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merc1997

the real catching is commencing

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after doing a lot of running and looking at a lot of water,  figured out that many bass seemed to have skipped the shallow water and went straight to winter depths.  maybe they know something we don't.  looking at the forecast for next week, that could be true, brrr.

 started catching a lot of bass 50 to 55 feet deep the last two trips.  that is about 20 to 25 feet deeper than normal for this calendar date.

the 3/4 Zinc Spoon, and the 3/4 Naked GrassJIg loaded with a 3 or 4 inch swimmer is getting the job done.  yesterday, toby and i manned the gun alone, but managed to get 14 keepers.  plenty of shorts and several big whites.  plus a bonus 5 lb. walter that fell to the GrassJig and swimmer.  it was 56 ft. deep on the bottom.  

well, a few days of rain and gloom, a couple days of sunshine, and then winter temps.  makes me wonder if i need to start looking at calling in some paybacks with some folks that live further south.  i do love fishing this time of the year though.  my kind of fishing.  do a lot of looking, but catch a bunch when you find them, from one spot.  i am a lazy basser.  i like getting a lot of bites on a minimum amount of casts.

by the way, even though these bass are 50 ft. deep, you still had to cast to them.  vertical did not work.  i understand that many love there video fishing, but a lot of the time, you will not catch the numbers, and most certainly not the quality that you can by sitting off of them and casting.  

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This is exciting news. I have heard the same thing from several sources now. I LOVE the deep spoon bite..... Can't wait to get back down to the Rock now. (Stockton has been pretty fun though....)

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I remember reading an article from Hackney about fall/winter fishing. He said after lake turned over/theromcline dissappeared that the fish would go as deep as they would be all year. Usually that was mid-late Nov to early Dec depending on where you live. Said later some fish would start to move higher in water column...culmination to pre spawn.

Seems like that is true more often than not. Couple of years ago before the Toyota event..you could catch fish shallow...real shallow and even middle of the day. Thermocline disappeared like the Tuesday before and you couldn't find a fish shallow and guys were catching them out of 50 feet of water during event.

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5 hours ago, rps said:

This time of year walking a Silver Buddy across a dropping bottom can pay off big time.

that is true, but many of these bass were suspended off the bottom with the shad.  but the silver buddy will also work great off the bottom.

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