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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:08 PM 06/04/07 (CST)
June 2, 2007
75 air temps, 71 water temp, no wind, dead calm water, very humid, sun in and out

Arrived at the ramp in the earlier morning and planned to fish until noon and get home to do yard work. Upon arrival there wasn’t a sole in the lot or on the lake which was unusual since it was warm and humid. But that makes it easier fishing for my self if there isn’t anyone else out there and have a choice of spots.

Since the water was like glass I decided to go looking for crappies and see if they were cruising under the surface like they were the week before. Motored over to that area and there they were, pods of fish sucking things off of the surface as they are moving and eating. I had shutdown the motor before getting to them, and tied on T.H.E. Jig under my float and proceeded to fish. Wasn’t long and the fish were coming into the boat one after another. I had T.H.E. jig 10 inches under the float and that was actually to deep for them as well and you would have to twitch it after casting to let them see T.H.E. Jig. After moving the bait a couple of times you always had a fish slam it. They were all cookie cutter 10 inch long crappies and were only able to get a couple of sunfish as well. There were no bass that were mixed in this time around but catching many numbers of crappies this way sure made up for it.




After fishing for crappies for 45 minutes or so, I didn’t want to miss out on fishing for bass as well. So in that time frame I had caught between 40-60 fish and made for another grand morning of fishing. Put the panfish gear away and went looking for their bigger cousin the largemouth bass.



Since the water was 5 degrees warmer than last week, I wanted to stick to the flats outside of the spawning areas and see if I could coax some post spawn fish into the boat. I had an array of baits out to sample what the fish wanted, floating minnow, weightless fluke bait, jerkbait, jig/plastic, Carolina rig, buzzbait and Spinnerbait. The jerkbait was the first to find fish and seems all that I can catch on it are pickerel so that one was put down quickly. There was no action on the buzzbait or Spinnerbait, the jig/plastic combo wasn’t working as well so I had to go to old reliable.

My go to setup is the Carolina rig when I want to cover water that is shallow or deep. I started fishing this with a plastic BearPaw’s lizard and I had a couple of solid bites that when I set the hook, I was fighting the fish and then they would just come unbuttoned for no reason. I had this happen to me and was wondering if this was going to be one of those days that I couldn’t keep anything hooked. Changed the lizard to a new bait that BearPaw’s is coming out with and one thing is that the pickerel sure love that new bait. Took that bait off and then put the BearPaw’s Freedom Fry on and everything changed for the good. After a few casts with this bait I had a solid hookup in a heavy fish and before I was able to see it, the leader line broke and that was the end of that fish. Rigged back up and a handful of casts again and loaded up on a big fish again and this one was not going to get away if I had anything to do with it. After the fight, I lipped my latest giant fish and hoisted a 5 pound largemouth into the boat. You could hear me scream across the lake as my excitement over took me and I was shaking after that fish. Shot some video and took a couple of photos and eased her back into the water for another day to fight.




My adrenaline was running high and I really wanted to catch another monster like that one but was getting close to leaving and getting back home. I was unable to catch any more fish but when you catch a fish like that, you want to come back quickly and give it another go around. These are the things that us fishers truly enjoy and makes the next trip even better with the anticipation of catching another giant.







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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:15 PM 06/04/07 (CST)
Talk about me being a machine,shoot Kev your a dynamo.

Look at that gorgous bass.I know you have fun rearin crappie after crappie after crappie.
With that big fish busting you off and that huge bucketmouth and all of the others caught you did have 1 heck of a day.

Fun report to view .
Keep up your strength!






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Bobber Down
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:31 PM 06/04/07 (CST)
Great report and pictures, Thanks Kevin!


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chasen slabs
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:18 PM 06/04/07 (CST)
sounds like you had alot of fun kevin great picks
fishing just keeps getting more and more fun the more you learn the more you want to go its that bump on the rod with that head jerken set or that slight dubble twitch that you just know is a pestering pearch that keeps me out there.
CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:22 PM 06/04/07 (CST)
I've got it so bad that I'm hating to go to sleep cause I hear their voices.
Great post Kevin. You sure were busy catch-n.






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