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Hello Anglers,

During the hot days of the summer rivers tend to produce 
more bass than lakes. This is because lakes loose oxygen in 
the summer and rivers really don't loose the oxygen because 
of the moving water. The higher oxygen level makes the bass 
more active. That means you can use faster retrieves in 
rivers than you can in lakes. 

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Enjoy a week of fishing!
Brock
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Object Oriented Bassing
From Extreme Bass Lures

Bass are object oriented. If you plan on taking your share, 
you had better set your strategies in the object mode. In 
most waters, bass are at the top of the food chain. But, 
they do have enemies from above. This is one of the reasons
such flat objects, like boat docks, hold so many fish. 

They prevent attack from large birds, cats and other animals. 
Something overhead prevents this problem. The overhead 
object also shelters the bass' eye from penetrating rays. 
They do not have the same type iris as we, shutting out 
light is dependent upon avoiding it. 

They also don't have eyelids. This permits a wide range of 
vision. They must move to deep water if bright light is to 
be avoided. The overhead object solves this problem. The 
dock not only blocks out light, but stops the heat from 
penetrating the area. This keeps his body on the cool side 
in the heat of a summer's day. 

Not only is an object a heat shielding device in summer, it 
acts as a generator for a fish in the fall and spring. 
Certain materials absorb heat faster than water. Any 
substance on the dark side will conduct a certain amount of 
warmth to the surrounding water. This could keep a bass in 
the shallows when it should have headed for deeper water. 

The cooler months are periods you should fish the sunny side 
of an object as well as the shaded. The crawfish and minnow 
populations in any given lake are also object oriented. They 
sulk about in the seclusion of the shadows. This is another 
reason bass like to relate to objects. They have all the 
creature comforts needed to make life as gentle as possible. 

Spawning time also finds bass looking for something to put 
over his head. They prefer some out of the way area where 
three sides can be blocked and the entrance way easily 
protected. A piece of rotted stump is a dandy domicile for 
a bass planning for the spawn. 

Logs, fallen timber, and large rocks are other locations 
which should be checked while searching for bass. Piers 
used to brake wave action are also bass holders. These give 
the bass protection from more than visual enemies. They 
also slow the movement of the water and make life a little 
easier. The fish doesn't have to fight so hard to keep his 
place. 

When working these concrete objects, make parallel casts to 
cover more ground. Bass will be holding tight. A crankbait 
shines in these holding zones. Bridges are frequently over-
looked by bass anglers. They are shirked because of the 
heavy traffic passing under and above. This doesn't mean 
the fish find them offensive. In fact, it may make them 
desirable. 

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The constant wave motion forces little critters loose from 
the cracks and crevices. This will bring a feeding response 
from the fish and turn thing on. A properly placed jig, 
crankbait or spinnerbait will cause a commotion down under. 
The bridges should be covered in much the same manner as 
the piers. Parallel casts get to fish fast. 

Make sure all of the shaded areas are pitched to. A bass 
will hold off the concrete as long as shade is present. 
Another manmade object attractive to bass is a concrete 
wall. These may be found around houses, industrial zones, 
or simply sections of a lake or river where bank erosion 
has been a problem. The big rivers are loaded with places 
like this. 

These walls have cracks and crevices which hold food for 
hungry bass. These cracks can also be backed into by a wary 
bass looking for a meal to pass. Either way, a fisherman 
should be ready to cover all bases and score. A diving 
minnow type bait will brush the edges well. A yoyoed 
spinnerbait will also coax many a strike from the walls. 

These solid objects are also fine jigging territory. Other 
remnants of mankind found attractive by bass are old pilings. 
There may have been a dock near by at one time, but the 
years have removed most of it. Such a locale is a fine place 
to try for object oriented bass. A plastic worm is suitable 
for tempting bass into action. Pinpoint accuracy is a must. 

Fish using the shadows cast by these lonely uprights won't 
venture far. The bait should also be pitched past the 
intended target so the bass isn't spooked by a noisy splash-
down. Last on the list of manmade features which bass find 
appealing is the duckblind. Bass will back up into their 
shadows and lurk in wait. Spinnerbaits are fine teasers to 
tempt strikes. 

Manmade objects aren't the only holding area for bass. 
Nature has supplied bass chasers with variety of visual 
targets where fish find attractive hideouts. The lake floor 
is usually covered with one form of leftover wood or another. 
Stumps, logs, branches and sticks abound in most manmade 
lakes. These find bass hiding about the tangles. 

These tangles may be piled up in one area of the lake or 
scattered about. Take the time to find them. It will be well 
worth it. Wood is a favorite breeding ground for bass' 
favorite food. Crawfish colored crankbaits work well around 
wood. Jigs with a piece of pork or plastic added to the back 
will closely resemble the wiggling action. Other natural 
features bass call home are rocks. These come in all sizes. 
Any one will hold fish. They provide cover and a place to 
hunt. 

The biggest rocks in a lake are usually the best for small-
mouth. Lily pads and cattails also offer object oriented 
bass a place to hide. These need weedless lures to coax 
strikes. Spoons and spinnerbaits are favorite lures to 
arouse a strike from fish hanging around such objects. Bass 
love to have objects near by. They are no different than any 
other wild animal. Just be sure you understand the psyche of 
the beast and provide him with what he wants and you'll 
catch him.

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                  FISHING JOKES CORNER
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There was a Kentucky redneck and an Ohio buckeye, fishing on 
their respective sides of the Ohio river. Just as soon as 
the redneck put his line in the water, he slung a fish onto 
the bank, and the buckeye was catching nothing, so he yelled
across to the redneck, "Buddy, I'd sure like to be on your 
side of the river!" 

"Aight, tell ya whut, I'll shine my flashlight 'cross this 
river, and you can walk across this little beam of light!" 
the redneck yelled back. 

The buckeye replied, "Hain't no way, buddy. I know you think 
I'm a fool! When I get halfway 'cross, you'll turn your 
flashlight off!" 

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