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I just fished randleman lake for the second time today, threw everything I had at them and only caught short fish. I fished everything from laydowns to brush piles in 15ft of water and had to work my butt off just to get a short to bite :mad: if anyone could give some tips it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I went labor day weekend, no good for me either. I believe its just too hot, also shad are everywhere right now on Randleman, so I believe they are feeding up on them instead. Maybe some of the other guys will beable to chime in
 

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Wish I could help, but been hearing a lot of such tales from there lately. Did you try Carolina rigs on the humps? Or crankbaits in sexy shad color? I have been doing better at HPCL lately than my friends going to RRR.
 

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Tried them both. But you are right the shad are absolutely insane out there right now. There was a tournament Saturday and the winning bag was 27 and some change so I guess I will just keep grinding and learn the lake better because they are out there
 

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Lately I have had to really pick apart the laydowns to get the bites. And it's true that considering what Randleman is capable of, it's been scattered and slow. There are areas on the lake that will produce for the guys who know them, hence the big bags for the tournaments.

This time of year, as the fish transition to a Fall pattern, things change at Randleman. I have not yet really figured out the method for Fall out there, so while I can help with the rest of the year, especially with the limited fishing time I have had I am not of much use right now.

Don't give up on her, and focus on main lake points with deeper water nearby, especially if you see bait schools around. What bites have been happening that I know of have been in the upper half of each major arm on or not far from points. Flats near those points sometimes give up some odd fish, as well so don't forget those.

Good luck!
 

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I'm finding it is fishing different this summer than previous summers. The bait is all small and I'm not seeing the big schools of bait show up on main lake points like in previous years. The bait is hanging further back in the creeks than I'm used to. In reality it never left the creeks from the shad spawn, it just moved a bit further out. Windblown points back in creeks will produce. If you are not marking bait move on. Look for fish on the jumps. When you find an area with favorable conditions be sure to hit any laydowns.
 

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I was there this past Saturday for first time ever. Disappointing to say the least. Did have 1 good fish, between 2 fishing caught about 10 all told. Not worth the dollars, at least not that day.
 

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I'm finding it is fishing different this summer than previous summers. The bait is all small and I'm not seeing the big schools of bait show up on main lake points like in previous years. The bait is hanging further back in the creeks than I'm used to. In reality it never left the creeks from the shad spawn, it just moved a bit further out. Windblown points back in creeks will produce. If you are not marking bait move on. Look for fish on the jumps. When you find an area with favorable conditions be sure to hit any laydowns.
I have a theory. Sam and I saw small shad everywhere last weekend. In years when winters are going to be tough, shad will produce more eggs than normal. They are calling for another bad winter, maybe that's it. So many shad, they won't eat nothing else. Nature knows what she's doing, a lot more than we do.
 

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You may be right, Jerry. Historically I have always started struggling a bit more on Randleman once Fall begins to set in, so for me this is not unusual. In the last couple seasons I have not necessarily tried to solve it as much as just move on to other lakes where I have better luck. You're certainly right that nature knows what she's doing, and I know a lot of days I don't feel like I do.

Meeny and 02Chevy, I wish I had better advice to give... I feel like I should since Randleman is really what I consider my primary lake, but my lack of available fishing time has really cut me out of the 'loop' this year. :(
 
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