Published Mar 30. 2007 - 14 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Big shy Largemouth Bass

I am again looking for advise about shy Largemouth Bass. One of the small three acre ponds that I fish has huge Bluegills and a good number of bass. Some of the bass are in the trophy range. Lately, as the water warms, I have been catching some massive gills. On at least five occasions this past week, while bringing in a big Bluegill, a huge bass has made gigantic swirls swiping at the gill. They hit and almost grab the big gill but not quite. I have tried hollow fleyes of the appropriate color, clousers, bucktails, feather wings, shad immitations. Sinking. Floating. Slow. Fast. Dahlberg Divers. Pig boats. Please send help!

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Esox, I know exactly how you...

Esox, I know exactly how you feel , those big bass just staring at you can drive any one insane, but they are catchable...... I have beed down the road of matching the natural baitfish without luck........but then I tried something different...a #10 red tailed black woolybugger - and the big bass just slowly swam forward, and inhaled the bugger......
might be worth a trie.....just make sure the fish don't see you.

Tight lines !

Thanks for the advise. I had...

Thanks for the advise. I had a few of those exact flies with me but just didn't think about them. I was trying to match with Bluegills. I should have known that the big bass were just reacting to the struggleing fish. We have a big high pressure on us today and tomorrow with the full moon tonight. Then a big disturbance tomorrow night into Wednesday. Should be perfect at sunset tomorrow. I'll let you know.

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