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if you missed fishing this past full moon cycle, too bad


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well, it has been here and gone, and things will change once again, but this past full moon cycle was pretty darn good for catching lots of bass.  out of the last 4 trips a total of 48 keepers were boated.  one bass over 5, a few 4 lb. range and several 3 lbers.  plenty of shorts in the mix also.  so, there was plenty of fairly constant action.

3/4 GrassJig has done most of the damage, but we have caught several on a 1 oz. Elite bladed jig we have been tinkering with.  bass have been relating to points quite a bit, and steep of flat will both produce provided they match up with the depth the bass want to be.  yep, some of these places are out in the nose bleed section.  meaning you are about 4 long casts to the bank.  a certain depth of water is just the same right close to the bank or a quarter mile out in the lake.

some bass have set up residence in 25 ft. of water and in some areas of the lake, there will be many more follow.  weather will be a major factor and area of the lake will be a factor as to whether the local population moves out deeper or shallower.  there will be some areas that will contain both shallow bass and the deeper ones that are following the thermocline.

will be interesting to see what the next moon cycle will bring.

bo


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Good synopsis of the deep bite. There are definitely lots of fish to be caught right now. If we get the rain they are predicting, I may buzz way up the Kings and see if there's a crank bait bite. Water temps are getting right. 

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one thing i did not mention about movement of thermocline.  most people do not really realize that after a thermocline develops, water clarity and heat somewhat determine the depth.  however, as the water cools, the sinking cooler surface water begins to push that thermocline layer deeper.  kind of why it has been 15ft. deep on most of the lake, and suddenly, it is at 25 ft. downstream right now.  this is what will eventually cause fall turnover.

so, as water cools going into fall, this is why we really develop those two separate groups of  bass.  those that continue to go deeper with the thermocline, and those that move up with the cooler water temps as O2 levels accommodate that move.  the other factor that drives where the biggest percentage of where the bass population resides is where the food source decides to go.  right now, even though many bass are moving out deeper, there are still lots of shad right at the surface down to 10 ft.

this is definitely a time that versatility in your fishing approach can be a big plus.

bo

 

 

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here a few pics from the last trip.  the young man is taylor sanders.  i am thinking he had a pretty good time.  notice the big bladed grassjig we have been working on.  the bass seem to have a liking for it right now.

bo

 

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On 8/11/2017 at 6:42 AM, Champ188 said:

Good synopsis of the deep bite. There are definitely lots of fish to be caught right now. If we get the rain they are predicting, I may buzz way up the Kings and see if there's a crank bait bite. Water temps are getting right. 

Did you get to make the trip up the Kings?

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