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Blade Bait Still Producing

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This past Friday I fished a small New Hampshire lake.  We had got an inch and a half of heavy rain as a front was moving through the area. The forecast was for a high of 55, calm, and cloudy. A cold front was predicted to move through in the afternoon clearing out the clouds. After several windy days in the mid 40s it sounded like the perfect day to fish in mid/late November. I arrived at the lake at 10:45. It had just stopped raining a couple hours before I arrived. I had one spot in mind that has been producing a number of 3-4 lb smallies with a couple largemouth mixed in. The plan was to fish in 15-35 feet fishing a blade bait around schools of smelt. I launched my boat with the surface temperature reading 46 degrees. Motoring over to the one spot I wanted to fish I retied my line on the 5 set ups I had brought with me. I knew the blade bait was going to be the best bet but I also had a drop shot, a deep diving crankbait, a jig and jerkbait tied on.  The particular spot I fished is a hump tha comes from 40 ft to 3 ft that is composed of rock, gravel, ledge, hardened clay and boulders. With in the first few minutes I had caught my first fish a 3-12 smallie. With the skunk out of the boat and practically no wind  I made cast after cast after cast to specific spots on the hump I had marked with my gps. The fishing was great. I was catching a fish about every 15 minutes. I couldn't have asked for a better bite. I was catching  by casting out a blade bait and slowly hopping it on bottom back to the boat.  I had noticed several arches under my boat using my down imager. I watched as my bait went towards bottom as the arch came up and slammed it. It turned out to be a decent largemouth at 4-2. I hadn't really had much experience using my down imager to catch fish while being directly over them. Every time for the rest of the day when I saw an arch I would immediately reel in and try on drop my lure right on the fishes head.  It seemed I would catch that fish half of the time. The bite was consistent and pretty good most of the day. Around 2 pm a front moved through pushed the clouds out and the air temp dropped about 10 degrees. Not to be discouraged it was time to add another layer, dress for ice fishing. After the front moved through the fishing slowed considerably. In the last hour I did mange to catch two fish a 3-6 and a 3-12 smallie. I fished from 11 am until 3 pm catching 3 largemouth and 12 smallies all on a blade bait. Two of the largemouth were over 3 lbs, the biggest being 4-2. Of the 12 smallies I caught 9 were over 3 lbs and the 3 fish that weren't were all 2-12 or over. Lunker smallie for the day was a tie with two weighing 3-12.  Biggest 5 fish for the day weighed 18 lbs 14 oz. I cant ask for much more then that for November 20th. Some great fall fishing. I am going to try and get out there atleast one more time before the end.

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Plenty of fish still willing to bite. Got to be out there to get them !

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nice fish. Wish i could fish a bit more this year but there's snow outside where I am.

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Nice fish !!! Looks and sounds like you had a great day.

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Awesome ~ That's what it's all about right there  . . . . .

 

Congrats.

 

A-Jay

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Oh ~ and GREAT HAT  . . .

 

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A-Jay
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Great day. You do know how to catch 'em!

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This guy fishes smarter and harder. I'm always impressed with your fishing reports!

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WOW!

 

 

 

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Congrats on some great looking fish.

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Those are some nice fish!

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some quality fish right there.  good stuff!

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That's a better day than any 10 days combined that I've had.

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On 11/23/2015 at 3:04 PM, A-Jay said:

Oh ~ and GREAT HAT  . . .

 

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A-Jay

It matches the spot on the tip of his nose in the last pic.  

That's a lot of nice smallies!  Very, very nice!  Sorry, I missed your post previously.

 

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Well done Sir!

Nice touch with the Beech Nut Coffee can btw

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13 hours ago, lo n slo said:

Well done Sir!

Nice touch with the Beech Nut Coffee can btw

 The coffee can usually holds any extra cord from my depth finder. It also is a very effective drink holder.

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