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Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! #12789906
06/12/18 11:27 PM
06/12/18 11:27 PM
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Athens, TX
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Spent about 4 hrs in the tube today and the lake was absolutely on fire! Everywhere I went I got into really solid fish. For today's trip I broke out a rig I don't use to often down here. It is a Diawa Mini-Spin. 4 1/2 foot rod with a little bitty open faced reel spooled with 2 lb line. It is the rod I use for brook trout back in CO and since I'm headed that way in 2 weeks I figured I may as well break it out. The fish really gave a good fight on this ultra-light rig.



I started out getting into a lot of shellcrackers. They were hanging around some fallen trees in a little cove next to a boat house that I like to hit. I've never seen anyone else fish it which is fine by me since it nearly always kicks out some decent fish. I took about 10 shellcrackers in total with an average length of 7 or 8 inches.



A little farther down the lake I began to get into the redbrest. For the most part they ran about 6 inches long but I got a few close to 8. I'm guessing I got about an even dozen of the redbreasts.



And then there were the bluegills! They were biting like caged rattlers! Most of them were hanging around the boathouses and they were all good fish.











I have no idea how many bluegill I took today. I quit counting at 40 and fished for quite a while after that. They were all in about 6-8 ft of water and were hitting pieces of worm on a 1/64th oz unpainted jig head. Using 2 lb line allows you to use the really light jig heads and that is a tactic I also use on trout back home. The ultra-light rig performed beautifully and I didn't have a single fish break off. I also got a little bitty largemouth that was about 8 inches long. He was a go getter on the light rig too.

I kept 4 of the bluegills that were in the 6 to 7 inch range and fried up the fillets as soon as I got home for a tasty snack for the fetching and beautiful Mrs. Chief. If Y'all got time on your hands, heading to Athens would be a good thing to consider.


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Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12789967
06/13/18 12:33 AM
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Victoria, TX
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Nice!! Great report.

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Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12789980
06/13/18 12:44 AM
06/13/18 12:44 AM
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Universal City Tx.
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Solid post and solid fish! Love having days like these! Good job Flags! thumb




IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12790041
06/13/18 01:38 AM
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La vernia tx
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Slabathon session


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Quote on the wildman" They Said he'd eat the hair off of a man's head when he was hungry
and squeeze the water out of rocks when he was thirsty"
Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12790066
06/13/18 01:55 AM
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Awesome catch...wish I lived closer to your lake … or … your lake lived closer to me...

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12790339
06/13/18 01:04 PM
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Great report! thumb

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Vogey] #12790474
06/13/18 03:02 PM
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Universal City Tx.
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Originally Posted By: Vogey
Awesome catch...wish I lived closer to your lake … or … your lake lived closer to me...




Could you imagine Athens being right next to Dunlap! hmmm




IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12791717
06/14/18 02:48 PM
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San Antonio Tx.
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Great post Flags and some super fish. Good job Sir.

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12792139
06/14/18 08:09 PM
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Catching Mules, very nice thumb


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Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Flags] #12793986
06/16/18 01:10 PM
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San Antonio TX
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Nice report and fish! Great job Flags! woot




Side Note: I might just have to give float fishing a try! If not for my Kayak I would have tried float fishing a long time ago!

Re: Athens is on FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Laker One] #12794942
06/17/18 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted By: Laker One
Nice report and fish! Great job Flags! woot




Side Note: I might just have to give float fishing a try! If not for my Kayak I would have tried float fishing a long time ago!




I have seen a lot of videos on float fishing. It amazes me how an angler can sneak up onto the fish and then drop a bait on em! Only thing that I would have a question is, I would bet you can get pretty tired paddling back to your drop in spot!

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