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November 15, 2013

GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER

Adjusting To Changing Fall Conditions

JACKSONVILLE —

Every fall is different. The weather patterns change and so do the bass. This year the weather remained warmer than usual and the bass were slow to respond. This kept them in a summer pattern longer.

This week the temperatures plummeted to the freezing mark. All this and other factors make the bass more unpredictable.

The last two weeks of bass fishing have been tough. The bass seemed to be more scattered and harder to pattern. I went fishing one day on Jacksonville and fished for four hours. Half of the fish I caught were deep (approximately 20 feet) and half of them shallow.

John Long and I fished Lake Nacogdoches last Monday and only caught 7 bass. It was tough fishing. Of course, it didn’t help that we were facing a clear sky with no wind. The bass got incredibly spooky. Whenever I would cast a weedless swim bait to a moss patch the bass would streak off before the lure hit the water. I think there were a lot of good bass near the surface, but they were uncatchable because of the calm surface.

Most of the bass we caught on Nacogdoches were in the hydrilla in about 8 to 10 feet of water. We caught our bass on watermelon lizards and French Fries. Long used a Texas rig and I stayed with the Carolina rig. I predict that after this recent cold front that a lot of bass will soon go into a winter pattern, which means they will go deep.

The bass we were finding were scattered. We would catch two bass out of an area and then have to relocate to get bit again.

Normally at this time of year you can find bass by spotting the cranes bunched up in pockets on the main lake. This year most of the bait fish remained deep and so did a lot of bass.

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