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8 hours ago, reason said:

So you were out yesterday loving life? :)

I almost went, but bailed. The bite's been good.

Got out both today and yesterday. Crushed them both days. I've got some video from today that I'll upload if I can put it together. Even got one on a vixen.

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I wanted to get out there Friday and Sunday. Work is keeping me way too busy unfortunately.

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On 12/8/2017 at 10:43 AM, reason said:

I don't know the size of "actual temperature", but I guess we could get into some laws of thermodynamics, take it to quantum, and then any nonsensical thing goes :) , and yes ambient temperature of course affects the metabolism of cold blooded organisms. Not disputing that, nor am I suggesting that bass will be more active at lower temperatures than their preferred range. It's exactly the response to the lowering temperatures during a short span of time in late fall and early winter that causes all the "is it time to hang it up" threads from folks doing the same things expecting similar results this time of year. Now once the water temperature ceases (or more precisely dramatically decreases its rate) to lower, then the fish will adopt a new "normal" of (decreased) activity, which will then be influenced positively by increases in temperature which will be dictated by spans of warmer weather if present. Of course all of this is further influenced by the size, depth, orientation and latitude of the body of water in question. There is a temperature where the metabolism of most fish will decrease to a level where they will enter a state of dormancy, but that is rarely  reached in most places where you find bass. So what I am saying is that if I am fishing say 45º F water, its not because I think its a better idea  than fishing in 60º-80º F water, I'm fishing in 45º F water because that is what is in front of me, and once faced with that fact It is more important whether the water was warmer or colder previously to that. I get the feeling we are looking at the same thing from a different perspective. 

 

Exactly correct. 

However the ‘new normal’ homeostasis is obviously a turpor. Metabolic rate remain low and feeding less important vs. energy conservation. 

 

That said however, larger bass will risk the energy for the meal more readily, as they can afford to. 

 

 

 

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On 12/8/2017 at 10:43 AM, reason said:

I don't know the size of "actual temperature", but I guess we could get into some laws of thermodynamics, take it to quantum, and then any nonsensical thing goes :) , and yes ambient temperature of course affects the metabolism of cold blooded organisms. Not disputing that, nor am I suggesting that bass will be more active at lower temperatures than their preferred range. It's exactly the response to the lowering temperatures during a short span of time in late fall and early winter that causes all the "is it time to hang it up" threads from folks doing the same things expecting similar results this time of year. Now once the water temperature ceases (or more precisely dramatically decreases its rate) to lower, then the fish will adopt a new "normal" of (decreased) activity, which will then be influenced positively by increases in temperature which will be dictated by spans of warmer weather if present. Of course all of this is further influenced by the size, depth, orientation and latitude of the body of water in question. There is a temperature where the metabolism of most fish will decrease to a level where they will enter a state of dormancy, but that is rarely  reached in most places where you find bass. So what I am saying is that if I am fishing say 45º F water, its not because I think its a better idea  than fishing in 60º-80º F water, I'm fishing in 45º F water because that is what is in front of me, and once faced with that fact It is more important whether the water was warmer or colder previously to that. I get the feeling we are looking at the same thing from a different perspective. 

 

Exactly correct. 

However the ‘new normal’ homeostasis is obviously a turpor. Metabolic rate remain low and feeding less important vs. energy conservation. 

 

That said however, larger bass will risk the energy for the meal more readily, as they can afford to. 

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57 minutes ago, Joshua Vandamm said:

Exactly correct. 

However the ‘new normal’ homeostasis is obviously a turpor. Metabolic rate remain low and feeding less important vs. energy conservation. 

 

That said however, larger bass will risk the energy for the meal more readily, as they can afford to. 

Agreed, no need to repeat yourself.;) But that turpor (triple word score) in my experience happens at lower temps than the h2o usually gets to at this latitude for more than a couple of weeks (most years), I'd say 38º F ish. Exibit A, the guy above jerking aggressively and catching. Brother went ice fishing with some Eastern European "everything dies" types last winter in upstate New York, he sent me pictures of a wheelbarrow of 3-6 lb bass along with the pike and perch one would expect. 

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Bass move around a lot in water less than 50. They don't migrate unless you get a season change trigger but 100% they're moving around and feeding even under ice. If the water is over 40 bass can be downright aggressive. 

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A month with no new posts, winter is a jerk.

 

I was out glumly hiking around a frozen pond yesterday and noticed something odd in the ice;

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Found maybe 2-3 dozen sunfish frozen in the ice.  They were all within 3-4' of the bank and the ice was still crazy thick, I took my jack handle and chipped at it for a bit, made it like 3" down before I gave up.  This is a really really small pond, I am a little worried about fish-kills now.  

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Soft water, thank the Christ! No bass but couldn't keep large pickerel off a large JB and swim jig with a subtle paddle tail trailer. 

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Come on March. I should be healed enough to fish March 1st

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I managed my first bass of the year today.  I have spend every moment I have been able the last few days slowly dragging a jig, slow-rolling swimbaits, and dozing off between jerks on a pointer 78.  All for nothing.  I was at it again today but started seeing baitfish moving around in the shallows and then saw some small bass suspended in maybe 3-4' of water.  They would not even turn around to look at a jig, so I ran back to my car, grabbed a spinning rod, tied a ned on, and within two casts I caught this monster.

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Also, in sadder news, there was a fish kill at the pond I saw all those frozen fish that I posted earlier.  I went there the day after it started thawing and there were dozens of nice sized sunnies floating and I even saw 2-3 nice sized dead bass.  It's a tiny tiny little spot, so I hope there was not a larger kill-off then the fish I saw.  

 

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36 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

I managed my first bass of the year today.

 

Congrats on getting the year started! I had been running down to Lake Anna on the weekends to find open water. Fortunately my local lake was ice free except for some of the shady shallow coves so I was out there yesterday in the rain. This one was skinny but I was happy to be fishing in Maryland again. Black&Blue jig in 25'.

 

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Yea, seeing the baitfish moving around was more exciting that then little bass.  Did you get a water temp reading by any chance?  I bought one of those little fly fishing thermometers the other week, but have already lost/abandoned it.  I am itching to get my yak out, but I have no desire to wear the waders/dry suit anymore.  

 

 

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Hey Marylanders -

 

Where can I find a rod builder nearby my house :)

 

One of my rod is having issue with the locking the reel in. It's kinda of slipping. It appears that I would need to have the handle grip replaced as I tried the plumber tape to see if it would hold but nope. 

 

Want to have someone near PG or AA County so that I can bring it in and have it replaced. 

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What part is slipping?  Like is it unscrewing itself or is the reel seat moving?  

 

I have heard good things about Backyard Custom Rods in Walkersville, but I have never used them for anything.  That is a bit far north though.  

 

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1 hour ago, fishwizzard said:

Did you get a water temp reading by any chance?  I bought one of those little fly fishing thermometers the other week, but have already lost/abandoned it.

 

Temps over the weekend had me scratching my head. I was on the same lake on Saturday (the windy day) and the surface water temperature was 39 degrees. I go back out on Sunday (dead calm and cloudy) and the water temp was 42 - 43 degrees. I think what was happening was that the strong wind from the south was rotating cold deep water to the surface.

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Interesting.  The lake I was at on Saturday was around 40' on top and maybe 37-38 at ~7', the deepest straight drop I could find.   I was behind a tall dam however, so the spots I was measuring were very sheltered from wind.  

 

I found a warm-water discharge a few weeks ago that had thawed water when everything else was still inches of ice.  I am going to try to head back there next week with a new thermometer (that I will teather to myself so I don't walk off without it again) and see what the water there is up too. 

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Soft water again, and big pickerel again.

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How muddy is everything? I am out of town until Wednesday, but have all day Thursday free to fish.  

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Think im going to try some brackish action during this warm up period later this week/into next.  Hope to get some pick and maybe a resident rockfish. Will let you all know and good luck.

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Yea, I have been delaying getting my yak out until I can safely ditch the drysuit, but the lure of pickerel is getting stronger. 

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Anybody in here have a kayak or Jon boat for sale for under 2k? Message me if you do or know of anyone who does.

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17 minutes ago, Michael Robbins said:

Anybody in here have a kayak or Jon boat for sale for under 2k? Message me if you do or know of anyone who does.

Sent you a PM. 

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7 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

Yea, I have been delaying getting my yak out until I can safely ditch the drysuit, but the lure of pickerel is getting stronger. 

I used to love cold water pikein. My 2 favorite ways to catch em were a 1/4oz ruby lip buck tail trimmed and tipped with the biggest bull minnow you can get, and a j9 rapala. The head waters of the Magothy river tributaries have loads of nice fish. Many lures that will catch them good but the 2 above were $$. 

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