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#11086782 - 09/06/15 12:49 PM Joe Pool Is Back!
Smithaven Online   content
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Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 1817
Loc: Hurst, Texas
The parks and Lynn Creek Marina reopened this past week. The fishing barge opened yesterday, and I went to check it out this morning. I took two rods and it quickly became apparent that was not going to work. Every cast got a bite for a couple of hours from sunup on. No way could I keep up with two rods.

The fish are in beautiful shape - fat as butterballs. While I did not catch any over 8 inches I caught a much bigger percentage of 7 inch fish than in previous years. It is obvious that they found plenty to eat while the lake was up, and the lack of fishing pressure was a bonus.

I released all I could, and gave the ones I deep hooked to a man fishing with his little boy. I went to a #6 barbless hook instead of my usual #8 barbed hook to make them easier to release unharmed.

The lake is at conservation pool and all the ramps are good. The state park remains closed.

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#11087585 - 09/06/15 11:00 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 01/18/15
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Loc: Dallas, Texas
Good deal...Im gonna have to go check em out soon!
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#11087702 - 09/07/15 06:47 AM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Nice report "Smithaven". Sounds like you found some descent fish. Joe Pool's future is looking pretty good. thumb
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#11094845 - 09/10/15 02:40 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Loc: San Antonio TX
Good post/report. Also that is one fat Bluegill! Good job Sir. woot

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#11098399 - 09/12/15 01:54 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
Did you fish at the section where you pay?

I went there on Monday and caught a bass from the deck using a white Road Runner with a white grub. It was about 9 P.M.; I sat on the side facing the rocks and the parking lot. Fished parallel to the deck, sitting on the right side and casting left. It was a nice one, looked young. Two ladies catching Crappy right off the rocks with minnows. Some gentlemen catching small catfish.

Saw a bass swim right next to me to investigate some shad then swam away. Looked about the same size as the one I caught.

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#11098470 - 09/12/15 02:50 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Smithaven Online   content
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Loc: Hurst, Texas
Originally Posted By: Daniel Mtanous
Did you fish at the section where you pay?



I fish off the spot you mentioned. I am not as nimble as I once was, so my fishing is pretty well restricted to docks and piers.


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#11098502 - 09/12/15 03:14 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
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Ok, Thank you for clarifying it. Could you tell me what you used?

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#11098666 - 09/12/15 04:38 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Nice report, glad to hear things are looking up there thumb
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#11098901 - 09/12/15 06:33 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Smithaven Online   content
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Registered: 03/23/10
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Loc: Hurst, Texas
Originally Posted By: Daniel Mtanous
Ok, Thank you for clarifying it. Could you tell me what you used?


All the fish were caught using small pieces of nightcrawlers.

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#11100926 - 09/13/15 06:12 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
I fished with nightcrawlers as well but didn't catch anything. I lost all my fish due to having to much slack when I set the hook.

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#11107789 - 09/16/15 03:00 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Nice report and nice fish. Good job Sir.

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#11110114 - 09/17/15 04:21 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
MulGogiHunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/14
Posts: 279
Loc: Grand Prairie, TX
Quote:
I fished with nightcrawlers as well but didn't catch anything. I lost all my fish due to having to much slack when I set the hook.


Were you using a bobber? If so, maybe try and tight line them with 2-4 lb test.
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#11110915 - 09/18/15 12:04 AM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: MulGogiHunter]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
Originally Posted By: MulGogiHunter
Quote:
I fished with nightcrawlers as well but didn't catch anything. I lost all my fish due to having to much slack when I set the hook.


Were you using a bobber? If so, maybe try and tight line them with 2-4 lb test.


This is the type of rod/reel I was using, Zebco Dock Demon Combo, with the second to the smallest size plastic ball bobber available. I need to cut a few feet of my string. It should tighten up the slack and increase tension.


Edited by Daniel Mtanous (09/18/15 12:05 AM)

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#11110918 - 09/18/15 12:08 AM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 2848
Loc: DuncanvilleTX
Just add some weights below the bobber, split shot weights
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#11113641 - 09/19/15 03:37 PM Re: Joe Pool Is Back! [Re: crappieking95]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
Originally Posted By: crappieking95
Just add some weights below the bobber, split shot weights


I did but it really killed the "action". The fish are just to lazy to swallow it hole. I got far more takes without a weight.

I have since switch to a bobber with a weight on the bottom of it. Instead of running the line through both top and bottom, I just rig it through the bottom. I watched a video of "Uncle Steve" and switch to the same rig. Increased my takes immediately.

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