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Re: When is Fall???

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There are actually three (3) falls.

The first is what the calendar says when the sun crosses the equator.

The second is when the temperatures decrease into the 60s in the days and 30s at night and the leaves turn into beautiful shades of reds, oranges, browns and yellows.

The third is after Indiana Summer and it is short and then winter follows very close behind.

Let the water temperatures tell you what to throw, not the time of year or air temperatures, other than knowing that the sun can warm up the top of the water on sunny days and cause higher air temperatures.

Fall fishing is based on what the bass are doing.  If the bass believe the winter is on the way then they will fatten up.  This can be caused by both the lenght of the daylight hours (which control birds behavior) or the water temperature, which control the fish's behavior.

So please watch the water temperatures so you will know the lures and techniques to throw.

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Well if you live where I do, it's Today.

Tomorrow we go back to summer 8-)

What Avid said !

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Even in the warm climate of CA the daylight hours reduce and night time temperatures lower to the point the leaves turn signaling fall is here.

To the bass the shorter day light hours affects the solar heating of the water surface and colder nights cool the surface further. The cooler water is heavier then the warmer water below and sinks down further cooling the core water column. Weeds depend on sunlight to preduce oxygen (photosynthesis) and the shorter days with colder nights affect them just like it does the trees and their leaves begin to die back, even with warm temperatures.

Water cooling, weeds dieing indicates fall has arrived, water warming and weeds growing will indicate spring has arrived for the bass.

WRB

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WRB you talk such events would occur everywhere, CA is far from being the warmest part of the northern hemisphere. Water temps here are in the mid 70 's, weeds do not die everywhere, nor the foliage of trees changes everywhere. Weeds during the winter in my neck of the woods grow during the winter, the water of the lakes turns crystal clear, no longer there 's any runoff coming into the lakes from the surrounding terrain to block the sunlight reducing it 's growth rate.

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WRB you talk such events would occur everywhere, CA is far from being the warmest part of the northern hemisphere. Water temps here are in the mid 70 's, weeds do not die everywhere, nor the foliage of trees changes everywhere. Weeds during the winter in my neck of the woods grow during the winter, the water of the lakes turns crystal clear, no longer there 's any runoff coming into the lakes from the surrounding terrain to block the sunlight reducing it 's growth rate.

Unless you live on the equator the days get shorter, the suns rays are are less intense during winter verses summer. So lets say you live in southern Florida and have 2 seasons;summer and winter. I bet a few Floridians will say they have a spring when followers bloom and bass spawn, and some may even claim some followers stop blooming and the grass gets a little off color during the fall, does that equal 4 seasons? Wonder how the bass know when to spawn? They don't spawn year around. The critters where you live have evolved in the area and respond to the slight changes that indicate seasonal changes are occuring. One reason the Florida LMB prefers larger bait fish is becuase they can find larger bait fish year around and grow bigger, then northern strain LMB. However due to the year round growth cycle, FLMB don't live as long a time period and can not tolerate cold water as NLMB, different bass for a milder climate.

WRB

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Wonder how the bass know when to spawn?

Circadian cycles, melatonin and the pineal gland.

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