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I fish on the Tenn Tomm waterway in Mississippi.  The pool I fish on is somewhat varied.  The water is stained and mostly shallow.  There are no real creeks running in it or coves of any size. Just bank on either side.  Because of this, I target visible cover that sits in the shallows around the bank. Both sides are covered with rocks 95% of the time.   I'm just not getting results.

 

I've thrown everything I know to throw.  I've tried every technique I know and still catch a maximum of 2 fish per day I fish.  Half the time I feel like I'm just wetting lure for the fun of it.  I've researched for HOURS daily.  I just can’t get any results.  My main bait is texas rigged soft plastics (senkos, brush hogs, finesse worms, etc).  I'm getting so discouraged that I don't even look forward to going anymore, but I still go and try my best every time.  ANY kind of general help is STRONGLY needed, especially help regarding fishing water systems like I am on.  If more information is needed I’ll be happy to supply it!

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Learn the areas you will find bass in or go to a different lake.

Why do you keep doing the same thing?

Do you know other bass fishermen who are successful fishing

that water?

It's possible the bass population in that water is low.

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I do the same thing because I have zero confidence in anything other than spinners and t-rigs.  I'm trying to branch out into different techniques.  The bass population is actually good.  The pool I fish is known to be one of the better pools in the water system.  I go to this lake because I know it holds fish, and I know plenty of people who have had plenty of success there. 

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How much do you throw at the cover. Be sure to hit every inch of the cover.

 

I hit every single inch. I'll sit at fallen tree and cast for 25 minutes, making I don't miss anything.

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Which pool do you fish on the Tenn-Tom. I use to fish up there years ago.

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The lake I did most of my fishing on the last two years hasn't been producing any decent sized bass for me this year. So I tried I new lake I'd been meaning to try for a while now, and I'm doing much better. I don't doubt that your spot holds fish. But sometimes changing it up makes all the difference. 

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Which pool do you fish on the Tenn-Tom. I use to fish up there years ago.

The Smithville pool.  The boat ramp is called Beans Ferry. 

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The lake I did most of my fishing on the last two years hasn't been producing any decent sized bass for me this year. So I tried I new lake I'd been meaning to try for a while now, and I'm doing much better. I don't doubt that your spot holds fish. But sometimes changing it up makes all the difference. 

 

I've though long and hard about traveling an extra 15 minutes to try another pool that I have been told is a great spot.

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Try inline spinners, spinflys, grubs. Fish around the rocks.

Waterway this is a river?

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I do the same thing because I have zero confidence in anything other than spinners and t-rigs.  I'm trying to branch out into different techniques.  The bass population is actually good.  The pool I fish is known to be one of the better pools in the water system.  I go to this lake because I know it holds fish, and I know plenty of people who have had plenty of success there.

Confidence is in yourself, skill is with your baits and how to use them. You can do this. If I can do it you can do it.

No negativity. Try topwater? What time are you fishing?

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Confidence is in yourself, skill is with your baits and how to use them. You can do this. If I can do it you can do it

No negativity. Try topwater? What time are you fishing?

 

I've experiemented with topwater somewhat.  I fish anywhere from 6:30 am-1:00 pm to 1:00 pm-5:30 pm.

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6:30am. Throw topwater.

Presentation.= perfection = Oscar winning perfect.

Cast it out

Wait for the ripples to disappear.

One twitch,

Two twitch

Three twitch. The twitches need to be exactly the same.

Pause repeat.

Do you have any spinnerbaits?, shallow crankbaits?

You need to break the norm with new presentations.

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I do have a few spinner baits but no crankbaits (yet).  Why do the twitches need to be the same? I have a buzzbait and hollow body frog.

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Try Spinnerbaits,Propbaits,Chatterbaits.

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The bass look for errors in the presentation.

Your spinnerbaits need to be setup. A trailer.

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Why 6:30?  You have missed the best bite of the day.  Get out before first light.  Throw squarebills over the rocks.  When it gets light, switch to fly-lined senkos.  How heavy a line are you using?  

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I've though long and hard about traveling an extra 15 minutes to try another pool that I have been told is a great spot.

If you are spinning your wheels for hours at the old fishing hole, that fifteen minute drive sounds like a no brainer to me.  I've seen good productive waters turn sour, and vice versa.  One of my local favorites was a dependable, constant producer of numbers and size, smallmouth and largemouth for four or five years.  In the past three years, it has really gone downhill, which I attribute to most of the vegetation disappearing.

 

Every spring, sea run herring enter the pond from the Cape Cod canal to spawn.  Without cover, the young herring and that of other species as well become easy prey, and the bass have easy pickings.  That's my opinion, right or wrong.   The point is that I do not waste my time beating the waters of that pond to a froth, trying to catch either non-existent or uncooperative fish.

 

You need to try some different baits/techniques.  The purple people eater that worked so well last year, may not interest the fish this year. 

 

If it hasn't been suggested in a prior post, try a shaky head rig with a floating worm so it will stand up on the bottom and fish it slowly.  Drag it a bit, twitch it a bit and mix it up until you find the presentation the fish are looking for.  Note:  Fish do not read the books and articles that we do, so they do not always behave according to our rules.

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Lower end of the lake, shoreline grass (water willow), top water/ spinner baits early, Plastics after the sun is high on the horizon.

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Branch out to other lures and techniques , they all work .You are severely handicapping yourself   I fish the Mississippi river and tributaries . Chartreuse Bomber Flat A is  a good bait for me also anything that sinks and has a built in action like small compact spinnerbaits " Rocket shad is a good choice " , lipless cranks ...Cast these lures upstream along the rip rap banks at different depths . Let them sink to the bottom , even out in deeper water . Once they hit bottom lift the lure immediately and retrieve staying close to the bottom the entire retrieve . When fishing rip rap you must keep the bait close to it ,if your not bumping rocks or close to it the entire retrieve your not catching fish . Im guessing you have a depth finder     . Look offshore . Get some marker buoys and start marking places and fish them .  Are there gulls there ?  I always watch gulls closely . They know where the good fishing spots are . Just try to gain experience each time you go fishing and dont limit yourself.

 

 

I take it that this is a river system with some current . Is this correct or a lake with no current ?

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From what you described, if I went there tomorrow morning to fish I'd have the following rigged up. Black/blue jig with blue sapphire trailer, a shakey head with a green pumpkin with chart tip tail, black/blue rage lobster, black/blue swim jig with sapphire blue Rage menace, and a chartreuse spinner bait with a gold Colorado blade. Also, do t overlook a single tail grub. It doesn't seem too many guys fish them much anymore, but they still catch fish.

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I wll reply to all of you once I get back from work.  Guys I really appreciate the help.  This is the most support I've gotten from any forum thus far.  Thanks a million guys!

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I don't know much about the system other than what you've told us, but I know I'd start out covering water with something like a squarebill, spinnerbait, or swim jig. All three of those baits are great for locating active fish. Also, I wouldn't hesitate to dive the extra 15 minutes to try that new area either. 

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The bass look for errors in the presentation.

 

 

Is this a joke?

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I've gotten discouraged like this because I fish mainly from shore. Best thing I can say... GO FISH SOMEWHERE ELSE. Freshen it up, a change of scenery, regardless of success, will go a long way psychologically. It has paid huge dividends for me, both in fish catches and persistence. It has changed my perception and helped me to realize why I am truly out there. I'm outdoors, one with nature, in God's creation. This is a sport and pastime I love. Don't give up and try to remain positive, the fish catches will come with putting in the time. After you fish somewhere else, or multiple others places, you'll be amazed when you return to your old spot. Fishing is mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. The more I make it about the spiritual and physical, the better off I am mentally and emotionally. Hang in there, I wish you the best.

JC

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