We had a hard cold front due to arrive this morning, and, unfortunately, the wind shift that typically brings great fishing took place in the overnight hours, so, there would not be enough time to put clients on fish as the front moved in. I did a quick scouting trip on Stillhouse and then got off before it got dangerously rough.
This is the “arsenal” of slabs I like to keep to enable me and my clients to match the size of the forage fish we see the fish feeding on as the gamefish drive forage fish to the surface and/or regurgitate the baitfish as they are fought at boatside. The size gradation is 3/8 oz., 3/4 oz., 1.0 oz., 1.5 oz., and 2.0 oz. Quarters have been placed in the photo for the sake of scale.
I hit two areas today and found the fish so tight to bottom that although significant number of fish materialized once I began jigging and then hooked and played fish to the boat, these fish were scarcely visible on sonar.
Both areas I worked today were in 26-28 feet. Due to the impact of the cold front, I went with a light, small slab, opting for the white 3/8 oz. and it did the trick. I boated 10 fish at the first area, and 15 at the next, then headed on in as the wind chill was kicking in and the wind speed continued to increase in to the mid-20 mph range.
TALLY = 25 FISH, all caught and released
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Start Time: 6:45a
End Time: 8:15a
Air Temp: 51F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: 67
Winds were N18-22
Skies: 100% clouded
Other Notes: N/A
Areas Fished with success: