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Pat just keeps catching and catching and catching...big gals.

 

Well done, @OHBuckets and @bp_fowler.

 

Today and tomorrow deliver(ed) daytime highs in the mid-fifties and nighttime lows around 40 degrees. Monday will reach 60 degrees, which is when I'll try again to catch more than one, two, or three bass.

 

Here's hoping three mild days will nudge the water temps above the 41 to 44.5 degree surface temps I measured about a week ago, but since I was working the bottom, about eight feet down, I'm guessing the temperature there was in the high thirties. 

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On 4/10/2024 at 1:57 PM, LrgmouthShad said:

Pat and Alex carry. The rest of us just do doughnuts around the lake and sip on sweet tea whenever someone asks if we are catching. Disco likes to catch a 7lber every so often to keep us on our feet.

Wild Card!!

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6 hours ago, Woody B said:

So, did I catch 3 or 4?

Interesting question. I’m no legal advisor 😂, but I’d say it’s about how your phrase it. You could say you caught 3 bass, or you could also say you had 4 hookups.

 

Regardless of the number, it made a very cool story. I say kudos to you for it.

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

Here's hoping three mild days will nudge the water temps

That's about to happen here finally. 72 on Wednesday. Tonight, we had to cancel our Jon Boat trip. 32mph gusts and a flat-bottomed Jon boat is a no-go. The battery would be dead in an hour or so, and I wouldn't be able to fish at all trying to keep us from getting endlessly spun out. Forget getting blown a few hundred feet just changing baits. Nah.

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Fished a flooded lake this morning, very cloudy water except tight against the bank.

So I drug the bank with the little boat and casted parallel.

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@Bird:

 

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Caught 10 in a little over an hour

 

That's fast catching, Buddy.

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Went fishing yesterday and caught one little guy on a drop shot rig using a little hellgrammite type bait. Fishing is still slow, but as the water temps rise, I expect the catch ratio to rise as well. I've only found one spot on the river where they'll bite. 

 

I would have fished more, but left my phone on top of my car, and when I pulled out to go to the next location it fell off and broke. I don't like catching fish I can't document, so I called it a day.

 

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(P.S. I didn't have any appropriate drop-shot weights so I made one from a snap-swivel and some split shot.)

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Wife and I are camping so I went back out after lunch and 5 more fell victim to the spinnerbait........done for the day.PXL_20240414_1651497762.jpg.d151d969fdb4b1171fdc0d1ee9a0a94f.jpgPXL_20240414_1702485182.jpg.cd6d8d88c3615f8737c24a2c103393b2.jpg

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Found a few on a pattern I've never seen before. They were hunting trout in open water, not relating to any particular structure or cover. Every now and then I'd see a trout frantically trying to escape being pinned against a steep island bluff bank but for the most part I was seeing these massive explosions out in open water and occasionally against the bank. There wasn't really a way to target these fish other than being in the right place at the right time. Ended up with 3 at 4-5, 4-11, 6-0 on a deps 250. Only thing I figured out for certain was that they wanted an uphill presentation. Cast out into deep water and retrieve toward the bank and they'd pin it against the bank like they'd been doing to the trout. There were definitely bigger fish in the mix, I missed out on a large part of the bite window before I realized what was happening.

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@Fried Lemons: Wow! Big bass and what a way to catch them.

 

Say, cyber-buddy, please consider wearing a life jacket. I was in the paddling world for decades and again and again, paddlers died without life jackets. Some were old like me and some were young, just like you. 

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Slow bite, wind died on me right after I started fishing. Did get to huck the glide bait around and triggered my first strike on it (no hookup sadly) which had me pretty excited. Managed 7, most of them in the last hour before dark. All on chatterbait. Switched to the stealth blade with the Crush City freeloader on the back, triggered some good eats; this 2.78lber slammed it up against the bank. Durability is questionable, though, I seem to be averaging only a few fish on them before they're trashed, but they work!

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Fished a new lake in clare county called 5 lakes.  Weather has been wonky.  it rained hard all day thursday and friday.  we have also had 15-20 mph for the last month.  water temp was 51 degrees with an air temp of 75 

 

I nailed this 3 lber ( i’m guessing i forgot my scale it’s between a 2.5-3.0 lber) on my 2nd cast in 4ft of water on a zoom green pumkin tube and 1/8 tube jig.  I’m thinking this is going to be a great day.  eh, not so much. I’ve come to realize if i catch a fish within the first 5 casts. it’s going to be a long day.  

 

That was really about it as far as high lights.  I lost a similar sized bass on a spine craw and caught a hammer handle pike on a jerk bait.  the wind was fishable but, windier than i wanted it to be. which, ment i had to fish some heavier stuff than i’d really have liked to this time of year.  I really wanted to fish the drop off but, i couldn’t hold the boat in position to do so.  

 

that’s why they call it fishing and not catching.  

 

Forcast for the next 2 weeks does not look good.  more wind and rain 

 

 

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Boat captained for the high school boys Saturday. Wind was bad and lake conditions were bad, but they put a couple keepers in the boat and managed a top 5 finish.

 

Sunday, I took the boys out for a few hours. I should have taken them somewhere else to avoid the crowd but I didn't against my better judgement. The lake was crazy busy, not my cup of tea. We caught a few fish and enjoyed the nice weather. Finn and I teamed up on the big fish of the day, 4.11 pounds on a Ned rig.

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There are some fine men at BR and @Bluebasser86 is one of them. Nuff said.

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I was busy as a one armed paper hanger yesterday but I managed an hour on the lake.  I spent as much time driving as fishing.   I went to a spawning pocket near the landing.  I haven't seen any bedding Bass on Active Target so I messed with my settings until I could see them.   On my 3rd cast I dropped a Red Eyed Shad on top of a bed.  Both Bass hit it.  They came unhooked while I was fumbling with my net.  They weren't BIG but the combination of them was too big to boat flip.   

 

I'm sure they aren't all that easy to catch, but I decided I wasn't going to target bedding Bass with Active Target.  I'm not changing sides in the FFS debate, and I'm not saying anyone who uses it to target bedding Bass is wrong.  It's been 40 years, but I've targeted bedding Bass sight fishing clear water, but I figure they can see me too.  I will still target bedding Bass but I'll do it like I have in the past.  I'll find the areas they're in with side imaging, then fish that area with my FFS off.   I will still use Active Target FFS in every way I know how to target Bass.  I'm just not going to use it when they're bedding.   I'm not looking to start a FFS, or bed fishing debate.  It's just a decision I made.   

 

So, I turned my FFS off and went old school.  (kinda)   I caught 3 spots, including one on my last cast when it was time for me to leave.  

 

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Another 5.5 lber on the 'Pats Gizzard' Grass Jig from @Siebert Outdoors sans trailer (just some plastic for a little bit of weight on the cast.

 

Very happy to catch this gorgeous healthy pre-spawner today after work on a sunny hard bottom area where I could see wolf packs of big females corralling bluegill fry.

 

It was epic!  I got a crowd for the release too!  

 

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@Pat Brown apparently this time you forgot a change of clothes because you’re still wearing the same blue hoodie you allegedly wore the day of the funeral.

 

Repeat fashion violator!

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4 minutes ago, gimruis said:

@Pat Brown apparently this time you forgot a change of clothes because you’re still wearing the same blue hoodie you allegedly wore the day of the funeral.

 

Repeat fashion violator!

 

When I get home from the pond I like to take my clothes off and put on different clothes. That way I don't have to do laundry constantly and I have clothes that are designated dirty clothes. But thanks Mom.  😃😃😃

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A few today, decided to fish instead of sleeping for work. I lost one equally big as the one trying to lift it up to me on the boardwalk. Was my fault I saw that the line was frayed and didn’t retie and the line snapped on the lift. 12lb braid that’s thinner than 6lb doesn’t like being frayed and strained. But I broke in one bfs setup, lure was a 3” hazedong shad on a 1/16 finesse shad head. All the fish came on it today, moral of the story retie when frayed lol, live and learn and don’t keep making rookie mistakes.

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