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February 19 - We got lucky in the February Tournament. With all the rain, somehow we managed to slide in a tournament where the rain stopped 30 minutes before fishing. The wind didn't pick up until 10:30. That gave us plenty of time to get thing rolling. Water temps were right at 51 lake wide. Some found 55 in the backs of creeks. Air temps were warmish, starting in the low 50s and ending up in the 60's. Fishing was good. We had all 15 boats catching fish.
1st Place went to Abercrombie & Fish with 59.25". Bryan and Justin stasyed South in the back of a creek. They caught good numbers on gizzard shad in 10-20' of water. 2nd place went to Team Everglades with 58". Craig was also south and got his in 20' or less. 3rd went to Simpson Trucking with 57". They fished in Flowery and Orr. They stayed in 20' or less. They caught on split shot baits. Sea Ranger came in 4th with 54". David fished North. Striper Sniper had 5th with 54". Alex got the new boat dirty in the back of Flat. He stayed in 20' or less. Pribco got 6th with 51.75". Matt and Todd got theirs on downlines in deep water in Balus. 7th went to Chaser with 51.5". They got theirs in River Forks fishing shallow and later in the day fishing at Mt View in 90' on downlined trout. Double Trouble had 50.5" and 8th place. JR and gang stayed North. They fished downlines and caught them on shiners and trout. Fish Hunter had 9th with 49". Bob fished in Flat. He stayed shallow. Greg Rooks had 10th with 46". He fished in Wahoo. 11th went to Thanks for Playing with 45.5" Clintin about caught his single handed. Herring Impaired had 12th with 37". Keith and Matt were in Ada to start. They managed an 11" kicker on a Mini Mack. They are starting them off at an early age on those Mini Macks. 13th went to Matt Greene with 36.25". That was also Big Fish. Matt had a few other fish that would have helped his cause., unfortunately they didn't make it to the boat. He fished in a creek up the Chestatee. He fished gizzards in shallow water. 14th was a tie between Lake Apes and Hunker Bunk with 20".
The moral of the story is fish shallow. Using 6-8 inch gizzard shad, trout and herring if you can get them. Stay in the backs of the creeks. Try reef poles and flats. As a 2nd resort, fish are schooled up in creek channels in 80-100'. The herring will be right there with them. Drop down lines from 50' to the bottom.
February 13 - Well it's that time of the month. Our Tournament will be Saturday, February 16th. Start time is 7:00AM and weigh in is at OBT at 2:00PM.
The Good, Bad and Ugly is the temperature will start in the mid 50s and rise to the low 60's. There is a chance of showers (nothing heavy). Bring your rain gear and sunscreen, you will be covered either way. We will be sharing the waters with the Bassmaster Elite Tournament. It should be about 40 stickered Bass boat buzzing around. They probably won't affect us much. Just be careful taking off in the dark. They launch out of Laurel Park at 6:45AM.
Fishing hasn't changed much, from what I hear. Water temps are in the low 50s. Downlined baits are still the main choice. Trolling Mini Macks has been productive as well. Don't forget the big baits shallow on flats and humps.
Monday is our meeting. It sounds like Wings are on the menu. Lynn is polling on Facebook for the top 3 flavors wanted. Dillan is working on a speaker. I will let everyone know, when I know
February 13 - The meeting is Monday, February 18th. You asked for it, you got it. Come and meet Hunter our new DNR Biologist. He will be discussing gill net studies as well as a scale study that he needs our help with. Also Erica DeLana will be there discussing the Team Maggie Tournament on April 13th. A great tournament, great people, great prizes and a great cause. Bring some money for early sign ups.
Again the dinner is Hot Wings. Maybe not all Hot! We will mix a few flavors.
January 22 - The January Tournament found 15 boats fishing a heavy prefrontal storm. Conditions were good for fishing. Heavy rain expected late in the day. The forecast showed a chance or two of a morning shower. The air temps were warmish in the mid 40s and warming up to the high 50's. We did have wind blowing 10 mph out of the southeast. The day started out with nasty fog. It was truly pea soup. Visibility was less than 100'. This grounded a number of boats for the first hour or so.
1st Place went to Simpson Trucking with 58". They also had Big fish with a 30" striper. Shawn started in Shoal and ran further north once the fog cleared. He caught his on a herring freeline and a medium shad on a planer. Striper Sniper had 2nd place with 56". Jeff and company got theirs on shad and herring. They fished them on floats and freelines. They also got some on downlines. They stayed south and ended up in Flat creek at the end of the day. Everglades got 3rd place with 54.75. Craig fished mid lake up to River Forks. He mixed things up. He got his better fish trolling an umbrella rig. Pribco had 4th with 54.5". Matt and Todd honkered down in a pocket in River Forks. They fished strictly downlines. Caught most of theirs on small trout. Rockfish had 5th with 53.25". Nate fished the back of Flat Creek. He was using medium shad and herring. 6th place went to Herring Impaired with 53". Keith and Matt fished near Pribco in River Forks. They got their big fish on a medium trout. .They got the rest downlining large herring. 7th place went to Thanks For Playing with 52.75". Ricky and Clintin fished in Shoal Creek. It was a downline bite. Team Green had 50", good enough for 8th place. Matt had Sardis all to himself. Double Trouble had 46.25" and 9th Place. JR and gang locked down on them in Wahoo Creek. They never moved from that spot. The managed double digits again up there. Downline herring was the trick for them. Chaser had 10th with 44.75". Bob fished in River Forks. He caught his on downline herring and got some on the Mini mack rig. Abercrombie and Fish had 11th place with a single 29" fish. Justin fished around FC3. we had 4 other boats end up with a zero. Two of the boats actually caught a fish. They weren't able to weigh them in.
The pattern for the day was the better fish were caught on larger herring and medium shad, 3/4 to the rear of the creeks. They were caught over a 20-30' bottom. The numbers of fish came from a 40-60' bottom from the mouths of creeks to 1/2 way back in the creek. These were caught on downlined herring. Shiners and small baits were not part of the spread. But wait, the small baits will have a chance this winter, with colder water temps on their way.
January 15 - The Tournament is this Saturday from 7AM until 2PM, or until the rain sets in. Weather is due to be warm, with mid to high 40s at start and warming up to 60s. There are small chances of showers in the morning. There is a large front moving in the afternoon. It will bring heavy rain and it will get cold. If we are at all lucky, the fishing can be spectacular in prefrontal conditions. My theory is fish like crazy in the morning and bail out before the front closes in.
Fishing has been good. Traditional winter bite is happening. Fish downlines with herring or small shad. Try medium shiners on splitshot freelines. Umbrella rigs and Alabama rigs (Mini Mack) have been working well. Fish the Mini Mack behind a planer or cast it, or put it in a rod holder similar to a downline. Yes, they will hit it sitting still. You need to rock the boat a little for lure action. LOL Keep the boat moving. Water temps are in high 40s. Find the bait and start there.
Monday is the meeting. We are having tacos. The discussion is on winter fishing patterns.
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