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Old 02-07-2013, 08:03 AM
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Default Re: Need help: Strategy session for very weedy local pond/lake

I have had a couple pop off, but I don't think it's due to the materials. If anything I thing it is due to the bend in the hook. It would seem that when tension is applied it would cock the hook in an "open" fashion.

I think the main trick to that is to NOT pinch the barbs down. We aren't catching delicate little trout here....
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I would be more concerned about my vehicle and personal safety than catching fish if in a shady part of Atlanta. Are there other people fishing there? If the numbers are few there is probably a good reason.

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Ha! That's a good point about safety... But honestly, I feel pretty comfortable in most parts of Atlanta, and this one is relatively safe. I've seen a two other "locals" on the bank with their 5 gallon buckets and we'll gab a little bit (I'm a man of the people...)

Anyways, yall thanks for the great advice! The pattern I threw most of yesterday was an olive and white bendback, actually (failed to mention that...). Maybe I just need to try harder!

And just to clarify, all the weeds are sub-surface, growing to within about 1-2 ft of the surface in most placed.

I'll get some senkos and maybe try tossing out some worms on conventional tackle and see what happens.

It is colder (45-50) with a light rain today--any suggestions on swapping tactics? Thanks again this has been great!
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My collection of fishing books is getting out of hand. Many get put away with out ever being read.
One big exception to that rule was Practical Black Bass Fishing (1974) by Mark Sosin and Bill Dance (and illustrated by Dave Whitlock).
It's packed with solid information on bass, their habitats and how to target them.

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Can you give me the cliff notes version? Hah! just kidding, I'll see if I can find a copy around here (or ebay..), thanks!
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If you see bass at the surface I would say that they are ready for poppers. In most cases the weeds are just below the surface and small poppers can slide right over the top. I have some poppers listed online, designed for this scenario. I am not going to post the link here, but if you are interested you can send me direct message and I will provide a link to give you an idea of some things you might look for in your local shop or tie up your own.
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If you see bass at the surface I would say that they are ready for poppers. In most cases the weeds are just below the surface and small poppers can slide right over the top. I have some poppers listed online, designed for this scenario. I am not going to post the link here, but if you are interested you can send me direct message and I will provide a link to give you an idea of some things you might look for in your local shop or tie up your own.
That little slider you sent would definitely do the trick!
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That little slider you sent would definitely do the trick!
That's what I was thinking. I just want to be cautious about not plugging too much on here. Maybe I will just upload some photos. Thanks by the way.
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That's what I was thinking. I just want to be cautious about not plugging too much on here. Maybe I will just upload some photos. Thanks by the way.
No worries! I'll snap a picture of it when I get home today
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Here's a couple of ideas that are easy to cast, land almost as quiet as a fly and have some good action and resemble minnows at the surface.

I call it my Sneaky Shad
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And same body style in Chartreuse
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