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Monday, September 15, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 9-15-2008

Cross Lake
Shreveport, Louisiana

I finally had a chance to hit the water. I may go out again later this week. I started out this morning around 7am fishing trees at the 40-8 entrance. I pitched one of my new jigs around trees, but didn't get any takers. I kept moving east along the tree line working the same jig.

There are a few short canals on the south west end and I'm not sure which one I was at, but I noticed a splash about 10 feet out from the trees. I quit throwing the jig and picked up the rig with my new Bandit crankbait and tossed it over. I ended up catching four small bass in just a few minutes. I tried fishing in behind the trees, but only came up with moss and a couple of missed hits. A couple of guys came through in a flat bottom boat. They went right through where the bass had been hitting and spooked 'em. I couldn't get a bite after that boat came through. Typical.

I kept heading east, but the wind was picking up. I tried fishing the first few docks with a jig, but the wind and waves were getting on my nerves, so I put the big motor down and headed back to the north west end to try more docks. I pitched the jig at one cypress tree and got hung up. I tried jiggling it loose with my rod, but I made things worse. I broke the rod tip. I did recover the jig though. After switching rods (I brought along a spare), I went back to fishing and couldn't get the swing right. The action on the tip of the spare rod was too fast for the 1/2 jig and I just could not cast it well.

I called it quits and headed back to Fleming around 11:30am. Water temps had been between 74 and 76 degrees all morning. The cooler air is starting to settle in down here. Morning air temps are in the 60's. I did buy a new rod to temporarily replace the other until I get the tip fixed. It was a 6'6MH rod that I have been using as my primary jig rod. If I am able to get the tip fixed on the other rod, I'll have two solid jig rods, but that means I need another reel. Oh boy!

What worked today?
Bandit 100 series chartreuse/blue back crankbait
6.3:1 Baitcaster
7' ML cranking stick
12lb Gamma Copolymer
Wind blown canal on south side of the lake
3-4' of water, very little vegetation, stained
Water temp 75 degrees