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Pre Frozen Tundra Fishing

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Little late with this,  but better late than never right? Jared and I got out awhile back before the tundra settled down on us. Wasn't all that warm, dog still went swimming right off the dock. She didn't mean to, just completely missed the boat when she tried to step into it. Good thing she's built for it as I imagine that 55 degree water got a whole lot colder when she climbed out into the 30 degree air  :laugh5:  After we finished laughing at her we got to the task at hand. Didn't take long before my jig got thumped hard and I had the first solid fish in the boat for the day.

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That 5/8oz black and blue home made brush jig was probably what I should have fished all day since every time I picked it up I caught a good fish it seemed like. We spent a lot of time trying to force feed the fish moving baits, and we caught fish on them, but not many of them were the same quality. Not far down that stretch, I pitched into a laydown tree and right as I was trying to pull my jig over a limb it got pulled back into the tree by another solid keeper fish.

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Jared caught a second quality fish out of the same tree while I was fighting mine but it was back in the water before a double picture could be taken. 

As we continued up the river I gave Jared a special bait that I'd tied just for the muddy water. My extra spicy, Spicy Shad bladed jig fooled another solid keeper on a stump flat.

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As far back as we could go in the river I got hung on a stump with my squarebill and after I tried to pop it loose once, the next time I tried the stump decided to pull back  :eyebrows:  I took his picture and thanked him for getting my crankbait unstuck for me.

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After fighting stumps and not much else on the way back out of the river we made a short run to a steep rock bank where the extra spicy snagged Jared's big fish of the day that was just shy of 4 pounds.

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Continued down that bank when my jig got popped yet again by another solid keeper fish.

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We had a long lull of not much other than a couple dinks and 2 of my 3 drum for the day. As we came into a little pocket where I'd caught a good fish a month prior on a spicy shad bladed jig, I tossed the same bait at the point leading into the pocket and got whacked. I think it was the same fish I caught the month before on the same bait, but it was 4.84 instead of 4.44 this time.

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One more fish out of that pocket before we went on another long, fishless stretch. Decision was made to run back towards the river on the opposite side and fish back towards the main lake on that side. That quickly paid off with what would prove to be my biggest of the day, and the year. I drug my jig off a rock and it just went weightless as my line started moving away towards deeper water. Not much give on the hookset and the little tank didn't want to give up. I finally got the net under her, man did she want that jig!

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Super thick fish getting ready for the long winter ahead that went 5.89 pounds.

Didn't have a mark on her either.

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As the sun was sinking down we caught a few more little guys and I had 1 solid fish on a jig and another on a squarebill.

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The numbers were not terrific, but I'll trade a bunch of dinks for some quality fish any day!

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Awesome outting!!  Congrats.

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There is no doubt those bass love your jigs. Nice outing.

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Gotta love it when they choke it like that ~ Congrats

 

A-Jay

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Great day!

 

 

 

 

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all good looking fish clayton!

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I haven't had a day like that in a month. Nice job.

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Man, you have some nice bass right there!

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