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Sunday, February 8, 2009

• Caddo Report 2-8-09

Caddo started out about the same. Water temps have improved. I hit the water around 9:45am and headed up to Jeems again. Temps at the launch and in Jeems lingered around 52 degrees in the morning. Sun was shining bright at that hour. Lots of boats out today too. Not sure where everyone ended up, but Jeems had some anglers going along tree lines.

I could tell everyone was having a rough morning. Nobody wanted to sit still. The boat rows were pretty lively. I could just sense the tension. A jig wasn't drawing them out for me. Neither was a rattle trap. I ended up losing the craw rattle trap I found a while back, so I'll need to go buy my own this time. I should have checked my line after a backlash, but let it slide and a lost lure was the result. I did spend a good 30 minutes picking apart a fallen tree with nothing to show for it but weeds wrapped around my hook. At one point, I even put a tiki stick in front of them, but that didn't get a bump either.

Clouds started rolling in around noon and the wind picked up, but I stayed in the same area and went along with the breeze. I drifted along a row of posts in 7 feet of water and kept tossing that rattle trap out into the open. Water temps had risen to 55 degrees by then, even with the cloud cover. I was able to coax out a really nice 2lb 4oz crappie with the 1/2oz trap. Unexpected and unconventional for a crappie bite, but it was still a good catch anyway.

That one bite completely changed my approach. I went from targeting bass to figuring out what could get the crappie bite going. I kept drifting with the wind working the trap, but did not find anything, so I motored back out to the boat row and drifted with the wind a second time. Having hooked numerous white bass on Cross using a rattle trap and a Rapala DT-6 in a similar situation, I started thinking a DT-6 might also produce for crappie. I threw a Rapala DT-6 in Parrot color and found another 2lb slab.

I kept searching, but did not get any more bites. Rain and wind came in from the south, so I tucked my tail in and made the bumpy ride back to the launch.

What worked:
7-9 feet of water, 53-55 degrees
Pflueger Patriarch WLP 7.1:1, 7' MH rod
1/2oz rattle trap
12# Gamma Copolymer
6.3:1 baitcaster, 7' ML crankin' stick
Parrot Rapala DT-6
15# P-Line Halo


Fish Whisperer said...

Nice fish all the hard work paid off.

HellaBass said...

How close is the Red River to you? You going to the Classic?

BassFishingDem said...

Pretty close. I would like to go. I don't know what my plans are for that week end yet. It would take me 30-35 minutes to get to the ramp and CenturyTel because it's on the other side of town. The Expo is supposed to be open to everyone, but I'm not up to date on the specifics behind the Classic or any additional BASS member benefits I might have. I'd like to go and get some photos of random things to post here afterwards.