Been far too long

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Been far too long

Postby vcackerman » Apr Sat 01, 2017 12:18 pm

So apparently I haven't been here I'm a few years. :D

Looking to take the kid out tomorrow morning and this place came to mind. How is spring fishing going here?
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Onemethod2000 » Apr Sat 01, 2017 8:20 pm

Its been a little rough. But getting better.
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Re: Been far too long

Postby vcackerman » Apr Sat 01, 2017 9:23 pm

Anything you'd say is hitting?
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Woohoodude11 » Apr Thu 06, 2017 6:51 am

Fished there this past Tuesday, 4/4/2017, and got the skunk from the bass. Maybe one bite? Snagged into a giant shad right under the dorsal fin while bouncing a minnow. Catfish seem to be running. Used some stanky chicken livers and were pulling them out like nothing. Mostly in the 12" range, but I pulled in a 20"+. Water was pretty cloudy on account of the wind/rain we've been getting and probably warming up, the fish didn't feel like icicles.

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Giant snagged shad. The minnow is a 1.5"-2", I forget, for scope.

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Most of the Cats we pulled in were about this size +/- an inch or two. I got 4 buddy got 7

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Big boy I pulled in. They aren't fighting like its cold.
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Rambler » Apr Thu 06, 2017 7:46 am

Woohoodude11 wrote: Snagged into a giant shad right under the dorsal fin

Now that's a BIG shad. Wow!
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Re: Been far too long

Postby minstrel » Apr Thu 06, 2017 12:11 pm

I will double that assessment, as someone whose seen tons of shad (we went out with like a hundred in the live wells down in Florida w/our tarpon guide) that is def. a huge, monster shad.
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Rambler » Apr Thu 06, 2017 12:50 pm

I read somewhere - probably an old fly fishing story - about how they target shad on the St. Johns in FL. Always wondered about how big they can get.
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Woohoodude11 » Apr Thu 06, 2017 1:10 pm

lol didn't expect the highlight of that story to be the shad! Probably had something to do with being hooked in the back, but he had some fight in him. That leads me to believe that story of them being targeted. Got one other picture of it in my hand here. I'm guessing this one snuck away from being eaten for so long to the point he's safe here (can't imagine there's anything in this lake big enough to eat it)
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Re: Been far too long

Postby Aux Pleins » Apr Thu 06, 2017 4:41 pm

That shad looks like the ones in the fox. Cut it up next time for cats. They use them live and whole for flatheads.
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