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So I went to the lake this morning after work to throw a new glide bait I just got. This is a small very clear lake that is a little over 800 acres I do believe. I was just walking around the bank and by the marina when I noticed a bunch of old spawning beds in the grass. Places where there was no grass. I just happened to see a HUGE shadow go by the bare area. I first thought this was maybe a big carp, catfish, or Muskie. I wasn't sure, but it was a giant. It started kinda rolling sideways and that's when I noticed it was a bass. Within the next 10 minutes I seen 7 giants (my opinion for this area) ranging from rough 6 or 7 lbs to I think over 10 was the biggest. The lakes around here spawned in mid April to mid May. I haven't seen any spawning activity in 3 weeks or so. So what were these fish doing? Late spawners? Roaming? They wouldn't pay any attention to any lure and they finally swam off...sorry I made it so long!

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If you didn't see any smaller males near the beds, they weren't spawning. Big bass don't roll to one side for no reason, they usually point their nose down about 45 degree angle to see stuff close to them on the bottom, but could be doing this to see something better, like crawdads hiding in the grass.

Keep going back, those bass are there and you know where! Stay back so you can't see them and make longer casts and fish very early or dusk to darkness. Those bass are hunting something.

Tom

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i didn't think of that just because the only other time I've seen bass doing that was when they were spawning. Do you think that is a normal thing for them to do? I wonder if I scared them away or the sun was just getting higher and they left for deeper water or something.

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I have read, been told, contrary to what most folks might think, most big bass are caught between the hours of 10AM to 2PM.

 

The Old School Basser...

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I have read, been told, contrary to what most folks might think, most big bass are caught between the hours of 10AM to 2PM.

The Old School Basser...

But can fish tell time???

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I have been told or have read....how many DD bass have you caught?

The only time when the sun is over head is a advepantage to to the angler catching DD bass is when those bass are spawning! Overhead sunlight lets the angler see bed fish better, overhead sunlight also lets these big bass see your lure for what it is....artifical! Low light mask the fact lures are not real.

Tom

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Caught most of my bass over 5lbs between 11am & 4 pm and after sunset-around 1 am

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Well I don't buy into all the talk about catching big bass around noon. And for this lake its dang near impossible when the sun is high. This is a very clear lake, and is known to be brutally tough come summer time. I wonder if I do go there at night, what is the best option you think? I just bought a Roman Made Negotiator (for this lake), or do I throw a big worm? There's a lot of grass to get caught on so really a Texas rig or something that rides high in the water column is the only way.

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I've caught a lot of 4-6lb fish between those times too, but I've caught them other times too!

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School of huge bass in the shallows you say? In WV you say? ROLLING YOU SAY!?!? .......Dude you saw some carp during the carp spawn. Lol. Don't feel bad. They get me every year until I get a super good look at them.

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Haha yes, I have been fooled by carp before...But I am 100% positive these were not carp. I was able to see the detail pretty well one a couple of the ones 'rolling' or whatever they were doing. I'll have to look for the night time thread. I haven't been keeping up lately.

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Haha yes, I have been fooled by carp before...But I am 100% positive these were not carp. I was able to see the detail pretty well one a couple of the ones 'rolling' or whatever they were doing. I'll have to look for the night time thread. I haven't been keeping up lately.

LMB have very visible black stripe down the lateral line in the water and white belly, carp don't have either.

You can always fly line a tail hooked large 8" live night crawler on 6 lb FC using a size 1 drop shot mosquito hook, if the bass don't spook.

Tom

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Ive caught all my bass 7lbs and over at night, most of the lakes i fish are from 50-300 acres in metro omaha and most of them see alot of pressure. I think they are not as spooky at night...

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I seriously doubt if they were late spawners. The lack of male bass, as WRB stated, plus the fact (or so I've been told) that the larger females are the first to spawn would rule it out.  Late post spawners will often return to their spawning grounds in search of forage as bluegill and other species use similar areas.  Reguardless, the presence of these fish warrants your attempt to catch them, time of day shouldn't hold you back.  The only one to tell you when is the opportune time to catch a true lunker, is a true lunker.  My PB was boated at 11:30AM, but my prior was caught a half hour after sunset. Those hawgs may want a meal or just a snack at 10:03AM for all you know.

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I have been told or have read....how many DD bass have you caught?

The only time when the sun is over head is a advepantage to to the angler catching DD bass is when those bass are spawning! Overhead sunlight lets the angler see bed fish better, overhead sunlight also lets these big bass see your lure for what it is....artifical! Low light mask the fact lures are not real.

Tom

Not sure what your meaning by this, but when they are on beds it dont matter how artificial it looks they will hit purely out of instinct! If thats what you meant then i agree but i think you meant you need low light to fish bedding bass wich is comical to me..cornhusker bass that are on beds will hit anything at anytime ive never had to change a bait more than once to a different bait to get a bite after they wouldnt hit the first bait i tried..

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Bass Resource: http://www.bassresource.com/fishing/catching_big_bass.html

 

The Old School Basser....

Ok??? Not sure what thats for???

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Not sure what your meaning by this, but when they are on beds it dont matter how artificial it looks they will hit purely out of instinct! If thats what you meant then i agree but i think you meant you need low light to fish bedding bass wich is comical to me..cornhusker bass that are on beds will hit anything at anytime ive never had to change a bait more than once to a different bait to get a bite after they wouldnt hit the first bait i tried..

The OP said the bass are not spawning, old beds without males....why do you think I am talking about bed fish? I am talking about big bass hunting prey.

Tom

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Sorry i for some reason thought u meant they wont hit artificials on beds, my mistake...

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