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Went out yesterday and fished a senko and spinnerbait under some docks and lay downs. No luck. Zero. I usually catch at least one fish. The temp was 81 degrees. Water at 62 degrees. Barometric pressure at 31.04. Water clarity was about 1.5 to 2 feet. What do you guys have luck with on these kind of days?

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Bluebird skys and no wind are the toughest. I usually ptch cover. If I had docks I would give that a try. Ive been skunked on days like that.

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I also get skunked on bluebird sky days. It usually helps if there's a little wind. Then I usually can catch pretty good fish on a spinner bait. If it's completely clear outside I'll usually fish a silent running square bill, and a stick bait either weightless Texas rig, a nail weight Texas rig, or a weightless wacky rig.

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As mentioned docks can be good but I think it takes a few days of those conditions before the fish get on them good. Regardless I have found fish to suspend on days like that. I've caught them in the past by lifting a finesse jig or shakey head trick worm way off the bottom. The fish will hit them on the fall very lightly, bites will be nearly undetectable. Depth and structure types can be key and submerged brushpiles are the cover I would look for.

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Docks,docks, and even more docks.

Bluebird is my favorite day. It's time to pitch, flip, and skip docks.

I've been skunked almost all day and then BOOM. I catch one or more off each dock. In a shore line of docks and pontoons.

My second favorite way to fish below top water.

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I went out on Friday at about 11:00 and stayed out til 5. It was the first, nice 70* weather and the bass were all shallow, surprisingly. With the cold front we'd had I thought they may have stayed deeper. I ended up catching 7 bass, one on a lipless crank, another on a watermelon fluke, and the rest on a shakey head rigged with zman watermelon worms.

 

I went out last night and tried the same thing in the same place, just caught one. Couldn't stay out much longer though or I would have made my rounds on the lake. In a kayak it's a little more difficult to buzz around the lake.

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Went out yesterday and fished a senko and spinnerbait under some docks and lay downs. No luck. Zero. I usually catch at least one fish. The temp was 81 degrees. Water at 62 degrees. Barometric pressure at 31.04. Water clarity was about 1.5 to 2 feet. What do you guys have luck with on these kind of days?

Fish high percentile areas like you were docks shade etc.. i would try any kind of craw presentation slow on the bottom or a drop shot rig with a robo worm . not sure where you are fishing but could be in a post spawn pattern, the aggressive ones could be in open water chasing bait fish also look deep. ps. senkos and spinnerbaits are a fine choice aswell .

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If the spawn is happening could that be a reason? I always seem to have trouble with this river once the weather gets into the 80's

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Well I caught one after about a billion casts, luck and the magic of a Yamamoto senko.

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If the spawn is happening could that be a reason? I always seem to have trouble with this river once the weather gets into the 80's

Well it is that time of the year

I see pairs rolling over each other a few feet from shore pretty much ignoring anything I throw at them

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Well it is that time of the year

I see pairs rolling over each other a few feet from shore pretty much ignoring anything I throw at them

 

So spawning which is a tough trick to get them to bite.  I will tell you go watch the way the BASS guys site fished out o the delta especally Chris Zaildain on Friday's coverage on the BASS website.  He walked you through exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it better than anyone else.  Arron Martins does a good job of describing what he is doing but if I remember correctly Chris Zaildain was more successful on camera.  Pretty awesome viewing actually.

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With the high pressure and murky water, I would have reached for essentially what you did. A 4in Senko, either black, or watermelon lemon and a 1/4oz. chartreuse Colorado bladed spinnerbait. The same size spinnerbait in black would be another choice. The downsized baits allow a slow presentation and the colors should help with the low visibility.

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Drop Shot Drop Shot Drop Shot

Pitching a drop shot on I believe 12lb Fluoro was exactly what Zaildain did the most. It is what he caught the 12lb bass he weighed in on day 1.

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I went out friday in same conditions and caught twenty to thirty just beating the banks  . I was using medium rattleless cranks with tight actions. A Rogers Big Jim and Rapala Fat Rap . Caught a couple on a weedless beetle spin type lure that I rigged and a couple on texas rigged jelly worm .  Only keeper came   on a Fat Rap that was around four lbs .  I'm a big user  of tighter wiggling cranks . The lake I was fishing is an easy one to fish and I  always catch some . Thirty fish is a bad day .

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Thirty fish is a bad day .

 

I don't think I like you anymore...  Just kidding, and a bit envious.  I wish I could find a lake where catching 30 fish in one day is considered bad.

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I don't think I like you anymore...  Just kidding, and a bit envious.  I wish I could find a lake where catching 30 fish in one day is considered bad.

Hunnewell lake in Northeast missouri.  Its a 200 acre lake the conservation department runs. They dont allow personal boats {  trying to keep the zebra mussels out } but supply 14 foot jons free of charge. It has a slot limit of 12 to 15 inch fish. I bring my own trolling motor and depth finder . 

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High pressure, bluebird sky's, I would find heavy cover of all types. Then I would down size, and fish very slow. The bass are going to seek shade whether its a dock, pads, lay downs or just a shaded drop off. Slow way down, and fish those areas hard. No eye lids, or expensive sunglasses, so bass will seek shade under those conditions.

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Hunnewell lake in Northeast missouri.  Its a 200 acre lake the conservation department runs. They dont allow personal boats {  trying to keep the zebra mussels out } but supply 14 foot jons free of charge. It has a slot limit of 12 to 15 inch fish. I bring my own trolling motor and depth finder . 

 

Ha!  That is only about a 14-15 hour drive for me.  I will be there this weekend.  LOL.  Although, all kidding aside, knowing this is a great spot I might have to add it to my long list of places I will visit "one day".

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I would almost rather be skunked throwing a bait and using a presentation I like than using a drop shot.

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The biggest fish I've caught this year was on a high pressure day (30 in Hg) with bluebird skies. Fish weren't buried up in cover but were roaming like crazy. They were biting good also. It was the day after a new moon. I don't think prespawn fish care about high pressure systems.

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Ha!  That is only about a 14-15 hour drive for me.  I will be there this weekend.  LOL.  Although, all kidding aside, knowing this is a great spot I might have to add it to my long list of places I will visit "one day".

There are small public lakes all over Missouri , with slot limits and lots of bass . I figured most eastern states were like that. LOL I guess not . From what I read on this forum Missouri must be bass heaven .

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If you have any grass in that fishery, I'd be throwin a frog in the grass, weeds, cattails, whatever. If no grass I'd be trying to bounce a spinnerbait off some cover somewhere shallow. I heard one of the pros at the delta this past weekend say "bass want to be shallow all the time". Seems to me that's where they are most of the time.

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