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Monday, December 3, 2007

• "Winter" fishing again

I'm ready to get in the boat and go fishing, but there are a few things holding me back. Last night the temps dipped into the low 30s and tonight we will be around freezing. I don't have any gloves for fishing yet. I've been looking at some neoprene gloves with the finger slits or a pair with all the finger tips cut off. The latter may only be available online. I will have to do some investigating at the BPS. Wednesday is the start of a warm trend with temps in the 60s and 70s.

Water temps were hovering in the mid 50s during the day. I've been fishing off the pier. I have only seen two catfish come up and eat the old hot dogs I tossed in the water along with a blue gill that came to check out the action. There were a few things swimming around out from the pier that were awfully skiddish to say the least. My spinnerbait scared them away. I've tried topwater thinking maybe the chain pike were cruising, but nothing bit. I had two nasty backlashes because I wasn't able to clear the weeds fishing from the bank. When the line caught the tips of the weeds, the spool kept turning and left me with a nest only scissors could fix. I had to respool. If anything, I've spent time practicing with the new baitcaster.

I need to make a plan for Wednesday. I'm not sure what time I'll hit the water or where exactly I plan on fishing. Gotta find some gloves. I'll review the "Fall Plans" post and kind of go from there. I need to see how much hydrilla has died off on the West end of the lake after the spraying. I want to have a couple of jigs tied on to pitch into some cypress trees and work along weed lines if I can find any weeds. I suppose my finesse rig is going to be one of the jig rigs along with my new baitcaster combo. I may opt for a Lake Fork Craw or Craw Tube on the Prolite Finesse instead. The Pflueger will probably get a T1 Terminator spinnerbait. One of the Callistos will get a rattle trap. Not sure what to tie onto the other Callisto. Maybe a DT6 crank will work. My last fish of 2006 was caught on a DT6. Then again, maybe all I'll have tied on are jigs and plastics including a C-rig.


JM Ridlon said...

This past weekend I went out to a deep, clear lake here in Virginia, Lake Anna and did real well. The lake level was the lowest I've seen it, several feet down. My first stop was around 10:30 am on some riprap facing the sun next to a bridge where I've always done well. The bank drops off almost vertically to 8 ft. My fifth cast with a jig (brown/orange with brown plastic superchunk) I had a 6 1/4 lber nail it. I'm going to post the pic on my blog when the marina puts it up on their website. My friend and I caught a few more there and then we started cranking points and caught a few more including a three lber. I'm going this weekend too!! I've got the winter fever!