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F I S H I N G R E P O R T S:
Tawakoni April 16, 2005

Well, what can I say, just another incredible day on Lake Tawakoni! This day, I had new clients Russell Hart, his son Preston and Preston’s friend Quenton. We started the day with a hearty breakfast from Ms. Patty at Shoestring Farms Bed and Breakfast, then we were off to the lake!

The Stripers have really been holding their pattern of being fairly near the surface in the deep water by the dam. The fish we have been catching are falling for a Sassy Shad very slowly retrieved and/or just allowed to fall slowly to the bottom. We are using 1/4 ounce at most half ounce Bass Pro Shops XPS jig heads. This allows for a much slower fall and retrieve and it seem to be just the ticket. We were on the spot at sunrise and by 7:30 we had 10 nice fish in the box and then they just shut off. We kept it up for awhile longer and caught 6 nice Sand Bass in the 14 to 16 inch range. After everything shut down we headed up the lake to try and slab up some more Sand Bass. Several places we tried simply had very few fish if any. The ridges out from Anchor Inn resort held the most fish with a limit of nice fish coming from that area and catching and releasing another 100 or so fish.

After that I decided to try the dam one last time and I’m glad we did! We caught one more legal Hybrid Striper and a dozen or more big Sand Bass that we released to catch another day. So the totals were 11 Stripers/Hybrids mixed, 75 big Sand Bass and a couple of sunburns! LOL

The water clarity is fair. The birds rested the entire day this time. The water is still in the lower to mid 60’s and the Sand Bass, Stripers and Hybrids all have some fish showing up with eggs or sperm in their abdomens. I don’t expect this to last much longer, so get out there if you can.

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

Omar Cotter

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