Originally Posted by Roccus
bass dont sit.. they constantly move in and out with the tide...they may hang tight for a day or even a set of tides... but eventualy wanderlust takes over and they move on...
The "wanderlust" of bass is an important point. Day to day, different schools with similar size fish seem to move in to a location and feed briefly during its sweet spot within a tide (when current/structure/bait are optimized for easy feeding). I always look forward to that first fish or two from a location to get an idea of what school moved in to feed.
Over the past 2 weeks (at a pinch point in a 4-8'deep marshy creek, using eels): one night, "belters/waistoids"(ground to waist, 36-39") -- the next, "lovies"(ground to love handles, 39-42////44??"-> depending on weight... [um, mine]) -- the next, muscular, hard-fighting & jumping "hunchbacks".. 28-36" (fish with an almost late-run sockeye salmon like hump... vs more streamlined 'racer' shape).
Despite the different schools, the fish all showed up to feed at the pinch for about a 1/2 hr when the incoming current was slow and water depth rose to about 4', then moved back 50yds to a patch of slower water beside the main rush when the tide started ripping and it cost them too much energy to hold at the pinch. Then, as the tide slacked and shifted to the first slow ebb, scattered fish.. possibly apart from the main school.. seemed to drift back in to the pinch.
Stripers: the ramblin' fish.