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jipped genes

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Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« on: March 08, 2023, 07:23:19 pm »
I heard Caddo lake is banging right now for bass fishing. Thinking about throwing my kayak on top and driving out there for the weekend. Not familiar with prespawn fishing in a natural shallow weedy lake.

Tips?

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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2023, 07:28:01 pm »
Can you rely on google to give you information? Sounds interesting.
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2023, 05:32:10 am »
Most of the lakes down there are pretty clear, correct? If that is the case, you have to go with the lightest tackle you feel comfortable with. I often here guys saying if it is clear water they use stuff like 14-17 lbs fluoro and I about die laughing, because I am over here using 8 lbs in the same water. Usually catching 4-5x as many fish and if you have the right reel/drag and rod combo, you will not break them off like you might think you will. It just takes a lot longer to get them back to the kayak.

Other than that, I would just bring a little bit of everything. I have mentioned to you before, I am a soft plastics guy, so I will have a couple gallon sized bags full of smaller baggies of different soft plastics in different colors and sizes. A few crankbaits, some spinners and frogs. You can never have enough frogs or other top water baits if they are super aggressive.

If nothing is biting, I will go really small and throw on some Bobby Garland original shads on a wide mouth jig. I crush bass with those things.
If it doesn't scare you, it is not heavy enough.
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2023, 06:02:21 am »
Fuck it, weather is not ideal but I am going! If you wait for the perfect conditions you might never go.

Yeah BC, I checked the guide reports but they don't give too much away. But it gives me some ideas as to what baits to bring. GF They have had some rain GF so the water is stained but not dirty. That should help. Heaviest line I have is 15 lbs mono for my worm/spinner bait rod. I have a crankin rod with 10 lbs line for my lipless and crankin rod, a spinning rod with 20 lbs braid and a long 8 lbs. fluoro leader for weightless stickbaits and flukes. then my fav set up, a falcon lowrider custom top water special with a shimano curado 100 series reel and 20 lbs braid. Got soft plastic frogs, poppers and a spook Jr. which I caught an 8 on a couple years ago.

Gonna fish from the boat house for kitty cats at night, smoke cigars and drink brew.

Oh also got a Helix 7 yesterday from a buddy who bought it new 3 years ago and wanted a new helix 15 with mega live. So he sold me the 7 for $100. Not bad. I do not have time to put it on my kayak which is no big deal as Caddo lake is shallow. Average depth where we will be is 3-4'.

I find it hard to pitch and flip from my kayak. That seems to be the best way to catch the big mamas this time of year but I will do my best. Will let y'all know when I get back.

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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2023, 07:24:44 pm »
Yeah, it is hard to flip and pitch seated so low to the water. That is why I bought some Bonafide SS127's. I can stand all day in those things. Being able to stand when I need to, makes fishing from the kayak so much more enjoyable.
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2023, 05:52:54 pm »
Yeah, it is hard to flip and pitch seated so low to the water. That is why I bought some Bonafide SS127's. I can stand all day in those things. Being able to stand when I need to, makes fishing from the kayak so much more enjoyable.

I have to be able to put it on to p of my car. I have to use a light kayak. Wish I could put a hitch on my car. Center exit exhaust where a hitch would go.

Well left thursday, came back just not. Me and my fishing buddy drove over to Caddo. His girl's fam has a lake house. We arrived to find there were 2 tourneys going on that weekend and another next weekend. Then we had a big thunderstorm and a cold front move through thurs evening. Friday there were kayak tourney fishermen and boats everywhere. The kayak guys all had pedal or trolling motor yaks, we were paddle only so our area was limited and we fished beat up water. I lost a big bass that first day right at the boat I will say 6lbs give or take. It was the only bite we got.

Friday post front, 45 degrees cold, muddy water, We fished hard for 3 hours at a time back to the house, ate and went out again. I caught 2 and my pal got one all day and those were the only bites. All were about 15-16 inches and healthy little fish. I tried everything. Only thing I could get bit was 5" black with blue flake yum dinger cast onto the bank then pulled silently into the water. The fish were all in less than a foot of water. We wasted a lot of time fishing 2-4' of water.

I caught 2 more this morning. Much warmer but still kayak and boats everywhere. Same method. Still tried other things but nothing worked.

Last night we sat on the dock and catfished. Caught several, drank a few brews and enjoyed life

Even though it was not optimal, we had a great time. I love Caddo lake. Cannot beat the scenery.


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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2023, 06:21:55 pm »
Despite the tough conditions, still sounds awesome.
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2023, 07:59:30 am »
It was brother.
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2023, 07:59:19 am »
I missed this post.  How did you do?

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I heard Caddo lake is banging right now for bass fishing. Thinking about throwing my kayak on top and driving out there for the weekend. Not familiar with prespawn fishing in a natural shallow weedy lake.

Tips?
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2023, 04:39:42 am »
A few small fish. But had a blast bro
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Re: Thinking about heading to east Tx for fishing
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2023, 06:23:35 am »
Cool. Knocking out the box. Weather is nice.
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