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   Feeding Bass Pattern


Most fishermen think that most bass strike because they're hungry. Actually I find that hunger accounts for maybe no more than a third of my strikes- but that third is a very important part of the bass I catch. Maybe 35 percent of the time, early in the morning or late in the evening the bass are on the feed.

In major slow periods the bass will feed for a short period of time. Another condition that causes bass to feed quite often is the weather change, such as a barometric drop or an approaching storm or possibly some cloud cover which moved in- all of which affect atmospheric pressure and temperature. Another thing that could influence bass to feed would be a warming trend after a cold front.

There are several reasons bass feed. Feeding bass are the easiest to catch. You can catch them on almost any lure in your tackle box, because basically all lures at one time or other will catch feeding fish.

My favorite, most basic pattern for catching feeding fish would be a dawn-and-dusk surface-plug pattern. I call this a pattern-remember, I'm using the word "pattern" to mean the sum total of all the variables in the fishing situation-my topwater treat. It involves getting out before the sun rises or in the twilight hours of the morning or after the sun is setting in the evening and the magical hour begins, because there's no direct sun on the water.

It's the time of day when generally the convection currents are low and there is very little sun to move the air around, producing almost a slick or mirror-calm surface. Another condition that is very important to this type of surface action is water temperature. You need warm water, in the 70 degree zone; and up for your best surface-lure fishing.

The best depth would be the shallow depths less than 5 feet. The best cover would be any kind of an ambush point in the form of a stump or a rock or any type of a grass point. The best structure is a point-basically a main lake point.


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