Later summer fishing is typicall pretty tough: bait is plentiful and mature and water temps are hot and low in oxygen. So fish are well-fed and lethargic; a bad combination for anglers. But then temps start to cool off and fishing improves dramatically. While many people are headed to the woods or watching football, fishing die-hards are enjoying some of the best fishing of the year.
Lakes start to turn over and fishing is tough again. Sometimes, downright terrible. After the turnover, the bite improves, but nevertheless, many anglers simply opt out during this time. So what are the signs of turnover? Can you fish DURING the turnover and have success? What strategies should you know about fall turnover? We’ve assembled this article to give you our advice.
In the spotlight this week was BGS’s own Louie Bartenfield joining up with Kim and Danny Stricker of the Hook n’ Look crew, to shoot an episode on Carter’s Lake right here in Georgia. The guys had an excellent few days fishing and filming on the water, and the footage obtained is certain to make for a very entertaining and informative show.
Imagine you are going to be put in front of a camera, to be watched by thousands of people, and asked to demonstrate to a celebrity host that you can catch fish ….but are only given one lure to do it! These are the circumstances Louie faced when Kim asked him to feature Strike King’s new Sexy Dawg top-water bait.
When Joe Thomas asked Louie Bartenfield (LB) when the best time of year was to get a 5 lb spot, he said “December”. We have been waiting 9 months for Joe to come back, after having shot an excellent episode of Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors last March. On Joe’s visit this week, he and Louie concentrated on bluff banks using the float-n-fly, jerkbaits, and deep swimming lures to pull up some really good fish. We won’t spoil the show, but we will tell you this: Joe got what he asked for!
Every once and a while, a lure comes along that deserves more attention than others. In the class of garden variety top water lures, there’s a new dog in the fight: Strike King’s KVD Sexy Dawg. If you’ve tried other top water, walking style lures without success, you need to give this one a look. We got our hands on a few of these new lures from Strike King, courtesy of Kim Stricker of Hook n’ Look TV, and were pleasantly surprised at the new offering. We were so impressed, in fact, we thought you should know about it. Here is our review…
Remember that science experiment you probably did when you were a kid, where you take a wire, wrap it around a nail, put a voltage to it, and magnetize the nail? Its not the coils that create the magnetic field. A magnetic field is present whenever electrical current passes through a wire. When you coil the wire around the nail, you concentrate the magnetic field onto the nail.
What does this have to do with sonar noise? Magnetic fields and electro-magnetic radiation are going to be present around ANY wire carrying current, and will cause small perturbations in the voltage of nearby wires. The little nail-wire experiement is evidence of this effect. Your sonar is designed to detect extremely small signals, and the very nature of its operation makes it susceptible to interference.
The worst offender is your trolling motor system, but it is not the only source. Noise can come from many sources. The question isn’t “how do you eliminate electro-magnetic radiation”, its “how do you deal with it?” Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of great information out there on how to deal with sonar noise, so we’ve put together this guide to help.
Here is a fishing topic that is very important to finding fish when conditions are tough but very few people know anything about: fishing deep timber. Late summer can be one of the toughest times of year to fish, and for most anglers it goes something like this:
You try a variety of lures up near the banks, probably throwing top-water lures at morning’s first light, but don’t have any takers. Then you go deeper with spinnerbaits and crank baits but they don’t seem to want to chase, so you go to the bottom with finesse lures and move out a little deeper. Maybe a few bites, but still painfully slow. Then you move out to the humps and main lake points, but by that time, the sun is up and its hot, and fish are locked down. You end the day with little more than a sunburn to show for your efforts.
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