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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

• Cross Lake Report 10/10/2007

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

Got a late start today. Hit the water around 12:45pm. I had to give the new spinnerbait a go. I made sure I put on sun block as it was bright and clear today. I also planned on tossing a jig while I was at it. I went right to some 7-8ft water near where I was the other day. Water temps were in the mid 80s already. I slow rolled for the longest time. Worked a jig for about 30 minutes over the same spot I found on sonar. The only fish in the area were gar and some schooling shad. I gave up and circled a nearby island working the spinnerbait. Nothing. I decided to try the jig again. First cast tipped the trolling motor and I lost the rattle and one claw on the craw trailer. Second cast was a break off and away went my jig. That darn Gamma Fluorocarbon has snapped on me for the last time. I'm gonna try something else. Anyway, pulled anchor, repositioned, dropped anchor, and dragged the spot with a magnet to find my jig. The magnet actually brushed against the loose line and I pulled in my jig. Mission accomplished.

I respooled the Prolite with more lousy fluorocarbon and set it aside. I went on over to an island on the south side with a house on it and worked the Terminator T1 spinnerbait in the trees along the bank. I saw a nice spot tucked away further back and tossed 'er in there. First fish on. Got it in and saw it was an under (under the slot). I let it go. I went to the adjacent island to the east and did the same thing. Picked up a smaller under over there and let it go too.

I had one more spot to try. If they are in the trees, this spot might bring me some luck. Well, I foolishly made a cast with a small backlash on the spool. There went my new spinnerbait off into the water taking 20 feet of line with it. I should have known better than to do what I did. Anyway, I motored on over and pulled the line out of the water and recovered my spinnerbait. I spent some time trying to dig out the free end of line on the spool, but gave up and just cut it all out and respooled that reel too. I quit not long after that.

I think I'm going to try the BPS branded fluorocarbon. It's either that or some P-Line. I've heard good things about both and neither one is nearly as expensive as Gamma Edge. I'll also need a new spool of Gamma Copolymer while I'm at it. Time to edit my review of Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon.