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Got out on the river looking for flatheads around flooded cover. Got 2 big bites for the day.

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17lber

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Just barely failed to break 30lbs. Beat my old pb by about 8 pounds. Just glad I beefed up my tackle, there was a submerged boulder that the fish tried its best to break the line on.

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Dude that is amazing. What kind of tackle did you get them on?  

 

 It looks like I am going to take my nephew out there tomorrow, but the water looks a little high to have him scrambling around the rocks, so I think we are going to try for bass in the canal and if that isnt working try for cats from shore.  

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65lb braid and 80lb leader on a conventional setup. May seem like overkill but even smaller fish can quickly fray through lighter line on all the submerged rocks.

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Interesting, I have a 5'6" boat rod rated to like 1.5oz that I have used for a little catfishing, but have maybe caught a cat half the size of your small one there on it.  I guess a frog rod should work good enough, assuming I can get away with a light enough sinker.  

 

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More chatterbait fish.  I have gone from skunking at that spot 9/10 times to always getting at least one bass per trip.    My record is only three in one day and that was an all day grind, but it's nice to be able to consistently catch my one.  

 

I also fished a new spot today and like a lot of the small park ponds around here, it looks like a shallow featureless bowl with a soft muck bottom.  My usual approach is to walk the bank and fish the shoreline about 3-8' out, stopping to cast to any structure I can see or suspect is there.  I have tried bottom contact lures cast out to the center but even with a hopping retrieve I find that my jig/worm gets loaded with muck about half way through the retrieve and then I can't feel anything.  I will catch the occasional fish by running a chatterbait/spinnerbait/swimjig/etc right off the bottom, but it has a very low rate of return and isnt much fun.  Anyone have a favorite way to fish this water? 

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Took a quick trip after work to a wade spot on the potomac. Water was very stained and about a foot above normal for the summer. I didn't go far as there was a threatening thunderstorm a couple miles to the west. Caught a 12" then missed the next two bites from the front eddy on a ledge. Third time I managed to connect to a chunky 17.5" fish.

 

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I got rained on soon after and the bite died down.

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On 7/15/2016 at 11:33 AM, JeepFisher said:

Been fishing Lake Elkhorn mostly the last couple weeks.  Best has been a 2.3lber Elkhorn bass but I know there are some bigger ones in there.  Thinking about trying a pond /Lake to put my yak in this weekend.  Anyone have any recommendations?  Thinking about trying Lake Roland as its been a few years since the drainage. 

Hypothetical scenario For anyone familiar w Elkhorn specifically:

...it's a mild (high 70s-80) sunny August afternoon (4-7 pm). Waters normal level maybe a little more stained than typically. You can only choose 2 lures...what 2 lures would you choose, what part(s) of the lake would you target?

 

Then repeat same question, but changed to evening (7-9pm)?

 

Thanks!!!

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Dropshot and a slow crawled craw jig.  The association has been mowing the hydrilla so punching is pretty much at a minimal. 

Later on, I'd run a spinnerbait or Chatterbait along with a topwater like a torpedoe.

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I keep meeting guys around here who swear by dropshoting from the bank, but I have no confidence in it and the few times I have tried have been a total bust.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, Bunnielab said:

I keep meeting guys around here who swear by dropshoting from the bank, but I have no confidence in it and the few times I have tried have been a total bust.  

 

 

I was in the same boat last season.  It definitely is the go to technique for the mid-day.   I pretty much keep the rod tip elevated between 12 and 2 o clock and add more height to the presentation with my elbows at least chest height when the line's out 15+ yards.  I was once a firm believer in that it was only a boater's technique.  Man was I wrong. 

 

Second to that, for a mid-day bait, would have to go to the shakyhead with a zman finesse worm or an aertail.

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Thanks for the input y'all. 

Shakey head w a cut tail and weightless jelly worm got it done ok. I thinks there an overabundance of smaller bass there. Same with centennial. 

Drop shot works from the bank about as well as Carolina rigs. Maybe a little better. I go their rarely tho. Last resort. 

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What size Jelly Worm were you using?  I have used the 6" on shakyheads or neko rigs and while I have have tried the 12" ones weighless, I have never gotten a hit. 

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8" is sweet-spot. out performs senkos for me. In black grape. 

Ive used 12" with not too much luck. Only hogs will go for it. Use only when I'm sick of catching small fish. 

Also 8" and up no weight required with the heavy nose, but a splitshot right at/above the hook eye helps with the action. 

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Interesting, I has assumed the 8" would still float to much to do anything other than twitch on the surface.  Right now I use Producto Tournament worms for my 8" worms and they are really high floaters.  

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They actually sink pretty quickly, like 1ft/s or so because of the hard nose. They stand up off the bottom on thier own also. 

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Oh, you have the Hardnose ones, I have the regular ones and they suspend/very very slowly sink.  I have always wanted to try their hardnose flukes, but have never remembered to order them. 

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5 hours ago, Bunnielab said:

Oh, you have the Hardnose ones, I have the regular ones and they suspend/very very slowly sink.  I have always wanted to try their hardnose flukes, but have never remembered to order them. 

There's only 1 kind as far as I know. I'm talking the original jelly worm. The head is just denser plastic. 

 

This guy:

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Manns_Jelly_Worm/descpage-MJW.html

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Hey MD bass anglers, I new to the forum and here's my quick intro.

Anywho, my first contribution:  Went to Lake Whetstone on Sunday afternoon with my dad and fished from 1-3PM, water was stained, and wind was gusting at times. I wasn't expecting to catch anything, and was really scouting it out to take my kids one day. I'm kind of new to bass fishing and trying to refine some techniques, so I wanted to try out a wacky rigged senko that I've seen a lot of people use on youtube. I put on a 5" watermelon with red flakes on a 2/0 octopus hook and started roaming the banks. Got one small 9" LMB in about 30 minutes, and 1 hit about 30 mins later. My dad was throwing a small jig with a spinner on light tackle. He saw my bass and snuck into my tackle bag, where I had 5" pink senkos that I told him I've seen a ton of people catch fish with...on youtube of course. He texas rigged it and casted out in the middle of the lake...which seems like would catch nothing. Next I see him walking across the dock as if he's snagged, but then a fish jumps out of the water. He wasn't snagged, he had a fish on...it took him about what seems like 15 minutes to reel that fish in on his light rod, 10lb mono test. It actually ran under the pavilion and I thought it was going to rub loose against the wood pylons, but I managed to reach down and grab it in the mouth. It was just barely gullet hooked and I got the 2/0 out pretty clean and wanted to revive it a little before taking a picture. Of course it shook off as soon as it hit the water. I estimate about a 3.5-4lber, it had a large brown spot on one side of the head, not surprised since that lake is basically a large run off. The kid at the boat dock said it was the biggest one all year so far.  Anyways, sorry for the wall of text. Hope to gain some more fishing knowledge from some local guys and maybe meet up with a few of you.

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Went out this morning and gave the dropshot a good try.

 

About 10-12 casts in, this guy grabbed it and ran hard.

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I don't have any long spinning rods, so I was fishing it on a L/MF casting rod with a PX68 spooled with 20lb braid to a 8lb flouro leader.  Not ideal, but it was what I had at hand this morning.  The first bass was a blast, it took a bit of doing to land her as the hook was had just barely caught the corner of her mouth.  I got a drink soon after, then had, almost back to back, two good hits where the bass ran with the lure for a dozen seconds but when I tried to get a good hookset the rig came flying back to be both times.  I was using an Owner #1 wacky hook and a 6" Robo, rigged like this;

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It came through muck and branches really well, but I felt like I was missing fish and switched over to throwing the Robos weightless on a 1/0 worm hook and managed three more bass, but nothing over a pound.  

 

I am going to stick with bank dropshotting as I feel like it works a ton better then a t-rig on muck-bottoms.  I think I am going to try and use my 1/0 worm hooks for dropshot so I can keep the rig weedless but give the bass a little more hook to stick themselves on.  

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Bulking everything up bubba shot style works well with less than desirable bottoms as well...it may help get bigger bites too. 

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2 hours ago, Lendiesel22 said:

Bulking everything up bubba shot style works well with less than desirable bottoms as well...it may help get bigger bites too. 

 

Yea, I have some hooks that I now think are too big for finesse drop shotting, so I want to try upsizing it a bit at some point.  I did a little yard casting today and am working out how to cast the rig on my bfs combo a bit more smoothly.  I spooled up with 6lb fluoro, I wanted to start light and I had the butt-end of a spool to use up in any case.  I have my eye on a few stormwater ponds to give some attention to.  They are miserable to fish with most bottom contact lures so I am excited to see how I can do with a dropshot.  

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I fish mostly DE ponds and rivers and have yet to find the need to adhere to deep clear water drop shot rules. No special gear or light line is really needed especially when bubba shotting.  For muck bottoms use a stick style weight up to 1/2oz, 2 or 3/0 ewg with a rage bug on it and go to work. Break out the sissy sticks when the water is clear and temps are low

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I have been doing a ton of reading over the last day or so and it is really looking like I had a poor understanding of how versatile a presentation a drop shot can be.  I have been struggling a bit in the muck bottom ponds around here and I think it is going to be a great tool for that, both finesse and bubba versions.  

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Is anyone going to fish during the eclipse? If so, do you think the fish will behave as if it's an extended dusk?

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