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Week of 11/24/99 #109
Question: You have been burning the banks with a rattle trap all morning. You have been very successful landing some nice bass very consistently. While it has been mostly cloudy so far, it’s almost noon and the clouds are gone. Like somebody turned a switch, the action stops. It’s pre-spawn spring, water temp is in the low sixties with medium clarity. What would you do to get back on the bite?
Winning Answer: by Steve Salyers. First thing I would do is move out to the first break in deeper water and slow down the presentation. Given the time of year, the bigger female fish should be staging out in deeper water preparing to move up and spawn. Most of the fish caught that morning were probably male bass looking for good spawning locations. I would hit mainlake and secondary points with a Carolina rig, jig and chunk, and maybe even a slow rolled Spinnerbait. If you happen to find some type of cover on this structure, the odds of you hooking up with a big fish is even better.

Week of 12/1/99 #110
Question: You are fishing a large hump which is located in open water. You know that there are a lot of fish there as well as baitfish because you idled over the area with your big motor as you carefully watched your fish finder. You immediately begin casting with the four rods you have rigged. You try a spinner bait, crank bait, plastic worm and a jig to the top, and sides of the hump which you have marked with buoys. You don’t even get a bite. What is wrong?
Winning Answer: by Freddy Falcon. WELL PILGRIM YOU DONE DID MEST UP! YOU SEE, BY IDLING YOUR BIG MOTOR OVER THE SWEET SPOT YOU PRETTY MUCH SPOOKED EVERYTHING AROUND YOUR BOAT. IMAGINE A 747 FLYING RIGHT OVER YOUR HOUSE WHILE YOUR TRYING TO EAT
YOUR GRUB. YEAH! I'F I WERE A FISH I'D HIT THE FLOOR TO. MY APPROACH WOULD BE TO SNEAK UP WITH THE TROLLING MOTOR AND START CASTING A CRANK BAIT OVER THE HUMP WORKING IT DOWN THE HUMP. IF THIS DOESN'T WORK I'D PULL OUT MY FAVORITE RAINBOW TROUT SLUG-0 AND RIG IT UP SISSY STYLE. THAT'S RIGHT PILGRIM! SISSY STYLE. NOW YOU CAST IT AND SIT BACK IN THAT FANCY
BOAT OF YOURS AND AFTER A TWITCH OR TWO AND A FEW GOSSIP
STORIES WITH YOUR FISHING BUDDY, LOOK OUT!!! IT'S EITHER GOING TO BE "AMAZING GRACE" OR "I SAW THE LIGHT". YEAH AFTER YOUR DONE PULLING FISH OUT OF THAT SPOT YOU GOT THE REST OF THE DAY TO EDUCATE YOUR FISHING BUDDY (WIFE!) ON HOW THE PRO'S GET THE JOB DONE.

ENJOYED YOUR QUESTION THIS WEEK PILGRIMS, UNTIL NEXT
WEEK THIS IS FREDDY FALCON SAYING, "HAPPY ANGLING AND
LEAVE THE WIFE AT HOME".


Week of 12/8/99 #111
Question: You’re out on the lake on an early spring day. A cold front has settled in and the skies are “bluebird” blue. The air temperature has dropped over 20 degrees in the past two days. Water temps have fallen into the mid 50’s. You happen to be out with two fishing buddies this day. Since none of you have caught a thing pitching and flipping jigs around fallen trees and docks, one friend says you should find some deep water structure and use the jigs and some jigging spoons. The other buddy says no, you should find some steep shoreline drop offs, close to the areas that produced the week before. Should you listen to either one? If so, why? If not, what should you do?
Winning Answer: Missing from the archives

Week of 12/15/99 #112
Question: You are in the heat of the summer. Water temps in the 80’s. You caught a few nice bass early in the morning near the shoreline on soft plastic Jerkbaits. But now the sun is up. It’s midday. There is little wind to cool down the beating sun and air temps racing up toward 90. Your shoreline pattern has stopped. The lake you are fishing is relatively shallow. The deepest spots are only 12-14 feet deep with an average depth of only 6 feet. Not much in the way of drop off’s either except for the dam area. The shoreline is mixed with trees, a few docks and a couple of rocky areas. There are two or three points on this small lake but they are fairly shallow. What is the first thing you would try to get the bite going again? If that didn’t work, what would be a second pattern to try?
Winning Answer: First I would fish the docks and overhanging trees or any shady areas along the shoreline. Fish all the cover along the shore where the bass might try to go to escape the heat. Secondly I would venture out to the deepest parts of the lake (12-14) feet and use various types of lures that would get me down that deep (deep cranks, let a spinner sink to the bottom, a worm, or a jig). The main problem here is heat, so I need to find the coolest and shadiest places where the bass are hiding.

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