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Tawakoni April 24, 2005

The fishing was tough for me this day. We actually were fly fishing at first light. I had Kim, Ellen, Mike and Jim today and they were certainly a pleasure to fish with. These two ladies would put a lot of men to shame. They were not only proficient with the fly rod, bait casting and spinning reels were a snap.

We started off once again on the rocks at the dam. They took turn with two of them fly fishing and two of them casting regular baits. Mike did catch a nice six and a half pound Hybrid, which was quite a scene to watch the fight. As each person took their turn on the fly rods they would either miss a few fish or actually catch a nice Sand Bass, After several hours of that we decided it was time to go slab up some Sand Bass.

We tried several areas near the dam and then made the run up the lake to the hump at the mouth of Rabbit Cove. The fishing was very good until a man in a pontoon boat kept running over the top of the fish trying to get his anchor to hold in the wind, When the fishing got cold there we went to Greenville Pump Station, nothing there at all that time of day, but from looking at some other posts they showed up there later. Oh well, even us guides sometimes don’t have our timing quite right. We kept looking and finally found some more fish off of the Holiday Marina hump, including 3 more keeper Hybrids and several more nice Sand Bass. The group caught over 100 Sand Bass, keeping only 30 and many small Stripers and Hybrids, keeping 4 Hybrids between 20 and 26 inches.

The water has warmed up considerably but the fishing is obviously still very good. The Hybrid on the fly rod was caught on a small “Sluggo” type fly and the Sand Bass were caught on a Clouser or a Deceiver pattern in chartreuse and white. The fish caught on slabs were caught on the Bass Pros Shops Tungsten Slab and on a new slab Bobby Burgess is making. My customers and I got to fish the prototypes and one of them came up with its new name – “Disco Ball”. This new pattern throws off an incredible amount of light! It is a neat bait and the minnow pattern seemed to work better than the shad shape.

All in all they were thoroughly happy with their trip and plan on a return trip in July or August for some schooling action on Richland Chambers.
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Omar Cotter

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