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Friday and Saturday I hitched a ride with some friends and we joined the crowds on Stockton.  We like fishing the big balls of shad which this time of year like the deeper warmer parts of the lake.  Used spoons and jigging raps and fished right off the bottom in 50 to 70'.  Mostly it was white bass - so many we lost count - but once in awhile we pull up a crappie or walleye.  Had 2 short walleye the rest went from 15 to 20".  We have found when pulling the fish from those deep holes if we pull them up slowly they will survive just fine when we release them.  If they do turn belly up we pick them up by the belly and slam them head first into the water which seems to decompress them.  

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Actually, the air bladder will return just fine releasing them like normal...assuming a bird of prey doesn't get them. In the ocean, they pierce them with a needle. Either way is probably better than slamming them. LOL.

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On 1/6/2019 at 11:46 AM, lundone said:

Friday and Saturday I hitched a ride with some friends and we joined the crowds on Stockton.  We like fishing the big balls of shad which this time of year like the deeper warmer parts of the lake.  Used spoons and jigging raps and fished right off the bottom in 50 to 70'.  Mostly it was white bass - so many we lost count - but once in awhile we pull up a crappie or walleye.  Had 2 short walleye the rest went from 15 to 20".  We have found when pulling the fish from those deep holes if we pull them up slowly they will survive just fine when we release them.  If they do turn belly up we pick them up by the belly and slam them head first into the water which seems to decompress them.  

I've wanted to do this. Might give it a shot tomorrow.

Do you search for any kind of structure (channel swings, points, etc.), or do you just find the shad and go from there?

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I have brought big bass over 3 lbs up from the 30 ft range many times. Slow means slow and often than I like to see you cannot seem to do it slow enough in the hot summer time. if they are over 21" long  

 

 

 

 

 

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How many pounds of weight does it take to get a hook 70 feet down?  Am I missing something?

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