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Old 07-18-2014, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Launched at 5:15am, started fishing pad field just south of main ditch entering slough. Stayed 25-200yds south of channel meandering thru pads. Threw mainly frogs and rats, tried weighted and weightless worms but they were far less productive. Best bite for us seemed to be the denser the better, the bigger sage brush mats surrounded by pads held bigger fish. It may have taken 20+ casts in the same spot but when we came up on larger mats of sage brush it produced. Inserted two 5/16 dia. brass jingle balls(christmas decor) in the back of my frog for extra noise, my buddy used glass rattles.This was the first time I used the brass jingle balls vs glass rattles, bite ratio was around 4 to 1 until I lost my frog to what appeared to be a 20"+ bass.First ever break off on 40# braid and those were my only two jingle balls!! Most bites came while sitting dead still and or quivering bait in place trying to shake the rattles,slower than slow was crucial(3 minute casts were normal). Ended up sticking around 20 from 13"-18" with probably 3 times that many bites in that area then pushed on. Cruised thru the sandy flats fishing the taller reed grass with various plastics. We saw fish moving thru the grass but came up with nothing, next move. Set up north of deer island about 50 yds. and watched at least 100 bass all around us attempting to catch dragonflies flying just above the surface of the water. They must have been focused on dragonflies because we only managed maybe 8 thru all those fish(11"-14"). Trailered up and headed out around 1:45pm.
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