Originally Posted by donberry
long, sorry, but I need help.
I need help. I have to be one of the worse fishermen. So many things I could ask, but for now I will just ask about one scenario. Supposed to be a storm coming in at midnight, air temp is low 60’s. I decide to hit the lake for a couple of hours until the storm moves in. I was on the water at 9:00pm, ended up fishing until around 2:30, never did rain until I got back home.
Fishing Tims Ford Lake in Tn. Water temp is a perfect 60 degrees. Lake is as smooth as glass for the most part.
Started by hitting points and the back of creek channels, showing bait fish near the top. I do not hear any top water action going on. I throw quite a few things, don’t get a bite. Some of the things I was throwing
a. Castaic Catch 22 slow sinker, silver shad
b. Rapala DT
d. Original Rapala Floter – 5” and 3 ½”
e. Spinnerbait – mostly white with some chartreuse, 2 blades, with trailer
f. Lucky Craft Flash Minnow
g. Fluke – weighted and unweighted
After a couple of hours, still not hearing any real topwater action, I decide to drop the downrigger. Baitfish are near the top, so I drop a Catch 22 down to about 12’ and a Sebile Magic swimmer down to about 5’. Trolled a while, lines are a good 150-200 feet behind the boat, using trolling motor as the lake is so quiet. I also tried a bucktail jig with a Gulp minnow and the small floating rapala. Did this for about an hour – not a nibble, tried various depths.
Back in the creek channels. Fish start feeding on top. Not a frenzy, but a nice fish obviously feeding on the baitfish at least every 5-10 minutes . Couple of times some would do this 20 feet from the boat.
I basically sit in this channel for a good couple of hours. Baitfish are in the top 5’ and I can hear and see the striper/bass coming up. Nothing, not a nibble. I threw the following
a. Rapala skitter walk – walked the dog. Also just let it sit and make some noise
b. Zara Spook Puppy – walked the dog with pauses.
c. Catch 22 – slow and fast retrieve, occasionally jerks and stops
d. Magic swimmer - slow and fast retrieve, occasionally jerks and stops
e. The original floating rapalas – one about 5” and one small one – floaters and have been my most productive lure. Tried slow, med. Fast retrieves, jerking and stopping on the retrieve and also just jerking it back
f. Zoom Fluke – unweighted so it would not sink too fast. Jerk, let it sink some, jerk etc…sometimes fast jerks, other times slow
Also threw a spinnerbait for good measure - one mainly white, 2 silver spinners and one mainly yellow, 1 gold and one silver spinner.
Now while I am throwing these, again not a frenzy, but fish are feeding on top with some sounding very big making huge splashes (startled me once it was so big). Channel is small now due to winter draw down. I am pretty much in the middle working the lures on either side and down the middle behind and in front of the boat. I would just get done working one area and minutes later a nice fish would come up and hit the baitfish in that same area.
Nothing on top, maybe I can get one down deeper to hit so I start throwing a Rat-L-Trap, chrome and blue on top, a small rapala dt and a medium size one . I also let the Zoom fluke drop down deeper thinking how could one of those fish not hit this "dying" baitfish drifting towards the bottom, struggling to stay alive (jerks)
Nothing. Thinking smaller may do it, I tried using a Gulp minnow, maybe 3” ? on just a jighead. Worked it shallow and deep.
I also threw some 4" Basstrix hollow body paddle tails and my 2nd most productive lure to date the Strike King Shadalicious. Of course when I say my most productive, in September I caught bass in the jumps and a couple of times I was catching one about every cast - but I could have probably thrown out tin foil and caught a fish.
Just a normal fishing day for me.
Oh, tackle – I am using spinning reels, a 3 older shimanos, a Pflueger President and a Okuma Trio 30S. Line is Stren 8 lb clear blue mono (for the blacklights), 2 of the rigs have about 10 feet of clear fluorocarbon “leaders”.
Some I was using small black snap swivels, couple had no swivels, tied directly to the line.
Any suggestions as to why I am so bad ? I used to think I was a decent angler but it turns out I was only emulating my brother and left on my own, I am absolutely horrible. This is a typical fishing day for me.
ANY suggestions, tips, info would be greatly appreciated. Water temps should stay around 58-60 until I get back out there probably Thursday.
while fishing at night... fish need to hear it or smell it.. there eye sight while way better than ours still isn't that good for what you did here in this post... you should try all these methods while fishing during day light or low light hours... not dark....
if still wanting to night fish, in my past experiences bait LIVE bait works the best SMELLS LIKE FOOD TASTE LIKE FOOD.. and then topwater bait such as poppers and jitter bug type bait work the best ... the louder the noise you make the better.... the best of luck in the future...