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Offline senkosam

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I'm sure many of you have had banner days when right place/right time allowed some record catches and we've all dreamt of being that lucky. And so it went Tues. and Wed.: 40 on the first day in one spot; 110 on the next day going to three spots.

In the northeast, we had a record amount of rain in a short time that raised water levels like crazy in all lakes and rivers. In the lake I fished yesterday, the lake was up 2.5 feet affecting the spawn locations of yellow perch - one of the first fish to spawn in spring. Where perch spawn, most fish follow to eat their eggs. I'm talking about four to five other fish species that are in dense, mixed-species schools in water no more than 3' deep.  I'm talk'n crappie with perch and sunfish; white perch with crappie, yellow perch with crappy and a few bass in the same school.
wetland channel I had to row to get to schools of fish.

Granted, a child could catch fish-after-fish in that scenario, but one thing it allowed me to do is to discover and rediscover more things about lures - particularly about soft plastics on light ball head jigs. When fishing a wetlands shallow water pattern, it pays to work lures slowly, mid-depth. To do that 1/32, 1/64 and 1/24 oz jigs are a must along with hook sizes to match. A lure can be 3" on a 1/32 oz jig but the hook size/gap must be at least a #2 hook, like this example of a 5" plastic worm that caught all kinds of fish yesterday - many on the same lures:

perch, sunfish and bass caught on the same 4" plastic worm:


Float fishing isn't my forte and especially not in 3' of water, but when you find dense schools of very irritable fish, anything is possible. When I tried a small cigar float it opened doors as far as ultra-slow fishing using a rod pull & pause presentation!! Cool was seeing crappie attack the float once it plopped down, at times jumping out of the water! Many lures worked under the float and one that excelled over all others was the Mojo grub made from using clear plastic:

Used under a cigar float:

I've poured clear plastic shapes before, but the clear plastic Mojo - even in murky water - did as well as any color! The thin, straight tail flutters with the least motion imparted.
White perch on a clear plastic Mojo grub:


Another find was the Chubby Grub made from cutting 2" off the front of a plastic worm (like the one shown above), blunting the end with a lighter: Nothing says, come & eat me like the wagging of a Chubby Grub rigged on a 1/32 oz jig!


Having been a bass angler for years, I can understand staying with heavier lures. But light tackle fishing has a lot to be said for it - regardless of freshwater species.
« Last Edit: 06/12/22 20:18 UTC by senkosam »

Offline 21xdc

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Re: Unexpected catch in two consecutive days this week
« Reply #1 on: 04/16/22 06:21 UTC »
Nice! ;)

Offline efishnc

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Re: Unexpected catch in two consecutive days this week
« Reply #2 on: 04/16/22 08:47 UTC »
Jig fishing, far and away is my favorite method to catch fish; it doesn't matter whether it is gamefish or panfish, jigs can always get the job done.  It's enjoyable to see the array of jigs you employ on your outings.

Offline Muskygary

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Re: Unexpected catch in two consecutive days this week
« Reply #3 on: 04/16/22 09:55 UTC »
Thanks for the post. Lots of information there. Nothing better than lots of action and a great fish fry to start the spring.

Offline Lines

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Re: Unexpected catch in two consecutive days this week
« Reply #4 on: 04/16/22 09:58 UTC »
Way to go senkosam. Great 2 days fishing. Another awesome post!

Offline senkosam

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Re: Unexpected catch in two consecutive days this week
« Reply #5 on: 06/12/22 20:31 UTC »
Thanks guys.
The thing about certain shape/design combinations that catch different species of fish consistently as the ones shown do, makes one wonder what was it about a combo that provoked fish to strike? You might suggest that the lure reminded fish of prey it normally eats, but too many lures don't resemble anything a fish eats or even move like an animal. We are talking predators that in all likelihood know the difference between a live animal and a questionable moving object.

Lures coerce strikes - simple as that. Granted, coincidental similarities may exist between a lure's shape and action to an animal, but lure actions speak loudest regardless of any intentional or unintentional imitation.
This thin tail has the same action as that of a minnow:


The real thing:
https://i.imgur.com/NHhzzX3.mp4

Whereas the eyes are limited in murky water or at night, the lateral line isn't. Certain lure motions get it done.


« Last Edit: 06/12/22 20:47 UTC by senkosam »