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    Old question, any new answers?
from jyarb  
8/3/2012 3:09:51 PM


 This has been discussed or cussed for years and was wondering with the improvements in electronics and with the popularity of the A-rig and swimbaits, has anyone found a good solution as to what to do when they run current on a body of water all week and then no current on weekends when you've got a tournament?

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   saa from Ralph Manns  8/3/2012 4:45:32 PM
 "smartassanswer: Fish week-night tournies!

   Good one, Ralph! (n/m) from JohnMac  8/4/2012 12:59:37 AM

   You are either going to have to finesse them to bite, or from Spookchucker #10778 #10778  8/5/2012 12:18:30 PM
 Go way up the rivers or backs of creeks where pulling water doesn't affect them as much.

   Wait. What were the old answers again? from StevieP  8/6/2012 3:29:59 PM
 and are they actually different?

   I think i remember from landm #19856  8/6/2012 9:22:05 PM
 you jyarb, and i think you fish gville alot, if so, i would suggest go to the thick matts and flip. They dont seem to be so reliant on the current. I guess if you hit em on the head they just snap and eat it, current or not!

   Thanks for the answers, even yours Ralph from jyarb  8/6/2012 10:24:50 PM
 Landm, I still fish Guntersville a lot and do some flipping, although that technique is not my strong suit. Know I need to do it more, but my right rotator cuff is torn and that makes it a little tough.

I have a friend that has had some success throwing a swimbait on a heavy head and picking up suspended fish in this situation. This was earlier in the summer and seemed to work better than the A-rig.

Without current, the fish seem to suspend and scatter and were not holding tight to the bottom or structure. Fishing elsewhere is probably the best thing, but when you do manage to get one to bite, they are good fish and knowing they are there, but I can't catch them is a challenge. It's one of those situations where you think if you keep trying, you will figure something out and I'm stubborn enough not to give up.

Just read in this month's BassTimes where Paul Elias recommended a shakey head for this situation as Spookchucker said. I also intend to try a Scrounger. Have caught a few on a flutter spoon.

   Always good... from Joe J #10528 #10528  8/9/2012 5:47:44 PM
 ...to revisit "old questions"...as sometimes there are some "new answers".

   My old answer. from TroyJ/Angling Alabama   8/12/2012 3:17:36 AM
 There is a solution that worked for me many times and still works today.

Current is not just about activity and agression, it is about positioning. When you are catching fish on a open water hump for example during current flow, the current has positioned the baitfish on the hump, and the bass have moved up there and become active/aggressive usually feeding in schools. When the current is not present, the bass are scattered off the structure/cover and non-aggressive.

The solution? Learn to target bass that are in protected areas of the river that normally DON'T have current anyway. They are not as current dependent as those fish that live in the main flow. Some people will wait on an area for current or they will die trying to get bit during the lull. Not me, on G'ville for example, if the river fish are not active, I'll be in South Sauty or some other protected creek or bay away from the main flow of the river. Those fish are much easier to catch during non-flow periods.

For me trying to make them bite when they don't want to normally fails. I'm going to go to where they are going to bite.

Diversity = success as you adapt to the conditions you have at the time.

   I agree with Troy.. from MikeB/SpotCountry  8/13/2012 2:37:34 PM
 My moto has always been to find active dumb fish that want to eat vs trying to force feed a fish that doesn't want to eat. Just like on Guntersville if they are there you will know it fairly quick. If not crank up the black beast and go to another hole.

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