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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

• Cross Report 5-18-2011

I loaded the small boat around 7pm hoping to fish some water in the 5-6ft range with my new KVD 1.5 crankbait. My backup lure was a DT-6, but I had a T-rigged craw ready if I had a chance to fish slow before sunset. The shallow water didn't look all that appealing to me, so that's why I opted to head out to the main lake this evening. That patch of hydrilla I ran across in my last outing was just too tempting not to investigate further.

Once I got out beyond the last row of trees, a red Nitro got on plane about 100 yards away in what resembled a mad dash to beat me to my spot. Seeing as how I was only moving at a snail's pace, it was a no contest kind of battle. Luckily, they started fishing in the opposite direction I was headed toward. I was more focused on fighting the steady breeze out there anyway.

Once anchored, I tied on my 1.5 and started fan casting. I found more hydrilla, but no bites.

Shortly before 8pm, the cloud cover rolled in and blocked out the sun. The wind died down. Splashes started popping up around me. One blowup was enough to convince me the splashes were not gizzard shad. A large fish came up, nose first, and paddled itself in a straight line, leaving a large wake behind it.

After a couple of nips from something in that general area, I hooked up with a fish seconds before I was about to lift my crankbait out of the water. Fish #1 was a white bass.

Fish #2 was a white bass.

Fish #3 was a white bass as well.

Then the bite died. Maybe it had to do with the amount of light left in the day. Maybe it had to do with the lack of a steady breeze. Whatever happened, it killed the bite. I spent another 15 minutes casting around before I called it quits and came in.

I think a BFL All-American tournament is on Cross at the same time as the Red River FLW deal. I'd hate to be throwing a crankbait on Cross for a black bass tournament. Hopefully they don't get into a mess of white bass out there. Those fish are fun to catch, but I wouldn't want to get that distracted when a tournament is on the line.

Water was stained. Did not check temps. The lake is still plenty low. We need rain around here.