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By Mike Sweeney
Columnist

Friday, September 22, 2017

When the weather turns for the worst it takes a diehard angler to get out and try your luck but with a few tried and true techniques you can catch bass even on the toughest days.

This time of year the weather can be beautiful one day then dark and gloomy the next so you have to be able to read the weather and know how to adjust to the changes.

Before the storm hits the barometer will fall and the fishing tends to turn on but after the front passes the skies clear and the pressure rises sky high then the fishing tends to slow.

This is when you have to learn how to make a switch with your presentation and make the fish bite even if he doesn’t want to.

The first thing is to slow down you lures so the top water bite that was red hot before the front came through probably won’t work afterwards.

Switch to a finesse worm or a jig and slow the bait to a crawl.

Try to imagine what the lure looks like under water and how a worm would move. I know that sounds crazy but if you can make the bait be a natural look and feel the fish will bite only because it is an easy meal.

It’s like when you are sitting at the table and you think you can’t eat another bite but there is one bite of pie left on your plate.

You are not hungry yet you can’t resist the thought of letting it go away so you pounce on it.

This is what it’s like for a largemouth when the pressure is high and the front has passed.

You have to present it right to him and make him feed just like that bite of pie.

Slow and natural presentations work the best so if you are fishing a worm make it move slowly along the bottom and if you are fishing a jig then hop it like a crawfish moves when it is trying to escape.

If you want to fish a crank bait then crank it slower than normal and pause it every now and then and let it sit.

These techniques all will help you catch post frontal bass so if you do get out on the water and the bite stops all together try these tips to increase you catch.

What’s biting, where...

The offshore guys this week didn’t have a chance with the hurricane off the coast the water was rough and it looks like it will finally slow this weekend.

Sunday was the last day anyone got out of the creeks and they limited out on mahi.

The billfish bite was also there with sails and marlin flags flying high on the lines.

On the beach and piers it was also a rough week with lots of closures and high surf, (15 to 20 feet) so nobody had a chance but the little bridge and the Oregon Inlet bridges had some fish on them for the diehards that ventured out.

It should all pick back up this weekend with the winds finally calming down.

Before the storm hit the piers had a good bite going with some nice flounder, drum and speckled trout coming to those who put the time in.

Close to home most people stayed home this week with a few exceptions.

The ponds are on fire right now with the cooling water temps and shorter days.

Top water bites like Pop-Rs and buzz baits are working as well as spinner baits and small cranks baits.

I haven’t heard much about the rivers except from last weekend there was some decent catfish caught on noodles and cut bait.

The perch are going to stay for the rest of the year at this pace with tons of them hitting the usual baits, Uncle Jessie and Beetle Spins.

The weather window looks favorable for this weekend for the piers with the water temps still in the mid 70s so you should be able to get out this weekend and score some fish no matter where you go.

If you do get out then send me a report and some pictures to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and I will do my best to brag for you.

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