Matt is a local Lake Seminole angler and will be reporting to us throughout the month after his days on the water. His knowledge of Bass Fishing and Lake Seminole will be an asset to this site. Thanks Matt! Click here to see the 2011 Lake Seminole Reports
Date: Saturday, January 7th 2012
Lake Seminole - Near Full Pool. 59 degrees. Slight Stain
Bass - Great. The recent cold front cooled down the water temperatures and really grouped the fish up in tight schools. Look for grass points that are close to the edge of sandbars, as the fish will use these as staging areas. To catch fish off of these areas, use two crankbaits. A Spro Little John in Nasty Shad works well on the shallower points from 3-5 feet of water. This bait has a circuit board lip and has tremendous action and comes through the grass really good. The other crankbait goes a little deeper and does not have a rattle. It is a Stanford Cedar Shad, the Razor Shad in Medium Diver. Any shad color will work. This bait is extremely bouyant and floats out of the grass really well. I would definitely change the hooks on it, though, to size 2 Gamakatsu EWG Treble Hooks. Another pattern that is emerging is flipping dead hyacinths on the Chattahoochee River. Look for dead hyacinths in the pockets or canals off of the main river and flip a Big Bite Baits Yo Daddy in Black/Blue with a 1 1/2 oz. tungsten wieght. Use a 4/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm Hook and 65 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid.
Date: January 19th 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 59 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. Bass are biting really well right now all over the lake. I've gotten some reports of people catching them on lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits. The lipless crankbait bite can be a little frustrating with all of the coots on the lake pulling up the hydrilla. There are still good defined grasslines, but most of the fish that are being caught have moved off of the grasslines and can be caught up on the flats. To locate fish, fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. Fish the bait on the flats and yo-yo it and rip it free from the hydrilla. A lot of people have gone to 30 lb. braid with this technique, but I prefer Sunline Shooter Flourocarbon in 20 lb. This seems to work better and does not rip the hooks out of the fishes mouth when you hook a big one. Once you locate a school of fish and catch all that you can on the Aruku Shad, then you can throw a suspending jerkbait in on the same fish and they will more then likely nail it! A good suspending jerkbait to use is a Spro McStick 110 in Blue Bandit. The 5-10 second pause when you work this bait is what really drives the fish crazy. If the bite gets really slow, you can slow down and fish a weightless stick bait in the same areas. Use a 6" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in watermelon.
Date: January 29th 2012
Lake Seminole - Full Pool. Slight Stain. 63 degrees.
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are bedding right now, as crazy as that may sound. Look in the backwater areas for sandy spots where the bass can be located. When a bedding bass is located, use a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in Chartruese Blue Gill or Watermelon Red Ghost as a way to entice strikes. I have used a lot of baits before, but this one is the best I have ever used for a bedding bass. There are still numerous patterns that can catch pre-spawn fish all over the lake. Fish the edge of bedding areas such as sandbars on the main lake with a lipless crankbait. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red is a great bait and can really catch them when fished correctly. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper in order to keep the bait a little higher in the water column in order to tick it and rip it free from the hydrilla. It may take a little time to find a school of fish, but once you do there are usually many more in the area to catch.
Date: February 10th 2012
Lake Seminole - down 1 ft., stained a bit, 60 degrees
Bass - Fair. The bass are biting okay, but they are sort of hard to pattern. Some people are reporting nice catches on lipless crankbaits, but they say the fish are super shallow in 3ft or less. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad Jr. in Red Crawfish Color and rip it from the grass. To get the bait super shallow, I recommend using a heavy line such as a 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper. This bait comes with Gamakatsu Trebles, so there is no need to change the hooks. Another good bait for this same pattern is to fish a square lip crankbait such as a Stanford Lures Patriot 1.5 in Summer color. I would use the same line setup as the lipless crankbait for this pattern. Another good pattern that is going to work extememly well with the upcoming cold front is flipping hyacinths or grass near spawning areas. When flipping, there is only one bait to use in my opinion and that is a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Team this up with a flipping rod, Sunline FX2 Braid, and a 1 1/2 oz tungsen, and your ready to go!
Date: February 23rd 2012
Lake Seminole - Slightly Stained, 62 degrees, 0.46 feet below full pool
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass have moved up heavily on the beds now and there is also a lot of nice fish cruising around bedding areas in the shallows. One good technique to use right now is to keep your trolling motor in about 70 % and ride and look for bedding bass to catch. While you are looking there are several baits that you can fish around in the bedding areas that will catch nice fish. The first is a shallow running crankbait such as a Spro Fat John in Clear Chartreuse or a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Summer color. I like to use heavy flourocarbon when fishing these two baits to keep them running shallow such as 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper. The other technique to use in these areas is to swim a Big Bite Baits 7" Sugar Cane worm. This bait has a paddle tail action and when texas rigged, you can swim it through grass and lily pads much like a swimbait. Once you find a bedding fish, then it is time to drop the Power-Poles (which are great for shallow fishing!) and begin trying to entice the fish to bite. The best bait on the market right now for sight fishing is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth. This bait is extremely awesome for bedding bass. There are several great colors to use, but I really like the Chartreuse Blue Gill color. It is a little tricky trying to rig this bait, but the Big Bite Baits website has an illustration of how to rig it on a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook. Also when bed fishing, use a co-polymer line with a little strectch such as 16-22 lb. Sunline Machinegun Cast.
Date: March 3rd 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, slightly stained, 65 degrees
Bass - Good. The bass are shallow right now and are spawning. Some bass have already spawned and are getting ready for a post-spawn feeding frenzy. For spawning bass, look for sandy areas in 1-4 feet of water. Most bass will have a crater fanned out with shell present and the bed will be easy to locate. Once you have located a bedding bass, there are several baits that will entice strikes. I have been having success using two baits - a Big Bite Baits Warmouth and Big Bite Baits 8" Kriet Tail Lizard (colors really don't make that much of a difference - I usually try and match a bream color). I usually go with the Warmouth first, and then if the bass won't bite, most of the time they will bite the lizard. When rigging both of these baits, use a 1/4 tungsten and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. While searching for bedding bass, you can throw a shallow running crankbait around pepper grass and hydrilla beds. When using this technique I go with two different crankbaits. Either a Stanford Cedar Shad Patriot 1.5 in Summer color, or a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad.
Date: March 14th 2012
Lake Seminole - Near full pool. Muddy on the upper end of Creek and Flint River. Slight Stain everywhere else. Water Temp - 75 degrees.
Bass - Good. The bass are either spawning or in their post-spawn mode. With the muddy water, there are only a few areas of the lake that has visibility enough to find bedding fish. The lower end of the lake near the dam has fairly clear water. Look for bedding bass on sandbars with shell present. The shell indicates a hard bottom. If you find a bass on bed, lower your Power-Poles and try to entice a strick by aggravating the fish with a Texas-rig bait of your choice. While cruising the shallows looking for bedding fish, you can fish many different baits that will catch fish. One bait that works really well is a Big Bite Baits Wacky Stick in watermelon red. Rig this bait with a 2/0 Gamakatsu Wicked Wacky Hook. The best places to use it is around sand and vegetation such as lily pad stems and grass. Use 20 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon as it is extremely limp and strong. For post-spawn fish, try fishing breaklines that are closest to spawning areas. Most of these breaklines will have hydrilla present, so throwing a crankbait is a good idea. Two crankbaits work well for this technique. In water 7-10 feet, throw a Standford Razor Shad Medium Diver in Summer patter and for breaks deeper than that, throw a Spro Little John Baby DD in Nasty Shad.
Date: March 21st 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, slightly stained, 75 degrees
Bass - Good. The bass are shallow right now and are spawning. Some bass have already spawned and are getting ready for a post-spawn feeding frenzy. For spawning bass, look for sandy areas in 1-4 feet of water. Most bass will have a crater fanned out with shell present and the bed will be easy to locate. Once you have located a bedding bass, there are several baits that will entice strikes. I have been having success using two baits - a Big Bite Baits Warmouth and Big Bite Baits 8" Kriet Tail Lizard (colors really don't make that much of a difference - I usually try and match a bream color). I usually go with the Warmouth first, and then if the bass won't bite, most of the time they will bite the lizard. When rigging both of these baits, use a 1/4 tungsten and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook and at least 16 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon. Double Power-Poles are really nice when bed fishing! While searching for bedding bass, you can throw a shallow running crankbait around pepper grass and hydrilla beds. When using this technique I go with two different crankbaits, either a Stanford Cedar Shad Patriot 1.5 in Summer color, or a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. For post-spawn fish, fish the first and second breaklines that are near the sandbars. The first breakline usually ranges from 7-10 feet and the second breakline usually ranges from 10-15 feet. The bass will usually be on one or the other. The best breaklines are the ones that have hydrilla growing from the bottom and contain a lot of points and cuts in the grass. You can fish the areas with a crankbait, spinnerbait, or a Carolina-Rigged Finesse Worm.
Date: April 5th 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, 75 degrees, stained
Bass - Fair. The bass are nearing the tail end of the spawn and can mostly be caught on a post spawn shad pattern. The shad are spawning in backwater areas of the Chattahoochee River. Look for areas with grass and lily pads on the surface, as the shad will use these areas to spawn. The shad spawn only lasts for about 30 minutes in the early morning hours, so you have to get these areas quickly. To catch bass from these areas, use a topwater bait such as Spro Dawg 100 in Old Glory on Sunline FX2 50 lb. braided line. You can also catch these fish on a swimbait such as a Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in Shad Color or White. You can rig this bait on a Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline Hook and use braid or heavy flourocarbon to swim it through the pads and grass. Once the shad spawn is over, head back to the main lake and fish on the edge of the spawning flats with a crankbait. A Stanford Medium Razor Shad in Summer Color is a good bait to fish on the edge of the grasslines near these areas.
Date: April 12th 2012
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches, stained 74 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The fish are starting to group up together in schools and are beginning the post-spawn patterns. Look for the first breaklines that are near the edge of the spawning flats. These breaklines can range anywhere from 7-10 feet or 11-20 feet. The fish will be relating to both of these depths depending on which area of the lake you are fishing. There are several different techniques to use to catch fish off of the these areas. My personal favorite is to fish a crankbait. There are 2 crankbaits that are working particularly well on Seminole right now. The first one is a new one by Spro called a Fat Papa 70. I like the Tennessee River Gizzard Shad Pattern as it is different than anything else on the lake that anyone is throwing. This bait runs about 7-10 feet so it will work real well on those shallow breaklines. You need to fish this bait on 14 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon. The other crankbait that works will is a Stanford Cedar Shad in the Deep version. Summer color is the best one and this bait runs to depths of 12-14 ft on 12 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon. Once you find a school of fish and they quit biting the crankbait, then switch to a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in white. Fish this bait on 10 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon in order to get it to its maximum depths. Fish it as deep as you can and slow in order to entice strikes from post-spawn fish. Use a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline Monster Hook, because this is a big bait.
Date: April 20th 2012
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches, stained, 77 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The fish are starting to group up together in schools and are beginning the post-spawn patterns. Look for the first breaklines that are near the edge of the spawning flats. These breaklines can range anywhere from 7-10 feet or 11-20 feet. The fish will be relating to both of these depths depending on which area of the lake you are fishing. There are several different techniques to use to catch fish off of the these areas. My personal favorite is to fish a crankbait. There are 2 crankbaits that are working particularly well on Seminole right now. The first one is a new one by Spro called a Fat Papa 70. I like the Tennessee River Gizzard Shad Pattern as it is different than anything else on the lake that anyone is throwing. This bait runs about 7-10 feet so it will work real well on those shallow breaklines. You need to fish this bait on 14 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon. The other crankbait that works well is a Stanford Cedar Shad in the Deep version. Summer color is the best one and this bait runs to depths of 12-14 ft on 12 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon. Once you find a school of fish and they quit biting the crankbait, then switch to a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Pearl or Alewife. Fish this bait on 10 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon in order to get it to its maximum depths. I like to insert a little nail weight into the head of the bait in order to get it down a little deeper and give it more action. Fish it as deep as you can and slow in order to entice strikes from post-spawn fish. Use a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline Monster Hook, because this is a big bait.
Date: May 10 2012
Lake Seminole - down 1 foot, clear, 82 degrees
Bass - Good. The topwater bite is really starting to pick up. Start the early mornings off near shallow grass with a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream Color. After the topwater bite is over, look for fish that are relating to main lake grass points and grass lines. The grass has yet to top out completely, but can be found using your electronics. A good place to start looking is from the firebreak down to ship island which is the little island at the end of Sealy's flats. There are numerous points and dips in this grasslines and it is capable of holding tons of fish. After the Sun comes up, try some shallow cranking and Carolina-rigging, which is the two best techniques for catching fish in these conditions. Use the crankbait for locating grass and fish, and then slow down with the Carolina-rig once you have located a school of fish. A really good crankbait for this type of fishing is a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. This bait has tremendous action and really has a good feel when using a good flourocarbon line such as 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper. You want to crank it down until you feel the grass, then slow it down and work it methodically through the grass. Sometimes you may have to rip it free from the grass to draw a reaction strike. The Carolina-Rig works better on points that have shad present. For the rig, use a 1 1/4 oz. bullet weight and a long leader. Use a 2/0 Gamakatsu Off-set Shank hook and a 6" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. Fish it slow through the grass and make sure to use a good sensitive rod to feel for light bites.
Date: May 17 2012
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches. Clear. 83 degrees
Bass - Fair. The bass are somewhat biting on Seminole right now. The topwater bite is really good. Look for shallow pepper grass beds to start on in the mornings with a Spro Popping Frog in Natural Green or Nasty Shad. Use 65 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid for the frog, as it works really well on casting and gets the fish out of the thick cover. Another good bait for fishing these same areas is a Stanford Turbo Shad in Bull Bream color. This is another option for topwater time. After the early morning topwater bite, go over to Spring Creek and fish 11-14 ft grasslines with a Texas-Rig 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia. Use a 1/4 oz. tungsten weight and a 4/0 Gamakastu Offset-Shank Worm hook. I like flourocarbon with this technique b/c it is extremely sensitive and has low visibility.
Date: June 8 2012
Lake Seminole - down 1 ft., clear, 80 degrees
Bass fishing is good. The frog bite is one of the better techniques happening right now on Seminole. There are basically two different techniques for frogging that seem to be working well. Swimming a 3.5" Bite Baits Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl over the tops of matted grass has been working real well when fish are in a chasing mood. You can usually tell when that fish are in this type of mood, because you will see the bass chasing minnows, bream, and shad up in the grass. When this type of action is present, use the swimming technique with the top toad. For this method, I like to use a heavy action rod with 20 lb. Sunline Super Fluorocarbon. The best hook for this frog is a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG. If you are not seeing much action in the grass, then the bass are probably inactive and they may want a slower presentation. There is no better frog on the market right now than the Spro Bronzeye Popper. Working the popper can be a bit tricky, but really there is no right or wrong way, just experiment with the bait and make sure you get it to pop when retrieving. Color depends on how bright the sky is. On bright, sunny days use a Natural Green, Green Tree, or Toad. On dark, cloudy days use a darker color such as Natural Red or Rainforest Black. Look for holes in the grass and work the frog over the holes with a fast steady retrieve. When you fish over the tops of mats, slow the bait down. For this technique, you need a longer rod and heavy braid. Use 50 to 60 pound Sunline FX2 braid and a long rod. Power Poles come in handy with this technique b/c you can drop them and fish areas thoroughly.
Date: June 16th 2012
Lake Seminole - down 1 ft, clear, 81 degrees
Bass - Good. The bass are biting pretty good on the rivers right now. Frog fishing is the way to go right now. Look for matted vegetation such as lily pads or scum and fish a Spro Bronzeye 65 in Rainforest Black. Make sure you use heavy braid such as 60 lb. Sunline FX2. The frog bite works real well in sunny, bright conditions when the bass are looking for deep cover. Another good pattern for the summer conditions is to flip deep grass in Spring Creek. Look for hydrilla lines in Spring Creek that are 10-14 ft deep and flip a Big Bite Baits Swimming Craw in Black/Blue with a 1 oz tungsten sinker and a Gamakatsu 4/0 Hvy cover worm hook. If these two patterns are not working, a topwater plug around shallow pepper grass with bream present has been working real well. A great plug for this technique is a Stanford Turbo Shad in bream color.
Date: June 24th 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 84 degrees
Bass Fishing - Fair. The fish are somewhat biting, but are not really tearing it up. Most days are a grind and depending on the type of weather, a consistent pattern can be hard to find. The best techique is to fish grasslines that are close to bends in the Flint River around the Jack Wingate's area. A buzzbait or a walking bait are two good choices to start out with early in the morning before the sun comes up. A Spro Dawg 100 in Old Glory comes with gamakatsu hooks and is a great walking bait. Due to the thick hydrilla, it is best to fish this bait with braided line such as 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. After the sun comes up, you can fish these same areas a little slower with a soft plastic jerkbait such as a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Watermelon. This bait is heavy and has a big profile so it sinks relatively fast, and can be fished strategically in the 4-6ft range. When this pattern slows down, you basically have two choices on what to do later in the day. You can either flip matted hydrilla or fish pads with a frog. For flipping, look for grasslines in the 10-14 feet range and use a 1 1/4 oz. tungsten weight with a Big Bite Baits Swimming Craw in Tilapia. For pad fishing, the best areas are over on the Chattahoochee River, and you need to throw a Spro Bronzeye 65 in Rainforest Yellow.
Date: June 29th 2012
Lake Seminole - 87 degrees, clear, 6 inches down
Bass - Tough. The recent heat wave have really hunkered the bass down in tight cover. You can still catch some fish early in the mornings on topwater prop baits such as a Stanford Lures Razor Shad in Summer pattern. This bait imitates baitfish such as bream breaking the surface of the water. After the morning bite is over, you can either flip heavy cover or throw frogs over matted vegetation such as lily pads. The best flipping setup is a 1 1/2 oz. tungsten sinker, a 4/0 Gamakatsu Hvy Cover Wm Hk, and Big Bite Baits Swimming Craw in Black/Blue. Look for grass points in Spring Creek or the main lake that are 8-12 ft. deep with bait present. When frog fishing, opt for a heavy cover setup with 60 lb. Suline Braid, a heavy action rod, and a Spro Bronzeye 65 Frog in Rainforest Black or Natural Green. There are massive pad fields on the lower end of the Chattahoochee River and the fish can be in any group of pads at any time.
Date: July 13th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, 89 degrees, clear
Bass fishing is fair. There is a good topwater bite in the early morning daylight hours on grasslines that are near the river channel. Fish a Stanford Turbo Shad in Summer Color. The Turbo Shad is double prop bait that resembles an injured shad on the surface of the water. After the morning bite is over with, you can fish the same areas with a Texas-Rigged 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Worm in Tilapia color. Use a 5/16 oz tungsten sinker, 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset-shank worm hook. This technique is somewhat slow, but can generate some more strikes throughout the day. If cloudy, rainy weather is present, you can pretty much stick with topwater all day on grasslines near deeper water. A buzzbait is your best bet to cover a lot of water and find more aggressive fish.
Date: July 29th, 2012
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches, clear, 90 degrees.
Bass fishing is good and despite the heat, the fish are still biting. There is still a good early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Fish any topped-out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these spots with either a Texas rigged 6/10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce sinker. If fish are actively feeding and there is current present, a Spro Little John Baby DD in Nasty Shad works real well in these same areas. Make sure to use a good glass cranking rod with a med/hvy action and Sunline Flourocarbon FC Sniper 12 lb.
Date: August 16th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down .94 feet, clear, 90 degrees
Bass Fishing - Well the dog days of summer are here and the bass can really hit or miss. If you start early in the right location you really need to be throwing a buzzbait or a topwater propbait such as a Stanford Turbo Shad. Look for grassbeds that are near ditches with at least 10 feet of water right next to the grasslines. If there are holes in the grass, you need to be throwing a buzzing or gurling frog. A Big Bite Baits Top Toad is a good bait to use and catches really big bass on Seminole. Big Bite will soon have the buzzing Warmouth out and it is going to be an absolute hammer on Seminole. When throwing the Top Toad in the grass, you need heavy 60 lb. Sunline FX2 braid, and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. This is the best hook to rig this bait b/c it fits it perfectly. After the sun comes up, get out your flipping sticks and flip, flip, flip. You may have to go 1000 yards down a grassline before you get a bite, but the fish seem to have been grouped up in the grass so when you get a bite, you most likely will get another.
Date: September 24th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, 82 degrees, clear
Bass - Fair to Good. Bass fishing can be great on Seminole if you find the right area and are throwing the right baits. Early in the morning, look for shad and bream present on main lake grasslines. Throw a white Spro Superstar Spinnerbait and a white buzzbait in these areas. This year, the lake is covered with hydrilla growing everywhere. The fish can be really hard to find, especially during the day after the morning bite. The best technique is flipping. Just choose a grassline and go down it flipping. The best setup for flipping is a 7 1/2 to 8 ft rod with 60 lb. Sunline FX2 braid, a 1 1/2 oz Tungsten, and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flipping Hook. The bait of choice is easy - a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Green Pumpkin or Tilapia. This setup allows you to fish fast and cover a lot of water. When you get a bite, there is a good chance that there are some more fish in the area, so slow down and fish the area thoroughly. This pattern will hold up all the way through November, until the grass starts dying back. Then it will be time to start throwing some shallow running and lipless crankbaits.
Date: October 19th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 79 degrees
Bass - Slow. The bass are on the move chasing shad up and down the creek so they can be somewhat hard to find and catch. Once you find a school of fish, they can be caught swimming a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in reel shad on a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG weighed hook. My partner and I won the 2nd Annual $10,000 Bainbridge City Tournament swimming this bait over the tops of submerged grass points in Spring Creek. We used 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon with the setup. We also caught some fish flipping deep grass using a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma color. Power Poles come in real handy when you're flipping cause when you catch a fish, you can deploy them down to stay in place. I have found that you can even deploy them in deep water over thick grass and they will still hold you in place. Another thing that makes them unique is that they extend outward, so I have even used them to extend over the tops of stumps in Spring Creek to hold my boat in place.
Date: October 29th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, 74 degrees, clear
Bass - Fair. The bass are somewhat slow as of right now, but should really start picking up with the cooler weather. There is still a bunch of grass all over the lake and the best bite is fishing in the grass. To find fish, you can start by throwing a lipless crankbait on the edge of grasslines. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory is good bait for Seminole. The best grasslines are on the main lake where the Flint, Spring Creek, and the Hooch all come together near the Indian Mounds. These areas can hold fish at all times of the year. If the lipless crankbait doesn't work, then flipping is also still good on Seminole. The lower end of Spring Creek is a good place to flip. When flipping, use 60 lb. Sunline Froggin and Flippin Braid with a 1 1/2 oz. tungsten sinker and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. The best flipping bait on Seminole is a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. As the cooler weather sinks in, the bite will pick up and fish will be a little easier to catch.
Date: November 8th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down nearly 1 foot, clear, 72 degrees
Bass - Fair. The bass are still just really not biting. There was a 2 day tournament over the weekend with some very good anglers, and it only took about 12-13 lbs a day to be in the top. My hypothesis is that there is still way too much grass all over the lake. This cooler weather should start making the grass die back, but until then flipping is going to be your best bet. When flipping, you need to look for grass points that are near ditches where fish will start migrating chasing shad. There are numerous types of flipping baits, hooks, and tungsten weights on the market right now. It gets confusing when trying to pick the right combination of baits. With much experience flipping grass on Seminole, I have narrowed my choice down to this - a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook, and a new Tungsten weight designed by a company call Fish Catchin Fool Bait Company. They make a Tungsten Weight that is EcoFriendly, it is insert free (which is key), and has a narrow opening so that your bobber stoppers will not get stuck inside of the weight. They also have a black powdercoat finish that is almost impossible to chip off. These are some really great weights that you need to check out at http://www.fishcatchinfool.com/. The emerging pattern to look for in the coming months is a lipless crankbait and a shallow running crankbait bite. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or Mudbug Red is a good trap and a Stanford Raz-r Shad in a shad color is a good crankbait for the shallow grass.
Date: December 8th, 2012
Lake Seminole - Down 6 inches, clear, 65 degrees
Bass - Good. It's December and it feels more like springtime. The lake is still slam full of grass and the water temps have not yet even reached down into the 50's. The bass are still on a fall/summer pattern on the lake. There are a few fish to be caught on lipless crankbaits and shallow running crankbaits, but you have to fish grass edges, because the flats are covered with grass and are inaccessible. There are two good options for cranking. The first is to fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red or Old Glory and the 2nd option is to fish a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Tennessee Color. The Stanford lure is made of Cedar and has tremendous bouyancy when fishing through the grass. I fish both of these set-ups with 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon line. Another pattern that is still working is flipping deep grass in Spring Creek. This is a technique that is usually only good through October, but with the warm weather and the abundant grass, it is still a good way to catch big uns. For flipping, look for submerged grass points in about 10-12 foot of water. Use a 1 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, along with a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook, and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Always use at least 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flippin Braid for this technique.
Date: December 15th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 58 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The cooler water temperatures have really gotten the bass fired up on the main lake. Look for areas on the main lake on the Chattahoochee side. The grass is still very thick, so you have to fish grass edges instead of flats. Two really good patterns that are working extrememly well are throwing a lipless crankbait and a square bill crankbait through the grass. A good lipless crankbait is a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. This is a crawfish color and is notorious for catching big bass on Seminole. The best shallow running crankbait to throw is a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Summer pattern. This crankbait is made of cedar, so it floats up out of the grass extremely well. Use 20 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon with both of these techniques. Another pattern that is emerging on the lake right now is flipping dead or dying water hyacinths on the Hooch. There is an abundant amount of dead hyacinths floating up and down the river right now. Any of them can hold good fish, so you just have to search until you find the right ones. When flipping, use a 1 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight, along with a Fish Catchin Fool bobber stopper, a 3/0 Gamakatsu Hvy Cover Hook, and a Big Bite Baits Yo Daddy in Black/Blue. Use at least 60lb. Sunline Froggin and Flippin Braid with this technique.
Date: December 28th, 2012
Lake Seminole - down 6 inches, clear, 57 degrees
Bass Fishing - Good. The bass are starting to bite real well with the cooler water temperatures. The main lake grasslines are still the best places on the lake, however, Spring Creek is starting to pick up as well. The lipless crankbait bite is your best bet on the main lake. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on main lake grasslines. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon or 30 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid for this technique. Ditches and points are the best places in these areas. If the lipless crankbait bite slows down, you can use a slower presentation with a square lip crankbait such as a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad color. Another good pattern is to fish a drop shot in Spring Creek. This can be a tricky technique, but with good electonics such as the new Lowrance HDS Touch Screens, the task is MUCH easier. Spring Creek is full of standing timber, but there are some irregularities thoughout the timber such as larger stumps/trees, ditches, and creek channels. Use your electonics to find the fish and use the drop shot to catch them. The drop shot should have 7 lb. Sunline Flourocarbon, a 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook, and a Fish Catchin Fool 3/16 oz Tungsten sinker with a bobber stopper to hold it in place. Most people use a drop shot sinker, but the Fish Catchin Fool worm weight works best because of the black finish on the lead being less spooky to the fish. For bait of choice, any straight shank finesse worm will work, but a Big Bite Baits shakin squirrel is about the best on the market.