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I took my Grandson fishing at Lake Bastrop yesterday morning. We started early with topwaters. Nada. Schoolies came up mid morning. The schools were large and stayed up quite a while. We found ourselves surrounded by the schools several times. I couldn't get them to bite anything I threw though, except a couple on top water when they first started coming up. We fished until 11:00 AM. Lot's of fish-just couldn't get them to hit.
 

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I had a similar experience yesterday out there. I tried a chrome torpedo with one blow up only. PopR didn't get a hit either. I threw a little rubber swim bait too with no luck. I almost put on a clear torpedo, but decided to try another day. It's still exciting, even without catching. :-/
 

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My favorite for Lake Bastrop schoolies, is the BABY TORPEDO in CLEAR....Cast it out and rip it fast, then stop....Rip it fast then stop.

Also, try and  tie a #12 Tony Acetta Spoon to a 10lb mono-leader on the back of it...

The shad that those bass are feeding on, are between 1" and 2.5"....Thats it...Any lure bigger, does not work, IMO.

Good Luck!
 

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Skeeter_Al_04 said:
did you try clear Topwaters?? Like the Zara puppy or torpedo?? Those have always tricked a few for me......good to hear they are staying up longer......I gotta get out there again ...... ;)
A clear tiny torpedo is exactly what I started with and caught the two fish that I did manage to catch on.
 

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Per manufacture website:
The Key to Using a Heddon Torpedo
First and most important rule to remember when using a Heddon Lure: Be patient! After your lure hits the water, pause a few seconds before starting your retrieve. Begin with a stop - go retrieve, pausing between cranks of your reel. If that action doesn't produce a strike, use a "steady" retrieve. Be ready for an explosive strike!

The Torpedos create a wild splashing surface disturbance making them the perfect lures for schooling fish. Using quick, short and erratic twitches, the Torpedo performs at its best…producing explosive, heart-stopping surface strikes every time

There are several sizes to the torpedo...I found the Heddon X0361 Baby Torpedo (3.8oz-2.5" long - Clear), one size smaller than magnum, works for me...To each his own on figuring which one is best for you.
 

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I like number 01, 45, and 95. I have plenty of the clear so I guess I need to pick up a couple of the other two.

I say I was ripping it fast, but really I was just doing a consistent medium speed. It didn’t allow them to check it out so close; therefore they would hit it just because it was something moving across the surface. I think a 1/16 oz. white crappie jig tied on the end with about 8 to 10 inches of line might work. I’m just thinking out loud here, I have yet to try this but I will some day. It may interfere with the top water bait action.
 

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I was there a couple weeks ago, and I agree with Fishytx... move fast and don't stop. I had the most luck when I would "walk the dog" at a medium to fast retrieve. Also, I found that if I waited to cast until saw a blowup, and cast directly to that spot I would get bit. Definitely some darn exciting fishing!
 
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