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#12834126 - 07/19/18 12:38 PM Hot in Athens Today
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Registered: 03/09/16
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Loc: Athens, TX
Man is it hot in Athens and I'm talking about both temp and the fishing. Got up early today and had the tube on the lake before sunrise. Had the lake to myself. While I was paddling over to one of my favorite sunfish spots I had a worm on a jig hook about 30 ft behind me and was sort of slow trolling it. I do this every time I fish and I often take a sunfish along the way. Today I had something hit that I have no idea what it was except it had some size to it. Stripped off about 20 yards of like and them broke me off. Didn't hit or fight like a catfish so i don't know what it was. May need to quit using 4 lb line.

The bluegills hit pretty good today but they seemed a little more scattered than usual. My intention was to fish for fun today and that worked for about an hr and a half. Then I got one that took the hook deep and was bleeding when I got it to the tube. One fish won't make a meal so I decided to keep a total of 4.



I have no idea how many bluegills I took but it was quite a few. Along the way I also got about a dozen or so redbreast. For the most part the redbreasts ran about 5-6 inches long and all of them went back into the water.



One thing that surprised me was the number of shellcrackers I got today. At least 2 dozen of them came to hand and they were really fat and fiesty. I had one pretty good one that was hooked in the gill so he ended up in the ice chest along with some gills.



As noted I kept 4 fish for supper. 3 of them were really nice gills and the other was a nice shellcracker. The cutting board is 12 inches wide so that gives an idea of how good these fish were. Not sure how much longer the fish will be shallow in this heat. But as long as they are, I'll be floating over them.



Cheers Y'all
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#12834488 - 07/19/18 05:14 PM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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clap Nice catch. Thanks for sharing.

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#12834607 - 07/19/18 06:31 PM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Wow flags those are some super big slabs. Congrats on a mighty fine day on the water. soldier
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#12834772 - 07/19/18 08:38 PM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Nice thumb

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#12834951 - 07/20/18 04:56 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Solid post and solid fish. Good job Flags. cheers




Side Note: Wonder what broke you off? noidea Maybe a BIG bass? hmmm
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#12835075 - 07/20/18 08:20 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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As always. GREAT POST! woot

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#12835582 - 07/20/18 01:51 PM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 07/30/08
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Loc: Frisco, Tx.
Help an old cat/crappie fisherman. Taking grandkids bream fishing on docks at marina. Whats the best hook to use?
using earthworms we are missing a lot of them.

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#12836392 - 07/21/18 08:08 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: oldtimeangler]
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Originally Posted By: oldtimeangler
Help an old cat/crappie fisherman. Taking grandkids bream fishing on docks at marina. Whats the best hook to use?
using earthworms we are missing a lot of them.


I use a either a 1/64th or 1/32nd oz unpainted jig hook with a piece of crawler about an inch long.
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#12836407 - 07/21/18 08:19 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Originally Posted By: Flags
Originally Posted By: oldtimeangler
Help an old cat/crappie fisherman. Taking grandkids bream fishing on docks at marina. Whats the best hook to use?
using earthworms we are missing a lot of them.


I use a either a 1/64th or 1/32nd oz unpainted jig hook with a piece of crawler about an inch long.




Yes Sir and Flags is simply nailing em on Athens! hooked It's been a great sunfish year on Texas waters this year! woot

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#12836584 - 07/21/18 11:53 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Laker One]
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Thanks Flags, for the info. Bet we do better the next time.

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#12837373 - 07/22/18 09:04 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Enjoyed reading your post Flags and seeing those Athens slabs. Good job.



Side Note: How deep were you catching your fish?

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#12837775 - 07/22/18 03:47 PM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Gitter Done]
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Loc: Athens, TX
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Enjoyed reading your post Flags and seeing those Athens slabs. Good job.



Side Note: How deep were you catching your fish?


About 8 ft. I will be on the water again tomorrow morning at daylight and will see if they are still in the areas I have been catching them. Been well over 100 for the last 7 or 8 days so they may be headed deeper. We'll see in the AM.
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#12839866 - 07/24/18 08:44 AM Re: Hot in Athens Today [Re: Flags]
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Thanks Flags! Seems from all of the post I have been reading sunnies are being caught in water between 3 to 12 feet. Bet there are some nice thick weed beds close by.

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