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High Humidity, No Wind - Where Should The Bass Be?

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I fished two lakes/ponds yesterday in very high humidity, cloudy/overcast and no wind. Both lakes seemed to be dead...no activity by anything large or small. In a situation like this, where would have been the best place to start? Open water? The lakes average 3.5 feet in depth so there isn't really a lot of deep parts to fish. Are fish simply not as active during these times? Should I have gone smaller and slower with lure presentation? I don't see situations like that very often. It was almost spooky.

Thanks.

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This is a bad fishing situation as far as I'm concerned.  If I were you...presented with the same challenge again, try to look for shady spots, such as overhanging trees, or a small dock...anything for shade...any kind of cover.  And don't expect the bite to be great.  I'd fish the cover very hard and even the same exact spot several times.  Sometimes if something irritates them enough, they'll attack it just like running something off of a spawning bed.  I'd fish a weightless plastic or even a dropshot rig would work well, just because you can move it very slowly.  The fish are probably not going to chase much if they're hot and there's not much oxygen in the water.  Oh, I almost forgot...they'll probably be pretty shallow, believe it or not.  This time of year...unless you've had a lot of rain or there's a lot of feeder streams or something...then there's simply not enough oxygen anywhere deep.  But if the lakes are 3.5 feet on avg. like you say...then just look for the shade or a feeder creek...anywhere the water is cool or moving...even a little bit.

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piranha......sounds like the same conditions as I have here........Terrible!!!!! It will all be better in about 3 to 4 weeks......I hope!! Water temps are boiling and the fish are not very active at all.......we are catchin some but, it's sloooow at best! We need the water temps to  lower a bit!

HH  

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HH,you said it brother!Water in the mid 80's....  :P...fishin is sloooooow!

Once mid September hits and we have a few cool nights,the temps are going to drop and the action will be picking up in a big way.I'm really looking forward to it.  

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Would seem that the humidity bothers the fishers more than the fish...the latter have to deal with high humidity almost all the time (except when being gently lifted from the water by the fisher...)   8)

Cooler weather is just around the corner...so is Christmas...make sure "Loomis" or "St. Croix" is on the wish list!!  ;D

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Three of us put our little bass hunter boats in one of the local ponds (SE GA) yesterday afternoon. At 4:30 their was a light breeze and the fish were schooling up shad and having a heck of a time, which led to us having a heck of a time. At about 7:45 the breeze laid down and we couldn't find a fish to save our lives until we started skipping small plastics up under the overhangs.

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humidity isnt really a problem for the bass, but the weather system that brought the humidity may be.  This sounds like a very low pressure stalled front, which isnt the best but not the worst.  Try fishing slower, or faster.  I know that sounds vague but if you cant catch them you need to think about getting a reaction bite or slow down and be more precise.  Personally I really like those conditions in the summer.  It sounds like this may be some kind of farm pond or other man made pond.  Try throwing a 3/8 oz black and blue jig or throw a shallow running crank like a wiggle wart and try to hit any hard cover you can.

Best fishes

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try fishing something smaller.  4 inch plastic worms with no weight, senkos, or try something like a panther martin.  i fish alot of ponds, and i have alot of success fishing these types of lures.  also, be very careful when you approach the ponds.  bass can be very spooky in situations like this.  just approach with caution, and the most important thing......make sure they don't see your shadow.   ;)

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Fished the Chickahomony Lake in Virginia on Friday.  

Hot, muggy, no wind and lots of sun.

No one on the lake was doing anything.  The bite was really hard.  Two guys on other boats told us that they had caught one each and that was about it.

Even the bream and crappie were not active.

The bowfin and pike disappeared.

But it still beat being at work.  We saw bald eagles and beavers plus other wildlife so the trip was a success!

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So far this summer, all of my best days have been catching fish in shallow, very warm water, bright days, no wind and HOT!  Never have I had a year where a tube in 2' of water outproduced a Crig on points trip after trip.

As long as the fish are bucing traditional wisdom though, so will I!

Brad

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c-rig a 7in. senko and work it ultra slow.  when the senko falls to the bottom let it sit there.  this is called dead stickin.  they'll come up and slam it as it sits motion less

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I had something like that a few weeks ago. Early morning caught them on a topwater spook style bait. In the afternoon caught them on laydowns on a crankbait cranked slow, and skipped a senko under some docks. Anywhere I could pitch a tube I did. Big tournament got 10th place lost and broke off to many fish to win. Oh well  ;D

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How are you guys rigging those tubes?  T-rig with a worm weight and fishing them slow off the bottom?

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I rig them texas with a worm weight and a rattle in it. Sometimes I fish them weightless or with a belly weight. I don't fish them slow really. I just pitch them to a spot let it hit the bottom then shake it or hop it and let it set then pick it up and pitch it to another spot or the same spot. To me fishing a senko is slow and I fish this bait way faster than a senko. I don't dead stick it at all. I also fish a jig slower than a tube. Thats just me.

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