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Here is a buddys question that I am asking the pro's. :)  I am also wondering what the answer is.

Do fish from different regions have different metabolism? Aren't cold blooded animals, cold blooded period?

The reason I ask this is, I am heading south and have been reading some forums for the area where I am going. Most of the posts talk about slow, slow presentations because the water is around 55°.

We are still thinking that there might still be a buzzbait bite and for sure a spinnerbait bite when the water is that warm. Our water is 41° to 44° depending on the lake and we still have a very aggressive bite on jigs and tubes.

How 'bout guys when does the temp have a noticeable effect on your bass?

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When the water is between 40 and 45 degrees, i use a senko or trick worm wacky rigged.  I sometimes have luck on a dark green storm wee bug.  what kind of bass are you catching, smallmouth.........

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Gman,

This is a super question for the Bass Professor.

I would think that the bass would act the same no matter where they are under the same conditions (rivers, lakes, ponds, etc.).

However, current and sunny days can also affect their activities as will water depth and structure so although I would think that a bass would act the same in the same temperature water, there are other circumstances that have to be thrown into the formula to obtain an answer.

Simple question but it could have a difficult answer.

Maybe the Bass Professor or the regulars on the fourm can give you their take on your query.

I am interested in their input, too.

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I don't know how far south you're heading but with water temperatures in the mid 50's you're talking late pre-spawn. The bass will definitely be shallow and feeding up far the spawn, just about any technique should work.  

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I go when the ice is still on the little canal I fish water is maybe 35 I have 3 to 4 feet of open water by the bank I throw a 1/4 oz spinner bait with a #4 or 5 colorado  slow slow slow but I can usually pull 3-4 on them days them fish are cold blooded but they still have to eat the N side is always better concentate on dark wood You'll be suprised how many fish will eat a slow rolled that early

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Do fish from different regions have different metabolism? Aren't cold blooded animals, cold blooded period?

For the most part yes but Florida bass act different in cold water. They slow way down in water temps in the 50's. Cold fronts also shut down Florida bass faster than northern bass.

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TEmp being cold would be relative to where you are located.  For Northern lakes 55 is relative warm.  But in Fl 55 is fairly cold when temps can get up into the 80's even the 90's.  A fish up North wouldn't think much about temps getting into the 50s but think how they act when the water drops down into the 30's and 40's.  It's like someone living in Miami send them to Boston in the summer and they can handle it but send them in Dec after a good snow and watch how they act about the cold.  It is all relative to your location and what you have become used to.

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I went ahead and asked the Professor.  My buddy is going from Missouri to Texas for his vacation here soon.

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