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Pondering Lake Tapps Tournament - Condition Change
07/18/22 at 09:35:28
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First, thanks to Don for running a great tournament.  But I've been left scratching my head.  Saturday Randy and I had a great day of catching bass, and on Sunday it went down hill.  Normally when that happens, the weather or water conditions change and it's obvious why.  But the weather and water conditions stayed consistent both days.

BUT... the one thing that was noticeably different pertained to the bait/pan fish.  On  Sunday, the little guys wouldn't leave our baits alone.  In fact we caught a rock bass and several perch.  But our baits were pecked at most of the day.  And the bass were few and far between.

Ironically, the day before, when the fishing was great, we were never bothered by the little guys and had no evidence of their presence.

I'm trying to figure out the connection between the presence of the bait fish and the bass catching.  What do you think? ...were the little guys active the second day because the bass weren't? Or was their absence on the first day due to the presence of roaming tiger muskie (and we did catch one on the first day). 

Maybe you have a theory or two you'd like to share?  After the fact, it's just speculation, but I'd love to hear what you think.  I'm stumped, and obviously missing something... what do you think?
  
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Re: Pondering Lake Tapps Tournament - Condition Change
Reply #1 - 07/21/22 at 07:26:58
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I've thought some more about this, and the only real conclusion I can come to is that on Sunday, the bait/pan fish were obviously not afraid of being eaten and were now able to freely focus on foraging,  (hence, constantly pecking at our presentations).  I've been curious as to why they weren't nervous or absent like the day before.

Have you ever seen underwater videos where large bass were surrounded by smaller food fish, ...somehow they sensed the predator was not in an eating mood.  But later, they sensed a slight change in the bass's behavior and they cleared out fast.  And sure enough, the bass slowly went on the hunt for dinner.

The only conclusion I can come to is that on Saturday, either the bass or muskie were on the hunt, (which explains why we so successfully caught both on day one).  Hence, the pan/bait fish made themselves scarce, perhaps hiding in the deep/thick weeds. 

But on day 2, there was a change in the predator's behavior (perhaps caused by a barometric change?) that put them in a negative mood.  Sensing this, the little guys came out to play.  They felt safe enough to spread out all over the large submerged flat (long hump) that we were targeting.

Does this theory make any sense?  And if so... if I had figured this out early enough on day 2, what adjustments should I have made?  Rather than sticking to the same game plan as day 1, should I have shifted locations?  ...seeking similar underwater humps, hoping to find active bass?  Would it have made any difference?

Hard to believe no one has a theory or opinion on this... Wink
  
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Re: Pondering Lake Tapps Tournament - Condition Change
Reply #2 - 07/24/22 at 18:34:03
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In the salt water, it takes a couple days for the fish to digest the food after a good bite. So a lights out bite one day can be lead to a slow bite the next.

Some dude that used to fish live crawdads in California told me it takes a couple days to digest especially a trout.

Not sure it's pertinent but may que some thoughts.
  
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Re: Pondering Lake Tapps Tournament - Condition Change
Reply #3 - 07/25/22 at 18:27:48
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Definitely an interesting theory.  Something to think about!  Thanks...
  
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Re: Pondering Lake Tapps Tournament - Condition Change
Reply #4 - 07/27/22 at 18:00:35
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When Ron and I side scanned the shore end of the hump (the north end of that same bay you were fishing) all we saw was grass and an occasional stump or lay down. I decided to throw a big swimbait because the little fish were destroying or smaller baits (ned rigs and dropshot Sniper bolts). On my 2nd or 3rd cast, I hooked a good keeper that was part of what we call a Rat Pack. There was 3 other good keepers with it, right to the boat. I think those fish were cruising around pushing bait. If you were in em, the Angel's sang. If you weren't, you were simply casting for practice. When we hooked one, we would immediately catch another (or
two), then, long spells of practice casting again. I know if we hadn't seen the other fish, we would have given up on that area after 30 minutes. This same thing occurs at Roosevelt...
  

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