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October 4, 2013

GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER

Bass and Surface Temperatures

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JACKSONVILLE —

Long and I found some active schooling bass in the dam area. Instead of seeing big schools of bass I’m mostly seeing small pods of bass actively feeding near the surface.

Last Tuesday morning while Long and I were fishing down a bank, Long said he could see a dozen bass holding up in one small area in about two feet of water. We tried casting to these bass but got no reaction. Later we noticed a pod of shad moving through the same area. That’s what it took to activate the fish. Once they began feeding on the shad you could easily catch these bass.

The bass were finicky at times, but we caught our share of bass up to about three pounds on watermelon/pumpkin lizards and Baby Brush Hogs. At times they would strike a Nichols’ Pop-U-Lure and a 3” Crème pearl swim bait. I tried a variety of baits but the most consistent bait was a Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hog. The majority of these bass were in about three to seven feet of water.

A lot of bass are shallow now because that’s where most of the bait fish are hanging out, although I did catch some bass out over 17 feet of water.

As you read this article a major cold front is about to hit our area. This should activate more bass, and fishing should be excellent.

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Jerry Miller can be contacted at: gonefishing2@suddenlink.net

 

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