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Old 06-08-2010, 07:10 AM
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I hit Dobson Ranch pretty regularly in the AM. Usually just for 15 or 20 minutes then I lose interest cuz those giant carp are so damn spooky.
Anyway, I have noticed more surface action lately (bass) so I fished yesterday and today with a crease fly someone gave me... killer!
Is it the warmer temps? More minnow action?
Just curios why it seems they are looking up more as of late.
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:17 AM
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Its getting warmer. Top water bassing is always better as it gets warmer.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:35 AM
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Let me know if you want to join me early one of these days Mike.
I have the boat on the trailer now so it just takes a few minutes to launch.
Gotta get out early though.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:15 AM
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Perhaps warmer water means more dying fish floating up top. They get caught in the mid day heat in shallower areas and suffer oxygen starvation. Just an educated guess though as I don't the temperature tolerances of most baitfish.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:48 AM
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Warmer water speeds up the metabolism of the fish, they are more active and require more food.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:49 AM
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I've never fished Dobson Lake, but in general bass feed near the surface as the water temps get consistently higher, because that's where the food is. Plankton/algae blooms begin earlier in the day with higher water temps drawing baitfish to the surface to feed. Crappie and bluegill follow the baitfish to feed on them. Bass follow the shad/bluegill.

Early in the day you should find bass hunting in the shallows as well, looking for crayfish in the shallows, if available. Bass also like large terrestrials; anything from hoppers/crickets, dragonflies, to turtles, small birds, frogs, lizards, mice and rats.

Whoops, lost track of the point of the thread. basically, the first paragraph is the info you want.

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:55 AM
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"Back in the day" .... during the summer we would close down the gun shop I was working at and launch my buddy's 20' bass boat into Dobson Lake and fish until about midnight or so. Got lots of looks from the back yards as we went trolling by the houses in the glitter covered Ranger with a giant pile of empty beer cans on the back deck.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:26 PM
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When I was a teenager we use to use trolling motors on small inflatable boats and troll hullapoppers and kick the **** out of huge bass between the hours of 9pm and 3am.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:22 AM
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Dana and I got out at first light this morning and caught a few bass. He had crease fly and I had deer hair popper. Sure warms up quick once that sun comes up. Great way to start the day. Anybody have a favorite way to tie the crease fly? I found these... http://flyanglersonline.com/flytying...081808fotw.php and http://www.buzfly.com/html/single_foil.html

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I have done it as pictured in this link http://www.buzfly.com/html/single_foil.html
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