Posted by TroyJ on August 01, 2005 at 23:36:59:
In Reply to: august at guntersville posted by chris sarakas on July 31, 2005 at 23:01:07:
It's not a numbers bite, but the quality bite is really strong. For numbers and a few big fish stay with top-water, they'll hit it all day long on the inside grass lines. Zara Spook Jr or a Pop-R, or one of the plastic toads over the scattered mats.
The better choice for quality fish (some over 8-lbs) stay with a big jig. I use a 1oz Booyah jig, black and blue with a green pumpkin Yum chunk. Pitch it in the clumps of grass off the mats, especially the submerged isolated thick clumps of hydrilla and milfoil around the edges of open water humps and points. The bigger bass are on the edge from 6 to 9 feet. Some bigger bass are in the deeper hydrilla (10 to 13 feet).
Drop the jig straight down in the clump, not around the clumps or in the big holes, the fish live IN the thick grass patches. Let the jig hit the bottom, hop it three or four times then hit the next clump. No need to leave it down there long, it's all about the initial drop.
Be sure to use braided line, preferabley at least #50-lb test. The average jig bass is now over 4-lbs, with a lot of 5 to 7s and they are not easy to get out of the thick grass with mono.
Don't bring some whimpy rod or any noodle action fairy wands unless you plan to fish for pan fish. You'll need the heavy gear here.
Best areas are the mouths of the big creeks such as North and South Sauty, Seibold and Mill Creeks. The humps and points in Ossa Win Tha are holding some big fish now also. Look for small grass points and especially look for bends and turns in the grass lines, this is where the big fish concentrate. Good luck.
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