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Sunday, February 28, 2010

• Caddo 2-28-2010

Fished Caddo Lake today from 11am to 4pm. Started out on the north side of Big Green Break casting a Big Bite Baits Biobait Trick Stick at trees. I essentially followed the same path I took the last time I was out on Caddo, hitting clusters of cypress trees and avoiding the scattered ones, making sure to cast around any duck blinds as I went. I kept a Yo Mama rigged with a 3/16oz bullet weight ready to go for pitching to the same kinds of spots. I had other lures rigged up, but never got around to using everything I had planned.

I saw several boats out there today. I hold the opinion that whenever the boat rows on Caddo are lively, the fishing is tough. Whenever anglers are staying put and not running and gunning, the fish are biting. Today was a run and gun kind of day. People were casting, but they sure weren't catching. Lots of fishing pressure.

So I worked my way up to boat lane C and went across it into an open stretch I'm vaguely familiar with. In the past, I have had success finding one or two bites along a spot where dead pad stems border hydrilla in six or seven feet of water. I found fish there before by casting a lipless crankbait with a fancasting approach. After KVD's recent win, I was all geared up to throw a 1/2oz Red Eye Shad on my 5:1 Curado and not the usual 7:1 Patriarch. Third cast in, I had a bite, but it didn't fee like a bite. Felt more like dragging through weeds. I barely even set the hook. Finally felt the fish on the other end, tugged a little, and cranked it up to the back of the boat. For some reason, the photo I took didn't do the fish justice. Weighed in at 2lbs 7oz.

Went about casting the RES for a while, searching for more bites. When that didn't work, I switched to a different color rattle trap and came up with nothing. Slowed down and worked both the Trick Stick and a 10" Power Worm with nothing to show for my work. Reeled in lots of hydrilla and dead pad stems, but that's to be expected when fishing a lipless crankbait.

Circled back around and tried drifting with the wind, casting the Red Eye Shad to either side, hoping to find a bite.

Didn't happen.

Headed in at 4pm when the clouds showed up overhead. Water temps starting out hovered around 48 to 49 degrees. I didn't hit 50 degree water until that last spot where I caught the fish.

Now I'm going to go wipe down my reels.


James said...

For the last couple of years I've had better luck with the X-Caliber Xr-50 than the Red Eye Shad. Pearl Melon is a good color to try.

Also, rod selection is important with lipless crankbaits, a 6'6" in medium action has come to be my favorite.

I know KVD catches bass on the RES, but he's KVD he could probably catch bass with a stick and a string, he's just in a different league from the rest of us.

BassFishingDem said...

That's what I've got my E5 rigged on, a medium 6'6. The RES has been okay so far. I just realized that maybe I was fishing it too fast with the 7:1 and opted to slow 'er down with the 5:1. KVD's bite at the Classic just served as a reminder.