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JiggingSpoon

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JiggingSpoon

I posted this on the muskie forum, but got no response, so i am going to try here. I was casting for muskies one time last year about mid summer on a metro lake and it was early in the morning, actually i was bass fishing, then i saw outside some cabbage were huge schools of bait fish, the surface just rippled, then about every 5 minutes there would be an explosion in the middle of these schools, and i mean EXPLOSION, water would fly 3 feet in the air, i never did get a good look at these fish, but it was no carp rolling, whatever they were, they were attacking the baitfish, i casted about everything i could think of at them, buzz baits, jerk baits, bucktails and spinnerbaits right through the schools, but i never even got a follow of anything, i have heard this really works if you run across it, but it sure didn;t for me, i later snuck up to the baitfish and they were about 3-4 inch shiners, i was wondering if i did something wrong, or what????
JS

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Trailblazer

Sometimes you just won't catch fish?

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JiggingSpoon

I completely understand you don;t always catch fish, i was just wondering if anybody else would have gone about it a different way, or if anybody has seen this happen before with all the baitfish and fish attacking them,
JS

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Corey Bechtold

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All I think you could have done is try to "match the hatch". Pick the same size, color and pattern shad rap, then slow roll it through the school. It might have been Bass or even Crappies chasing the shiners to the surface.

Better luck next time.

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catchin'whopper

perhaps a sluggo or senko type lure? perhaps ripping a jerk bait through there fast? possibilities are endless! Fun experiences seeing that going on though!

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Roughfisher

Tie a streamer fly that looks exactly like the minnow.

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TG

Same thing happens on the St. Criox, throw a tube with little or no weight. Let it float down, BAM smallies!!!

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JJB

Just like TG said,You see it every day on the Croix in the summer.Most the time they are smallies.We do great tossing silver poppers or a jointed foating rap that matches the minnow size.You have to be quiet about it though if them fish know you are there they know your bait is there also.

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fishKiLLa

You guys should check out the late summer early fall 8-18 inch whities just destroy the monster schools of shad on the St. Croix out by hudson. The water literally looks like its boiling. The shad are quite big but those silver bass only have one thing on their minds! Thats all you can shad before winter gets here buffet for them.
Theres two lagoons that the shad tend to round up in and the white bass follow. Just throw on some waders and hop on in and cast to the boiling schools of fish. Anything that even looks like a fish will get torn up. I have gotten quite a few smallies and eyes' from these schools of terrorizing bass also so it keeps it interesting.
Pound for pound those white bass are brutes and they deserve more respect than we give them.Dont you agree???

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bassguru

Hi JiggingSpoon,

I have had this happen to me on numerous occassions. Mostly,on days with little or no wind.

As to what was chasing the shiners, hard to tell. I have caught several species using a spinnerbait,(what else). On the lake I fish, there is a reef, that the crappies chase the bait the way you describe. I have had succes with a tipped Bettle Spin or minnow & bobber.

From the size bait you describe, it was probably a bigger species.

Most of the time, I also get frustrated. Try everything, catch nothing. LOL

Think Spring!!!!

bassguru

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