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Yeah the nighttime bite is always fun, starting around 10pm and fishing until 3 or 4am is a blast. Along with just being so darn peaceful, just you the water and animals of the night and the fish. There’s nothing quite like it, of course me going back to 3rd shift helps me stay up all night long. It has its pluses and minuses at times, but hey you have to make a living somehow.

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35 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

It'll get easier as those surface temps start edging up closer to 50, @ol'crickety

 

I sure hope so. I'm averaging two bass a trip! 

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1 minute ago, ol'crickety said:

 

I sure hope so. I'm averaging two bass a trip! 

I've done worse. 😉

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38 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

It'll get easier as those surface temps start edging up closer to 50

 

I agree.  That's the critical temp I look for.

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2 minutes ago, gimruis said:

 

I agree.  That's the critical temp I look for.

Things get more consistent and predictable once it tops 50 for sure. 

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On 4/11/2024 at 1:09 PM, Jmurphy87 said:

Yeah the nighttime bite is always fun, starting around 10pm and fishing until 3 or 4am is a blast.

I can't tell you how many times where the clock ticked 1:00 am, our energy was flagging, but I would push us through until 2:00, and just like that the bite came alive. So many times, my wading buddy quits, and on the way out he always says, "send me pics". More often than not he'll get one or a few sent to his phone before he gets back to his driveway. The hot bite can turn on at night just like that and is often triggered by baits slapping down into the water. Find the right zone, which might only be 100 feet left or right, and that seems to call in groups who are competitive. Then it's one after the other.

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1 hour ago, PhishLI said:

I can't tell you how many times where the clock ticked 1:00 am, our energy was flagging, but I would push us through until 2:00, and just like that the bite came alive. So many times, my wading buddy quits, and on the way out he always says, "send me pics". More often than not he'll get one or a few sent to his phone before he gets back to his driveway. The hot bite can turn on at night just like that and is often triggered by baits slapping down into the water. Find the right zone, which might only be 100 feet left or right, and that seems to call in groups, who are competitive. Then it's one after the other.

It definitely goes in windows for sure, but hey that’s why we are mobile and move spots when it dries up. But the knowledge of when to move only comes with time and experience. But it always definitely pays off in the end.

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I wish I were brave and sturdy enough to fish through the night. When I've launched at 3:50 a.m., I hear bass feeding in all directions. Big galoomps when they hit the surface. 

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It's been a while since I've posted. I've had too much going on to fish much lately, and when I did get a chance it's been a struggle. Finally caught a few in the past week or so. No big ones, but any fish is better than a skunk.

 

The fish on the left was caught on a day when my buddy and I caught 10. He caught a 4 lb largemouth, and a 3 lb smallmouth...which was his PB smallmouth! He was pretty excited, and I was excited for him. It fought like a beast. I think he may want to chase those brown fish more often now. 9 out of the 10 we caught that day were on rattle traps. Any color would do. Orange, red, silver, and gold worked. The LM in the picture was the lone fish caught on a TX rig.

 

The fish on the right was caught on an quick 30 minute bank trip that resulted in 3 fish. 2 small largemouth, and the smallmouth pictured. The smallmouth hit a trick worm like a train. I thought it was going to be a lot bigger, but I'll take it. Just glad to get to fish.

 

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9 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

I wish I were brave and sturdy enough to fish through the night. When I've launched at 3:50 a.m., I hear bass feeding in all directions. Big galoomps when they hit the surface. 

Safety first Katie. Wise trumps brave. Fishing alone, late at night, in a tippy canoe, in a weed choked bog, is not the safest of activities. On the other hand, a more stable craft, like a small row boat at your new place... 😉

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2 hours ago, Fishlegs said:

It's been a while since I've posted. I've had too much going on to fish much lately, and when I did get a chance it's been a struggle. Finally caught a few in the past week or so. No big ones, but any fish is better than a skunk.

 

The fish on the left was caught on a day when my buddy and I caught 10. He caught a 4 lb largemouth, and a 3 lb smallmouth...which was his PB smallmouth! He was pretty excited, and I was excited for him. It fought like a beast. I think he may want to chase those brown fish more often now. 9 out of the 10 we caught that day were on rattle traps. Any color would do. Orange, red, silver, and gold worked. The LM in the picture was the lone fish caught on a TX rig.

 

The fish on the right was caught on an quick 30 minute bank trip that resulted in 3 fish. 2 small largemouth, and the smallmouth pictured. The smallmouth hit a trick worm like a train. I thought it was going to be a lot bigger, but I'll take it. Just glad to get to fish.

 

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Nice to see you back at it. Beautiful smallie!

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I've got nothing to add yet, I'm still just perving all y'alls fish photos. lol.  Work's been very busy, and any day I could maybe go fishing it's been raining. 😒  But, busy work means a few extra Canadian Pesos in my pocket, everyone here is healthy and our little Sea Bass is ready whenever we are.  My son and I are pumped for it, and my daughter has even said she's looking forward to fishing.😁  I just need work and weather to align - so many techniques I want to catch a big ol' bass on first!

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@The Baron, yes, the fish are thinking about you too. They want to dance with you. That's you on the left and a fine bass on the right:

 

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Don't react to this post until you read it.  This post is also a poll without hijacking the thread.   

I caught 3 or 4 today in a short trip.  I fished a part of the lake I had never fished before.  I had ridden through it in my boat but never fished.  (Nivens Creek for you people who know Lake Wylie)   Why do I say I caught 3 or 4?   I caught the same Bass 2 times, with one cast.   I caught a 15 inch Largemouth (middle picture) on a Devils Horse.  When I unhook a fish , especially with trebles I just toss my lure into the water next to the boat.  This keeps from getting hooks in my carpet, lunch box ect.   So, I unhooked this Bass, tossed the Devils Horse into the water next to the boat, took it's picture and released it.   I released it 3 feet or so from the Devils Horse floating in the water.   When I let it go it turned and smashed the Devils Horse.  I barely grabbed my rod before it went overboard.   This was the same Devils Horse I had just caught it on.  I unhooked it and released it again, without a picture, and without the Devils Horse floating next to the boat.   So, did I catch 3 or 4?   Use the laugh reaction if you think I caught 3, or the like reaction for 4.    Had this been a catch and immediate release tournament would it have counted?   The Spots (13 inch and 14 inch) both came on a spinnerbait.   None of these fish (all bucks I'm guessing) show any signs of spawning.  Last week, a few miles North (in the same lake) I was catching females with rub marks on their sides from spawning.  Fish behavior is interesting.  

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When I let it go it turned and smashed the Devils Horse. 

 

Whadda bass!

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@Woody B, pray you don't meet that bass again in another ten years. With its appetite, it'll be pushing 30 pounds and if it has the same ferocious attitude, you're gonna need a bigger boat.

 

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@Woody B I’d definitely claim 4. 
 

My skunk streak came to an end today.  The Gun Club was the only place nearby that wasn’t totally blown out by all the rain we’ve been getting.  55 degrees, blue skies, and winds out of the WNW at 12 mph with gusts up to 26 mph.

 

I worked the wind blown bank pretty hard with the Booyah Blade and was rewarded with 3.  Average sized fish for this body of water but it felt great to actually be catching something again.

 

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Terrible conditions today - lake 3' flooded higher (and colder), sustained gusts >20, <1' visibility and mud. Went to the most wind protected side (still awful) and bomb casted from the bank to a rock bed I spotted from the kayak a couple weeks ago (~8-10') deep. I had a northern lights stunna still tied on from before - thought what the heck, get the line wet then change the lure. That first cast caught a 1 lber. The cadence must've been exactly right for THAT ONE fish :)

 

Then moved to a black n blue chatterbait (zako), and on the first cast of that, caught a fatty (pic).

 

Then nothing for the next 40 mins until a crappie took a chartreuse Jackall TN50 :) Then more coffee! Everything I know is wrong :)

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Had to go to a funeral back in Durham for a friends mother and after the processions we hit a friend's private stocked pond and I caught a 5 lb 8 oz donkey on a 7 inch swimbait (thanks @deep for the inspiration !) I've been helping him cull big sunfish and smaller bass and it's nice to see a healthy girl like this in here.

 

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It's always funny when you catch a fish THIS size on a big bait:

 

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The Zaldaingerous swimbait definitely gets bit!  Got some of the new 6" whales coming to try because they're a great price and I love the smaller ones!

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12 minutes ago, Pat Brown said:

Had to go to a funeral back in Durham for a friends mother and after the processions we hit a friend's private stocked pond

So you went to the funeral in a blue hoodie?

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23 minutes ago, gimruis said:

So you went to the funeral in a blue hoodie?

Yup ~ But it was cool because it matched that Strike King Cap perfectly.

#fashionista

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A-Jay

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