Posts Tagged ‘Soft Plastic Baits’

GEORGIA: Fish Caught on Live Shrimp also Hitting DOA’s & Soft Plastic Baits

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The trout bite has been very strong all summer long most of the fish have been right under the keeper size but there are TONS of fish.

This fall should be one of the best inshore bites in a long time and I can not wait. Most of the fish have been caught on live shrimp but there are also hitting DOA’s and any soft plastic baits.

As for the redfish I have seen a lot of rat reds which I love to see and a few of the big reds are also starting to bite back in the rivers.

Capt. Jeff Stokes
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ARKANSAS: Bass – Soft Plastic Baits in 25 to 35 Feet of Water

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The lake is down to 692 and still dropping a few inches a day. Everybody wants to know how fast and when the lake will get back to normal. I don’t think anybody knows that. From my experience it will depend on how much rain we get. It will also depend on how fast they drop table rock lake. That area is “special” and gets “special” treatment. 🙁  They usually get their lake dropped first. So, I would assume as soon as it gets closer to normal then we will be dropping faster. The lake temp is in the lower 70’s with a thermocline forming shallow around the 5 foot level or so I am told. I will be in the water the next few days and will be able to tell you more.

I am told that the White River is back to normal level of 8 generators. Two generators are broken but they are running 6 generators with the flood gates open to the equivalent of two generators. So- there is no problems fishing, launching, staying at the White River as of now! HOO RAY!

The fishing on the lake hasn’t changed much yet. It should soon. I have been getting lots and lots of questions about the “night fishing” thing. So here goes. Pick a spot on the lake. It might take several times to find the right spot but I don’t think it matters too much. You want to anchor in 30 to 70 feet of water. Put out a couple of lights that float on the water. This will bring a variety of bait fish starting with very small plankton, then small minnows/shad, then larger shad. The key is to get the larger shad ( 3-4 inches) around your lights. These will start doing a circle pattern around your boat under the lights. These will attract the catchable fish such as White Bass, Walleye, catfish, etc. I will take a bucket of regular minnows that we sell here at the marina and use them until I can catch the circling shad under the lights. I have made my own net to do this with. Most people use a throwable cast net to catch the shad and then use the shad they catch. Minnows seem to work for me but the circling shad you catch are natural in the lake and the fish love em. I put my bait in 25 to 50 feet of water. I will vary it until I find where the fish seem to be biting. If you never get circling shad around the boat then MOVE until you find them. I have seen this used on bluff walls, flats, channel swings, etc. Good Luck if you can stay awake. Until next time!

BASS –

1. Soft plastic baits in 25 to 35 feet of water on the “old shoreline.” This is where the brush stops and the old shoreline starts where there is no brush. I think the hungry fish hang in this spot because its easy to catch their prey here. A lot of the stuff they eat will be in the brush and hard to get to, but anything that is on the old gravel-no brush shoreline will be easier to catch. Try a variety or different baits and mix it up. Tube jigs, gitzits, 4 inch finesse worms, 5-7 inch plastic worms, french fry worms, lizards, brush hogs etc. Green pumpkin, cotton candy, brownish seem to be the best colors.

2. regular plastic worms with no weight in 0 to 10 feet of water in the brush. This pattern is a little harder to fish and takes heavy line but can be productive. Green pumpkin or bubble gum seem to be the best baits.

3. retrieve a spoon- sit out from the shoreline and cast a spoon in and retrieve it back varying speeds and depths. Sometimes you want to let it hit the bottom. The last time the water was this high in 07-08, this pattern was catching all species of fish.

4. Spinner baits in colored water back in the creeks. Bright colored big bladed baits will catch largemouth in dingy water.

5. Flipping a jig in the dirty water around the brush will catch bass in shallow water.

6. Minnow fishing with a split shot or jig and minnow is producing all species of fish, bass, walleye, crappie, white bass ect.

7 Drop shot a night crawler from 5 to 35 feet depending on the bank and structure. The standing trees out from the shoreline are a good place to try this, as well as the old shoreline in 25 to 35 feet of water.

8. Top water minnow looking baits are producing some fish – Flukes, spooks, pop r’s, chug bugs, etc.

Walleye –

1.Drop shot a night crawler from 25 to 35 feet depending on the bank and structure. The standing trees out from the shoreline are a good place to try this and then the old shoreline in 25 to 35 feet of water.

2. Split shot a night crawler and drift fish with in in 20 to 35 feet of water

3. Retrieve a spoon form the bank very slow

4. vertical jig a spoon

White Bass –

1. cast some type of minnow bait on the gravel flats on the old shore line

2. night fishing under lights

Crappie –

1. night fishing under lights

Catfish –

Lots of catfish being caught on limb lines from 5 to 25 feet of water.

Ricky Eastwold and Crew
Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock
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