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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

• Cross Report 4-8-2009

Fished out of the little boat again this evening. Started around 4:45pm and worked cypress trees in one small area with a finesse jig for about three hours. Hooked into three, but only landed two of them. Also had a crappie nip at my jig. Water temp was 64-65 degrees and still heavily stained. A light breeze was blowing out of the north and east, occasionally changing direction on me. It always does that though, so that was nothing new for me.

First fish came off a cypress tree in a reliable spot of mine. I noticed a small dead limb hanging down into the water, so I tossed the jig in, shook it, and then slowly dragged it away from the tree. That's when I felt a nibble and landed the first bass. Took me for a fun ride around the front of the boat. Weighed in at 2lbs 3oz. I didn't measure a length on it, but it probably came close to the upper limit of the slot, if not over 17 inches. Long and lean.

Second fish came off a thicker stand of cypress trees. Hooked it and tried to crank up the slack, but it darted into a clump of weeds at the base of a tree right next to the boat and came loose. Didn't look very big. Could have been an under, but was probably a small slot.

Third fish was the big one of the day weighing in at 3lbs 4oz. Caught this one off another reliable tree. I actually missed it on the first cast and picked it up on the second. I let it nibble a little longer the second time before setting the hook. It also took me for another fun ride, jumping only once, but swam fast enough to keep me cranking. It also had a nice sharp row of teeth.

Lots of fish activity out there this evening. The crappie were hitting everywhere. The one I missed kept jumping out of the water chasing small baitfish. A few gar were out doing the same thing. Lots of small baitfish scattered around between trees, in open water, and weaving in between some of the new lily pads that have been popping up. If you want to get in on the crappie bite, you might try getting outside tomorrow before the rain hits.

Bugs were bad though. Mosquitoes kept their distance until dusk started setting in, but there were tiny flies or gnats coming off of the trees. They wouldn't leave me alone even with repellent on. Small dragon flies were out too. Very good sign.