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Jan 2 - Sunny Grass Edges

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Went fishin' yesterday in a lake near Raleigh, NC.  Air temp was 50deg.  Water temp was still ~56deg after a real warm week.  Most boats were fishing deeper water off the points.  My buddy and I hit the north banks w/ grass and reeds, in the sun.  We slay'd 'em.  Probably 18-20 between us.  One dink, the rest from ~2 - 5lbs.

Used weightless Yamamoto 6.5" cuttail worms, cast right up next to the grass/reed edge.  They were soft hits.  Often felt like the worm was just a little stuck on a rock or stick.  Put very little pressure on the rod and just held it.  After 3-4 seconds, it would move slightly.  Give it slack for a second, then bust him.  Only lost one fish during the day, and he was a MONSTER.  Fought him for ~15 seconds and the worm came out.

My take-away was: Think.  Exceptionally warm weather and water temps recently.  Have continued catching far up in the coves.  Then air temps dropped 20deg and lots of rain.  Figured fish may be moving, but that's different than moved.  Dance with the one that brung you.  If that doesn't work, then start moving.  Going back today and will begin w/ the same strategy.

 

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nice catch. good way to start off the new year.

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Nice day! Let us know if that continues to work your next time out!

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17 hours ago, HoosierHawgs said:

Nice day! Let us know if that continues to work your next time out!

Yes, it did.  Went again yesterday.  Same thing.  Water temp ~57deg.  Sunny banks on reed/cattail edges.  Yamamoto 6.5" cut-tail watermelon w/ black & red flakes, weightless, cast right next to the reed edges.  Slayed 'em again.  I caught 7 or 8 w/ four of them over 4 lbs.  Partner even caught a 6# catfish.

Bites were extremely soft.  Felt more like worm hit a little rock or stick.  Every time I felt ANY resistance, I'd give it slack, then ease up on rod a bit.  If still felt resistance, would give it slack again, then ease the rod tip up again.  If still felt resistance, would lift rod tip just until a little steady pressure, and wait about 15 seconds.  If no change, then increase pressure to pull worm over rock/stick.  If any movement felt, bust him.568a850e04571_3Jan2016Harris3.thumb.jpg.

But coldfront today.  Temps in the 20s-30s the next couple days.  Suspect it will drop water temp to 50 or below.  Next time we go, I think we'll start at the reed edges again, and slowly move out deeper to see if we can find them.

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Nice ones, Congrats!

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Way to figure out the pattern. Some good looking fish. Good luck getting on them after the cold snap.

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Congrats on some nice catches.

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Im so jealous, everything here is covered in 6 inches of ice. I used to live near Goldsboro, do you ever fish in that area?

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9 minutes ago, CarlF said:

I used to live near Goldsboro, do you ever fish in that area?

No, but the Neuse Sports Shop and Wilber's BBQ used to be mandatory stops on the way to, and back from the beach.  :D

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Haha good places for sure. Wilmington college girls love military guys...;)

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1 minute ago, CarlF said:

Wilmington college girls love military guys...;)

I remember one year ECU made Playboy's list of top 10 "party schools".  Don't think much has changed since then.

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way to get on a pattern man!

have to ask since you're from the triad.....  Heels, Pack or Devils?  (i guess maybe pirates since you mentioned ECU)

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Heels for sports since the 2nd grade.  Was a big Dean Smith fan... now Roy.  Outside of sports, State is much less liberal-minded than UNC or Duke, and I like that.  When a friend returned from Nam, he was treated like a pariah at UNC.  State welcomed him.  Same culture still exists today.

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well welcome aboard my friend!!  and for the umpteenth time on the record, i'm no Roy fan....  ready for a change myself, but nevertheless GO HEELS

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