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LMB, 15ft-20ft. Small pine trees as cover. What would you do?

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Just wanting some ideas on what everyone would throw in order to pull these bass out of 15-20ft of water with placed pine trees as cover. The surface temp is 58-60degrees with stained water. The weather will be a cold front pushing threw, No rain but colder weather. What would you throw, and how would you fish that lure?

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DT16, DD22. Or spinnerbait down deep.

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With the cold front coming through i would hit em with a jig and craw trailer. If they are really stubborn try a trick worm on a shakey head.

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Ikas have been my go to bait. Texas rigged backward(from the skirt area to the head) this will allow the bait to glide away from you and I like to use them with no weight and fish slow.  

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I would slow roll a 1 oz spinnerbait with a big cowbell colo blade and inch it along or fish it with a 1/2 oz or bigger jig that way i know my lure is in the zone.

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I wanna know how in the heck your finding fish in 20ft of water when your temps are 58-60.

Anyway, post front fish tend to hold extremely tight to cover for a day or two after, so I jig or worm fished dead slow can get you bites.  Sometimes after a front they will suspend over cover, and that's where your jerkbaits are gonna come in to play.

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You have 58-60 degree water? Just because there are pine trees in 15-20 feet of water doesn't mean there will be fish there. I would be looking for spawners and fish cruising shallow. I think you would be much more successful in targeting those fish.

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I wanna know how in the heck your finding fish in 20ft of water when your temps are 58-60.

Anyway, post front fish tend to hold extremely tight to cover for a day or two after, so I jig or worm fished dead slow can get you bites. Sometimes after a front they will suspend over cover, and that's where your jerkbaits are gonna come in to play.

honestly i thought the same thing. we hit the shores all day caught 3-4 lil ones. then i rembered what all the orange circles on the trees meant. their is absouloutley no cover in the 6-12ft range 15-20ft and 1-5ft is the only place is  cover is at. so i jig and piged for about 15mins and pulled up 2 over 3lbs and a few small ones. i just was wanting to know what you guys would throw incase they get wise 2 the jig n pig.

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If you fished for 15 minutes and caught those I wouldn't change a thing. I would be throwing a jig and pig/chunk all day long!

What i forgot to mention was after that we didnt catch another fish for almost 2 hrs.

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If you didn't catch them after that for 2 hours then a few things could have happened.  

1.  The group of fish you were catching became inactive, which I would bet was the case

2.  They moved.  Not so much vertically but horizontally.  They could have gone deeper in the cover or spread out.

If you stopped catching them, try changing from a jig to maybe a worm like the *** Finesse worm or Hookup worm.  If that didn't work, you could try and make them react by ripping a lipless crank through them like the Spro Aruku Shad.  

If the above failed I would throw a jerkbait over the tops of the trees to see if I could get the fish that were higher in the water column.

If that doesn't work, then move on and hit the spot later in the day to try and see if you can hit them again when they are more active.

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If you didn't catch them after that for 2 hours then a few things could have happened.

1. The group of fish you were catching became inactive, which I would bet was the case

2. They moved. Not so much vertically but horizontally. They could have gone deeper in the cover or spread out.

If you stopped catching them, try changing from a jig to maybe a worm like the *** Finesse worm or Hookup worm. If that didn't work, you could try and make them react by ripping a lipless crank through them like the Spro Aruku Shad.

If the above failed I would throw a jerkbait over the tops of the trees to see if I could get the fish that were higher in the water column.

If that doesn't work, then move on and hit the spot later in the day to try and see if you can hit them again when they are more active.

Same as I would do. You left out, "Look for pea gravel" LOL

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Are they prominent, primary pine trees planted in pea gravel?  :)

It's rare for fish to grow wise to a jig. Their positioning may change, as Senko77 mentioned. I like what he said and I might add a dropshot to the mix. The crankbait and spinnerbait are good ideas too.

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