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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

• Caddo Report 2-25-2009

Why must it always be so windy here in Louisiana? Almost every trip to any of the area lakes involves winds in the 10-15mph range, especially in the afternoon. It really takes a lot out of me having to run that trolling motor all day. Well, that's what I did today. I do try my best to just drift with the wind, but there are too many trees to negotiate with. I spent much of my late morning and early afternoon fighting the wind south of Whatley Island and over to boat row K. Then I went over to Old Folks Playground and fished in an old pad field with a lot of dead stems. I ended my day over just north of boat row E near Jeems.

I caught three fish, but only got two of them into the boat. One was a bass and the other two were chain pickerel. The bass came on a red/white 1/4oz Walmart spinnerbait. I found that bass in a calm spot between three trees. The wind gave all of the surrounding water a current and the water between those trees was that one calm spot which might hold a fish. I pitched a short cast into the middle and pulled out a small fat bass that fought like a fish twice its size. I kept with that pattern, but couldn't find any more, so I drifted with the wind to a different stretch and hooked into a decent size chain pickerel that was probably about 2lbs, but I foul hooked it with the rattle trap. I was able to bring it along side the boat, but when I started to lift it to bring 'er in, I lost it. Picked up another, somewhat smaller pike the next stand of trees over. Caught both of those pike on a red craw rattle trap.

Unfortunately, water temps were still less than 60 degrees. Most water I covered today was around 55 or 56 degrees, but over in Old Folks, I found temps between 57 and 58. Most of the water had a medium stain to it and only about a foot or two of visibility. Up north of row E near Jeems, I hit some heavily stained muddy brown water. I guess I'll keep waiting for water temps to come up. I can probably blame the cold snap that affected the Bassmaster Classic for the temps I saw today. Come on warmer weather!

Oh yeah, I hate Spanish moss. That stuff sticks to everything. If you hang a lure in that stuff, you aren't going to be able to yank it out. If you do, you'll get a handful of the moss at the end of your hook.

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