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    There was no one to take fishing this morning, so I went alone. I know that we don’t have a good moon phase, but when did that ever stop anyone from going fishing. I really enjoy scouting alone because I can position the boat anyway that I like and move whenever. Grin.

    My catch was sparse this morning, but I did catch a beautiful tarp sized hybrid crappie 15.25” and 1.75 pounds. I release all tarp crappie. I made a short video of the tarp and the release. Beautiful fish.

    I caught two 12” crappie off different docks on panfish assassins. I caught one keeper 11” crappie on BG Blue Ice Baby Shad then broke the jig off. Curtis Hobbs will love that as that means ordering more hooks before long. Then I tied on a monkey milk stump bug 1.75” and immediately caught another 11” fish on offshore structure. I was sitting in 17 feet of water. All fish came on the lift drop technique and on the bottom except the tarp. I made a cast to 16.5 feet of water and while watching my line as always, I saw the line jump on a 4 count and set the hook and the battle as on.

    13,400 cfs while I was fishing and a beginning mid morning surface temp of 84.4. Water still too hot for good fishing. I kept 4 fish and released two keepers of 10.25” along with the tarp crappie. The reason that I believe the tarp was a hybrid is because it had 7 spines on the dorsal fin which is common for the Black crappie, but it also had some vertical bars which are common in the White crappie. The mouth seemed extra large as well.
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    Sounds like you had a really good day going at it alone. Nice fish!!
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    Keep them warmed up for Friday!

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    Nice morning for sure!
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    Leave some for Saturday
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle
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    Way to go DK...its good to scout sometimes and of course a few fish along the way makes for a fun day of fishing alone.
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    Great looking fish, hybrids are common up here on Douglas and Cherokee. I fish alone 99% of the time for both of the reasons you listed above, boat position and moving around/leaving when I am ready.
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    Another great report! Thanks for sharing ! Wow the biggest un on a 4 count ! that means those dudes get shallower than what most folks thinks even when it’s hot!
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    I love the scouting probably more than the catching.
    Hide and seek ya know.
    Care to explain the lift drop technique, how far of a lift?
    Do you let it free fall, or follow it back down?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redge View Post
    I love the scouting probably more than the catching.
    Hide and seek ya know.
    Care to explain the lift drop technique, how far of a lift?
    Do you let it free fall, or follow it back down?


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    Redge, I let the jig fall to the bottom and while pointing the rod at the surface of the water, gently lift the rod up to the 10 o’clock position and let the jig settle back to the bottom. Point the rod back to the surface of the water and slowly take up the slack and repeat the process. Watch the line for that very slight tic of the line when the crappie sucks the lure in. They hit it on the drop. You won’t feel the fish until you set the hook. I vary the speed of the lift depending on wind, current, etc. I let the fish tell me how aggressive I lift the bait. Sometimes it takes a violent hook set lift to trigger a bite. Other times, just a slow gentle lift. Experiment with your technique until you find the mood that the fish are in.
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