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What would you have thrown in post tropical storm conditios?

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Day shaped up like this, heavy cloud cover, low light, light winds, on and off light rain. Water Temps were 70 to 75, visibility 1 to 3 feet. Water level was dropping but very light current coming in on the main river. I caught small fish on a t rigged senko, and a drop shot as a non boater. My boater caught three squeakers and one decent keep to give him 4 fish for about 5 lbs. I couldn't get bit on a crank, or topwater. We fished main lake points, secondary poits, flats, coves and drop offs. Any clue where I could have done something  different?

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Chatterbait or spinner bait.

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I had similar conditions after the big tropical storm last week. Visibility was less than a foot, and the water had cooled off by 20 degrees. From my experience, when you have such a drastic change in conditions, you can't really have high expectations on the water. Anyhow, last week, the fish were very tight on the cover, and they wouldn't really move. I tried several baits, and finally got bit on a Rage Structure Bug t-rigged, and fish super slowwwwwww. The bites were almost completely undetectable. I missed a lot of fish that morning. 

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I fished in the storm we had for a few days as much as possible,  and had mixed success fishing in areas where the water entered, exits, and had more current than it usually does. I focused on areas where I knew bait would be, but Fishing was hit and miss, Couldn't get any strikes on topwater or Jerkbaits on the surface, I didn't do well in stained water unless throwing a boot tail swimbait under the surface as they would only swirl if it was waked. They would not come to the surface on any trip.

Most of my success came fishing faster moving baits from Flukes to Swimbaits, Crankbaits, all to match the size of the bait fish that was trapped. Spinnerbaits along the shorelines that were flooded and along original break in depth worked in some areas but finding a pattern is very tricky. Before and after the storm I did well pitching Jigs/Texas rigs into newly flooded shorelines but the timing of when fish were striking was hard to predict and figure out. After a storm is weird, same during, but I think alot of it comes down to getting lucky and finding fish willing to co-operate. We found groups of fish in smaller areas that would be easy to catch, but quality was much harder to find.

Before a Storm is always my favorite, but even that can be frustrating since the fish often are moving all over the place so you can't find them in the same areas that are always reliable.

I threw a Chatterbait all over the place thinking that was the right choice-Wind, Stained water, ambush areas, but only managed a few dinks. I thought the chatterbait would be perfect but I guess to much vibration. 

Skinny Dipper & Gambler EZ swimbaits worked best with 1/8 bullet weight. Caffiene Shad fluke, & Ocho fished like a sluggo. After the Storm it was better fishing reaction strike type baits instead of fishing slow...But I am sure somebody else did well fishing the opposite way. I used to think after storms was best to fish new flooded shorelines but that is not always the case, you have to find the right shoreline and even then, they may have not moved up yet so in the past we have done well fishing the older break lines and just being patient with soft plastics fished slowly but that get's old when it is slow.

 

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Thanks for the input guys. I was pretty lost. I managed to catch a few on a crank. We did have good rain but it didn't bring up the water level. I fish a lake that provides water for irrigation so as of now the lake has dropped 30' over the summer. Water Temps weren't falling here they stayed the same. 

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