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What to do? Water temps 52-58 degrees.

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The last 2 days I fished the 19000 acre lake near my house(GA).I covered alot of water and tried alot of different things. The only thing I found would work was dropshotting stumps, rock and riprap on sharp dropoffs in 4-8ft of water.Dropshotting is about my least fav. technique. Water temps were between 52-58 degrees. What else yall think may have worked? Any tips for these situations? Just want a different view.

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I would dropshot stumps, rock and riprap on sharp dropoffs in 4-8ft of water

That is what we call a pattern   ;)

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I would kill for that warm of water. Right now I 'm fishing 39-42 degrees. I would try dead sticking some senko type baits in the same areas. If the water is real clear try burning some small crankbaits through these areas and I mean burn them. You would be surprised at the # of fish that will hit it. Thats what I'm doing here in pa. Maybe even a burn and pause retrieve.

Rob

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Up in my neck of the woods, that water temperature is good for horizontal baits like cranks, spinnerbaits and inline spinners.

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Oh I thought you said it was the only thing working?

So Catching fish is not a requirement?

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Try a split shot rig or mojo rig off of points beside creek channels. If its pretty clear use #8 test. Rig your setup with a green pumpkin or watermelon Zoom Centipede. Back out a little in 12-20' of water. Also, feel for the grass spots in those areas and fish them well. Also, deadstick a Senko in green pumpkin or dark melon gold flake. It probably wouldn't hurt to throw a heavy spinnerbait as well, say a 1oz-1 1/2oz in a single blade. Its been 45-48 in my neck of the woods and we have been rockin them on big salty tubes with a 3/8oz jighead and 1/2oz black jigs with a flippin blue Zoom Chunk in the areas I discussed above. Of course you have a different situation going on but, these two other baits I would throw as well.  Good luck.

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I have the same conditions in the lake I am fishing. Traps, Jerkbaits, lead head fluke and small crankbaits are the ticket.

What lake are you fishing?

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I'm trying to cover a lot of water at this time, and that means horizontal applications.  Fishing a lot of medium and up creeks/bays.  Secondaries and flats mostly.  Have done the best on Bandit 100 and Flat Maxx shallow, Brovarney swimjigs, jerkbaits (hard and soft) and sometimes slowing down with Brush Hogs and Baby Brush Hogs.  They aren't always active in the same bays, or the same spots within.  This can be one of the times of year that the quality runs higher per fish caught.  I doing about 70% keepers (15") and the largest has been 24".

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jig

crankbait

senko on a slip cork

jerkbait

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Well, we don't know what else you tried, but dropshotting is a finesse technique, so if that's all that was working, it sounds like your bass wanted something slow and subtle.  Did you try deadsticking some plastics, or possibly using a jerkbait with long pauses between the jerks?

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Friday and Saturday I caught most fish SLOW rolling a spinnerbait across the bottom. I would bump it off wood/rocks, and they would smash it. I am using a terminator clear water patterned skirt. pinks, silvers, and whites type skirts.

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I have found that burning a DT-6 and DT-10 is the way to catch fish right now.  I have tried everything else from Ika's (some luck), to senkos, to jigs, to spinnerbaits, to whatever I have in my bag.

I start with a burn retrieve then follow that with a burn pause burn retrieve and I have caught some nice fish.

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I would try a suspending crankbait and let it pause for a long time between motion.

Ronnie

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