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My fishing buddy is going to be fishing in his first tournament tomorrow and I'm trying to think what this cold front and rain will do to the fish. It's just a one day tournament for his local university club but I know he's excited about it. The lake he fishes has a power plant on it and it's usually a little warmer then other local lakes. Local lake temps have been about 79-81 around my neck but we just had a cold front come threw with temps being in the low 60s for most of the day with the highs being 75 or so. The rain has pasted and the high tomorrow is going to be 79 or so with clear skies. I'll be honest in saying I'm not sure what this cold front has done just not enough experience to know. What I do know is fishing was usually awful at one of my local ponds after a big storm this summer. The only think that worked was putting up my frog and getting out a worm and punching thew the grass mat. But he isn't fishing my pond lol and this storm was calm 2 day set of rainstorms not thunderstorms. I'm sure the water temps have drooped up they are dropping into a more comfortable temp range for bass.

His plan was throwing a frog plus red rattle traps around docks and grass. Now I'm wondering if he shouldn't slow it down and throw some ***/fat ikas around the docks. I also wonder if he shouldn't throw something in the chrome color because it's suppose to be bright and clear skies. He's using the red "red eye" strike king rattle trap lure because a local friend said he won a tournament on this lake with it earlier this year. The other thing is my gut also tells me topwater would be slow early with temp being in the high 50s tonight. How would you guys approach this situation and no neither he nor I have ever fished this lake ;D. So expectations aren't high for victory just a boat load of fun for him and me talking his ear off with ideas. ;D

BTW the weather lady just said it is suppose to be fogy in the morning. So maybe red wouldn't be so bad to start out with.

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With the cooling of the water I doubt the topwater bite will be on very good. I would go deep. Slowly fishing a jig, deep diving crank bait and a Carolina rig. Once the sun comes out and burns off the fog I would start with a red eye shad (those baits are really good) Then I would try throwing a spinnerbait. Keep a close eye on the surface temp. When it starts to increase then try throwing some topwater baits. The best times I have thrown topwater was in the middle of the day no clouds and a bright sun.

Good Luck to you two and let us know how well you faired. ;)

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With the cooling of the water I doubt the topwater bite will be on very good. I would go deep. Slowly fishing a jig, deep diving crank bait and a Carolina rig. Once the sun comes out and burns off the fog I would start with a red eye shad (those baits are really good) Then I would try throwing a spinnerbait. Keep a close eye on the surface temp. When it starts to increase then try throwing some topwater baits. The best times I have thrown topwater was in the middle of the day no clouds and a bright sun.

Good Luck to you two and let us know how well you faired. ;)

Well I'm not fishing this one. I'm not a member of the club because it's only for his university and I'm not a student there. I'm just the monday morning quaterback , but I guess I am part of the team considering my truck is toeing the boat! :D

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Nitro is right.

First, when they sensed the changin barometric pressure they fed which means that they are not hungry.

They are probably staging off points and dropoffs or by humps and holes or other underwater structure.  They can also hold under docks, piers, anchored boats and any wood you see that is proturding into the water from the shore.

So what do they want?  Probably Senkos or finesse worms or baby brush hogs.  They may even do a reaction strike to a crankbait or Chatterbait.

They will let you know.

I hate to fish after a cold front passes as being Type A I like to have some action all day long.  ;D

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