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Took a morning and a full day off this week. I love the post spawn time when the fish come up crashing buzzbaits. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get out for weeks and I wasn't sure if the fish were already transitioning out to deeper water.
Tuesday was rainy and cool with light winds and I had quite a few fish come up and eat. I probably landed about 7 or 8 total but nothing big. Here are a few I captured on the GoPro. http://youtu.be/cGSN5ptl6wI
Friday I had the entire day off and it was a beautiful day on the water. The buzzbait bite was slower but I did get a few including this one that went 4lb 4oz.
I had several other fish on weightless flukes in the morning. I also found a few aggressive small fish deep in the back of one cove later in the day. Here's a few samples.
I spent hours trying to find the fish in their transition points between the coves and deeper water and aside from one or two short hits on a jig, I did nothing. I was ready to head home and I decided to fish one more spot. I had no hits on a jig or crankbait so I decided to fish a weighted swim bait that I had good luck with last fall. On my 3rd cast I hooked up big. It felt like I could barely move this fish off the ledge it was on. When it finally came up and I saw its head I started to get really nervous. Talking to it from that point on I convinced it to not jump, not come off the hook and please get in the net. ;-) While it wasn't the 8 lbs that I originally thought it was, it weighed a very respectable 6lb 12oz. Her tail was bruised up from the spawn and she was actually pretty thin. After weighing and taking a pic she easily swam away. She will be over 8lbs later this year.
Nice pig! Both are now on the leader board.
Great jo! Those are a bunch of nice fish and a beautiful hog!
I just watched the video. That Beaver was awesome. You had some nice action and missed a couple big fish, too. I was just going through my buzzbait collection yesterday, tinkering and getting them ready...
Last edited by drxfish (May-22-16 6:37AM)
Excellent work....you have mastered that place like no one else!
Thanks Ernie, I do ok.
If Troy "The Shimmy" and Brian "Plan B" ever move back to the area it would be quite a shoot out between the 3 of us.
haha I was just watching shimmy's vids.
great report, paul! you're a beast. can't wait to get out there with you. dr. says it might be another 6-8wks though...