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  • Posted by rayzor65 on December 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Got out a couple hours today, warmest water to be found was 47 degrees and slightly stained. Went back to some notes from last year that matched the water temp. I fished docks in 10 to 12 feet of water, with a pontoon or lift in them. Dropped a 1/8 jig with pearl CM to the bottom then raised it about 18 to 24 inches off the bottom, I twitched it every once and a while also raised and dropped it which seemed to trigger the bite. I put 4 nice keepers in the well and threw several back. Station camp has quite a few docks, I have a satalite print off from Google earth, I mark docks that produce with a green marker, non producers with red. This cuts down on fishing docks that don’t have fish. When you only have 2 hours you want to make the most of it, notes are also huge if you don’t get out weekly.

    Good luck all


    bigred replied 10 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Brian

    December 29, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Thanks! Nice report Ray!


  • bigred

    December 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Ray, Your use of maps and keeping a record of productive boat docks, year after year, is brilliant.

    Reminds me of a short story:

    I know a guy that grew up fishing the Hudson River in upstate New York, around Catskill. It’s tidal up there with two direction changes per day. There is a lot of cargo barge traffic so a main channel is clearly marked with chunk rock “light houses” with red or green lights. He fished for smallmouth bass. He tracked time of day, light house number, and direction of current every time he fished. Well, 30 years pass and he has a graph that is absolutely amazing. He can check the time of day and tell you exactly which side (up or down river) of which light houses the smallmouth will be piled up on. He owns a Fishing Tackle store in Catskill now. When visiting, I always start my fishing day by stopping there to get my list of locations and times.

    He started with an interest in smallmouth and over the years kept simple records. Today, with all that data input into a computer, he has graphs and charts that are priceless to local fisherman. He only shares his data with ‘catch and release’ guys.

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