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Friday, December 21, 2007

• Cross Lake Report 12/21/2007

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

The weather was nice again today, so I decided to fish a little. We had some rain a couple nights ago, so the water was still stained today. Water temps were still in the mid to upper 50s, except for the bayou into Fleming where my onboard unit read a cool 53 degrees. Not many crappie biting back that way for anyone. Most spots I hit hovered around 55 degrees though.

I decided to cover some old territory today closer to home. I started out around 11am near a cluster of cypress trees and worked my way around into an old lily pad field. You guessed it. I fished dead stems again. I started halfway down the bank on the east side of the pocket and drifted with the wind. I had two Terminator T1 spinnerbaits tied onto my Pro Qualifier and Pflueger Summit. The Callistos sported some rattle traps. The Prolite had a Strike King Mini King tied on. No plastics for me today.

I had good luck on previous trips just drifting with the wind, so I went with that approach again. First fish came on a firetiger T1 spinnerbait that weighed 3lb 1oz and measured around 17.5" long. The second much smaller fish came a few casts later closer to the bank. Looked like good action today, so I pulled the trolling motor up and used the main motor to backtrack into the wind to drift through the dead stems again. I didn't have any takers that whole stretch. I got back to where I caught the first two and picked up two more. Both came on a chartreuse T1 spinnerbait this time. I had that one tied on the Pflueger. I hadn't caught any fish with the Pflueger in a while and I'd forgotten how much I could manhandle bass with it. I'm starting to feel a little disappointed with the power behind the BPS reels. They can handle fish, but the drag feels a little mushy if that makes any sense. Same company makes them though, right?

Anyway, I anchored at that spot a while longer and saw a few fish hitting the top and even jumping out of the water. I couldn't make out what they were exactly, but they were not largemouth bass. Could have been some white bass. Didn't get any more bites there, so I went to the west side of the pocket and fished some cypress trees near the Bass Life Associates sign. Came up with two bites back to back. Again, they were not very impressive in size, but they put up a good fight. That spinnerbait is doing better than I expected. Didn't have any more bites after that and called it quits a little after 4pm.

So what worked today?
Dead/dying pad stems in 4-5ft of water
Wide holes/paths in cypress near deeper water
BPS Pro Qualifier Limited Edition combo 7' rod, 12lb Gamma Copolymer, 1/2 oz Firetiger Terminator T1 spinnerbait and Pflueger Summit WLP, MH BPS Graphite Series 6'6 rod, 20lb Gamma Copolymer, 1/2oz Chartreuse Terminator T1 spinnerbait

As an afterthought, I probably could have tried a jig in those pad stems and even over in those trees. The wind was blowing though and I think the drifting would have made things a little more frustrating. It's not always easy to keep the bait still while the wind pushes you along. The spinnerbait bite was working for me, but I could have dropped anchor for a short while and just bounced a jig around. I have learned more about this lake in the last few weeks than I have in the past two years.