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Sunday, March 8, 2009

• Caddo 3-8-09, A Fun One

Lots to tell, so here we go. Fished from 9am to 4pm. Water temps ranged from 62 to 65 degrees. Wind was blowing pretty good, but not quite as strong as the other day. Mostly cloudy in the morning, but the sunshine warmed things up in the afternoon.

Started off a bit late around 9am thanks to the time change. Went straight to Jeems off of marker B60 and motored between the trees working plastics. Had one pike take hold of the lizard, but it came off right at the boat. Tried bringing a crankbait across a few areas, but didn't have any takers. Found some stumps though. Gave up and went over to the Texas side. Just too windy.

I took boat row C all the way into Texas and veered off onto row CC. Then I took row C north along Alligator Bayou and turned off into a flat near C79. Picked up a few fish back in there. All of them came on my trusty $1 Walmart red/white spinnerbait. First bite was a 2lb 4oz largemouth bass hunkered down next to a cypress tree in about 2 feet of heavily stained water. Hooked a couple more pike, but was able to put one of them in the boat. The other got away from me when my hand slipped off the crank as I was reeling. The neat part about the chain pickerel I did land was that I saw it flash behind my lure. I jerked the spinnerbait a little bit and that was enough to draw the strike. I drifted into a cove with a duck blind in the center. Didn't get a strike until I reached the back of the cove. Only a dink, but a bass is a bass.

As it turned out, the back of that cove runs right up against another stretch of boat row C, so I got back out into it and picked up a feisty white bass from the middle of the boat row in 5-6 feet of water. The next two white bass bit along the edge of the boat row where it was only about 2-3 feet. These fish do like to have some current.

Now here's where the trip got interesting. I turned around and went back to where I entered that one cove. Instead of going into the cove again, I went down the canal. I want to say it's called Stumpy Slough. I went about casting my spinnerbait to either side trying to get another nibble and heard a splash off to my right. I turned to see a big alligator stepping off the bank toward the boat. It took about two or three steps, waved its tail side to side, and entered the water. Then it just sat there in the weeds staring at me. Easily a 10-footer. Had that playful Jurassic Park attitude.

All in all, a fun day. White bass are really strong and fun to fight. Wouldn't have it any other way.


Fish Whisperer said...

Great day of fishing. The alligator is an added bonus.
Tight lines