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Dateline: Saturday June, 18 on Pickwick

Hit the water at 5:30 AM. Started with the Megabass PopMax. First fish on the second cast,

then non-stop action until the sun hit the water. Switched to the Rage Tail Thumper, Red Shad

which actually looks purple in the water. I rigged the worm with 1/4 oz tungsten bullet weight;

black bead; #12Yo-Zuri Hybrid and #6 Moaner Hook. Rod & reel combo consisted of a Calais

saddled to a St. Croix EC70MHF. Around 50 largemouth were boated before noon. My partner

could not buy a bite until he made the switch.

We didn't catch anything big, ~4 lbs tops. The bite was in 10'-15' of water along a drop about

50' wide, 30 yards or so off shore, 2 miles long. Best results were in areas fed by creeks, outside

the mouth of a number of small coves. The technique was cast and drift or a slow retrieve, but

no hopping! We cast AWAY from the shoreline bringing the bait into and out of the deeper water.

The structure is much like a trench with 3'-4' of water on either side (inside and out). Stumps

and debris is scattered along the bottom. The current was modest, but enough to stir things up.

The bad news was the TVA water release schedule. When they turned off the water, they turned

off the fish. Bummer...

B) B) :lol:

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I REALLY love your reports RW. Good job, keep them coming!

Gear question - do you ever have problems setting the hook with the stretch of a non-braided line? I switched to braid because I hated the stretch.

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WTG RW and thanks for the detailed report!!! Sounds very much like what our fish are doing here in Tx. Bet they'll be there again, next time the water moves ;)

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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So the #6 size worked well for you. I was going to use #4 thought it might be too small but see it should be fine.

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Wow that's a great report! Thanks for the details it really helps those of us still learning!

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Big O says "Blue Flake" is Rage Tail "purple". I picked up a couple today.

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What size Thumper?

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I was fishing the 10" Thumper, but I have had great luck with the 7", too.

The bite was hot, but my buddy couldn't get anything going on a variety

of other baits. He had several new plastics he wanted to fish, so he did!

However, the Thumper proved to be the ticket.

I rigged up one of his rods, handed it to him and said, "Give this a try."

My friend caught his best fish of the day on his first cast, followed by

two more back-to-back. Three fish on three casts after 3+ hours of nothing.

When things like this happen, it's like...WOW!

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So the #6 size worked well for you. I was going to use #4 thought it might be too small but see it should be fine.

I prefer a 5/0 hook myself but if a tiny # 6 works, go for it! :D

Seriously, sounds like a great day Kent. Pickwick rocks!

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I've never fished your lakes when that bite is HOTT... Sure would like to though :D

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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Nice catchin RW

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