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Lake Seminole Fishing Report November 2008

GON Staff | October 28, 2008

Seminole: Level: 6 inches below full pool. Temp: 67-70 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Good said Matt Baty. “The Recent BFL regional was won by flipping grass mats in the Spring Creek area,” Matt said. “This is a good pattern to win tournaments as long as the grass is still matted. Fish the grass points in Spring Creek that have topped-out hydrilla. Use a 1- to 1 1/2-oz. unpainted Tru-Tungsten lead. The unpainted Tru-Tungsten is very shiny and gives off a lot of flash to imitate a shad while busting down through the hydrilla. The best bait to use for flipping is a 6-inch Kriet Kreature made by Big-Bite Baits. Any color that has green or watermelon in it works well. I have used many different baits for flipping deep grass, and this bait is absolutely the best because of the action of the legs and tentacles. They also make it in a BioBait formula which is a biodegrable-type plastic that fish hold onto longer. Flipping works all day, but it works better in bright-sun conditions with little wind. Another pattern for catching fall bass this month is fishing flats on the main lake with submerged hydrilla and milfoil. Watch for needle fish on the flats. Needle fish are a good indicator that shad are present. Bass will eat them too! Flats in the 4- to 5-foot range work best. If the wind is blowing, throw Rat-L-Traps over the grass and rip them. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in magic or spooky-shad color works well. If there is no wind, take a Big-Bite Baits Kriet worm in 6-inch watermelon seed on a 1/4-oz. Tru-Tungsten lead and swim it over the grass. Use a steady, slow retrieve. This pattern will catch numbers of fish! As the cold weather approaches, the grass will begin to die off rapidly. More shad will move up on the flats. This will make the Trap bite even better!” According to guide Mike Sloan, the Trap bite is on fire. At a Saturday, Oct. 25 club tournament, the winning weight of 24 pounds was caught exclusively on a 5/8-oz. Rat-L-Trap. Ghost shad and red are go-to colors, Mike said.

Linesides: Slow. Mike said the fish have spread out, and the lineside bite has slowed considerably. He said they are catching a few white bass while fishing the grass lines for speckled perch, and that there are a few hybrids still in the springs. Mike said if you want to try and catch some hybrids, go to one of the springs and fish a jigging spoon or downline live shad.

Crappie:
Very good. “It’s no problem to go out and catch a limit,” Mike said. “We’re catching some slabs, too — in the 2-lb. range.” They can be caught either on the grass lines or on the deep stump fields. Mike said to fish the grass lines in 8 to 10 feet of water with a black/chartreuse jig. He said style and size don’t matter, just throw it to the grass line and reel it in slow and steady. “We’ve found them all over,” he said. The bites on the Flint and the Chattahoochee seem to be a little better than at Spring Creek.

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