Son got a science competition this morning and was busy. Great write up, DC, and thanks for the invite again. Man I love your home, hood, and fishing set up. It's paradise to me! Beverly even fixed fresh hamburgers for us after fishing. Yum!
On deadstick: DS is dead on hubbard right now once the water temp got to 44f 10 days ago and I heard twok DS is dead too. IMO, we at at the end or tail end of DS season. But the recent reports from the CC guys gave me hope to try CC. So I packed my DS gears and wanted to show DC the rope. Also I wanted to learn winter mepps cuz I've never winter mepps before.
It was my 2nd time fishing CC and first time DS there. We only had 5 very light bumps down at the deeper south on our drifts but I take that as a learning experience. What I learned is that there are way too much baits down deeper south. We were in 50fow to 45fow drifts and the baits were stacked from 30ft to 40ft and never desolved or thinned out by predetor fish. A few hybrids would show up once in a while but they were under the baits gorging food and the shad never scattered out. Our graph pics were never ideal for DS ing.
Below are some ideal deadstick graph pics. The baits should slowly clear out and the well defined arches group in and suspended and remained follow during the drift.
The wind got calmer and we headed north and saw two boats deadsticking at a distance. They were spotlocked on top of deeper creek channels I believe. If we had more time, I would try DS there. Then again, IMO, the better time to DS or learn DS without getting discouraged is when the water temp trends from 60 to 50f. Dennis I set a reminder to self to DS with you next December lol. Don't fire me yet, DC! Lol
On mepps: Most of my fish caught were jigging the mepps vertical under the boat. I think DC caught half casting mepps out and half vertical jigging. We were on structures, spotlock, and thumper going.
But I have to let everyone know one thing. Besides being a master mepps catcher, DC spends good amount of time scanning the structures until he finds good numbers of fish, otherwise he moves on to the next structure and CC has plenty of structures too not far apart at all. One time DC spent close to an hr scanning all sides of each hump and then another hump. I just sit back and watch the graph and the figure "8" trails were plentiful around the ledges of the humps lol. DC works extra hard at finding fish and that skills don't show up on the reports lol.
Anyway, thanks again DC! I think we need lots and lots more practices trips lol