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Roadwarrior posted a thread called "Catching Big Bass". In the post he said prime time for BIG bass was 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. I agree 100%. It goes against a lot of what you read, but it seems like a lot of people catch their PB right in the middle of the day, myself included. I was just curious if there might be a pattern here.

Mine - 3/25/05 - 12:40 pm

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12:30 pm 3/15/05 10 mins. and 10 days apart from KU.There could be a pattern going here. ;DLOL

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Well, mine was around sunrise, 9/04/05, but the rest of my 10+ and most of my biggest largemouth and smallmouth have been in the 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM timeframe.

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Two years ago, the one in my avatar hit around 12:30PM. Last spring, I broke that around 8:00AM. Then last September, I broke that one around 8:00PM.

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PB:

09/12/05  at 06:00 AM

second best:

07/15/04 at 12:00 PM

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Between 3-4 in the afternoon.  

Bites later in the day usually do run bigger for me.

Maybe it is the 12:00 noon rule that allows me to relax!  

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July, 2000 at 2:30 pm

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This is an easy one. With my fishing log, I just querry "3 hr" intervals and "over 4lbs" and then cross reference.

For 2005, the 3 hr time span that had the most fish over 4lbs was 3am to 6 am

Now a KEY thing to remember is that I am out there at 3am 10x more than I am out there at 3pm. So I ask this.....

RW for example, what 3hr time zone do you fish the most? Is it the within the hours that you've caught your lunkers?

A similar theory: unrelated but similar

one week at lake "X", 5 guys get pics taken with 12 lbrs. All 5 guys caught on the "latest" lure out there, a "depth charge" by wickywacky lures. The lure comes in 2 colors, 4 of the 5 just happened to be using "orange"

Now bassmaster does an article on "lake X Orange" and every angler that goes there for the next 5 yrs throws everything orange in the book. Of course they catch hogs because lake x is hog heaven.

Now it's 10 yrs later, and some guys are researching a trip to lake X and all they keep seeing is orange, orange, orange, so naturally, they stock up on orange.

Moral- Orange was only hot because it was WHAT WAS USED!

The whole question only applies if you evenly spread your fishing time out over the whole 24 hours of a day.

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I rarely fish at night, but I generally fish for smallmouth before sunrise until black dark. Fishing ponds, which is where I do most of my largemouth fishing, is at least 80% early and late. So, if anything, my best largemouth should be caught early or late if "time spent on the water" was the determining factor.  

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have you ever noticed a difference between the time zones of SM and LM sharing the same water?

Do they share those peak zones or does each have a different time zone for lunkers?

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This is an easy one. With my fishing log, I just querry "3 hr" intervals and "over 4lbs" and then cross reference.

For 2005, the 3 hr time span that had the most fish over 4lbs was 3am to 6 am

Now a KEY thing to remember is that I am out there at 3am 10x more than I am out there at 3pm. So I ask this.....

RW for example, what 3hr time zone do you fish the most? Is it the within the hours that you've caught your lunkers?

A similar theory: unrelated but similar

one week at lake "X", 5 guys get pics taken with 12 lbrs. All 5 guys caught on the "latest" lure out there, a "depth charge" by wickywacky lures. The lure comes in 2 colors, 4 of the 5 just happened to be using "orange"

Now bassmaster does an article on "lake X Orange" and every angler that goes there for the next 5 yrs throws everything orange in the book. Of course they catch hogs because lake x is hog heaven.

Now it's 10 yrs later, and some guys are researching a trip to lake X and all they keep seeing is orange, orange, orange, so naturally, they stock up on orange.

Moral- Orange was only hot because it was WHAT WAS USED!

The whole question only applies if you evenly spread your fishing time out over the whole 24 hours of a day.

LBH I also agree with that. I think the quantity of quality bites is the greatest between 1:00 am to about 5:00 am(summer). But when you narrow it down to just ONE big bite, it seems like a lot of people catch them right in the middle of the day.

It would be interesting to see what the "trophy" hunters think (i.e. Mike Long)

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Caught my 7.5 lb in a tournament April of 05 at about 1:00pm on a diamond shad.  Can't believe it but it didn't get big bass, and 7.5 is a big bass around here

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have you ever noticed a difference between the time zones of SM and LM sharing the same water?

In my experience, the best feeding period for largemouth bass (large and small):

Summer Months: 10 am to 3 pm

Winter Months: 1 pm to 5 pm

I can explain the reason for the optimum winter feeding period,

but have no explanation for the summer time frame.

Big smallies are 'much less' predictable, whose mood hinges more on weather

and current than time-of-day, in my experience.

My PB Smallie: ~Noon (Canada - bluebird day, stable weather)

Wife's PB Smallie: ~3 pm (Tennessee - during a snow storm)

PS: My average fishing day is 8am to dark

Roger

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The afternoon of a sunny, hot day in the middle of the summer... on a topwater....I never would have guessed that.  Add to that it was in the center of my lake with no structure for a good 500 ft.  whos knows what that bass was thinkin :D

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I haven't caught my personal best yet! ;D ;D ;D It's coming this year!

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It was 2;30 am in New Orleans in a club I was playin she had red hair   OHOH I MISUNDERSTOOD THE QUESTION! ;D :o ::)

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Low Budget (don't forget to set the Hook-er!) is right--all heed.  Some of these messages illustrate the principle very well:  "All my fish are caught between 5 and 6 pm because I am awake and thinking about dinner."  We hear that 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish.  Granted that some are better and/or luckier than others, but basically, that 10% of the fishermen do 90% of the fishing!  Aren't numbers fun?  My motto below is the only thing I know for sure about fishing.  Not to say, though, I still get great tips from all you folks.

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They're either bitin' or they ain't.

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