Time to use search baits!

Time to use search baits!
November 3, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Inconsistent weather and rapidly moving fronts will make this a challenging week. Water temperatures are falling into the low 50s and hydrilla is breaking up, will expose hard cover.

Fish will be scrambling for cover and following baitfish. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A mix of sun and clouds this week will be accompanied by a cool off. Overnight lows in the upper 30s until mid week, getting back into the 50s. Daytime highs early in the week in the mid 50s with a warm up Wednesday into the 60s before falling into the 50s again later in the week into the weekend. A chance of rain on Thursday.”

With high tides early in the morning, try cranking Mann's Baby X baits on 12-pound GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Cover water looking for shoreline cover in areas where grass has vacated. Slow retrieves with a bump and pause retrieve.

At lower afternoon tides with clouds and a bit of chop, try 1/4 ounce spinnerbaits with gold blades and white skirts, contact grass and snap free, also bumping wood cover. Mann's Baby 1-Minus will be also be effective.

A lipless Lucky Craft LV100 in shad patterns with clear water or chartreuse patterns with sunny skies tied to 12 pound test Edge can cover water to snap free from grass at lower tides and the LVR D7 at higher tides. Try a lift and slow drop retrieve to snap and pause out of grass.

With finicky bass, go to spinning gear techniques. Shaky head, Mizmo tubes rigged with insert heads, and drop shot can entice front affected bass into biting. Use a dose of Jack's Juice garlic bait spray with soft plastics to encourage fish to hold on longer.