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senkosam
09-07-2010, 10:03 AM
My wife and I went out fishing for her birthday since the day was much cooler than a week ago and less windy than the day before. Other than the bass and picks we both caught, slabs were schooled in two places out in open water: around a very large boulder surrounded by 8' and over a large hump surrounded by 10'. The action lasted one hour in each place and then turned off.

She had on a sassy shad type lure, with the belly cut off to make for a slimmer profile and slinky action. It was rigged on a 1/16 oz ball head.

My bait was Power Grub design rigged the same and a Bass Assassin small rat tail rigged on a 1/32 oz ballhead. Both of us used light action rods; she with 6# test trilene XL and me with 8lb test braid.

Needless to say, the fish were down only 3-4' from the surface.

Best bite was 1-2:30 pm under a bright sunny sky, water temp 73 degrees and wind from the south at 15 mph.

Schooled fish will be the rule as the temps cool and the water clears.

Fishaholic
09-07-2010, 11:24 AM
senkosam...long time no see bud...nice report, thanks for sharing the specifics.

senkosam
09-07-2010, 11:35 AM
Also good hearing from you again Fish. Been a long time.
Always enjoyed your posts.

Never did much ultra light for panfish, but I think I'm going down to 4# test just to see if there's a difference, 6# test braid even (2# diam). I like the zero stretch of braid, but like 1/32 oz lure better and 8# test braid doesn't cut it (except for yesterday).

Frank

Fishaholic
09-07-2010, 12:40 PM
I tend to play with 2 and 4 lb. test extra limp line for my crappie fishing...I'm able to cast 1/124 oz. jigs when the condition demands a more subtle approach. I use 1/32 and 1/64 oz jigs the most, but when they're really negative I jump to the other two extremes...really small, and larger than what seems right.

GCD
09-07-2010, 01:18 PM
Other than the bass and picks we both caught

What are you refering to as picks?.... Chain Pickeral or Walleye?

I ask because my wife is from Canada and calls Walleye Pickeral, and refuses to call them anything else!:D

senkosam
09-07-2010, 07:07 PM
I'm able to cast 1/124 oz. jigs when the condition demands

I didn't even know they made jigs that light! I think my hooks weight that much.:)

I will drop down to 4# this weekend.

Thanks Fish


Chain pickerel. The lake has quite a few including a 5 lb caught in a May. I've been losing too many large bass frogs and 3/8 jig+trailers to those baracudas :mad:. I started using wire leaders. We'll see if they can cut through that!

Seems the XT line in 6lb is tougher for the pics to saw through than 20# test braid. :confused::confused::confused: Maybe it slips between their teeth. LOL

At least I didn't lose any crappie lures Monday.

Fishaholic
09-07-2010, 07:16 PM
it's possible they're not cutting through it at all...a lot of times pike thrash and turn hard against your line and cut it with their gill plates - they're sharp as a razor. I caught a 39 inch pike on 4 lb. test line, and lost a good bass bait to an axe handle sized one using 20 lb braid...go figure, lol.

boatman44
09-08-2010, 05:15 AM
good catch

bugman
09-08-2010, 06:16 AM
Congrats on a fine day of fishin.

Ben B
09-08-2010, 07:00 AM
I didn't even know they made jigs that light! I think my hooks weight that much.:)

I will drop down to 4# this weekend.

Thanks Fish


Chain pickerel. The lake has quite a few including a 5 lb caught in a May. I've been losing too many large bass frogs and 3/8 jig+trailers to those baracudas :mad:. I started using wire leaders. We'll see if they can cut through that!

Seems the XT line in 6lb is tougher for the pics to saw through than 20# test braid. :confused::confused::confused: Maybe it slips between their teeth. LOL

At least I didn't lose any crappie lures Monday.

braid is far less abrasion resistant than mono. i always use a mono leader when fishing around structure with braid main line.

skiptomylu
09-08-2010, 09:19 AM
all I know is we will not see water temps that low around here for a while still.

Skip

senkosam
09-08-2010, 01:40 PM
braid is far less abrasion resistant than mono. i always use a mono leader when fishing around structure with braid main line.

Slowly figuring that out. Maybe that's why I got a 4lb pick on Trilene XT after he ate my crappie lure. It amazed me it didn't instantly get cut off.


all I know is we will not see water temps that low around here for a while still.
Skip

Tell me about it Skip. I was stationed in Texas for four years and fished until December, sometimes with only a light jacket on! Caught my first bass in Texas and never even knew what a crappie was until my CO took me on his boat for some night-time lantern fishing in late Oct.:D.