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with the spawn already here in some parts of the country, and rapidly approaching in others, i thought a little refresher quiz might be kinda fun. see how much you actually know about spawn time fishing. post your answers here if you dare and you will be graded (c'mon, do it, we're all friends here ;D). i cannot post the grades here for a while to avoid spoiling the test for others. if you want to know your grade before i post them, let me know and i will gladly p.m. you. who'll score the highest? will anyone get a perfect score? just 4 rules. (1) take the test individually-no answer sharing. (2) this is a "closed book" test. no researching. (3) you cannot look at someone else's answers before you take the test. (4) you cannot go back and change your answers.

after one week, if there is decent participation in this thread, i will post the correct answers, along with the source from whence they came. hopefully this thread will spark some good learning and discussion. remember, for grading purposes, if part of a statement is false, the correct answer is "false". and please remember, this is for fun, not competition. ;D

good luck y'all! ;)

here's the test:

1. true or false - to avoid spooking fish unnecessarily, when approaching bedded bass, it is a good idea to position your boat on the deeper water side of the nest if possible.

2. if you find a bed with only a male fish guarding, and the female does not manifest herself, the quickest, easiest, and best way to find her if she's still in the area is usually by:

a. quickly backing away from the nest site a little. females are more wary and sometimes will not show themselves if they perceive any danger at all.

b. watch what the male does.

c. search carefully in any cover close to the nest where she might be hiding.

d. cast to all areas around the bed thoroughly. you will probably spook her out if she's there. make a note of where she was and return later to try and catch her.

3. true or false - you should attempt to catch the female bass first by making sure she's not close to the more aggressive male when you cast to her lest he ****** the bait away.

4. true or false - there is a usually a spot, often referred to as the "sweet spot", in the nest which will be more likely to trigger a strike from bedded bass.

5. true or false - you can identify how "catchable" a bedding fish is by paying attention to its coloration.

6. true or false - bass will attempt to bed around logs, stumps, and other cover or obstacles.

7. true or false - the steeper the incline of the lake bottom, the less likely it is that fish will attempt to spawn there.

8. of the following, which is the most important factor in determining how deep bass will attempt to spawn:

a. fishing pressure.

b. water clarity.

c. water temperature.

d. weather conditions.

9. once a bedded bass is hooked, he or she will most likely:

a. move towards nearby cover.

b. attempt to jump.

c. move towards the resistance of the angler's line.

d. move away from the resistance of the angler's line.

10. true or false - the biggest bass in the lake will usually spawn earlier or later than the majority of the other bass.

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Well this is my weakest subject paul. LOL! Here on Ky. Lake I get the luxury of fishing around the spawn with fish becoming in all three stages at one point or the other. But here goes buddy.

1. true though I think positioning downwind might help?

2. b

3. false

4. false

5. false

6. true

7. true

8. b

9. d

10. false

I'll be surprised if I have even a passing grade.

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Geez Paul, I hate school. I have yet to spend more than 30 minutes targeting bedding bass so Ill gladly accept my "F".

1. F

2. D

3. F

4. T

5. T

6. T

7. T

8. B

9. A

10. F

I can't wait a week for the answer. I'll go absolutely bonkers

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I don't claim to be a bed fishing expert so like Cj I will be suprised if I do well

1)T

2)d

3)F

4)t

5)f

6)t

7)t

8)C

9)d

10)T

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Lol....I don't mean to pick on Bassn and Cj but by their answer for #10 they don't have a lot of experience with true or false q's.

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mattm, you're right, I don't have a lot of experience with true or false. I stand corrected. I miss read the question. I will correct that for you.

CJ

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The jokes on you. Paul worded the question wrong. It's true or false but he gave you a multiple choice. The choices are earlier OR later which makes it impossible to answer with a true or false response.

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Bassn if you believe that big fish typically spawn later or earlier than the majority of fish than the answer is true.  If you think they spawn with everyone else or there is no correlation than then answer is false.  I know your from Florida but lets not turn this into a hanging chad stlye ballot. ;)

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Bassn if you believe that big fish typically spawn later or earlier than the majority of fish than the answer is true. If you think they spawn with everyone else or there is no correlation than then answer is false. I know your from Florida but lets not turn this into a hanging chad stlye ballot. ;)

I'm sticking to my guns and saying it's a TRICK question until we get clarification from some of the other hillbillies.

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y'all are killin' me here.  ;D ;D ;D.  #10 is a true or false question and has been correctly interpreted by matt.   any answer other than "true" or "false" is incorrect.  sorry for the confusion.   :D

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1. true

2. A

3. false

4. true

5. false

6. false

7. true

8. C

9. A

10. false

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Paul, I would give my answers but I would have to disqualify myself.  I have your source bookmarked and was just researching this a week ago in preparation for fishing the spawn, so I know all the answers.  Too bad.  I could have nailed this.   :)

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I believe I know, at least one, of your major sources too.

And, like Catt's bound to say, "Don't believe everything you read." Or at least run too far afield with it. Nature is full of surprises. ;)

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1. true though I think positioning downwind might help?

2. b

3. false

4. false

5. false

6. true

7. true

8. b

9. d

10. false

I just copied CJ to the dime,......practicing for next week,lmao ;D ;D

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1. true though I think positioning downwind might help?

2. b

3. false

4. false

5. false

6. true

7. true

8. b

9. d

10. false

I just copied CJ to the dime,......practicing for next week,lmao ;D ;D

And that's what you get for cheating!  

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I believe I know, at least one, of your major sources too.

And, like Catt's bound to say, "Don't believe everything you read." Or at least run too far afield with it. Nature is full of surprises. ;)

True.  Just when you think you have 'em figured out, they'll prove you wrong.   ;)

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I didn't study. How much of the total grade is this quiz worth?

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LOL i saw this post right after Paul posted it and i really didnt want to be the first to answer it, fearing i would write all the wrong answers. So like a big chicken i waited and i still havent answered

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1. false  - I find that positioning the boat so that my shadow does not go over the bed as the most important factor.

2. a.  - however I personally feel catching the male is the best way to bring the female out of hiding.

3.  false - I personally do not believe it matters, however I will hold the male (if legal) until I can catch the female.

4.  false - I have never found any part of the bed to be any different than the rest.

5.  false - there coloration is typically going to be set by cover, water depth/clarity and not relative to the spawn.

6.  true - this is difficult as smallmouth typically spawn on gravel flats, where as the largemouth will typically spawn around cover.

7.  true - they are referred to as "spawning flats" for a reason.

8.  b. - as water clarity affects the overal water temperature as it determines light penetration.

9.  b. - I don't know that this is set in stone, however typically bedding fish do jump regularly.

10.  false - I do not believe that any bass in the lake spawn relative to there size.

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I haven't read any of the responses and didn't do any research.  These answers are based soley off my own experiences:

1.  False

2.  True for all

3.  True.

4.  True

5.  True

6.  True

7.  True

8.  b

9.  a - always pay attention to where he/she will run, and position your boat for the best advantage BEFORE making that first cast.

10. True  - most often earlier

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