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This year I have noticed alot of patterns rise and fall fishing extensively, and have encountered very weird patterns where for maybe a week-month they will have behavior that goes against bass fishing theory. 

 

Ex 1. Bass suspended over 30ft in January hit topwaters and are actively feeding in 38 water temps And snow on ground

 

Ex2. "Psuedo" spawn in October with a maybe 30 male Bass making beds, backed offshore next week

 

Ex3. Bass targeting large mallards (perhaps near babies but not sure), (imo way to big of bird for them), multiple times seen in the month)

 

Ex4 playing/interacting with carp in the spring, not really trying to eat them or ignore them but showing interest and swimming with them.

(Saw Two Bass in July doing this also , maybe was same pair of Bass and carp, maybe they are just friends idrk.

 

Any interesting odd pattern behaviors

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I don't believe the "P" word, as it resides between the ears of most LMB guys is a thing, so no. If you ask me do I see bass doing things they aren't supposed to be doing according to the book, heck yeah, all the time.

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On 12/4/2022 at 7:04 PM, PressuredFishing said:

 

Ex3. Bass targeting large mallards (perhaps near babies but not sure), (imo way to big of bird for them), multiple times seen in the month)

This is 100% on my bucket list to see now.

 

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11 hours ago, txchaser said:

This is 100% on my bucket list to see now

One of my theory was maybe they where swimming over a few beds and the male Bass where just not having it. The bass hitting them where not huge, maybe no more than 3lbs.  Then again these fish eat trout and rats so.... yknow

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19 hours ago, txchaser said:

This is 100% on my bucket list to see now.

 

 

8 hours ago, PressuredFishing said:

One of my theory was maybe they where swimming over a few beds and the male Bass where just not having it. The bass hitting them where not huge, maybe no more than 3lbs.  Then again these fish eat trout and rats so.... yknow

 

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I don't think this is really a pattern, it's more of a behavior.  Over the years I have noticed that sometimes when the water is cold the bass will only hit a bottom contact bait once, then they back off.  If you kill the retrieve and just let the bait sit there then the bass will come back after a few seconds, pick up the bait, and start swimming off with it.  If you continue the retrieve after that first bite, then no more bites.

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Fishing in the marsh I've noticed two trends that go against everything I've read.

1.  Downsizing in the summer works better than upsizing.

2.  Overall the Bass seem to bite top water better on a bluebird day than on a cloudy day.

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1 hour ago, Troy85 said:

Overall the Bass seem to bite top water better on a bluebird day than on a cloudy day.

 

Hmm. In Maine, I thought it was just the opposite. Maybe I need to give more bluebird days their due attention.

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1 hour ago, Troy85 said:

Fishing in the marsh I've noticed two trends that go against everything I've read.

1.  Downsizing in the summer works better than upsizing.

2.  Overall the Bass seem to bite top water better on a bluebird day than on a cloudy day.

You’re supposed to keep those under your hat and just let everyone keep following the rules……….

 

 

just kidding man, I notice those exceptions to the rules quite frequently myself 

 

therefore there are no rules 

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2 hours ago, Troy85 said:

Fishing in the marsh I've noticed two trends that go against everything I've read.

1.  Downsizing in the summer works better than upsizing.

2.  Overall the Bass seem to bite top water better on a bluebird day than on a cloudy day.

The past several summers I've caught more bass on a 1\4oz popper and a Ned rig than all other baits combined.

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I have witnessed a bedding male LM attack a full grown Mallard when it swam too close to the LM nest on my home pond. The Mallard was home grown and sort of tame and was cruising the pond while I was sitting in a lawn chair, observing the LM behavior. When the Mallard got too close the LM shot off the nest and slammed the Mallard. The LM immediately resumed station while the Mallard left for a while!

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I saw a whole family of ducklings go down, on a tidal river, during striper season. The mother fled to the bank and started squawking. 

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On Lay Lake coming around a small Island one morning I watched the last Duckling in a line swimming behind momma get absolutely inhaled by a huge LGM.   Still the most shocking thing I've witnessed.

 

One minute it's so peaceful watching this beautiful family of Ducks, the next second Jaws literally eats a Duckling ?

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The strange bass pattern I have noticed this year, is the bass do not bite any of my lures.  I bought and tried new lures, with the same results being the pattern of the day.  After looking at this thread, I think I may find a successful pattern.  All I need to do is get one of my duck decoys, put hooks on it, and fish very shallow.  I'm glad I saw this because the Bait Monkey was trying to get me to purchase a massive amount of finesse gear for Christmas.  I told the Monkey to hold off until I give the duck pattern a try.  If I have success, I might have to buy a specialized duck rod, reel combo, so the Monkey wont loose our completely.

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The pattern that I've notice most often with bass fishing is no pattern....bass conform to a more elusive biological trigger that can often defy what we think we know about them, or what we think they want at any given moment or under any giving condition. 

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15 minutes ago, Zcoker said:

The pattern that I've notice most often with bass fishing is no pattern....bass conform to a more elusive biological trigger that can often defy what we think we know about them, or what we think they want at any given moment or under any giving condition. 

^ bingo!!!!

 

ive fished non stop for my whole life and don’t ever recall a bite pattern 

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1 hour ago, Zcoker said:

The pattern that I've notice most often with bass fishing is no pattern....bass conform to a more elusive biological trigger that can often defy what we think we know about them, or what we think they want at any given moment or under any giving condition. 

Bass fishing is a puzzle where you start out each day with the puzzle pieces in the box, and regardless if you finish the puzzle or not during the day, some jerk comes and takes the puzzle and throws the pieces all over the room for you to only start picking them back up in the morning.  

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3 minutes ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Bass fishing is a puzzle where you start out each day with the puzzle pieces in the box, and regardless if you finish the puzzle or not during the day, some jerk comes and takes the puzzle and throws the pieces all over the room for you to only start picking them back up in the morning.  

Yes, sir, quite a puzzle. One can spend a lot of energy picking up all those pieces to make it whole only to have it tossed all over the room again. My approach is quite simple: a totally open mind. I look for no pattern or routine or puzzle. What the bass want is what they eventually get! 

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