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Cold Fronts (Bass Anglers Worst Enemy?)

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So i fished a tournament this weekend at lake sinclair as a member of the Georgia Southern Bass team. Pre-fishing was great the two days before but the night before the tournament a cold front moved in. The two days before i was catching most of my fish up the little river in more stained water. Tournament day this was not the case... most of my spots were completely useless.. saying that it was a rough and long day on the water with 30mph winds on the main lake... -.- So im curious to know what yall do when a cold front moves in like that! Where do yall look for fish? How do you determine what your game plan is for the day?

Thanks!

-Ryan

Cast and Destroy

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To me a cold front usually means to slow down or downsize your presentation. Being from california with clear water lakes, you get so accustomed to small, finesse baits to catch those finicky bass. I hope that helps.

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The cold front isn't the biggest problem; you go deeper (15' to 40') those bass are not dramatically affected by cold fronts. The problem with high winds is another issue on a big open water lake; fishing deeper water can become boat control problem.

Second option is to go deeper into cover; up under weed mates or very tight to wood cover; these bass are less active and may require precise presentations like flipping & pitching.

Tom

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Yea the wind was terrible it wore us out most of the day. I think fishing in the stained water with the cold front just was not the right idea saying my keeper came from clear water at the end of the day... just wished i would have figured that out before the very end

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Think Vertical

Think Deep

Think Bottom

Think Slow

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Think Vertical

Think Deep

Think Bottom

Think Slow

Yes, OR go to the thickest shallow cover you can find and put your bait in the "dark and nasty" spots. You may have to soak the bait and/or make multiple presentations to the same spot. I have also caught them post front on fast moving reaction baits, but you have to hit them in the face to get them to react, they don't seenm to want to chase or come up on anything. But, there are no hard and fast rules to post front fishing, I have seen guys bag big sacks fishing frogs and topwaters when "the book" says you shouldn't, while I farted around with 3" senkos on a drop shot rig when I felt the fishing should have been tough. Even after bad front has passed, I now go out and fish they way I would usually fish, then make the adjustments on the fly depending on what is going on out there. You never know.

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In a tournament, the first thing you need to do is to understand that everyone is fishing under the same conditions. Keep a positive attitude.

Then do exactly what Catt said!

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Yes, OR go to the thickest shallow cover you can find and put your bait in the "dark and nasty" spots.

Yep. This worked this weekend for 11 lbs. on Sunday. Got my gas money back, LOL.

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