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Anyone fishing the polar bear 1 Jan?

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I am. Glutton for punishment I guess. :-)

I haven't fished a tournament in a long time. About a year now so I figure, "hey, let's fish the coldest most miserable tournament possible". LOL!

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I am. Glutton for punishment I guess. :-)

I haven't fished a tournament in a long time. About a year now so I figure, "hey, let's fish the coldest most miserable tournament possible". LOL!

You know you can't troll...LOL

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what's the water temperature?

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You know you can't troll...LOL

Hey, before I learned that technique, I was strictly a basser. :-)

I've got some spots and a game plan in mind. Mainly fishing for the fun of it. Not expecting to even place. If we did, that's a bonus.

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what's the water temperature?

I heard mid 40's as of last wee depending on where you are on the lake.

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I ain't fishing it, but I'm always interested in the results.

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I am. Glutton for punishment I guess. :-)

I haven't fished a tournament in a long time. About a year now so I figure, "hey, let's fish the coldest most miserable tournament possible". LOL!

We'll have fun :-)

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JDOC u can troll while prefishing to locate some then cast on tourney day and hope they bite.

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The lake is up 2 ft. I bet water temp is around 40

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I'm thinking Donna and I will fish for the heck of it.

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There will be a 17lb plus bag turned in im guessing. 17 plus won the last winter series tournament. I was thinking about fishing it too, but might hold on to my money for my Falcon lake trip. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2

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Is there any info online about this tournament?

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Anyone need a backseater? Not promising to boat much but will share cost if that is what is holding someone back. If you have to run 70 up to the darn, don't bother i am cold blooded.lol

Just send a PM if you need a back seater.

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Stump, you got your motor fixed?

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Stump, you got your motor fixed?

Still need some work on the carbs and new tires, finally have the money but know need the time to get it into the shop.

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Almost that time.

Weather is creating quite the upset. COld cold cold next two days. Then sunny and warming?? That will create a lot of boats running around trying to figure out something.

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For those participating good luck but use caution there is a lot of floating logs and debris in the lake right now and some of it is definitely of the size that could sink a boat. Prairie creek had some rather large logs as did the area around the islands at PC up to about the mouth of Montne. There was some large Styrofoam and other strange objects around Rocky Branch and the back of Big Ventris there is a sunken boat. There will also be a large amount of waterfowl hunters out that morning so do not go running toward ducks they are probably decoys the old hatchery the last couple days looked like Bayou Meto. Also keep a sharp eye peeled for kayaks and canoes there has been a large number of people using them and some are very low profile almost impossible to see till you are on them.

New boaters to the lake DO NOT run across the buoys in front of 12 bridge it will rip your lower unit off, same holds true for the cut at Larue its passable at low speed if you know where the rocks are but not worth it. My guess is 13lbs will be average bag of 5 size and it will take 16lbs to 18lbs for the win. I put 13 in the boat Sat and 14.2 in the boat yesterday My money would be on someone finding a good smallmouth bite from Starky to Rocky Branch early then having the balls to run up river to try for a kicker LMB.

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Thanks for the debris report. I'm venturing out today for some scouting. I'll be going slow anyway. No hurry.

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I didn't see any debris from Rocky B to Ford's Creek to Rambo and Cliffty.

Water temps were 46.5 in Fords, 46 near Cliffty, 46.3 in back of Rambo, 46.7 in Rocky B. As sun was setting, the water temp was dropping.

The water temp will be pretty cold come Wed. morning but should warm with the hi sun starting around 9-10AM.

I rode about 18miles and idled over spots. I hardly found a fish and I don't think I saw any bait. It's going to be an interesting tournament. Lots of "zeros" and a few hefty bags. Someone will find them. They always do.

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14.45 Won it 9.xx was lowest paid out of I believe 12 places Big bass was 5.92 I think 78 boats Just went to watch weigh in to see if I should of donated my money and was surprised. I thought it would of taken 18+ to win. Everyone was talking about it being super tough. Don't know what's going on out there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Thanks for the update, yeah I would've thought at least 17 to win.

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Was it 5 or 6 fish limits? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2

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5 fish. It was a brutal day on the water for me. One of those that make you question any fishing ability you have ever had.

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Big bass was 5.59

11th place was about 10lbs

Local FLW Pro Greg Bohannon got 11.62 for 5th place

Local FLW Pro Travis Fox came in 2nd I believe with about 13-14lbs

Winners were Larry and Mike White with 14.45lbs.

Jolicious and I roamed around pre-fishing and piddled around Tuesday and never saw much fish on the fish finder. Never got a bite till the afternoon wind picked up around 1-2. I landed two fish with a nice Kentucky on the A-rig in 20ft of flooded timber on a wind blown bank. Text book scenario. Fish came up with the wind.

Wednesday was different. Completely different. We were boat #5 and stayed in Prairie Creek till the sun was up and so did about 20 other boats.

We went up river (too soon now I've learned) and fished an area that had fish shallow but water was 44. They were biting shad but not terribly aggressively. After 1-2hrs of that, we went to Fords Creek, then Rocky Branch, then Rambo, then Van Winkle.

I was so tired from not much sleep the night before and from casting that a-rig all day and jerking on jerkbaits that I sat down the last 20mins and almost fell asleep. I was done.

Oh, and all of that and we never got a single bite. The only time we ever saw fish on the graph was up river and they were not very active. While I know there are fish in the 20-40ft range, they move up and down throughout the day for short intervals. Not traveling much. Just up and down. These guys with side scan units like HDS8 and larger have a real advantage right now. You MUST find fish in order to get fish them and then you have to figure out how to make them bite.

The local pressure these fish get is incredible. LOTs of pressure all year round. Makes you tougher and stronger I suppose.

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Is it just me or is it usually a rule of thumb that south of PC you find bigger bass and North you just get more numbers? Every bass I have caught in Beaver that was over 5lbs was south of PC. Though I have found several 5 and 6 lbers in PC I always right them off to fish released there.

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Stump, LMB relate to the riverine area so that explains the PC to south area as they are the bigger fish. Furthest North I have caught a 5+pnd LMB was Little Ventris in the middle of summer.

There are some big Smallmouth North of PC that will hit 5lbs but not near the frequency of the LMB south of PC. It seems as PC is the transition point / overlap point for LMB and SMB

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Super tough for us too! We ran up to the Dam/Clifty area and caught 2 fish all day. One was a 3lber and the other a 13 in black. Both caught on A rig. We threw jerkbait, a rig, and jig all day....Very humbing day!

Anyone hear the winning pattern or what part of lake the bag was caught?

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Anyone hear the winning pattern or what part of lake the bag was caught?

I don't think anyone ever "spills the beans" on things like that but rumor is....someone caught 5 fish within first 2hrs on a grub in Van Winkle (don't know any more than that) and upgraded in Cliffty with the A-rig.

Another person was rumored to be catching fish in 70ft of water. (That's all I know)

I personally think fish are down deep on ledges like they do in the summer but deeper due to the water being warmer down lower (in the 50's). The fish come up at random intervals during the day to the 20ft range or less, feed for a few mins and then go back to the warmer water.

After going from Monte Ne to the Dam in the last 2-3 days and covering water all over the place, 40-45ft is the magic depth and you have to find the schools that are packed up like wolves and mark a waypoint. Then figure out what they will bite and stay on them until you fire up the school.

THAT is what I would do different. Also, if I had side scan, it could save a lot of time and gas. Structure scan and sonar only see straight down. If I could idle past a bank at 4-5mph and see fish on it, I'd stop and explore more vs. covering an area with sonar and totally miss a good spot because I was too far left or right of where the fish were.

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I was so tired from not much sleep the night before and from casting that a-rig all day and jerking on jerkbaits that I sat down the last 20mins and almost fell asleep. I was done.

Whatever - you were stone cold snoring at 3:15....

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Whatever - you were stone cold snoring at 3:15....

I cannot confirm or deny these allegations

I will say, I was seriously tired. Once I sat down, it felt too good to get back up. That and I just didn't have but a few casts left in me. I honestly don't know how the pros do it for 3-4 days straight and 3 days of practice just before.

I mean I LOVE FISHING but after yesterday, I'm done for at least a week! Lol

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That would be because you are staying up to late playing Hello- Kitty.

The pros learned to simply sing Soft Kitty to their kids.

One creates Play to all hours one puts them to sleep.

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I don't think anyone ever "spills the beans" on things like that but rumor is....someone caught 5 fish within first 2hrs on a grub in Van Winkle (don't know any more than that) and upgraded in Cliffty with the A-rig.

Another person was rumored to be catching fish in 70ft of water. (That's all I know)

I personally think fish are down deep on ledges like they do in the summer but deeper due to the water being warmer down lower (in the 50's). The fish come up at random intervals during the day to the 20ft range or less, feed for a few mins and then go back to the warmer water.

After going from Monte Ne to the Dam in the last 2-3 days and covering water all over the place, 40-45ft is the magic depth and you have to find the schools that are packed up like wolves and mark a waypoint. Then figure out what they will bite and stay on them until you fire up the school.

THAT is what I would do different. Also, if I had side scan, it could save a lot of time and gas. Structure scan and sonar only see straight down. If I could idle past a bank at 4-5mph and see fish on it, I'd stop and explore more vs. covering an area with sonar and totally miss a good spot because I was too far left or right of where the fish were.

Thanks for the info J-Doc. I figured nobody would give up an exact pattern but a general description would be nice...lol I think we would have been better off moving out deeper like you said but that's fishing I guess.

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