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Week of 8/21/00 #140
Question: It is late August and a high pressure front has slowly moved in. The air temperature highs for the day are only in the mid 60’s. Water temps are still in the high 70’s. The sun is shining brightly and there is a cool north wind. The lake you are fishing is shallow and the water clarity is fair. The main cover is rocks and weeds. As you start fishing you realize that the weed growth is much thicker than you anticipated and you are having trouble with your Texas rigged worm as it is picking up large clumps of weeds. You make a few adjustments and now you are starting to catch ‘em. What did you do?
Winning Answer: Well, this is a situation that has happened to all of us at one time or another. What I do is switch from Texas Rig and just swim the lure using a smaller weight or no weight at all. Soft plastic Jerkbaits work great in a situation like this. The reason I chose Jerkbaits is because you can rig a fluke (for example) weedless and you should still have lots of luck. This is due to the fact that the water temp is warmer than the outside temp and despite the rise in pressure, they should still remain active.

Week of 8/7/00 #139
Question: You are fishing a very shallow lake in mid summer. The water temps are in the 80’s. The sun is shining brightly. The deepest water you can find is only 6 feet deep. This lake is pan shaped with very shallow tapering shorelines. There are scattered weedbeds throughout most of the lake. You know that there are good populations of nice size bass in this lake. What is you approach to this tough fishing situation.
Winning Answer: I would start by flipping a jig & pig or tube in the thicker isolated weed beds. If that didn’t work I would move to the deeper weedbeds and pitch jigs or worms to the open holes and run shallow running crankbaits over the tops of the weed beds. the jigs tubes and worms would be crayfish and greenish tints while the crankbaits would be natural shad colors. since the lake is shallow and weedy it should be very clear.

Week of 7/26/00 #138
Question: You have found a weed line which is bordering a channel edge. The water in the channel is 10-12 feet deep. A flat which is about three to five feet deep is on the side of the channel where the weed line meets the channel. The water is somewhat stained and it is in the high 70’s. There is a slight breeze with partly cloudy conditions. What is the best approach to fishing this seemingly great bass catching opportunity.
Winning Answer: I would fish a chartreuse Spinnerbait with tandem gold Colorado blades. I would first try fishing down the edge of the weedline, then start fishing the channel. If that doesn't work I would find some trees on the flat and bump my Spinnerbait against them hoping to trigger a strike.

Week of 7/12/00 #137
Question: A cold front has just passed through and you have a typical “blue bird” day. There is not a cloud in the sky. The wind is blowing and air temperature is quite brisk for a summer day. You immediate get out your flippin’ stick and head for a large secluded cove. After working all visible structure without a hit you realize that it’s not working because the water level in the lake is extremely low due to a drawdown. You figure that the fish have backed off the visible shoreline cover. You would like to make a vertical presentation because of conditions what do you do?
Winning Answer: I would find a point with some structure and start vertically jigging a 3-4 inch jigging spoon.

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