Hello Johnny Jenkins here from Peak Performance Fishing and today I want to talk to you about schooling fish okay. I’m hoping that this video is gonna come out to you guys by within the next couple weeks. It’s actually mid-October right now and there’s a lot of schooling action going on.
And what schooling action for bass is when fish are chasing bait out of the water and you’re seeing them the commotion on top of the water. Seeing them bus shad out of the water. You’re seeing a whole bunch of surface action.
That schooling action is some of the; it’s honestly a lot times some of the easiest fishing when you really get into schools of fish that are absolutely going crazy over bait. And they’ll throw; they’ll bite just about anything you throw in there. It’s some of the best action.
You typically see a lot of this in the fall when you start getting the water temperatures going down and the days are getting shorter. You’re starting to see some leaves changing and falling. And it’s starting to make that transition. The water temperatures are still in like the 60’s and 70’s you’ll see a lot of schooling action going on.
That’s when they’re absolutely gorging on those shad. Their metabolism is still hot. The water temperature is still pretty warm and the shad are getting active. The shad are moving shallower. They’re moving higher up in the water column. And that’s what a bass needs when it’s trying to feed on a bait fish.
When a bass is trying to feed on a bait fish there’s 2 ambush points that they like to pin bait to. It’s either the surface of the water or it’s the bank okay. So they want to get them. They’re basically gonna; they’re absolutely gonna chase them and pin ’em.
So there’s only 2 places that they really look for that. You’ll see fish on the bank, bluegill and stuff. They’re chasing the bluegill unto the bank trying to pin them to the bank and get distracting it you know much of it. That’s one of the reasons you get some of those really great top order stripes right on the bank.
The fish are looking towards the bank and they are waiting for a frog or a bluegill to mess up and they’re gonna; they’re gonna chase ’em down.
Now another one is when you’re on open water and this is where we’re talking about the schooling fish. Open water – you might be anywhere from 3 and 4 ft. maybe even shallower. I mean I’m talking dirt shallow sometimes on big flats and stuff.
But a lot of the fishing that I do out here in Georgia – they’re schooling over you know 10 to a lot of time the fish that I’ve been catching are in that you know like 15 to literally 30 ft. That’s the depth of the bottom, but the fish are like; they’re suspended and they’re chasing bait and then all of a sudden a big school of them will chase them to the top; to the surface.
They’re; trying to pin the bait fish up there. And they’ll kind of gorge on him, gorge on him and they may even still feed underneath the surface the water where you’re not seeing ’em. They’re feeding in a submerged layer of the water column.
They’re just feeding around. They’re chasing bait fish but that’s when it’s really easy to catch ’em ’cause they just show themselves. It’s literally better than having marine electronics where you can see the fish on your side image and stuff. They show themselves; when you get on this bite you can call your shot and it’s a lot of lot of fun.
First I want to get into a big misconception and I used to struggle with this too when I first started out not knowing what a bass sounds like. And it’s going to be kind of hard for me to describe personally. And there’s probably someone out there who can describe it better than me when a bass sounds like versus like a gar or a turtle or maybe a blue gill popping on top of the surface.
Like there was a bluegill right there actually that popped on the surface, or maybe some shad flickering on top and jumping. There’s a real; when you get out there and start fishing notice these difference. They make different sounds.
You’ll learn to pick that up and overtime you’ll learn what might be a striper or what’s a bass; what might be a small bass; or whatever it is it was a giant you know. You’ll start picking up on these things. They make different sounds; start noticing it.
Basically for me if I see something that rolls and just comes up top of surface and you see this little wake, it’s typically not a bass for me. For me I know it’s a bass when it comes up and I’m seeing bait fish going out of the surface that’s an easy dead giveaway that’s a predator fish. There might be a striper or white bass largemouth; spotted bass, small mouth but it’s a bass probably. It’s a predator fish.
And another one is when I actually see a fish; you’ll see it. You’ll see the wake come up and underneath it will be right in the middle. It’s almost like a bed on a; when the fish are spawning. In the very middle of it, it will be a calm peace of water. What happens is the bass goes up and it pushes the surface out right with a wake. It’s like a little tsunami okay. You can imagine it going slow mo.
And then in the middle a bass will suck back in. That’s how he feeds – he opens his mouth and sucks in. And he sucks in all that water so what it’s doing is – is push that water in. That’s how I know it’s a bass; you’ll see this little clear spot. And you know just get out there and fish you’ll start noticing those differences.
And a big misconception when I first started and this is a big one – you get out there and you’re fishing and you see something break the surface – Okay the guy on the fish report talking schooling action so I need to go over there and fish. Man I tell you what you’re wasting your time.
More than likely if you’re seeing a fish break here or fish break there; if you’re seeing little singles what you really want to look for is some of this footage that you’re gonna check out here.
You know I pulled up on a spot and I’m fishing and I’m seeing the surface absolutely light up with activity. There’s multiple; this is a school of fish, this is what you’re looking for. If you get into a situation where you just see one boil or even if you know it’s the bass and you just see one …it may give you an indication that there’s fish in the area.
Maybe you should lure down with other techniques and you might even be able to fish at top water and get bit. But when it’s one of those you can call your shot type deal as when you’re seeing multiple fish blow up at the same time.
Now sometimes there’s situation in schooling action where you have a big school of fish on a point or on a flat and you can throw in there and you cannot buy a bite throwing around them until they start breaking, and still you start seeing surface activity you can’t get one to bite on a reaction type bait. You might have to slow down with a drop shot or a little worm. So that’s something to keep in mind.
Generally the shallower the fish are when they are in schools and they’re schooling on bait the easier they are to catch. They are generally more active. And the easier they are to catch when they’re not actively schooling on the surface.
A lot of these fish I’m catching on lake here where we see some of this footage. These are fish that are over that at 15 to 30 foot of water. And they’re suspended out there and they’re schooling on this bait and I cannot buy a bit hardly ever almost exclusively ever. Unless they’re jumping on the surface so I have to pull some trickery into getting some of these fish to strike.
So if you want to check out one really exclusive hot tip that’s going to help you catch more schooling fish this fall you definitely want to check on this other video that’s gonna be titled something along the major trick. I got a really awesome trick that’s really gonna help you get these schools of fish activated into biting. And they’re gonna start schooling on the surface then you can easily catch ’em.
It makes a big difference if you’re just going through there even if you know there’s a school of fish there. If you can’t get ’em to ignite, you can’t get ’em schooled up and in a frenzy you may not catch a fish unless you really know what you’re doing or you’ve really got something figured out bait wise or presentation wise.
So this has been Johnny Jenkins from Peak Performance Fishing. I sure hope you enjoyed this video.