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F I S H I N G R E P O R T S:
Cedar Creek, February 11, 2006

What a WINDY day! I was told by several people that I was either real brave or real crazy for fishing today. I think it was more a little of both!

I spoke to my clients, Joey, Will, “T” and Jay and they decided to go for it. Three of these men are not only school teachers but coaches as well and if they didn’t get out today they didn’t know when they would have another chance to go.

They originally thought they might try for Crappie but I talked them into going for White Bass and Hybrids. I saw the wind though and I knew that Crappie was the species for us. The bridges were our best hope so that was where I took us.

A recent cool front had the wind up around 30-40 miles an hour and I knew the fish would have move towards the nearest deeper water. I found the bridge pilings closest to the creek channel and we used two techniques to catch 28 Crappie with 9 of those fish being at or over 2 pounds!

Technique #1 was simply to cast our jigs out between the pilings and let them “swing” down toward the bottom. This method worked fairly well.

Technique #2 was to lower our jigs all the way to the bottom and then to raise them slightly off the bottom about 3 to 6 inches and hold them there. This technique seemed to work just a little better and the fish were easier to detect in the high wind.

Lures for the day were unpainted ? ounce jig heads and black and chartreuse tubes from Bass Pro Shops. Other colors that produced fish were sold chartreuse tubes and chartreuse curly tail grubs. Firecracker/Confetti tubes caught a few fish as well.

We missed a significant number of fish simply because in the high wind the strikes were difficult to detect until it was too late to set the hook, that and the fact we were freezing!

Water was stained and around 50 degrees, the fish were around 19 to 22 feet deep with only a few fish coming from higher in the water column.

Be sure to dress in layers and to watch each other for hypothermia and if you can help it at all don’t fish by yourself fish with hard core soldiers like I did!

E-mail me if I can be of any use or help to you in anyway.

Omar Cotter

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