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Today we were fishing and we didn't do very well :( The Vexilar said there were fish down there but we weren't getting very many bites. We tried every teardrop we had and all kinds of stuff but they jsut weren't biting. Do you guys have any tricks to get them to bite when they don't want to?
 

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That's why you need a CAMERA ! Put it down and see WHAT kind of fish they are and what else is going on down there. How they are reacting to your various presentations etc. (If they were even fish !):eek:

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Try a single spike on a very small hook. 14 or smaller. I used on a dropper under a jig and worked good on gills that would not hit anything else.
 

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...Crack a beer and enjoy a general BS session with my fishing partners!
 

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I agree with move! If fish are there and not biting in about a half hour to 45 minutes it's Time to try else where!
Whale, get your head out of there!;)

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Move, Move, and Move again, like the other's have mentioned. I was out yesterday and couldn't get any to bite. I moved alot and jigged very erratic and then they would hit. Would jig like this for a minute then let it settle down, then repeat, this did the trick. ALothough I couldn't get the hook into 'em, but they were hitting after doing this. I tried minnows but couldn't get them to hit a minnow for the life of me, they just wanted waxies. If this don't happen within 30min for me, then I am on the move again.
 

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When i'm seeing fish but they're reacting negatively to teardrops or other "heavier" presentations, I use either a very small aberdeen with a single waxie, no weight, or a tiny nymph fly with no weight. The slow fall will usually get them to bite. I caught a 10" bluegill yesterday with a small green caddis. No questions asked, he just nailed it.
 

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I have used most of these tricks, small hook size 14 with single waxie, or my new favorite, worked last weekend was a black size 12 gnat fly. I put a small splitshot about 3 foot above the fly. This was to drop it to the bottom. The fly would slowly drop to the bottom. Had to watch the spring bobber very carefully. Bites just lifted the spring up about 1/4 inch.

It's almost like carolina rigging in the summer. Seemed to work on the gills.

If that don't work after 15 minutes move and move again. Somewhere on the lake the fish are biting!!!
 

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The last 2 times I went to the Metro Basin, I stopped in the party store next to the bait shop and picked up one of their italian subs. When the bite would stop I would break up a couple little pieces of the white cheese that came on the sub (i don't like cheese) and drop it in the hole. Within' about 10 seconds, I would have a bite going on both lines. Now, I can't explain why this happens, but it did happen about 8 time outta 10. Go Figure.......
 

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I jig very aggressive and then let the minnow lay on the bottom. This works when you can sight fish as you will be able to see them come in and judge the reaction. Last year was a tough bite for me almost all year. The 2 things that worked were perch spoons jigged very aggressive and the lay it on the botton trick.
 
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