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Old 06-23-2011, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As expected, the river is up and murky. I fished two spots, a creek and a backwater area with lilly pads. Both were good, with smallies at the creek and good largemouth at the backwaters (only saw one dink caught, rest looked to be good size!

cranks and topwaters for the largemouth, and plastics were working for the smallies.

I did however, have two bite offs! lost a 2/0 hook and bass fluke and a black and blue jig with crawler. Both times I saw the belly of the fish as it hit the lure and rolled back down! Talk about an adrenaline rush! The jig it hit immediately, then in a different spot, I missed about 3 times on the fluke until it took it on number four.
So, quick question. Pike and Walleye aren't as abundant as the bass, so I rarely target them and use a leader. Is there any way to combat this? If I up the strength on the braid maybe? Still think it would be bit off, but wondering...its been over 10 years since I landed a Pike (yes, the last one was on the K3) and its definitely on my top 3 to catch list this season!
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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cortland toothy critter might help. it's supposed to be a tie able steel leader. never used the stuff, just talked to a guy on the river about once.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion. Well, been trying to fish whenever I can while I am off, especially since I am headed back to work monday. Debated going tubing at Mazonia or back to the river. I had been doing so good at the K3, thats where I headed this morning, from about 630-9.

Now, I went out late morning/early afternoon yesterday, got one Smallie at one location, and two really nice largemouth at the other. Tried one of those spots today (the other already had about 5 cars there before me) and couldnt even muster a bite!

Conditions changed ALOT since yesterday. water is up and much more stained than yesterday!
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