MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
It has been nearly a 3 month dry spell since the last time I caught a bass. August 26th was the last time I caught one to be exact. I am still new to the sport, I have only been fishing for about 8 months. I had a lot of luck in the beginning but the bite completely died in the summer basically. I have watched tons of tutorials on YouTube, been on bass resource, etc… nothing seems to work. Obviously, I am doing something wrong and it is driving me crazy.
You could say I am desperate…
I am looking for advice on what to use and where to go. I am in DFW and I do have a cheap kayak so I am somewhat able to do more than just bank fish. I am planning on fishing all day Saturday and Sunday, and also using live bait in addition to lures. I am really hoping to break the curse this weekend so any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance!
kwellstedGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
A set of questions I always consider : what is the water temp, are you fishing in current or slow/still water, is their structure or anything for the fish to hide around, is it bright and sunny or overcast?
Water temp will give you kind of an idea on what the fish are staged/ing at
If you are in current are you fishing moving baits across ambush points?
If you are in slow or still water are you contacting bottom or working top water
Pick apart structure from multiple angles
If it’s bright and sunny use realistic colors and move faster.
Overcast use different colors and go slower
Dangerfield85GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
I tend to repost this alot in these fishing subs, but it’s down right good information:
Go over to [Bassresource.com](https://bassresource.com/) and sign up, it’s free! Now visit the following threads first before you start exploring:
1. Guaranteed To Catch Bass – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/13845-guaranteed-to-catch-bass/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/13845-guaranteed-to-catch-bass/)
2. I just cant catch bass – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/76985-i-just-cant-catch-bass/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/76985-i-just-cant-catch-bass/)
3. Learning to fish on your own – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/80188-learning-to-fish-on-your-own/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/80188-learning-to-fish-on-your-own/)
4. After you’ve mastered the above, which is to slowdown and use a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG worm hook, a senko/stickbait, and a pegged weight. I would explore the following threads before going nuts on Black Friday and buying a bunch of shit that will catch your eye instead of fish:
1. NEED TACKLE ADVICE – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/3588-need-tackle-advice/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/3588-need-tackle-advice/)
2. The Magic Lure – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/6454-the-magic-lure/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/6454-the-magic-lure/)
3. best colors for certain times!?!?!?!? – [https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/79174-best-colors-for-certain-times/](https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/79174-best-colors-for-certain-times/)
FLORI_DUHGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Everyone who asks for help has the same problem: they’re seeking it from YouTube and forum comments. If you really want to improve, go fishing with someone who knows what they’re doing. You’ll learn more from a single day of firsthand observation than you will in a month of watching videos and fumbling around on your own.
Zildjian134GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Water temp under 60°= slow and steady on the bottom with a jig or worm and shaky head. Maybe slow roll or jig a spinner bait. I wouldn’t bother fishing in less than 4ft of water.
Temp between 65 and 75= top in the morning around edges and cover, crank and creature baits on dropoffs and cover.
Over 75= top before the sun fully peaks, cranks and jigs/plastics/creature baits around cover. They head deep and move slow. 85° is dangerous for bass.
Clear water= real colors such as shad and bluegill on cranks and white for spinners. Green pumpkin for plastics.
Stained and/or muddy= dark colors such as watermelon red and black/blue on jigs and plastics.
The rare dark water….where it looks almost black but has decent visibility = black/blue or watermelon red on plastics and red cranks/lipless cranks.
Even then, bass can be fickle. Never stick to just one style if it isn’t working. Mix up depth and speed until something works. Example: i was using a spinnerbait a couple months ago and couldn’t get shit to hit. Decided to be a smartass and bombed it a mile along a shoreline and reeled as fast as I could and started slammin them. Sometimes I throw a worm and bump it twice and let it sit for 5 seconds minimum before bumping again. Gotta mix it up. I’m also in Texas so our techniques shouldn’t vary terribly except for water clarity. Hope this helps.
Turneround08GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
What lures have you been trying?
b0whunter99GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
I was in the same boat, I started fishing this summer, caught lots early in season but started to get skunked once it got hot. I broke down and bought a nice fish finder and started fishing structure instead of beating the banks and have been killing it. You may not need a nice fish finder but start looking at maps and any info you can about the area you fish and try and find some off shore points, it doesn’t have to be deep water, most of my success is in the 5-15foot range
BmcnuggetsGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
At least for me in the Chesapeake bay its been a bit of a dry spell. I’m relatively new to fishing and I’m no expert but I’ve heard that the fish go down deeper as it gets colder because apparently its warmer down there. maybe try getting your bait/lures a bit deeper see if that helps
famaskillrGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Fall time call for a color change. Change up retrieval speeds too. Also, catch some live bait and try that.
CohoCharlieGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Just grind man, take some of the ideas here, make up some of your own and eventually something will click. Then you’ll know what to do at x time with y environmental variables with z technique. Better fisherman overall.
If there’s one ‘secret’ to fishing it’s covering water and making as many casts as possible. I don’t come from the bass world but I certainly see it on TV in bass tournements… to a ridiculous extent.
northernabguyGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Drown some worms under a bobber, or try a drop shot . Go someplace you have caught fish before. Every fish loves a big fat dew worm.
eliandpizzaGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Buy some googan baits