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Kim City - Jan 14 - Damiki rig


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Fished this morning and the deep bite was about as good as it gets. Went to my first spot and scouted for 5 minutes and then went to my next spot. When I arrived about 7:20 the fish activity was unreal. About 15 big fish busted the surface over a 10 minute span and my graph was covered with vertical activity. I did not catch a single surface fish and after several cast I decided to stick with the vertical bite. The fish would fight over the Damiki rig and mostly ignore an ice jig and grub. From 7:30 to 8:00 the catching was almost every drop. The shad were 100% scattered (nothing schooled up) and I kept the boat in 35 to 55 FOW. Then about 8:30 the ice jig started to work well. Then about 9:00 there was an empty graph and the party was over. 

Caught all three species and the K's accounted for 90%. 

I threw a jerkbait, grub,  and underspin at the surface activity and was very surprised I did not catch a single surface fish.

I thought the grub would work so I started with it and they ignored it, then picked up the Damiki and if you missed one another would bite it.

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Hey Alex, thanks for the tip. I had topwater with me and should have tried it. I can normally catch about 30% of the winter time surface chasers with an underspin or swimbait, so I was dumbfounded with no takers. Next time they will see topwater on the menu. 

Looking forward to one of your cold water crankbait/jerkbait reports.

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Wednesday when they were really biting good, I had 4 or 5 bites on the Ned where they picked it up after it had dropped 3 or 4 feet.  I would not hesitate to try it on fish that are coming up on top, cast it at them, let it fall a few feet, then pop it and let it fall again.  Cut in half Zinker of course.

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Bobby, the line on the 3/8 oz Damiki rig was 8# BPS Excel  mono green. Normally I would use 6# green mono on a vertical winter time spinning rod for plastics. I had the grub tied on the rod with 6# line. Your choice of line is probably better for detecting strikes,,,etc.

I use 12# or 14# fluoro on the ice jig and spoon. I also use 15# mono big game for summer time spooning.

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19 hours ago, Dock-in-it said:

Bobby, the line on the 3/8 oz Damiki rig was 8# BPS Excel  mono green. Normally I would use 6# green mono on a vertical winter time spinning rod for plastics. I had the grub tied on the rod with 6# line. Your choice of line is probably better for detecting strikes,,,etc.

I use 12# or 14# fluoro on the ice jig and spoon. I also use 15# mono big game for summer time spooning.

Hey Dock, for a guy (ME) who bashes Johnny as much as I do, I just can't find a light mono line that outperforms that BPS Excel. I use their 6-pound a LOT of spinning rod applications and love that stuff. And when I'm not in the mood to drag it behind the boat (without a lure) to remove the twists, it's cheap enough to just strip it off and respool, sometimes right there in the boat.

Thanks for a great report and congrats on getting in on the fast action. I admire your skills. 

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I have pretty much strictly went yozuri line all flouro, only mono I use is excel 8# green for jerkbait fishing.  Has held up really well.   Been cranking lately with 14# yozuri as it has 12# diameter.  It has performed very well in my opinion.   

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