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Captain Mike Carter says low water has moved quality fish off the edges and out to deeper ledges in many parts of Guntersville--he catches them early on swim jigs with Paca Craw white trailers, switching to Choo-Choo Shakers on the deep ledges after the morning bite; www.anglingadventures.info.

Captain Jake Davis says cooler weather should bring a more reliable bite at Guntersville.

"November typically brings the return of rattle baits, jerk baits and A-rigs, but you can still catch fish on frogs and rats as well as spinnerbaits and buzzbaits over the grass and on the flats nearby. Anglers should start watching creeks, bridges and rip-rap for schools of bait fish, which will attract good numbers of bass, crappie and stripers feeding up for the winter," says Davis, who likes the mid-lake area for early winter action.

Davis also said he's done well on recent trips to Tim's Ford for smallmouth to 4 pounds, mostly on small jigs or crankbaits in 15 to 25 feet on main lake points, particularly around chunk rock and gravel. He says 4 to 6 pound test fluorocarbon is key in the clear water there. He said the topwater bite has not started yet, but should directly; www.midsouthbassguide.com.

From Weiss Lake Mark Collins reports crappie fishing is red hot for both size and numbers, with some of the best action in the old Coosa River Channel between Cedar Bluff and Leesburg at depths of 16 to 20 feet, mostly on spider-rigged live minnows. He said docks are not producing much at present. Bass fishing is also good, mostly on seawalls, rip-rap and gravel points with Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Stripers are hitting live shad slow-trolled in the Coosa River channel at 8 to 12 feet; www.markcollinsguideservice.com.

From Nickajack, Rick McFerrin reports 17 largemouths of 1 to 3 pounds on a morning trip, all in 2 to 3 feet over grass on Icicle Trigger X Minnow swimbaits and a 4/0 VMC Wide Gap hooks fished on spinning tackle and 10-pound-test Sufix mono; www.tennesseebassguides.com.

Striper action is good around the lights at night on Lewis Smith; small bucktails or streamer flies sunk down to about 10 feet often do the job, as do live shad. Fish under the lights average 7 to 8 pounds, but sometimes 20 pounders crash the party. Small spots are schooling heavily off main lake points--any small, silvery topwater will catch them.


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