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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 8/1-8/8

I have not posted a fishing report in a while because I have not caught very much lately. I've only been fishing off the pier. The boat needs gas and I'm watching gas prices a little closer. The weather has been changing in our area a lot lately. We were having 100 degree temps during the day without any rain over weeks at a time. Over the last week or so, we've had a few good downpours and that has surely changed the bite.

On the 28th, I noted that the folks from the hatchery were spraying for weeds again out this way. About a week later, I caught a bass that probably weighed about 1.5lbs on a Zoom Super Fluke fished near a tree. I didn't feel the tap and my line suddenly started moving. I set the hook, landed the bass, and discovered I had gut hooked it. Took me a while to remove the hook and the bass did not survive. I tried approaching through the gills, but the barb had gone all the way through and out again. I never had one die on me so fast either. Since this area had been sprayed, I didn't want to risk eating it, so I left it for the coons that frequent the yard at night. The last time the weeds were sprayed, an announcement was sent out with a 14 day water safety warning and I would assume that also extends to any fish caught over that time period. Better safe than sorry.

I fished another evening with someone else. She caught a crappie bigger than my hand that got away and then caught a nice 1lb catfish. I was surprised to see the crappie up in here in the warmer water. Warm is not usually their thing. I floated around in a small boat that morning and hooked into a small slot-sized bass on the Zoom Super Fluke, but it shook free. I saw a lot of action hitting the surface along the banks. Couldn't figure out how they wanted it.

Since then, lots of smaller bass have been working the shallow water chasing shad around. The gar are also cruising in full force. I actually saw someone out one day bowfishing, but never saw him take a shot. I caught two unders. One came on a size 3 Mepps Aglia and the other came on a 3/8oz swimblade. The same evening, I fished the swimblade again and hooked into a bowfin. I'm just going to say it again. I love my Pflueger Summit. The bowfin probably went 3-4lbs and I brought it to the pier in no time at all. No fuss. I didn't get it on the pier though. It got away as I lifted it out of the water. The bowfin did some side to side action in the air and spit out the hook. Now I think I am going to finally break down and buy another Summit or perhaps splurge on a Patriarch. I am addicted to speed.

There is a little bit of hydrilla growing in spots and the spray didn't kill many of the pads. We've had a lot more rain since then, so things are stirred up quite a bit. I haven't checked water temps lately. I should go out and buy a small portable temperature gauge. Water levels have been slowly dropping. People must have been watering their dying lawns. I'm hoping it drops some more so I can take care of the heavy weed growth down along the bank. I also finally saw the first gator of the year last night. I had seen something making a V line towards a boat fishing back this way and sure enough about 30 minutes later, it came back in my direction. It wasn't very big. Probably only went six feet or so.