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If I can stand the cold, I'm fishing! #12515643
11/25/17 02:19 PM
11/25/17 02:19 PM
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Yesterday was pretty mild compared to the last five days, but the cold nights have dropped the water temperature to 38 degrees making even a 5-10 mph breeze uncomfortable. But as with any cold weather fishing, warm clothes and a bright sun make an outing worth the discomfort (unless ya gotta go!)

When air temperature goes down so does my mental stamina. You can't go into a daze casting like a robot and expect to catch fish. Fish are in a variety of depths and proximity to shorelines and your lure is the true and only fish finder. If my mind was more active, I would have put a buoy marker out after catching fish rather than have to guess after my boat drifted away while taking fish off the hook.

I've found that even a boat's wind-re-position 10 yards away from where fish were caught can affect where casts should have been as in the case of a small tight school or group of fish. But again, the cold made me lazy and the buoy marker wasn't used. But at least general areas were learned and a few patterns evolved.

Granted, 18 fish (crappie, sunfish, mostly y.perch and small bass) are nothing to brag about, but every outing is a, well-I'll-be learning experience and better than just sitting around the house, wondering how the fishing was while sitting in the sun on the back porch.




As usual for cold water, 1/32 oz was my only choice along with just a few lure designs 2" or less in length - including the experimental design below that didn't disappoint- a cut-paddle tail worm:



I've been known to be the only boat on the water the day after Xmas. (Of course that's when I was many years younger.)


Last edited by SenkoSam; 11/25/17 02:23 PM.
Re: If I can stand the cold, I'm fishing! [Re: SenkoSam] #12515657
11/25/17 02:32 PM
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Nice pictures, what lake is that?

Re: If I can stand the cold, I'm fishing! [Re: SenkoSam] #12515753
11/25/17 04:42 PM
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Come on down here! We are still enjoying summer...kind of.


Re: If I can stand the cold, I'm fishing! [Re: Woods & Water] #12515982
11/25/17 10:38 PM
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It's a local county lake 10 minutes away. Quality isn't great for any species though the perch aren't bad. I mostly go there for convenience and to test lures I make. Today might have been more comfortable with a high of 55 even with a 12 mph wind. Don't want to store my boat for the season if there's any chance of getting out. I used to fish Lake Kemp near Wichita Falls when there was still ice on it and it was cold!

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