bass have apparently gone on a two week vacation. Fishing for the normally
voracious predators has been uncharacteristically quiet. The culprit seems
to be living the high life for most of the summer. Stripers are fat and
apparently content to coast for a while on the reserves they stored during
the easy days of summer.
Shad are still abundant but some schools are moving to the backs of coves.
This is normal shad behavior in the fall and may explain the present lack of
surface feeding activity. Stripers are still looking in the main channel for
an easy meal. Shad are not there and/or stripers have not found them. This
separation is short term. Stripers will get hungry soon and begin searching
until shad are found. Boils will start up again but they will now be found
on shore instead of in open water.
Jamie Jenneve's other son from NY with
smallmouth caught from shore.
The best striper action of the past week occurred when a striper school was
graphed and seen feeding at depth on shad. Then spoons dropped straight down
on the active school worked for a short time before the school scooted off
to parts unknown. It is still difficult to stay with the rapidly moving
Not to worry- Bass have come to the rescue. Large and smallmouth bass
fishing is wonderful. The pattern is quite specific, but once bass are
located they are easy to catch.
Imagine a slick rock cove with brush and rocks piled along the shoreline in
the back of the cove. The tendency is to move in close to shore to get in
casting range of the visible brush and rocks. That is ALMOST the right thing
to do. Bass are actually holding in deep water very near the cove. Remember
all that brush covered by 45 feet of rising water is still out there. Find
the first underwater tree that you can see or graph. Then turnaround and
fish on the deep water side of the tree. Bass are in 25-40 feet of water in
the migration lane leading to that great looking brushy cove. Instead of
casting to the shoreline, fish the slot in the middle of the canyon leading
to the cove.
The best technique for imitating a prey fish in open water at depth is a
drop shot rig where the weight is on the bottom and the plastic lure is
suspended 18 inches above substrate. Use a gray or green shad imitating
bait. Find a fish or two on the graph. Drop the bait under the boat until it
stops sinking. With the weight on the bottom, lift the lure gently to its
full 18-inch height and get set for a quick hook up.
Fishing is best from Padre Bay to Good Hope with the terminal ends of the