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Sunday, June 22, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 6-22-2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I got off to a rough start this morning. Couldn't use my usual tow vehicle again. Brand new belts are screeching bad. Anyway, I was able to get on the water a little before 7am towing with another vehicle. I fished until 10am. The wind was hardly even blowing at all and the water was very calm. That's pretty rare for Cross. Water temps all morning were between 84 and 85 degrees. The water was not as muddy as before, but still fairly stained. The sun was out and shining in no time at all.

I headed back to the same stretch of trees on the south end closer to the middle of the lake. I stayed with pitching that same 1/2oz jig rigged with a LFT Pig Claw trailer. I couldn't find any fish there, so I went even further south near where I caught some last time I went out. I stumbled upon a cypress tree with a sign on it. I had finally found the infamous 40 and 8 I have heard so much about. It's on the south west end just below all those islands of cypress trees. There is a Bass Life Associates sign near the entrance to 40-8 too. You should be able to spot that sign from a distance and then find your way into 40-8 from there.

I kept pitching that jig and finally hooked up with a 1lb 3oz slot bass. A few casts later, I found a 3lb 8oz 18.5" long pig under a cypress limb overhang. It hit on the fall. That was a fun fight. At one point, I was staring down its mouth as it jumped straight out of the water. I caught one under that I didn't bother weighing and that was it. After all of that, I think I went through about four jig trailers. I went further back into what I assumed was 40-8 and came up on a bass chasing shad around. I couldn't get it to bite though. By then, it was close to 10am and I packed up and headed for home.


Mark said...

I'm fairly new to bass fishing and stumbled across your site and have been clicking through most of the posts during spare time at work and in my free time. I've picked up quite a few tips and really enjoy your reports, keep it up!