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1 hour ago, Dwight Hottle said:

If I may add to the sunny versus overcast question regarding the smallie bite window. 

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This fish was caught in the first week of May in 20-22 fow on a bright sunny day.

The next fish was caught the first week of May many years later in 20-22 fow on a rainy highly overcast day. Both fish were caught around the same time mid day. The moral of the story is just get out there when you can regardless of the conditions as long as it's safe. 

 

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Big SM tails never stop amazing me.   There is no wonder why they fight so hard.  They have 300hp engines pushing them ?

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 A couple of summers ago, right around this time, I was making tackle preparations for what we all know as "The Fall Run".  I even made a brief post about what that meant to me and how I went about it.

So the more things change, the more they stay the same, right ?

I've already scouted some stuff, and even though it was only one time, expectations are high.

According, the past few days, I've been 'making a plan of attack'.

What spots when, what will I throw, how deep will I fish, will I fall in the lake, you know all the usual stuff.  Prime time is coming up quick and I wanted to be ready (which I was not).

Despite it being Africa hot in my garage today, I spent the day finalizing the rigs.

Vibrating jigs, A-Rigs, Spinnerbaits, Topwaters (walkers & Poppers) Tubes, swingheads, Drop Shot, Swim jigs and a token crankbait, because I'm pretty sure there's some kind of rule.

Got it done.

It's a big deal for me and it feels good. 

Early next week begins the 'hunt' in earnest.

I say, bring on the mutants ! 

And with any luck I'll be able to introduce myself to a few. 

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Fish Hard

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Late summer into early fall can be boom or bust for me.

Fish seem really scattered all over the lake.

But when the conditions are right early morning, shallow topwater can be the deal.

Fish Hard

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I just have to thank you for all of your contributions! I grew up in Southern California, moved to Northern California (Delta area) for about 7 years, and fished all over the State. In those waters, smallies were always a bycatch if they were present at all.

 

I know largemouth well, and spots, but aside from occasional trips to Havasu, Mead and Mohave I never had the reason to target smallies.

 

As the saying goes, “a bass is a bass is a bass”, but now that I predominantly fish Mohave I’ve discovered that isn’t quite true and have learned how much I didn’t know about them - they are quite a different beast.

 

I stumbled on this thread while trying to get to understand them a little, and this has been a master class for sure. Please keep the discussion going - it is very much appreciated!

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13 minutes ago, tunaman said:

I just have to thank you for all of your contributions! I grew up in Southern California, moved to Northern California (Delta area) for about 7 years, and fished all over the State. In those waters, smallies were always a bycatch if they were present at all.

 

I know largemouth well, and spots, but aside from occasional trips to Havasu, Mead and Mohave I never had the reason to target smallies.

 

As the saying goes, “a bass is a bass is a bass”, but now that I predominantly fish Mohave I’ve discovered that isn’t quite true and have learned how much I didn’t know about them - they are quite a different beast.

 

I stumbled on this thread while trying to get to understand them a little, and this has been a master class for sure. Please keep the discussion going - it is very much appreciated!

@tunaman Thank you very much for the support and the kind words.

Super glad to hear some of this has been helpful.

The 'learning' never ends (if we're lucky)

and I get schooled all the time.

I appreciate every one.

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With the final curtain drawn on 2023, and looking back,

it's easy for me to admit that getting out there

and chasing brown bass this year was especially challenging.

Consistently staying with the bait & the fish through each seasonal pattern is a big part of most any and all success I may have.  But it requires time on the water.  Not just any time, but The Right time.  For a couple of different reasons, that couldn't happen.  So I fished hard when I could and let the chips fall where they may.  While I did sprinkle in a few 'new deals', I depended heavily on many of the 'most productive baits' and 'brown bass tool' from seasons past to get me through. 

Just about all of that is noted at least once somewhere in this thread. 

All said & done, worked out ok.

I'll talk about these baits again later in another thread but for now,

this is what it looked like . . . 

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Welcome to BR from a WB member👍

The Colorado River Smallies are different regarding lure preference but similar bass behavior.

You also have Pardee in NorCal with big Brown bass.

With the US Open at Mojave now good time to focus the Smallmouth.

Tom

PS, AJay is a phenomenal resource.

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Where I fish we had a ...ONLY largemouth Bass STOCKED... reservoir.  Odd because they also stocked baitfish for food.  The L M B quickly started forming large schools to catch food.  Just like S M B do. 

 

The L M Bass & bait schools were gigantic. Limits on each trip did not reduce the amount of bass or baitfish.  Back then fish finders were rare on the 10 hp water.  With wardens all over.

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18 minutes ago, cyclops2 said:

Where I fish we had a ...ONLY largemouth Bass STOCKED... reservoir.  Odd because they also stocked baitfish for food.  The L M B quickly started forming large schools to catch food.  Just like S M B do. 

 

The L M Bass & bait schools were gigantic. Limits on each trip did not reduce the amount of bass or baitfish.  Back then fish finders were rare on the 10 hp water.  With wardens all over.

Thanks for sharing ~

So is that green bass tools then ?

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Been a long time since I've been able to wet a line.

That means it's time for Brown Bass photo explosion !

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Yup - I feel better now.

Fish Hard

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I find SMB are really a moving school of similar sized fish.

 

With the following few exception's.

 

A few fish will take up residence in a dense weed bed. Why ? Maybe they can not keep up with the schools of moving bass.  Age disease  size.....Lazy ?  I have caught the same several bass in the same 100' area.  With lots of food for them in the area.  I use a special rod line & lure with no hook on it.  A attack & grab counts as a caught.   🙂

 

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The views and opinions included in this thread belong to each originating member

and do not necessarily mirror the views and opinions of the Original poster. 

Additionally, the use of special rods line & lure with no hooks is expressly confusing.

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