.

 

With the cold fronts moving through the area the past week the lake may be heavily stained or just plain dirty.

 

I would look for cleaner water or the cleanest water I know of and start there.

 

I would throw a jerkbait first followed by a lipless crankbait and then a jig and  pig around any cover or grass/pads I can find or have found in the prefishing days including main lake points. Next in line is a swimbait or a big, white fluke.

 

Remember, in stained and dirty water the bass will hold tight to any cover they can find.

 

And then there is the water temperature. Is it in the 60s so the bass are in prespawn or is the water colder where the bass will be holding to cover or off main lake points?

 

Will be very interesting to see where the guys go and what they throw first thing this morning.

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  Looks like they're are going to get sun and warmer each day. High of 68 on Sunday. My guess would be most of the field will go north. The bass should be staging out in the mouths of the bays on the ledges. Moving shallower as the days sun warms the water up. The water up there will be muddy. So I would toss a big bladed spinner bait up on the flats and slow roll it down the ledges out in the mouths of the bays. Maybe even fish the top of the flats were some old weeds and lily pads are if the sun warms it up a lot. I would be hog hunting all day. That lake can produce a big bag. Your going to need a 5 to 6 pound average to stay in the hunt. If the sun will stay out the big girls just might show up. You might see 90 pounds plus to win.

 

 When I say ledges and flats up in the north part of the lake I mean flats at 1 to 3 feet and ledges maybe down to 10 feet. Also I would stay away from the clear water. This time of year mud warms up first.

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Well I can only go by what happened in our club tournament and what I know has been catching fish here.

 

SPRO Aruku shad in purple rain or a red color, also there was a few hawgs snatched on the black/gold one as well.

If that wasn't working... a lot of the above is classic guntersville fishing and should produce.

 

Some of the local guides that I know and follow closely have been slaying them recently. 

 

I think it'll take a huge sack to win. 

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I will say though, that storm last night rocked the boat pretty good around here.... it was crazy for awhile. 

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jerkbaits and swimbaits for me

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I need more information. Couple things I could find, the dam is releasing water and generating electricity, the water temp is near 50 and it rained last night. Its currently 46 degrees with clear skies.

 

I crank deep, guessing that its holding warmer water down there.

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KVD and Chris Lane pulled up about 50 yards from each other down river they said....  bet they had a few choice words when they met up haha...

 

Going to be fun to watch it unfold this year. 

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Found this interesting because someone above said he'd move to clearer water too... and that's what KVD did.

 

 

 

We're still with VanDam. The wind has picked up considerably and produced a distinct mud line. He's out in the clearer stuff and just landed another keeper. Will the wind mes things up or turn the bite on?

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Alabama rig! :)

 

Rippin Lips is on the right track.  Might throw in a football jig too.

 

And you would be disqualified! The rig is not allowed in the Elite series.

 

I'd be throwing a rattle bait, jerkbait, and a spinnerbait.

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I'd be throwing jerkbaits and swimbaits first and then throw jigs.

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And you would be disqualified! The rig is not allowed in the Elite series.

 

I'd be throwing a rattle bait, jerkbait, and a spinnerbait.

 

Oh, I'm aware! :)  I actually rarely use the A-rig because of this - maybe I'm a purist.

 

I've been watching the War Room live stream all morning, and they were having a good convo about the A-Rig.  Mark Zona asked a local Pro (not sure who it was) if it was possible that the Bass at Guntersville had become so accustomed to seeing the A-Rig - the "widow maker" as he calls it - that more traditional baits like lipless cranks and jigs would get more bites.  Compelling argument, and conceivable when you consider that apparently EVERYBODY throws the A-Rig on that lake.

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Oh, I'm aware! :)  I actually rarely use the A-rig because of this - maybe I'm a purist.

 

I've been watching the War Room live stream all morning, and they were having a good convo about the A-Rig.  Mark Zona asked a local Pro (not sure who it was) if it was possible that the Bass at Guntersville had become so accustomed to seeing the A-Rig - the "widow maker" as he calls it - that more traditional baits like lipless cranks and jigs would get more bites.  Compelling argument, and conceivable when you consider that apparently EVERYBODY throws the A-Rig on that lake.

A couple things.

1. I was watching the same time you were. The local guys name is Justin Lucas.

2. I don't really know what to say about the a-rig except that if you're in a local guys boat here, 90% of the guys have an a-rig tied up and are ready to toss it at any given moment.

3. There's a local technique that's been kept quiet (or to my knowledge it has been) that I just learned about a month or so ago. I won't say it here out of respect for some of the guys who actually do fish it, but let's just say..... the a-rig has been modified and what I've seen lately out of a couple guys is insane! 

4. And I don't know about the fish being shied away from or wanting to bite anything else more because of the a-rig... people produce big sacks at about every tournament I ever hear of locally on all different baits. Just last week there was a local tournament that weighed in nearly a 30lb sack.. lipless crankbaiting on a Duo Realis Red Tiger... 

I guess my point is, there is plenty of fish caught on the a-rig... and there is still plenty of fish caught on traditional lures as well. I think it would be 50/50 when asked a question like that.

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I really think the pull of water, with the cold and post front will have moved those big females back into the deep.

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Brandon JUST SAID IT... 30-40ft theres a pile of bait and fish but theyre hard to catch

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3/4 oz spinnerbait and 10'-12' crankbait and wait for the water to start warming.

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