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OK, some of this has been covered before but I want to get a better handle on what others are doing / think they should be doing.

Time of Year and Type of Mark.

I have always followed the rules that bass tend to be in shallower water in Spring and Autumn and move to deeper makrs in Summer and Winter. Why I think that I have no idea, logic I guess.

Spring - Crab moult round here, the bass are in shallow, following the water in rooting about after crabs under rocks and in amongst weed.

Summer - Generally deeper water chasing baitfish and keeping away from grockles swimming and crystal clear waters where they can be seen.

Autumn - 2nd crab moult, again in shallow bays hunting crab and picking off baitfish, often off the top.

Winter - Water is starting to cool and varies with the weather so they seek a less changeable environment. Not for them but because the shoals of bait which are still present are in the deeper water to regulate their smaller bodies.

I have to a certain extent found that the above is true but I struggle in summer to catch bass. I have taken on board feedback from Liam and Gaz this summer so hope that will make a difference next year.

Time of Year and Style of Fishing

Again, not sure I have this worked out but I did better this year with larger fish, not many schoolies at all.

Spring - Slow working baits at night over and between weed beds on shallow rocky bays. Did me well this year.

Summer - Working a bait a little faster, fishing in the day as well, deeper lures.

Autumn - Slow worked baits, shallow divers and top water. Imitate a dying fish as opposed to just a fish. Twitchy, jerky kind of retrieve.

Winter - Deeper lures worked slowly through structure where bass may be hiding out waiting for a meal.



So... How does that sound compared to what you do. Do you think I should change anything?? Why don't I catch much in summer, am I fishing the wrong type of mark. I know the fish are there somewhere as others are catching but I don't do the stealing marks thing, I want to work it all out for myself.

It has also been mentioned in the past about lure size making a difference at different times of year, starting small and getting bigger, what are peoples thoughts on this??
 

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Autum time, top water stuff has been very good this year slow worked Zclaws have accounted for some great sessions . patchincos also worked slow but a bit errattic causing small pops and splashes has done for me , myfish & kev told me to try a few things with the patchinco , cast it beyond structure not at it , then let the tide drift your lure past it , tried what i was told and got my first double off the top .
As for using larger lures as the autumn moves along deffo 175 / 2oo size tide minnows & some big poppers also
 

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myfish & kev told me to try a few things with the patchinco , cast it beyond structure not at it , then let the tide drift your lure past it , tried what i was told and got my first double off the top .
on behalf of me and keith,firstly thanks for the compliment bob.

glad you took on board anything that helped you,but at the end of the day,it was you on the end of the rod working the lure.

kev
 

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Bob:

I didn't know you were listening m8 LOL

Anyway's..

we are here to learn too, so it's of mutual benefit.

I'll try to answer this thread a bit more in depth later.
 
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