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#11750306 - 07/30/16 04:28 PM Fishing Reeds
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Green Horn

Registered: 01/23/15
Posts: 15
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Hi all! I live close to EM and Lake Worth. I read lot about fishing the reeds. Can anyone give some tips on effectively fishing reeds? Any time I have tried it, it becomes a lesson in frustration.

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#11750341 - 07/30/16 04:59 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
HuknBull67 Offline
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Registered: 07/29/16
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Reeds are a flippers paradise. I look for irregularities in the reed line, such as indentations or pockets and points along the line. I like a 1/2 to 3/4 ( based on how dense the reeds are growing together)Hack Attack round head in Green Pumpkin, Black-n-Blue or Chameleon. I tip with various trailers like PACA Chunks and Rage Craws.
I try and give each flip at least a 10 to 20 seconds ( based on reed depth and density) after I pitch it to give the fish a chance to locate it and then I barely move it a time or two, then I swim it out a foot or two let it hit bottom one last time before I bring it back in. I have been amazed at how far a fish will follow a bait before it takes it or not.
I also keep what I call a "long Jig" like a Mag 2 or Ol'Monster rigged on a 1/2 ounce Florida weight to give them a different look if the jigs are slow.
If I may ask, what specifically was frustrating you when you were fishing?

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#11750390 - 07/30/16 05:45 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
Donald Harper Offline
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Loc: Justin, TX.
Three rigs:
- Hank Parker Classic spinner bait; fished parallel with the reeds, just as close as you can run it. Keep it in sight as you retrieve it.
- T-Rig Lizard in Watermelon/red
- 1/32 small split Bullet Pinch weight at the nose of a Fluke in Watermelon/tail dipped Chart. Falls in a dying bait fish circle which is hard to beat.

Pitch both the T-Rig and Fluke in ever nook you can find and looking for those features as mentioned above really pays off.
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#11750403 - 07/30/16 05:59 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
GROD Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
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Loc: Eagle Mountain
With so many reeds on EM mid lake/north how does one depict productive reeds vs. nonproductive? Would think some would naturally be better do to close proximity to deeper water or creek channel swing... But really don't know a lot about fishing reeds... So many good docks out there, I never really do much else.


Edited by GROD (07/30/16 06:00 PM)

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#11750580 - 07/30/16 07:54 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
Donald Harper Offline
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You can't just say that spot looks good. You have to fish them all over time to know the best spots on any lake. I begin the search with a spinner bait until I catch one then I will pick that section of reeds appart with the lizard and fluke.

Another bait that works great around reeds is a senko with small Chart. blade tail spinner fished weightless.
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#11750617 - 07/30/16 08:14 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: HuknBull67]
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Registered: 01/23/15
Posts: 15
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
HuknBull, I am trying to pitch a worm in with a 3/8 - 1/2 oz bullet weight pegged. trying to pitch back into the edge a foot or two but seems like anything the worm touches on the way in gets stuck. I am good at pitching and flipping shallow bushes and wood but reeds give me fits.

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#11750753 - 07/30/16 09:17 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
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Use a 3/4 or 1 oz weight, I'll make a big difference

Also, depending on the thickness of th reds, use a straight tail worm or a creature bait such as a beaver or craw so that it doesn'tgrab on to the reeds as badly
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#11750763 - 07/30/16 09:25 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
HuknBull67 Offline
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Registered: 07/29/16
Posts: 29
Sounds like they are pretty thick in their growth pattern and they can be tricky on soft plastics that are "grabby" in nature. I would try and stick with a jig or use something that is not so "grabby" like a Sweet Beaver or Biffle Bug. I myself have trouble pitching with worms if the reed growth is super dense, even with an ounce or so for weight.
I know this might sound a bit weird, but I have caught fish deep in the reeds by going "up and in" instead of right through the face of the reeds. I mean literally pitching the worm higher in the air over the reeds and let the weight pull it down into the water instead of trying to "pitch forward" through the reed line where they can play havoc on longer baits.
Hope this helps.

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HuknBull67

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#11751470 - 07/31/16 12:13 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
DKennimer Offline
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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2735
Loc: Plano/Fork
Appendages can really hinder your fishing in reeds. Try a little Yum dinger. Motor oil/chart tail. The old creme worms work good too, they are harder and don't stick to reeds/willow branches/roots as bad.
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#11751499 - 07/31/16 12:39 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
Brent S Offline
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Registered: 07/04/13
Posts: 2329
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
I hate Fishing reeds. Would rather fish grass any day over them. More than likely because I am probably not Fishing them right. If the reeds are sparse then I don't mind though.

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#11751501 - 07/31/16 12:40 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: DKennimer]
vicstric Online   embarrased
Green Horn

Registered: 01/23/15
Posts: 15
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Thanks all for the tips. I will update the next time i go back.

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#11752079 - 07/31/16 06:56 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
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Registered: 05/27/14
Posts: 150
I 2nd the sweet beaver or creature bait with a 1/2 to 1oz barrel weight which for me comes through reeds better than the bullet weights. Also don't be afraid to pitch it as deep as possible into the reeds. It's usually an aggressive bite and some will hang you up/ break you off.If there's current or deep water nearby concentrate on those areas. Hope this info helps. Tightlines

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#11752327 - 07/31/16 09:17 PM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: vicstric]
toofy Offline
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Registered: 12/26/15
Posts: 198
Loc: Fort Worth
I'm glad to find this thread because I was just about to post the same question today. I went to the reeds around the island on Eagle Mountain this morning and got skunked. Started at sunrise at 6:30 and spent about 2 hours there. Trolled completely around the island. I saw fish jumping at the surface so I used topwater most of the time (popper and buzzbait). Never got a bite. I found an area on the north side of the island where I could navigate deep inside the reeds to where the trees are. I thought this would be a less pressured area but no bites. The wind was blowing from the south and it was pretty choppy, but when I got to the north side it was very calm. Sounds like I should have tried a jig. I just got more serious about bass fishing about 6 months ago and read about how jigs are the greatest thing since flush toilets. Never gotten a bite on a jig. And I have gotten good at accuracy with flipping/pitching but still no luck.

On an unrelated note, anybody know what that building is on the northeast corner of the island? Here are the google maps coordinates:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%B054'40.4%22N+97%C2%B029'38.8%22W/@32.91123,-97.4946455,135m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d32.91123!4d-97.494097 https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%...23!4d-97.494097

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#11752517 - 08/01/16 05:42 AM Re: Fishing Reeds [Re: toofy]
C_Fisher Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/05/07
Posts: 564
Loc: weatherford, tx
Originally Posted By: toofy
I'm glad to find this thread because I was just about to post the same question today. I went to the reeds around the island on Eagle Mountain this morning and got skunked. Started at sunrise at 6:30 and spent about 2 hours there. Trolled completely around the island. I saw fish jumping at the surface so I used topwater most of the time (popper and buzzbait). Never got a bite. I found an area on the north side of the island where I could navigate deep inside the reeds to where the trees are. I thought this would be a less pressured area but no bites. The wind was blowing from the south and it was pretty choppy, but when I got to the north side it was very calm. Sounds like I should have tried a jig. I just got more serious about bass fishing about 6 months ago and read about how jigs are the greatest thing since flush toilets. Never gotten a bite on a jig. And I have gotten good at accuracy with flipping/pitching but still no luck.

On an unrelated note, anybody know what that building is on the northeast corner of the island? Here are the google maps coordinates:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%B054'40.4%22N+97%C2%B029'38.8%22W/@32.91123,-97.4946455,135m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d32.91123!4d-97.494097 https://www.google.com/maps/place/32%C2%...23!4d-97.494097


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