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Friday, December 26, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 12-26-2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

Hit the water around noon. The Fleming launch was packed even though we were getting 20mph winds out on the water. Motored out to the mouth of the bayou and was greeted with plenty of whitecaps and a bumpy ride. I didn't push the motor this time and kept my speed around 30-35mph. I was out there today because the air temps were in the 70's and I wanted to try out my new Pflueger Patriarch. I also had a feeling that with the cold front on its way and the wind stirring things up, there might be a bite going. The Zoom Super Fluke was able to draw out some bites on Wednesday, so I thought that maybe the pattern would hold up again today.

I headed south so as to avoid much of the wind. I went down a few of the canals on the southwest end just west of 40-8. I discovered a brand new duck blind the next point over from one of my favorite new spots. I picked up a small bass in shallow calm water on a fluke rigged on the Prolite. I had two more hook ups after that, but both came off right at the boat. Both felt like solid slot (14-17-inch) bass and both bit on the fluke. My fourth bite put the Patriarch to work. A 2lb chain pickerel chomped down on a swimblade. I wouldn't have known the fish was there had it not been for the huge swirl behind my lure. I didn't feel a thing, but when I saw the swirl, I set the hook and there it was. I also tried tossing a jig and a crankbait, but the fish did not want either.

Water temps were between 52 and 54 degrees. The wind was relentless, but there were moments when the trolling motor managed just fine. I let the wind push me along the tree lines and tried to avoid using the motor too much. Lots of boats out and lots of duck hunters too.