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3 hours ago, Mr. Aquarium said:

@LadiMopar congrats on the new beast. I was looking for ya but couldnt find you in the crowd. IT WAS PACKED!!!! 
spent a good amount, mostly at the Samatis baits.  Bought a swimbait, some jigs, spinner baits annd a lot of plastics.  Sunday I  did the gun safety class for my LTC, it was a great weekend

Thanks for the congrats, and I'm sorry we didn't manage to connect...the place really was packed. I'm 95% sure it was you I saw whizzing by (abt 20 minutes after the doors opened) but I was being wooed by NEBassin into finally joining the Central MA kayak tourney trail.

7 minutes ago, DogBone_384 said:

I'm lucky, short of a lift and a tire machine, I have about all the tools and experience necessary to build or fix anything. 

 

Same goes for electrical and carpentry.  I can do some plumbing, but dislike it enough and have coworkers that are licensed plumbers on the side that I don't.

 

I'm just jealous now...😊

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1 hour ago, LadiMopar said:

Thanks for the congrats, and I'm sorry we didn't manage to connect...the place really was packed. I'm 95% sure it was you I saw whizzing by (abt 20 minutes after the doors opened) but I was being wooed by NEBassin into finally joining the Central MA kayak tourney trail.

 

Thats awesome. I stuck around the Samatis baits booth for a bit. I was with  my deaf buddy, If you saw someone signing it was most likely me. I got there just as the doors open.  CANT WAIT TO USE MY NEW BAITS!!!! SPRING NEEDS TO HURRY UP!!!!

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Mr. Aquarium and I are planning on drilling through the ice and coercing some fish up for fresh air on Saturday.

 

Tomorrow's recon day, working Plymouth and the south shore. .... will post our final destination tomorrow afternoon.

 

Any and all are invited..... just leave your kayaks home!

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I hot called into work this morning so no fishing today. 

 

Here are the conditions I found:

  • Hedges Pond is about 1/3 open.  The remainder is 1” or less.
  • Long Pond is mostly covered with thin ice.  I woudln’t test it out.
  • Island Pond looked thicker than Hedges but was posted PRIVATE.
  • Orchard Pond is the same as Island.
  • Little and Lout Pond are 3-4” thick.  A couple crews were ice fishing Little Pond when I drove by.
  • Jacobs Pond is 6” thick.  There were a couple crews ice fishing it while I was there.

 

Mr. Aquarium scouted different locations and came up with the same assessment as I did.  Deep waters are still marginal and shallow ponds are safe.

 

I put three tip-ups through the ice at Jacobs for an hour or so and jigged through one more hole.  I didn’t catch anything but one guy put two bass in his bucket while I was there and another crew pulled up a 3+ pound bass prior to my arrival.

 

With the upcoming forecast, Plymouth might just have some open water.

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Back in the 50's for you next week! Go figure.  🤔

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Hi guys!

A friend of mine sent me this link to a wonderful YT video of LMB feasting on live bait in slow motion ....3 minutes of bass bliss! Does anyone get the idea that these bass are more like pets? Enjoy!!!

 

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Fished Maspenock today from about 11pm to 5pm. The ice was pretty thick, 8+". It was nice black ice too, no white ice. Snow on top was crunchy enough that I didn't need the spikes for my boots. Fishing was slooooooooooow though. Tried fishing a deeper part of the lake along some drop offs but not much luck. Got a pickerel and a pretty sizable perch on tipups but that was it. A couple more trips from either tiny pickerel or more perch but overall not much action. 

 

 

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#6! Awesome!

 

I’m packing up the kayak and heading south for some open water when I get home from work in the morning!

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On 2/3/2019 at 10:46 PM, DogBone_384 said:

#6! Awesome!

 

I’m packing up the kayak and heading south for some open water when I get hime from work in the morning!

Did you find any open water?  I'm going to try to find some myself tomorrow.

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Firstly, wecome to the forum stasiofishing.  You’ve found the best place to learn and contribute bass fishing.

 

Secondly, I found some open water, namely Hedges Pond in Plymouth.  I got the kayak and my rods wet for the second time this year, and for the second time this year I got skunked.  Well, fish skunked.  I snagged something and pulled up a nice granite stone with a long rope attached to it.  Too bad I can’t call a rock a personal best ... it was north of 5 pounds for sure!

 

Getting shut out wasn’t a total surprise, with only the NE 1/3 of the pond open and water temps at 39.x, I didn’t expect much.

 

I kept it simple with a gold blade bait, tiny brown/chartreuse maribou jig, and a smallie colored 4” Senko.  I covered as much of the open water as possible, which was mostly 17’ - 20’ of flat, barren bottom.  

 

I marked what I assume were perch in the 14’ - 16’ areas but couldn’t get them to bite on anything.  I didn’t mark much on the bottom.

 

Late in the day I switched to a black/blue Ned and a perch Rapala DT10.  Stll NADA.

 

When I launched at noon-ish 1/3 of the pond was open.  When I left at dusk, more than 1/2 was open.  If it stays near/above freezing for the next couple days, it should be 100% fishable.

 

Gonna change up a couple things (tube, hair jig) and try to get back there again later this week.

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Thanks I will probably check it out.  Where there any areas fishable from shore?  I am nervous about fishing out of my kayak without a drysuit.

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Got  little brookie yesterday! They are so beautiful. 

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Tomorrow’s forecast calls for single digit wind chill..... today would have been the day to get out.  Hope some of you did!

 

I have to get out next week... I picked up a Kistler 7’3” KLX MH-MF and want to try it out!

On 2/5/2019 at 9:18 PM, stasiofishing said:

Thanks I will probably check it out.  Where there any areas fishable from shore?  I am nervous about fishing out of my kayak without a drysuit.

Hedges is a small, 20 acre pond, between exits 2 & 3 on route 3.  It has two beaches.  The NE beach drops off to 10’ within casting distance.  The SW beach is on a flat, you won’t get to deep water from shore.

 

If you have waders, you can wade the whole place.  Most of the pond drops off quickly (think cereal bowl).  The east corner drops off quickly.  With waders, you can hit 15’ quickly.

 

Good luck if you get down there.  Smallmouth bass and yellow perch are the only species I’ve ever caught there.

 

Don’t worry about not having a dry suit.  Keep a change of clothes in your truck, stick to small ponds you can get back to shore in a couple minutes, and lastly .... don’t fall in.  I can’t speak for your kayak, but it’s near impossible to tip or fall off my FeelFree Lure.

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OK, it’s starting to get bad ... yesterday I respooled a couple reels and this morning I’m watching On the Water’s Angling Advendures on TV ....they’re kayak fishing for smallies in the Berkshires....  

 

I know it’s only a few weeks unil ice out... I’m already jonezing for my first bass of the year....

 

I think I’ll take a ride to Plymouth and look for open water...

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I was planning to ice fish this weekend but with heavy rain and higher temps forecasted for friday into saturday I might try my luck around some flowing water. 

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Temps are looking good this week. Dogbone where we fishing this weekend?

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6 hours ago, Mr. Aquarium said:

Temps are looking good this week. Dogbone where we fishing this weekend?

Dunno yet. Working for a friend T-F this week. Won’t be able to scout for open water.

 

Best bet’ll be Hedges or GS (if not too windy)

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I cant wait to get out this weekend!!! Hopefully this is the official start of the season

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That time of the year where I either drive east to find open water of west to find hard water. Big decisions lol. 

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Drove by Sunset Lake in Braintree this afternoon.  The shallow area to the south is mostly open. A few other parts are open, but not enough to fish from. The remaining ice looks gray and thin.

 

SOON!

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Spring Training Report '19

 

With pitchers and catchers reporting for the Bo-Sox this week, I'm happy to report a soft-water bassin' update from just 60 miles east of Fort Myers, FL. While my outing this past Sunday on Lake Okeechobee might not help anyone catch more fish through/around the ice in E.Mass, hopefully it'll help alleviate the seasonal depression some might have, and get people amped up for the upcoming season.

 

For some background, the Big O is still suffering from low-water levels (4ft lower than last year) and a grass deficit, due to the semi-recent hurricanes. With that in mind, much of the best fishing (according to locals) is being had in the slightly deeper and relatively clearer north-west region that holds a number of reed/pad fields. This was also a major area that came into focus during a recent FLW Costa tourney, though quite a few fish came out of the rim-ditches which surround the outside of much of the lake. 

 

We started our adventure with a bumpy 18-mile run from the Clewiston area (south-west corner), with winds kicking up around 12-14mph from the east. Coming off plane to the sun rising through the mist, we eased into a shallow maze of reed stems and began firing at will. Over the next 10hrs, this is what we learned... 

 

--> Clarity is relative, at most it was 24" before your bait vanished into the tan water...nothing like the Cape smallie waters I'm familiar with.  

 

--> With fish in pre-spawn and actively spawning phases, time of day, sunlight and the associated feeding windows were far more important than presentation. We found that the 1pm-3pm bite, when the sun was present, was far superior to any other time of day. It was also the time when we caught our biggest fish. 

 

--> Bait silhouette, rather than color, seemed more important as we caught fish on anything from red to chartreuse to black while blind-casting to likely bedding areas.

 

--> The "spot on a spot" is definitely a thing. Almost every bite came within 2ft of cover (mostly reed stems), even on top-water.

 

--> Can't stress how important targeting the isolated items of cover was. The smallest, most boring looking pieces of cover farthest away from anything else "fishy-looking" were the best.

 

--> Long casts were critical, even in the dirty water, though it made fighting big fish a tad more interesting as they were happy to launch themselves into the heavy stuff and dare you to follow.

 

At the end of the day, we ended up with somewhere around 25 keepers, and were blessed to hook into and land two fish over 6lbs. Both came on soft-plastic stick-baits, t-rigged with 1/4oz pegged weights. 

It was a great way to knock off the rust, and now its time to hurry up and wait until the thaw...hope to see you all out there soon.        

 

 

 

  

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Drove by part part of the Assabet river today. It was high and flowing pretty good in the narrow spots. There was a section I've been wanting to try in the kayak that was completely open, so I think I'm going to attempt to get an open water February bass tomorrow!

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