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Friday, January 23, 2009

• Caddo Report 1-23-2009

Today was a whirlwind of a day. I started out going along boat row C, but every spot I thought about stopping at was already taken. I ended up fishing out in front of the Potters Point Marina. I tossed a jig at a single tree and felt something, so I set the hook. It was fishing line. I found a red craw colored rattle trap at the end of that line, so if ya lost one over there, it's mine now I guess. Took the boat around that island out in front of Potters and knocked off one of the eyes on my spinnerbait as it brushed against the top of the trolling motor. Kept working the same area with a Terminator T1 spinnerbait and a chrome/blue rattle trap, but came up with nothing. I also got fed up with P-Line Evolution giving me backlashes, so expect a post about my first impressions soon. I respooled with some Gamma Copolymer.

I kept moving west towards Big Cypress Bayou and went up the entrance until I came to row M-M. Lots of boats back there fishing for crappie by the way. Anyway, I poked around along row M for a bit and stopped for a quick snack. Had some light rain come through about the same time.

Headed back out to row C and kept going all the way back to the Louisiana side, under the railroad bridge, and almost to the dam. I mainly worked a jig over in the trees, but came up with nothing. The water on that side of the lake was a little warmer, but muddy.

Put the motor down as much as I could and rushed up into Jeem's. I stopped to fish the same stand of trees in 8 feet of water that I fished yesterday. Pitched a jig at a leaning cypress tree and bounced it back to the boat. I let it sit for a moment and felt a tick, so I set the hook and pulled a fish towards me, but it came off before I could get a look at it. All I saw was a yellow blur dash to to the right and back down into the deep. I dropped the anchor and worked that tree with the jig, a rattle trap, and a spinnerbait. I went back to the jig and let it sit. I felt a bite and set the hook. This fish didn't escape. I was left wondering if the first bite was the same fish or a larger one. I didn't feel like weighing that fish, so I'm going to guess it was between 2 and 2 1/2 lbs. At least now I have one good spot on Caddo, but it's definitely not a secret location. I am sure many other anglers frequent those trees.

My day on the water started around 9am and I quit at 3:40pm. Water temps were 48-50 on the main lake and the Texas side, but temps were 51-53 degrees over by the dam. The wind made the trek across the lake a bumpy ride. Row B was a really rough ride today.

What worked:
Pflueger Summit WLP on 6'6" MH rod
12# Gamma Copolymer
1/2oz blue/black Revenge Flip Jig with matching LFT Pig Claw trailer
Lots of patience
What didn't work:
Spinnerbaits, rattle traps, and shallow water.