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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

• Cross Lake Report 2-16-2011

Where to begin?

Well, I went out this evening and fished the dead pad stems with nothing to show for all the work. The wind knocked me around a lot and because it never let up, I pulled the anchor and drifted with it, searching for any fish that might be along for the ride too. I really took a beating and although the skies were overcast, something that usually gives me more confidence out there, I was running out of ideas. Remembering the last time I was out in conditions like this, I made my way to a wind blown shallow flat and anchored again. Second cast in, I picked off my first fish. Weighed 2lbs 3oz. It bit on a Rapala F11.

In between the beating and the first bass, I was fortunate enough to see a bald eagle flying around behind me. It was too far away to get a decent photo, but it has been a long time since I've seen one on Cross Lake. Caddo, sure. Always nice to see they still come around here.

Couldn't find any more fish there, so I went to fish the really skinny water. Checked the water temps there and, assuming the gauge was correct, shallow water has really warmed up. My small portable gauge read 57 degrees. That's 10 degrees warmer than the open water I fished on Saturday.

I immediately hooked into a nice slot bass, but it took me around the boat and came off at the front.

Next bass was a dink. It hit on a pause. That set the cadence for the rest of my night. Twitch, pull, pause, pause some more, reel, pause, reel, pause, and so on. Lots of pausing.

Next fish was a nice crappie.

Next fish was a white bass.

Next fish was another white bass.

I missed two other bass, one that went flying on the hookset and came off and another that came off and bounced off the back of the boat before I could lip it. I also missed three others that came up on the jerkbait and turned. Maybe I paused too long.

I caught two more bass after that and called it a night.

What worked today:
Rapala F11 Original Floater in Shiner pattern
Curado E5 (5:1 ratio)/Medium rod/Fluorocarbon line
Skinny water/Sparse cover
Twitch/pause cadence