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Yattering Jack
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:02 AM 07/16/07 (CST)
Water is low, so watch out for you lower unit. There are very few things that ruin your day as quickly as a stump or rock taking of your lower unit. Fortunately, I did not fall victim to that this weekend, but I saw some one who did... crazy smiley Sorry

There were several tournaments this weekend on both pools, but for some reason, the hot spots were not touched. Most people stayed on the main channel, choosing to fish the channel due to low water. There was success with current around wind dams, rock edges and structure. I talked to several that were using buzzbaits over the wing dams and big tubes on structure.

There was also a heavy shad run happening. Many anglers tried to fish a shad run fast. I've never been a fan of that. My feeling if you are trying to tempt a bass to eat a fake lure in a mass of real shad. True you may catch the suicidal bass running through, mouth open, inhaling everything. If you want more success when fishing a shad run, try this...

Throw on a soft plastic jerk shad like a Culprit. The swim action of the Jerk Shads are awesome. Rig it with a 1/4 oz sinker and a razor sharp hook, for me, its Daiichi. When you see the shad fry, toss your jerk shad into the mass and let it sink. Draw your line tight and wait for the tap-tap-tap. First tap, set it. Not a lot of time so the sharper the hook, the better.

The theory behind it is that at least one big bass is sitting below the school waiting for any crippled or dying shad to fall. Easy meal, little energy expended. And yes, it did work. With nearly ever shad run, we landed at least one with this method. Most of them were 'footballs'.

We also had luck throwing a Stanley Swim Jig into the shad and allowing that to fall, then use fast, short jerks. The Stanley Swim Jigs also were very impressive when fished around structure, along weed edges and through pads. Biggest fish of the day came off of a pad with a TN Shad Stanley SJ.

There also was a fairly active top water bite. Also using the same rigging of the fluke/jerk shad slowly pulled over the slop and paused on any pads. Not a lot of pursuit if they missed on the first strike, but a good follow up on a second cast. Again, the sharper the hook the better. I've even started carrying a cordless Dremmel to quick sharpen hooks on the water, just in case.

All in all, it was a pretty good day on the water.





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:58 AM 07/16/07 (CST)
Thanks for the report YJ.
Thats a great tip on fishing in the shad, it makes a lot of sense. You know there will be fish feeding on the shad so its a good place to fish but it also makes sense that you want to give the fish a little something else to key on.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:06 PM 07/16/07 (CST)
Thanks for the report, Yattering Jack!



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 05:41 PM 07/16/07 (CST)
Hey YJ,

Great report.

I do have a question for you concerning fishing a lure down through, and then under, the shad school. This technique will obviously be affected by the water depth, but have you ever fished the way you did..letting the bait twitch down several feet under the school as you mentioned , catch a few and then no more? Several times in situations similar to what you said existed that day I have then put on a spoon or large jig/swimbait and let it flutter down maybe 10-15 feet below the school and laid into the walleye, and at times even found stripers. Of course they have to be there in the water first. It seems they were larger and prefered the safety of the deeper water... but just trailed the school picking up injured shad as they tumbled down to the bottom.

It is a second, third, or sometimes even forth layer of fish below the shad school. Fishing different levels down the water column has produced some great multi species catches for me at times.

Is this something that could be viable on the water and species available that you are fishing? Just a thought. Look forward to hearing more about it though... that kind of school chasing is pretty adreanaline pumping!

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:31 PM 07/16/07 (CST)
Hey Fisher,

You are right on the money. Our average depth was less than 6 feet. Occassionally we got into the 8 to 12 range. Where this was most effective was around 4 to 5 feet. If it had some structure, even better.

When the bite 'died' under the shad, I'd throw a Stanley Swim Jig. I'd let it fall and when it got deep, slowly jerk or twitch it out. If they were there, they would hit.

I'm not a big one for spoons, although the All-Terrain Wobbler has always be a goto lure for me. The Berkley Blade Dancer, although only partially a spoon, more of a spoon jig, has also been a great one to lure in the hard to bite ones in this method.





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