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I got out early and waited for the guy to open the gate (6:08am). There were 3 cars behind me (2 kayaks and a pelican type boat). I put in and ran upstream.
After trying different baits, I got no bites. No topwater, spinnerbait or crankbait bites. Only got nibbles on the UL. I ran down toward the dam gradually and tried a swimbait with an underspin and swimbait on one of George's SWM jigs. I got a hookup on the underspin, but never got a hookset and it threw the bait. I was moving and casting/dragging the swimbait. As I got near some deeper water I got a good hit and the fight was on! It was a big fish and fought hard. I was not sure what it was until I got it near the boat. It was a BIG LM! I was able to grab the net and finally got the fish to the boat.
I tried to measure it and take a picture, but I could not get it all in the picture. I was pretty pumped up. I ended up taking 2 pictures to show the length. Just short of 20.5" and FAT.
I was very happy to catch that fish as I was targeting big ones mostly. The wind picked up and I tried drifting around , but got no more bites.
There were a lot of kayaks and a few other boats. I ended up eating my sandwich and slowly drifting back toward the put in. I was off the water a little before 12pm.
It was a nice day. Sunny and a breeze. Great day to be on the water!
Last edited by drxfish (Jun-12-20 10:19AM)
One of those kayaks was Paul, he got a few. Maybe he will tell the story.
Inquiring minds want to know, how do you target only big ones? That's all I ever want to catch!
Another 20" Nice
Last edited by hookup (Jun-12-20 12:15PM)
I started thinking deeper water near cover. They seemed to like swimbaits today. Wind kills me on that lake. I was not trusting my battery life.
Nice one! I was the guy behind you with the 2 kayaks. I got 2 blowups on a whopper plopper early but no hookup .... threw everything I had for 2 hours and got a couple bumps on swim jig but no set. My buddy picked up a small LMB on red texas rig worm. It was a beauty of a day to be out there.