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Good Friday, hubby and I were fishing a local state park.  There was a grassbed 20' x 10' in 12 inches of water. Center of grassbed was clear.  We could see three bass weighing approx. 8-10 lbs on beds.  I threw floating and suspending jerkbaits, spinners, worms and lizards literally right on top of their heads.  They "nosed" the baits and yurned slowly away not inerested.  Any suggestions as to what I should do next time???   (next to scooping then up with the net    lol)

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Try these in this order:  flukes, tubebaits, and if all else fails, throw a weightless live minnow in there.  You need to understand that these exact fish may only be there for a couple of days, but others may use the same beds to spawn on.  Also, get at them early in the day before other anglers can work them over.  If they've been thrown at by lots of others they will not tend to bite as well.

-Fisher

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A craw tube with a pegged 1/8 oz bullet sinker may intice them to strike.

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Leave them alone.

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If you're going to fish them an effect technique I've used is take that spinnerbait and burn it across those beds 3 or 4 times. Really rip it across them and on the 5 or 6 cast when the spinner bait hits the bed KILL IT. Let if fall into the bed. By then the fish are ticked off enough watching it go by and now it's decided to attack her bed she'll jump all over it! This has work for me on several occasions!

If this doesn't work you can try a technique that people will laugh at you for trying, but Carolina rig a bluegill colored crankbait. Drag the crankbait onto the bed and just shake it and let it sit still. It'll stay over the bed and everytime you move it, it will resembly a perch eating eggs. They'll tear it up.

But as Roadwarrior says, Normally I'll leave those bedding females alone unless I'm fishing a tournement!

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yeah i would leave them alone til after they've spawned those are some nice mamas and you can catch them after they spawn.

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for the most part those sows if they have not layed eggs you can chunk and chunk and chunk every thing in your tackle box but they ain't gonna bite. when i find myself in a situation like that if they are really nice sows ill keep coming back to there beds untill the male starts to guard the nest he will be really agressive and pick a bear hook up off his nest

i get him off the nest and put him in my live well back off that spot for 10 to 20 minutes and that big greenback female will be on the nest and then she will be agressive i like light lures in those situations as well like a purple with white stripe k&e bass stopper worm (vary deadly worms any time ) they fall so slow you can work it right in front of them and they will suck it in.................................

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Try throwing a Swimbait on the bed and dead stick it. It will look like the Swimbait your usuing is eating the eggs or disturbing the bed. If you do catch a nice one be sure to release her.

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I mean do what you want to but we're just tryin to help you as what we would do in your situation.

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We ALWAYS catch and release.  These bass were guarding the bed...not a fat one in the bunch, just very nice size.  I could see them so clearly, and it was killing me to be ignored!     lol

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If you really want to catch just cast your bait in there bed either a spider grub or centiped and leave it sit for a long time. But I would suggest to leave them alone

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