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Friday, October 23, 2009

• Cross Lake Report 10-23-2009

What a rough day! I started fishing around 8:30am and didn't quit until around 4pm. Not much to report.

Water temps started out at 61 degrees at the launch. Most of the spots I hit hovered around the 63 degree mark. The entire lake was a giant bowl of chocolate milk too. I couldn't even find lightly stained water. The wind was the real killer today. I think we had a steady 15mph breeze with 20mph gusts. The main lake was choppy which made for a very rough ride. Even the most secluded spots had a breeze blowing through.

The first place I hit was over by 40-8. I started out working a blue sapphire Zoom lizard on a 4/0 Gammy EWG hook with a 1/2oz bullet weight in 5 feet of water. I swapped the Zoom lizard out for a black/blue tail Lake Fork Tackle lizard and still couldn't muster up a bite. I just kept pitching to trees because I was under the impression bass might be hunkered down close to any wood for warmth.

After a good hour of pitching that lizard, I switched off to a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Mama in green pumpkin/watermelon seed rigged on a 3/0 hook and a 1/4oz bullet sinker. I needed the extra weight to help cut through the wind. From about 10am to 1pm, that's all I tossed. I snagged on more stuff than I'd like to admit. Hanging up like that is no fun in that kind of wind either. On top of that, my line kept getting caught in the cypress nuts hanging from the limbs.

I moved to a pocket on the point between the twin bridges that I thought might offer some relief from the wind, but I soon found out that any breeze blowing in would soon push me back out. Granted it was a small pocket, but it usually provides some amount of protection. This pocket had a shallow flat in the middle and the edges are lined with reeds and pads. Couldn't find anything there, but I did come across an egret that was hell bent on coming back to a laydown along the bank. I spooked that bird three times and it kept coming back.

I drifted east and switched off to a DT-6. Once I got out into deeper water, I switched to a DT-10. I couldn't even find debris on the bottom aside from an oak leaf. I did hang the DT-6 up on something about 200 feet off the point, but I was able to shake loose.

I gave up and headed back west to the cove just north of the Fortney Bayou entrance and started flipping the Yo Mama into the pads. Nothing there either. Just a lot of coots cruising by.

Headed in around 4pm. Lots of boats appeared to be in a frantic search for calmer water. I thought about heading over to the 220 bridge and cranking my way underneath, but didn't feel like bouncing around in the wind any more.

Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe the fish are huddled really tight off points in deeper water. I don't know. Shallow water sure wasn't the place to be.