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Saturday, September 20, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 9-20-2008

Cross Lake
Shreveport, Louisiana

I finally had a chance this morning to hit the water. I started out of Fleming at around 9am. Even though it was somewhat of a late start, I was confident I could find the same group of fish schooling again. There was one problem. I couldn't find the spot at first. I should have marked it as a waypoint on the GPS.

After fishing some trees on the south end, I worked my way back into the shallow water and caught the first bass of the day and even though it was a dink, it was enough to convince me they were biting. I was using a 1/2oz jig with a LFT Pig Claw trailer. I kept working cypress trees with the jig and hooked into something fairly large. I'm not sure what it was, but as soon as I set the hook, it ran with it. Apparently I foul hooked it because moments later, the fish came loose. The jig hook had two large scales stuck on it and they smelled awfully fishy.

As I motored back west along the tree line, I noticed a few landmarks and found the spot I fished on the 15th. Sure enough, I could see the bass chasing shad. I quit pitching the jig and tossed my Bandit crankbait over into the mix. I picked one up right away. After releasing that bass, something else caught my eye over along the next line of trees. A fish was jumping out of the water and the limb above it was moving up and down. You guessed it. Limb line. I stopped casting for the schooling bass and went over to see what kind of fish had been hooked. After positioning the boat so I could handle the limb line, I lifted the fish up to find about a four or five pound carp on the end. Man that fish was strong. I cut it loose and went back to fishing for the bass. I hate limb lines. They are illegal on this lake.

I picked up six more small bass until some guy in a flat bottom boat came out from the canal behind me. The fish spooked just like they did last time. I couldn't get a bite after that. I did try to search for them and even saw one hit the surface, but nothing wanted to bite. I marked the spot on the GPS and decided to head over to the Islands on the west end. In the past, I have always had luck finding similar schools of bass in between these islands.

I worked along the side of one of the islands throwing the crankbait into the shadows of cypress trees trying to stay shallow. I caught a nice fat 2lb 11oz bass on the southern end of one of the islands. That was good enough for me to call it quits and head in around 2pm.

Water temps in the morning were around 76 degrees and climbed to 82 degrees in the afternoon. Most of the west end of the lake looks heavily stained. I'm hoping that as the lake level continues to drop, things will clear up a little. There were quite a few boats out today, but I didn't see anyone catching fish.

What worked today:
1/2oz black/red Revenge Jig
3 1/2" LFT Pig Claw Trailer
7.1:1 baticaster
12lb Gamma Copolymer
6'6" MH graphite rod
Very shallow water behind cypress trees

Bandit 100 series chartreuse/blue back crankbait
6.3:1 Baitcaster
7' ML cranking stick
12lb Gamma Copolymer
3-4' of water, very little vegetation, stained


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