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Howdy guys and gals!

With the Classic coming to my home state and my girlfriends home town again, I have some useful tips for anyone who will be in Anderson/Clemson area this coming week. 

 

I recently fished Lake Hartwell last weekend with my girlfriends father for just about the entire day roughly 10 hours. Just thought I would throw in some helpful information and reward those prudent enough to read this post. 

 

First off if you dont have any, get a few cranks in Pro Blue. They were nailing Herring colored baits all day. I started with Chrome/Blue Arashi 1/2 oz Vibe(Rat-l-trap) to locate fish, best luck when ripping it through grass near a good current off a bank. They are sitting around 20 ft deep in the mornings until about 10am. Then slowly rising up to around 2-7ft deep as the day goes on. At that time I started using an Arashi 5 silent on some flats up past Clemsux(GO *****) and got a lot of hits. Though I would recommend slowing it down and kinda popping it in bursts once they hit it as I am sure with how cold it is I was reeling too fast. My best technique is hands down soft jerkbaits. Listen carefully, White Pearl Zoom Super fluke with a RED THIN WIRE 4/0. I saw the buggers chase the sucker to the boat with my weighted flutter hook enough to tick me off and change the hook as initially it was too difficult to let the fluke sink to depth with how fast my gfs old man was trolling. Then past 2pm or so, slow and deep pulls on a bass colored Chug Bug in quiet wooded coves caught some nice bass nothing over 3lbs where I was but if I controlled the boat I am sure that I would have produced bigger farther back in some coves. 

 

Overall SLOW IT DOWN, if you get a hit stay there for a bit and use slow erratic movements. If you get a hit with a calm cove nearby, check out the 5-10ft depth in the cove. STAY IN THE SUN. Small openings in treelines or cooking flats are where they will be early morning as it will heat up better and as a result the baitfish will pass through. 

 

I would test deep problue/Chrome blue/foxy shad(water clarity/sun) hard jerkbaits, a C-rig and various spooning techniques during the practice day(s) as I forgot to do that since I was already getting hits, but I am betting that a deep spoon would probably do better, and the Crig allows you to put a fluke or ribbontail into the strike zone faster and longer. 

 

Anyway, best of luck and I hope this helps the few who might skim across this before the tourney. 

 

Best regards,

Will

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Nice of you to give some very detailed information! I wish I was down at the classic! Matter of fact, I wish I was anywhere with open water at this point in time!! 

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This forum doesnt appreciate great info on Hartwell. ( see my closed thread) :)

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34 minutes ago, KHNC said:

This forum doesnt appreciate great info on Hartwell. ( see my closed thread) :)

In your previous post, you asked for exact spots so you could catch 50-60 bass for the skillet. 

 

So.... No surprise nobody answered. 

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1 hour ago, Glenn said:

In your previous post, you asked for exact spots so you could catch 50-60 bass for the skillet. 

 

So.... No surprise nobody answered. 

I was directly referring to you not having a sense of humor at all. Most anyone should have noticed my post was pure satire, related to the classic at Hartwell. 

17 hours ago, Adam.love05 said:

Nice of you to give some very detailed information! I wish I was down at the classic! Matter of fact, I wish I was anywhere with open water at this point in time!! 

You live near the best lake in the country!! In my opinion. Had a great week at champlain a few years ago. 

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3 hours ago, KHNC said:

Most anyone should have noticed my post was pure satire

I realize it makes perfect sense to you, but not so much to people who don't know you.  Trust me, we've seen a lot of bizarre and completely serious questions on this site that many people thought was a joke, but turned out it wasn't.

 

Satire does not come off well in forums, because the expectation is that "most everyone should know it's satire".  It usually isn't the case, unfortunately.

 

Case-in-point, your previous post generated a number of angry responses, which we removed and then had to lock down the thread to prevent further flare-ups. 

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@KHNC I thought that the 😊 gave it away. I thought it was funny because im new and I was like... oh crap did I do something wrong?

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9 hours ago, Will1248 said:

@KHNC I thought that the 😊 gave it away. I thought it was funny because im new and I was like... oh crap did I do something wrong?

Will, i think the majority of people got it as well when i posted it. It was cold weather, not a single mention of the classic, nor any posts about Hartwell. I have fished Hartwell for 36 years. Its a great lake. I dont fish it as much now due to all the pressure it receives. Publicity will do that to a good lake. I still fish most every weekend ,except during prime hunting season! I just dont go to hartwell as often. Classic starts tomorrow and they will slay the fish!! Im heading down to the expo on Sunday with the kiddos. 

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