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January 16, Big M area

Launched at about 0730 and pulled out at 2:30 PM.  Water is stained green, temp was around 45 degrees.  Very little wind for most of the day.

Fish were scattered, most of my bites came from rocky points and a long underwater ledge that runs off the end of a bluff.  I caught one little spot 50 feet down on an ice jig and another one on top that hit the Zig Jig.  Most fish however, came in 10-20 FOW.  Caught a dozen, mostly spots with one smallie and a couple of largemouth.  Ned rig was my best bait, but caught a couple on the Zig Jig and another on the McStick.

Quite a bit of surface activity, bass were up chasing shad - problem was they weren't schooling and were scattered so never could get on a bunch of them.  Might have been a good day to slow roll a Redfin, didn't have any in the boat unfortunately.

 

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Quill your photography is simply outstanding, those are not only beautiful fish but are highlighted in your photo on their best side.  It's really hard to take pic's by yourself, but you do a fantastic job.

Where you caught that small jaw there are 3 small brush piles out there.  Was he around them?  On the Walter that has been my  best location almost every time I've been up there this year.  Everything I have caught on that end has been on a ned.  That is a super jerkbait location but they don't seem to want it there yet.

Great report with beautiful pic's thanks as always

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Thanks Bill -  The camera deserves the credit, it's a Nikkon 5300D and I'm using an autofocus lense.  It is something you really need three hands for when you're holding a fish in one hand and the camera in the other, but that autofocus makes it easy to one hand the camera and get a quick shot.

I have not located those brush piles, I think I might know where they are based on seeing where some other folks have fished that point.  That smallie came from just inside the cove where the first tree sticks out of the water, it was right by the base of that tree, which I think is about 15 feet deep right now.  First good smallie I have caught in a while.

I did throw a McStick for about 5 casts off that point but nothing touched it.

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That last White River report I did, where I could not find deep fish that end was really good on a ned.  We fished it twice and you know do overs are seldom fruitful but it paid off.  If you can get some wind blowing into that road bed pocket both  points are fantastic with a jerkbait.

The point just opposite of that as you know runs way out into the pocket and has huge boulders and stumps on it.  You would never think of that by looking at that clear bank.

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1 hour ago, Bill Babler said:

That last White River report I did, where I could not find deep fish that end was really good on a ned.  We fished it twice and you know do overs are seldom fruitful but it paid off.  If you can get some wind blowing into that road bed pocket both  points are fantastic with a jerkbait.

The point just opposite of that as you know runs way out into the pocket and has huge boulders and stumps on it.  You would never think of that by looking at that clear bank.

shhhh!

bo

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jeff, we got out yesterday afternoon, but fished another area.  did not see or hear another boat.  we fished the "doodle" (trd) on a Nutech 1/8 oz. crappie jig.  we caught a lot more numbers, and it has a lot more to do with area of the lake.  caught them 10 to 20 on bluff ledges and it had to be more of a ledge rather than just a taper.  we did catch a few on about every point we tried also.  there was a tremendous bite for the last hour before light level became too low.  we ended up with 7 keepers, all k's.  we did have a short walter, some short lmg's, and one keeper brownie.  we caught at least 40 total, but that number was more to do with being on the right spot during the magic feeding period.

this time of the year, bass on table rock are notorious about feeding at first light, which is way too cold for me to deal with anymore, and the last hour of enough light level.  in gin clear water, that time frame can be right up to dark.  catching fish hardly ever is something that happens the entire time you are on the water.  it most often happens in bursts of activity.  so, when they say timing is everything, such is the case this time of the year.  this time of the year, if you can, stay for that last hour of enough light level.  and, that bite ends when the light level is too low.  then it is time to go home.

bo

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I'm an early morning type, which isn't the greatest this time of year as it is often the coldest and foggiest part of the day.  If I was closer to TR I'd probably do more evening and night fishing there.  

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I know a guy who catches MUCH bigger bass on Ned rigs than any of them little minners you post. Read it on another thread right here on TR forum so it has to be true. 😆 😂

And how the heck does one go fishing without a Redfin in the boat?!!!

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2 hours ago, Champ188 said:

I know a guy who catches MUCH bigger bass on Ned rigs than any of them little minners you post. Read it on another thread right here on TR forum so it has to be true. 😆 😂

And how the heck does one go fishing without a Redfin in the boat?!!!

Yep, my bad.  

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