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#46 Wayne P.

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Posted October 17 2008 - 06:45 AM

osbornj2, e-mail sent. Thanks for asking

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Posted October 17 2008 - 02:51 PM

Wayne - got your email...it was FANTASTIC !! Thanks so much for sending that over..it is greatly appreciated!

With this cold front pushing through, we are thinking about trying to head up there later in the wee next week (probably on Thur., weather and work permitting, of course!)  Don't know if anyone else is planning on being there then, but, if so...maybe we could hook up and say hello!

When we do go, I'll be sure to post a report on this thread (and hopefully be able to add a decent photo too ;) )


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Posted October 17 2008 - 04:49 PM

osbornj2, when you are ready for some early pre-spawn fishing, I have another one.

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Posted October 21 2008 - 07:33 PM

I fished Briery today. The water in mid lake area was brown tinted, I assume from turnover since the last few nights have been close to freezing and the surface temp was 59-60. I didn't see the thermocline with my electronics. I fished the upper end where the water was clear. Didn't catch any big ones, just 28 bass under 3# and 5 pickerel. The 10-30 mph winds made finesse presentations difficult. I didn't see any bass chasing shad or any shad schools on my sonar units.

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Posted October 21 2008 - 09:15 PM

Wow...sounds like the water turned over pretty quickly and cooled down significantly.

Stu and I are still planning on heading down on Thur am.  Weather.com says low 60's and sunny.

So, no baitfish or shad balls yet??  We'll still probably start off with atleast a little bit of topwater just after daybreak...just because why not?!?! Wayne - do you have any particular thoughts about this?  Since Stu has never fished Briery before,I told him that we could launch the boat and not even lower the gas motor and just troll back into the cove there at the ramp.  I noticed that you had the opposite bank marked on your map...isn't there a "mini-cove" there with lots of lily pads and laydowns?

Also, is this cove productive,since it was essentially closed to fishing for, what, like 2 years I believe?

We are thinking Flukes, spinnerbaits, and maybe jerkbaits. Anything that you could add that we're overlooking?

Again,I appreciate all of your help, and I hope to be able to post a report here after Thursday's adventure!
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#51 Wayne P.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 06:50 AM

No coves were involved in my catch yesterday. At no point was I fishing anywere within 100 yards of shore. I don't fish the shorelines unless it is prespawn and spawn. I caught all but four of the fish on a weedless wacky rigged Zoom Trick or Finesse worm. Two came on a Super Fluke with a weighted swimbait hook and the other two were on a Chatterbait. The cove you mention where I marked is not referring to the shore, its the creek channel just offshore in that area.
I don't use topwater lures early when the air temp is very much lower than the water temp.  edited: this time of year when the air temp is within 10 degrees of freezing.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 09:14 AM

I appreciate your advice!  We'll have to re-think our strategy now!  :-/

I am curious, though, about one other thing that you mentioned earlier.  You indicated that you were fishing a Fluke, and that "when it hit the bottom", a 7-lb'er picked it up!  To clarify, then - do you put them on a weighted hook, and then let them sink to the bottom and fish them essentially like a T-rig worm?  

Maybe I have always completely missed the mark, because I have always used Flukes like a jerkbait, letting it glide down a few feet, then jerking it back and letting it dart around like a wounded baitfish.  It has never really occured to me to fish it like I just described, but I can definitely see how that might be a huge benefit!

And the same with the wacky-rigged trick worms?  Do you let them sink all the way to the bottom as well, and then fish them slowly? If they're wacky-rigged, how do you keep from getting hung up alot?

I hate to sound so "elementary", but these are burning questions!!  Thanks again !  :)
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Posted October 22 2008 - 09:36 AM

Good questions, yes I let both sink to the bottom when the fish are on or close to the bottom. With the Super Fluke and weighted hook, I am using it in about 15' depths and working it through the timber laying on the bottom. I use the wacky rigged woms in the same areas. If you will notice my presentation description I use the term "weedless wacky" and if you are not familiar with how I rig it, send me an e-mail to purdum43@aol.com and I'll forward instructions.
For your presentation of a Fluke or wacky rig, I prefer to use a suspending hard jerkbait.

Another note, I haven't gotten my last three fishing reports posted on the other site since some parts of the site are experiencing some problems.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 09:48 AM

Wayne - you are, totally, "'da man" !   8-)

This is really super that you're so willing to help a young whippersnapper out!  Too bad you won't be on the boat with us tomorrow, coaching us!!  ;D

Check your inbox...I'm sending an email now!
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Posted October 22 2008 - 12:24 PM

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Posted October 22 2008 - 01:30 PM

If it wasnt for Wayne I dont think I would have boated as many fish as I did this year, he knows his stuff!

I think I need to start fishing along the creek channels, I've still been fishing mid lake around the banks and weed cover and havent been catching much of anything. Hopefully by the time I head out again the bass will be chasing shad. Will the upper end of the lake and coves be the place the bass will be pressuring the bait fish to?

osbornj2- I'm anxious to get your report tomorrow because I may be heading up Friday or Saturday. :)
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Posted October 22 2008 - 02:59 PM

IMPY03, my guess is after the water temp stabilizes some that schooling will be going on all over the lake. I went to several areas of the lake North and South of the ramp looking for concentrations of bass and shad, but didn't find any. The last 3/4 to 1/2 mile of the South end is where I found the fish.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 03:07 PM

Hey I have been reading all of yalls post for the last couple of weeks. I'm new to this here website and I'm liking what I'm have been reading.  I went up to Briery Creek here last month. Buddys of mine told me about it and I have been reading about it. Once I got up there i seen what everyone was talking about. TREES!!! I put in at the dam and trolled along the shore and to cove across from the ramp. I got alittle neverous about all the trees and decide to go up to Sandy River. What I'm tring to get at is can anyone help me out getting around Briery without missing up my boat, and where are good places to fish. I'm thinking about making a return trip up there soon and if not next spring.

OH yea if you know anyone that is looking for a boat I have one for sale. Its a 1968 Lonstat jon boat with a 3hp motor and a trolling motor.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 03:17 PM

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#60 Wayne P.

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Posted October 22 2008 - 03:32 PM

allst8rnnr, don't be afraid of navigating Briery Creek. Bumping into the submerged stumps won't damage your boat at trolling motor speeds. Getting hung up on top of one is a challenge sometimes though. What I do is when I feel the boat hitting one, I keep up my monentum and I usually just slide over it. Shifting your weight to opposite the hang up helps too. I run my jon boat with a 9.9 outboard on plane just about everywhere on the lake that I choose to fish but take it slow to a fast idle in some areas. I hang up on stumps on purpose lots of times to hold the boat in position while fishing so I don't have to keep using the trolling motor especially when its windy. I have been fishing there since it opened in Jan 1989 so I know it quite well. The next time you go, use the Rt. 701 (mid lake) ramp as some the best catching areas are within sight of the ramp.




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