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Hello Anglers,

Generally speaking, bass prefer smaller, slower-moving baits 
in cold water, and larger, faster-moving baits in warm water. 
The best advice is to spend as much time on the water as 
possible and experiment.

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Enjoy a week of fishing!
Brock
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Tips for Tough Days
From Extreme Bass Lures

Every angler has tough days on the water. Bass may be biting 
but the strikes are few and far between. Next time you face 
a situation like this - and without a doubt, you will - here 
are a few techniques that will help you turn around slow 
days on the water. The goal is to increase the frequency of 
bites and develop a pattern and catches more fish down the 
road.

When the fishing is slow, the first change you can make is, 
is the lure size. For example, switch to 4  inch plastic 
worms, and small crankbaits, ultralight jigs like Road Run-
ners, small bucktail jigs and small surface plugs. If that 
doesn't work, go the other direction, changing to oversized 
crankbaits, 11 inch hooktail worms or 3/4 oz. magnum willow-
leaf spinnerbaits. The techniques for fishing these lures 
stay the same, but remember small worms move faster in the 
water. Small surface plugs should make subtle noises. Don't 
jerk a Teeny Pop R so it makes as much noise as a 1/4 oz. 
Pop R. Work large worms faster than usual, but not so fast 
that they lose effectiveness. 

On days when bass move close to cover - for example, after a 
cold front - present your worms and jigs as close and deep 
into structure as possible. Vertically jig plastic worms into 
tree lines along submerged creek channels. If you're fishing 
creeks, flip down the bank and make long pitches to isolated 
stumps and fallen trees. A close presentation is the key, 
because the strike zone is significantly smaller. The closer 
the lure is placed, the more likely it will attract a strike. 

Move to a riprap area, which consistently holds fish because 
it provides cover for bass, as well a bass forage. Minnows, 
crayfish, shad, and frogs all live in and around riprap 
construction. Ideal lures are spinnerbaits with big blades, 
crayfish colored crankbaits, plastic crawdads, long plastic 
worms and buzzbaits. Fish slowly and methodically, working 
all crevices and cracks at a variety of depths.  

Small jigs with spinners are ideal for catching crappie and 
bass. They offer flash, vibration, color and lure appeal 
based on size. A favorite lure in this category is the Blake-
more Road Runner in the 1/8 oz. size. Use 6-8 pound test line 
and, generally, fish the lure around boat docks, piers, fall-
en trees, brushpiles and similar structure. Flip the Road 
Runner as close to these areas as close as possible, letting 
the lure fall on a tight line. This usually brings results, 
even an occasional big fish. 

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Move to an area with grass beds, especially well frown areas 
close to deeper water or prominent structure. Many grass 
beds float on the surface, which creates an open area between 
the grass and lake bottom. Bass seek safety and security 
between the two. Pitch a jig tipped with a pork chunk through 
the grass and work it slowly beneath the beds. Watch your 
line. If you sense anything unusual on the end of the line, 
set the hook! Heavy pound test line is essential because you 
literally must jerk fish out of the water before they bury 
themselves in weed growth. 

Another tactic for weed covered water involves a 4 inch, 
soft plastic worm with a small slip sinker pegged into 
position. Cast the worm on top of a grass bed and let it sit 
for 10 to 15 seconds. Then, move the lure slowly and wait 
for the explosion. 

A new technique for stubborn bass is a modified Carolina rig. 
Instead of a slip sinker, use a 1/32 or 1/16 oz. split shot 
weight. Tie the hook to a 4 or 5 foot leader of 6 to 8 pound 
test line, then tie the leader's other end to a swivel that's 
attached to your main line. Pinch the split shot above the 
swivel in a permanent position, and rig a worm or plastic 
craw on the hook. Position your boat above the area to be 
fished and cast the rig. When the lure reaches bottom, engage 
your reel and use the electric trolling motor to pull the 
lure across structure. If you're on a ledge, hold the lure 
near the drop off for a few moments, then let it fall off the 
ledge to the next level. Slow, tantalizing movements produce 
a winning technique. 

Some days, bass simply won't feed. To change their minds, 
place feeding stimuli such as a pheromone ( a natural stimu-
lant found in most commercial fish attractants) in the area 
you're fishing. Sprayed often, it has a chumming effect and 
often promotes strikes. The fish spray also cleanses lures 
of any human or offensive odors. 

Last but not least, the answer to a bad day on the water is 
jumping points, those narrow sloping ridges that disappear 
into the water. Move from point to point, fishing a variety 
of lures until you find a point with some feeding bass on or 
around it. Keep record of lures and conditions that produce 
a fish, so a pattern can be developed. 



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