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Saturday, January 31, 2009

• Caddo Report 1-31-09

Seems like all I can do is catch one fish when I hit the water. I guess one is better than none. Here goes.

For the life of me, I do not know where people find bass this time of year on Caddo. I started out fishing the same spot up in Jeems with a diving crankbait and a 1/2oz jig. Nothing. Went south into some more trees tossing the jig and a spinnerbait. Nothing there either. Headed west to learn my way around some of the winding canals to take my mind off of the counterproductive morning. Lots of boats fishing for crappie on the way into Big Cypress, but I only went as far as the Government Ditch sign.

Went back out to open water along boat lane K and veered off into some cypress trees. The wind was picking up at that point, so I switched off to a 1/2oz red craw rattle trap. Drifted with the wind in between the trees and hooked up with a 2lb 4oz bass after a lot work casting that trap. Nothing after that. Called it quits around 4:30pm.

I had a lot of snags today too. I almost lost a crankbait, a jig, and a rattle trap. The crank snagged and the line broke at the knot when I tried to pull loose from a stump 8 feet down. Miraculously, the crankbait came loose and floated right to the top. Later on, I snagged my jig in 6 feet of water. I got my jig back by taking my reel off the rod and dipping the rod down into the water all the way to where I was stuck. Then I almost lost the rattle trap after hanging up in roots of a cypress tree. The trap was actually tangled up in a huge ball of fishing line. Lots of stress today.

Water temps started out around 46 degrees, but most spots were between 47 and 48 degrees.

What worked:
1/2oz craw rattle trap worked aggressively over shallow hydrilla
3-5 feet of water, scattered cypress trees, stained, 10mph winds
7.1:1 Pflueger Patriarch, 7' MH rod

I think I'm going to wait until the water warms up a few degrees before I fish again. I'm getting really tired of the hit or miss 50 degree water. I may be learning how to get around Caddo, but it's not worth all the gas I'm using to do it.