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August 16, 2013

GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER

Schooling Lessons

JACKSONVILLE —

 

 

            The best way that I know of to catch lots of bass in a short amount of time is to target schooling bass.  When you discover the best time of day to catch schoolers you can catch a lot of bass in about two hours or so.

            Most fishermen would like to be told three easy steps on how to catch schoolers.  But that usually won’t work.

            Have you ever cast a lure into a huge school of bass only to have them totally ignore your bait?  I have.  Many times I have gone through a half dozen baits before I find one they really like.

            So why would they totally ignore a shad looking bait that is presented right over their heads?  Many fishermen say you need to match the hatch.  But what if the shad are tiny and only one inch long? 

            Last month I encountered shad that were one inch long.  I tried several lures until I finally settled on a rig that had multiple lures attached.  A Yumbrella, Jr. will hold six, four-inch flukes.  For about three weeks this was their preferred bait.  The majority of the bass I caught averaged two pounds.  I presumed that the larger bass preferred larger baits.  I usually caught one bass from each school.  Most small bass ignored this lure.  In August the bass refused to strike this lure.  Now what?

            I went back to fishing my two favorite schooling baits – a Nichols’ 1/2 ounce blue shad, Mag 44 spinner bait.  This bait has two very small spinners.  Almost any time I find a big school of bass this bait will produce.  I alternate this bait with a Nichols’ Pop-U-Lure, a blue back or a silver color is best.

            Last Wednesday I was using these two lures and catching bass, but at times they would ignore these baits.  I don’t know why.

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