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I'm having problems catching bass in the unstable weather. its in the high 60's for a few days then it drops down to the low 40's with rain for a few days and back and forth. any advice out there?

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We are haveing about the same weather here  plus heavy winds.  We have been haveing alot of luck on watermellon candy and cotton candy flukes,  baby & reg. bush hogs.  Fishing standing timber,weedlines and around boat houses in about 4.5' to 10' water.

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Successful river fishing is far less dependent on weather patterns, high pressure or even sunny days. The level of activity is determined mostly by current, the exception is clarity. I find it difficult to catch fish in muddy water. My recommendation is to target rivers in your area when the weather is tuff.

One more observation, the weather is unstable everywhere in the spring, not just in the south. Even though the fishing has been great so far this year, I always suggest to people planning a big trip to the Tennessee River, come down in the fall when the weather is more dependable.

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I wish it would stay warm down here ;D

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I fish 3 days a week here in Georgia. I am finding the fish in a solid pre-spawn staging areas. They want to come up and spawn so bad. The big females are in tight schools in the middle of spawning coves and the males are at the first deep water off the bedding areas. I have been catching the big fish slow rolling a large white and red spinnerbait with gold blades in both areas. My friend hooked a 10lb bass in 10 ft of water on Thursday when it was 48 degrees with 12 mile an hour winds. He was using my spinnerbait, or should I say it was my spinnerbait. He probably won't give it back now. :)

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I'm experiencing some of the same conditions here in North Texas.  A couple of weeks ago, we were catching males up in the back ends of creeks in less than a foot of water.  Even a couple a five pounders came about four or five feet out from the bank in 3-5 ft. of water.  It seemed like they'd  spawn any day, then bam, a cold front.  Then we find them farther back the creek closer to the main lake on the edge of deep (12-14 ft.) water hanging on the edges of grass.  We're having little cold fronts about every two or three days.  Yesterday, we did catch about twenty on white/chart. spinner baits on the edges of grass again, but not many out of the backs of creeks.  I did manage to catch a few on a watermelonseed Zoom lizard.  I think the fronts have pushed them back to deeper water and they are still off a bit (or at least I hope so).  Fortunately, we haven't had any heavy rains that usually muddy up the water this time of year and the water remains clear.  I'm hoping for a little warm-up over the next few days and a full moon to send them on the beds.  Until then, just follow them in and out and fish all areas.  One thing I've not tried is suspending baits out in the middle of the creeks or Fluke/slug-o type baits.  I did fish a Tiki-stik around brush on Friday to no-avail.  Maybe it needed to be a Senko brand for the fish to take notice.  I just didn't have confidence in that thing and switched to a lizard.  

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Its been very unstable in North Carolina as well this year . I am sick of all this wind and rain . Its suppose to be nice here for today but unfortunately the wife has other obligations for me :-/ but i havnt let this weather keep me down. If it only for a few minutes on the bank of a local pond i just have to go cast a few times a day ;D ;D ;D just to see if the big guys are up yet. We have had some pretty good luck so far. When the weather just wont let ya go tinker around on the boat or rods and reels and just think it will be just right one day soon......oh and by the way dont get as bad as a guy i had to go tow yesterday ;D i was called to go out to a local pond where i fish from time to time, the dispatcher said they needed my wrecker there for a truck that was in the pond!!!! So i quickly respondedand when i arrived thank god it wasnt " IN " the pond just hanging over the edge. A guy had went to fish and the person that see's over the pond asked him if he had permission, the guy responds yes, so the the man says well i need you to sign this permit not hold us responsible in case of injury here! The other guy fishing didnt like this and says a few choise words then goes and gets into his truck. the guy with the permits goes back to work cleanin around the pond and the next thing ya know here comes a truck crashing thru the fence into a parked truck there and over the edge of the pond !!!!!!! Now i must say i have cabin fever but wow!!!!1 ;D

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Like the fish, you just have to learn to adapt to the conditions. Those fish wont move far, they will just move deep or shallow or go tight to cover. Try your speeds of presentation, try slowing down , or speeding up . you will figure it out , but nothing beats time on the water to learn a pattern for certain weather conditions.

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during this unstable weather play the fronts and watch the baramater i have found if i fish 12 to 36 hours before a front and a droping baramater my catch rate is far above normal.normal for me on an average day is 5 to 8 bass that a 5 to 8 hour fishing day. on the edge of a front and a droping baramater like i was dealing with here in jacksonville florida last sunday and like i have dealt with many times before i cought 12 bass in just over an hour no monsters my average was probbly 12 inches but fact is for me i do my best when the fronts are moving in i garintee if you try it several times you will see a difference ps my go to baits were ribbion tail worms

tight lines

   Jack

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