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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

• Off The Pier 12-24-2008

I decided to fish off of the pier this afternoon. The weather was nice, but it was also a little windy. As soon as I walked onto the pier, I was hit by a steady breeze out of the west. There were moments where it would wane, but it did not stop. I brought my light rig set up with a Zoom Super Fluke and a second rig with a swimblade.

I picked off two fish and lost one. All bit on the fluke. I used a twitching technique, but worked the lure at about half of my normal pace twitching the rod from around 11 o'clock in front of me down and to the side to 5. The first fish was about a 14 inch bass and I would have a photo, but it flopped off the pier before I could get a good hold on it. The second fish was a small chain pickerel. Both were lurking in about a foot and a half of water and in the shade, not in the sunny spots. The third fish came off because I didn't get a solid hook set. I cast really shallow along an edge of dying hyacinths and skipped the fluke along the surface a little to avoid getting caught on some debris. The fish hit before I was ready and I set the hook with an upward motion. It was only on for a few seconds before coming loose.

I think the water temps were still in the low 50's, but I didn't have a gauge with me on the pier. There was a brief downpour of rain some time late at night. The water in the shallow areas is not stained at all though. If we don't get more rain, I may hit the water tomorrow or this week end to see if the fluke pattern holds up.