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Offline DRY

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Welcome 2019!!
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:19:25 PM »
What a beautiful day to be outdoors. When I left the river the air temp was approaching 50F with a mix of sun and clouds and a nice breeze.
Unfortunately gas prices are the same all over and so are my shoreline eddies...pretty barren except for this first smallmouth of 2019  that liked my UFOU (Undulator FlashabOU)  8)

Just a little over 3 lbs.



"Hope springs eternal in the smallmouth fisherman's heart"

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Welcome 2019!!
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:19:25 PM »

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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 01:10:50 PM »
Beautiful day and fish!
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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 10:02:29 PM »
Hey Bill - do you ever find them schooled up during the winter or is it one fish per eddy?

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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 09:48:12 AM »
Hey Bill - do you ever find them schooled up during the winter or is it one fish per eddy?

When the power plant above where I fish was putting out warm water in winter it was not unusual to catch schooled bass anywhere along the shoreline. You could also find swarms of baitfish and some active crayfish along the shoreline. Doesn't happen anymore. Since the warm water stopped...so did the schooled smallies.

Occassionally I will still find 3 or more bass occupying an eddy but lately only a single or a double can be expected. I attribute it to the loss of the power plant but we have had a lot of smallmouth disease in this area of the Susquehanna and there are far fewer smallmouth here.

In water under 40F ...I may make 20 or 30 casts into a good eddy before I convince the fish he wants it. Cold water requires patience and perseverance. I cover a good bit of ground in 2 hours and make a lot of casts as things are now.

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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 11:04:24 AM »

In water under 40F ...I may make 20 or 30 casts into a good eddy before I convince the fish he wants it. Cold water requires patience and perseverance. I cover a good bit of ground in 2 hours and make a lot of casts as things are now.

Bill

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 12:48:40 PM »
Thatís what I needed to hear and learn from! Iím making fewer than 10 casts thinking there have got to be fish here, why canít I catch them?
I see guys using spinnerbaits and using a steady retrieve in below 40 F water
They may catch an occasional fish but you will do much better with letting the jig sit quietly for 5-10 seconds and using a very slow retrieve
Sometimes I donít get a take until I have fished an eddy with many, many casts and changed jugs several times
I say again ...slow...patience...perserverance in water 40 and below when fishing winter smallmouth

Bill
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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 01:41:59 PM »
Sounds like success begats success.  You need to have caught fish in an area before to have the patience to make 30 casts to a spot.

I am curious though - how do you cover a lot of ground when making that many casts to one spot?

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 02:14:36 PM »
Sounds like success begats success.  You need to have caught fish in an area before to have the patience to make 30 casts to a spot.

I am curious though - how do you cover a lot of ground when making that many casts to one spot?

After 40 years I have a good idea where the fish hang out
In 2-3 hours I can cover those prime areas pretty methodically
If I am finding fish in prime spots then I will expand my search into other areas
Then again at 73 maybe it only seems like a lot of ground  ;) :)
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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 08:00:46 AM »
In 2-3 hours I can cover those prime areas pretty methodically
Then again at 73 maybe it only seems like a lot of ground

Your right your prime areas cover a distance of 214 yards.

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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 08:17:24 AM »
I see guys using spinnerbaits and using a steady retrieve in below 40 F water
They may catch an occasional fish but you will do much better with letting the jig sit quietly for 5-10 seconds and using a very slow retrieve
Sometimes I donít get a take until I have fished an eddy with many, many casts and changed jugs several times
I say again ...slow...patience...perserverance in water 40 and below when fishing winter smallmouth

Bill


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Re: Welcome 2019!!
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 09:47:32 AM »
Your right your prime areas cover a distance of 214 yards.

There you go Zelmo...an exact measurement from Responsible Angler...I can cover over 2 football fields methodically in 2-3 hours.

It's nice to know that I am followed so closely.  8)

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Re: Welcome 2019!!
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