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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

• Cross Lake 3-18-2009

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I fished today to see if I could find out where the bass went. The shallow stuff in the trees hasn't been all that productive or even active aside from a few gar and shad. With the rain last week, I thought the bass might make the drive to shallow water, but I guess the cold rain did the opposite and killed the bite. I thought I would check out slightly deeper water with some crankbaits.

So I fished the islands out on the west end for a while from the little boat. Tossed a DT6 and a rattle trap, but couldn't even find a bump. The shad have been hitting the surface, but it was completely calm today. Water was pretty murky and water temps were around 61 to 62 degrees.

I think the Thursday night tournaments kick off tomorrow evening. Not sure how many boats I'll see, but I'm guessing the bite is going to be tough. But you already knew that. It is Cross Lake after all. No patterns. Few fish.

I had one bad experience I'd like to mention. Had one bass boat that was fishing a good distance away. He went by me on plane and had the nerve to wave at me. The spot I was fishing was only about 200 feet wide and this guy zoomed by me on plane 110 feet away from my boat right over the spot I had been casting to. I could have hit his boat with my 1/2oz rattle trap. The wake knocked me around pretty good. He had plenty of other water to use in order to avoid where I was fishing. About 15 minutes later, a jet ski came over in my direction. Jet skis and similar recreational boaters get a bad rap from bass anglers, but this one actually slowed to almost idle with very little wake as it went by me at a distance of about 120 to 150 feet. It seems the bass boat was the offender today. I always try to give little boats plenty, and mean plenty of room when I'm on plane. Again, that's Cross. Even the anglers are rough to deal with. Show your fellow boaters a little bit of respect folks, especially the small watercraft. I always wonder if these boaters would have done the same thing had I been in the 18 footer. One day, your behavior might end up getting featured in a video posted on the internet by yours truly.