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Name: FishingFool Date: September 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Broke one of my rules, of not fishing on weekends. Good weather is going to end soon, so I decided to get as much fishing in as possible before that happens.

Pulled up to a spot where I haven't fished yet this year. As I'm coasting to the spot, I see a couple of marks on sonar in the 30' zone... Couldn't help it. Turned around and toss the DS out.

Fish on, on first cast. Just a dink 10" SMB.
2nd cast, fish on! Then a couple of seconds later, just felt slack.... UHHH. Reeling it up and it feels like I lost my setup. Look at it and it appears my line to line knot failed. Tried a new know, a double Albright. Welp, I know not to use that now.

Retie with my usual uni to uni and make a 3rd cast. Fish on! Another 10" dink.

4th cast and fish on! A 8" dink, lol, getting smaller now.

5th cast and didn't feel anything.

6th cast and fish on! This doesn't feel like a dink, woot! An ok fish at 15".

All these fish were caught in 28-32' of water.


Pounded that area for another 30 mins without any more bass. So I started heading to the original spot. Worked that for 15 mins without a bass.

Started to move farther up the lake. A spot I wanted to fish had 2 boats nearby on both sides, so I just kept going. Stopped off at a spot from the other day working the outside weed line with a dropoff.

10 mins later, I get a quality bite on the DS. It's ripping drag and staying down. Played with it for a while and tires out. Scoop it into the net and it's a 19" SMB @ 4.03 lbs. Woot!

I see a boat pull up nearby as I'm weighing my fish. I don't know if he saw the fish and decided to pull up or what. I quickly release the fish and this guy is now within casting length from me. WTF? My phone rings and it's work calling me too.

So I'm on the spot and I sort of watching this guy as I'm on the phone. I know I don't own the lake, but some common courtesy would be great. Anyways, as I'm on the phone, I see him catch one. He drops his net in the water and it sinks. He grabs his SMB. Looked like a pretty nice one too. Guessing maybe 2.5lbs.

Anyways, I continue fishing in that area working along the edge. He asks me a couple of questions which I did answer. I move on along and he seems to stay in that area for quite a while. Don't know if he was trying to recover his net or if that was "his" spot.

I get another decent 15-16" SMB on the DS. Then a 17" guessing 2.5#.

I putted away to another spot. Decided to go shallow and landed me a 12" right away. Worked that area for about 10 mins until I backed out into deeper water and get another 15"er. It had a buddy chasing it. Tried for about 20 mins around that spot to see if I could find it, but came up empty handed.

Boated farther north to a deep point from the other day. I think the 5th cast there caught me a dink in 20' of water. Drifted a bit and caught me another 15" in a little deeper water.

Lots of boat traffic on the water.
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Name: FishingFool Date: September 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Back on the water on Sammamish. It's been a while.

It's COLD in the mornings now. Vehicle said 48 degrees at the launch. When I dipped my toes into the water to launch, it felt so warm. Rather jump in the water than. LOL. Was showing 68 degrees, no wonder.

Anyways, wasn't sure what to expect, but I hit my usual 1st point. Ran a couple of different depth cranks through there. Then a swimbait. Nothing.

Tried the DS around there and no hookups. I do see baitfish on sonar and felt a few nips here and there.

I backed off into deeper water. I've been watching my sonar as I creep up to a spot and went to about where I saw some fish markings in ~30'. . Started off in ~18' or so. Instantly catch a bait SMB. Back up a little more and I see a single line on sonar on bottom. Drop DS straight down and after several seconds of jiggling, I get a bite and pull up dink ~10" SMB. Small, but they are growing.

Start fan casting the area and landed a dandy perch at almost 11". I'm out in about 25' of water now and casting it around. Landed 2 more dink SMB. One of them was caught in 32' of water. The other was 13" and skinny. It had a profile of a trout to me. Took a pic of this little guy since it looked so odd.

Spent an hr at this area and decided to leave. I start heading up north. Stopped off along the east side on an area that has been productive for me. Fishing in about 10-12' of water. I see bait fish following my swimbait, but can't tell what they are. Too much ripple. Start tossing out the DS around. Get my first decent SMB in about 13' of water on the DS @ 15".

Hammering the spot and get a couple more dinks. I decided to go across and try to west side.

Since the West side is directly in sun, I tried around the docks first and started working my way out a bit deeper. Tried a new crankbait for a while too. Spent about 40mins there and only got perch.

Decided to keep moving up the lake and stop off at another spot on the east side. Tried a couple of deep docks and didn't get anything. It's getting a little bit breezy on the lake now. Not crazy, but definitely have to pay attention. I move myself into deeper water in the 15-16' zone. I want to call it a flat, but I'm not sure that's right. Fishing the outside weed line too. I see baitfish lighting up. They kept harassing my lures. Tossed the DS out into a little bit deeper water and fish on! Oh snaps, I see another fish fighting with it. Can't tell for sure about size, looked to be about same or maybe slightly bigger. Scoop my fish into the net, 16" SMB. Not bad. I toss it back out and follow the edge. Landed 5 more SMB. 2 were dinks, the other were 15-16". The hot depth in this area was 16-18'. All on DS.

I continue north and want to stop off at fart hole. I pull up a little bit behind and work my way towards it. I'm maybe 20 yards away from the actual spot. I toss my DS out into 12' of water and felt a bite. Set the hook and it doesn't feel like a big fish. After about 5 seconds or so, it really came to life and started doing head shakes and pulling some drag.... HMMMM. Play with it for a bit and it starts to shoot up towards the top and jumps out of the water. Yep, a quality SMB. Play with it some more and able to scoop into the net. 19" SMB @ 3.79lbs. Not bad at all I say.

Worked that spot for a bit but nothing else bite. Definitely saw fish on sonar, just wasn't active. Get to fart hole and pounded it without a fish.

It's 12:30PM now. Trying to decided to fish some more or head back in....Lets keep fishing. I wanted to fish a point farther up.

I get there and don't see anything on sonar, but still fished around. It's quite breezy now. Ran my swimbait and cranks first. Pointed the nose of the boat into the wind and tossed the DS in front. Pitched it on the shadow size of a piling and nothing. Wind blows me back a bit, so I pitched it on the sunny side in ~20' of water. Feels like a bite... set the hook and fish on!

It's pulling a little bit of drag, so I know it's a decent fish, but not a biggun. I get it near the surface and wow, I see it has 2 decent size buddies following it around. I tried not to spook them, gingerly played with my fish. As I got it closer to the boat, they swim away and my fish kinda justs slides into the net. Another 16" SMB. I continued the area and 10 mins later, I get another SMB almost same size. Must have been one of the buddies.

I wanted to see if I could get a crank fish today so I tried to cast my new lure out into the wind.... Big mistake. Backlash! BAH! Couldn't get this one untangled. While I was trying to, my line broke on whatever loop it was caught on in the reel. Line starts sliding out of the eyes on the rod. Luckily, managed to grab the end before it came out completely and pulled my lure back in. Didn't want to fix what's remaining on the reel, so set that rod down and was done with it.

Tossed the DS around and I get snagged on something. Broken it off and called it a day, lol.

Saw these 3 guys fishing in a nice blue boat as I was packing up. Drifted right by them since I wasn't paying attention.... I was out in deeper water but that wind..... My bad.

SMB catch was in the double digits. I want to say 13-15. Yes, a few bait-dink SMB in the mix. But had a bunch, to me at least, 15-16" SMB. I want to say 8-9. Those 1 3/4-2lb size. Fun buggers. I stopped taking pics of the cookie cutters. I really should though to keep a better track.
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Name: NWFshHntr Date: September 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is actually for labor day but I kept forgetting to post it so here it goes. Wanted to try out the cutties in Sammamish so I packed the boat and my dad and got on the water by about 8:30. Ran up about 1/2 mile from the launch and started fishing about 40 feet down with a red and green wedding ring behind a small herring flasher. Things started picking up as I approached the famous weather buoy and I started to troll in a figure 8 pattern between the shore and the buoy. Over the course of the next 3 hours or so three kokanee, 2 cutthroats, 1 perch, and 1 very large rainbow ( though I'm hesitant to call it a steelhead) were caught by both my dad and I. All were C&R and with such a great day I'm am sure I'll be coming back to fish this year round.
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Name: FishingFool Date: August 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Decided to start the day off on a point with pilings. As I was sneaking up to the area, I saw my sonar light up at 30'. Marked it quickly and used swimbait and cranks around the point. Then the DS. Got a few swipes and nips from perch. After about not producing any bass there, I started backing up towards where I marked fish.

1st fish was a dandy of a perch on DS. Almost 11". Fan casting around the area and I get a nice bite. Pull up a 14" SMB in 32' of water. Caught a couple more nice perch.

Moving upwards on the lake. Got a 16" SMB to hit the DS in 22' of water. Get me a dink in about 15' in the same area.

Stopped off at farthole. Didn't produce any bass for me today. Caught another nice perch there. Then caught a 16" squawfish on the DS. Pretty sure it's my first squaw on DS. Saw the fish on sonar. Dropped the DS straight down. A couple of jigs and it bites! Misses. Immediately lowered rod and it bites again and fish on! It was one of the more feisty squaws I've caught. Thought it was a large perch. It was even flopping around in the net afterwards. They usually just play dead for me.

Continue up north and caught more dinks and 1 at 13".

Started heading back south and caught more dinks ,a couple 12-13" and some bait size.

One of the smaller fish spit out a sculpin at me.

Protip. Don't wear a black shirt when it's suppose to be hot out.
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Name: BentRod Date: August 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Was looking for an excuse to go test out a 15hp outboard my brother loaned me and decided that the Lake Samm. Chinook would be a good reason. Invited forum member Realfisherman to go drag some gear around this morning. I'd intended to get to the gate early, but got there even earlier than intended. Turned out to the be the first in line at 5:30. Gates don't open until 6:30. The next guy didn't show up until about 15 minutes later. About 6am a good number of trailers showed up, but half seemed to be bass boats (guess there was a tournament today). When the gates opened, we got our game on and everyone seemed to launch in quick order. We had our gear in the water by 6:45. My partner didn't have his gear in the water two minutes and his rod starts bouncing. It wasn't a big fish and i'd thought he'd hooked a trout, but up came a 14" catfish stuck to his plug. We had a good laugh about getting the skunk off and proceeded to troll, dragging various dodger/hook/plug/spoon combinations out from the mouth of the creek along with the other 10-12 boats. Although we saw a few fish surface we didn't hook or see any hooked while we were out there. Beautiful morning. Quit about 9:30 as did most everyone else. No fish, but the motor ran well, so mission accomplished. Although we marked a lot of fish on the sonar, most seemed to be smaller, so probably trout and perch with a few big arches in the mix. The water temp was 74 degrees according to the fish finder.
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Name: Steelhead6438 Date: August 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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I went out to the lake this morning with a couple friends of mine and his son to catch some perch and peamouth chub that I figured would provide good action for the young boy who is 7. I was really praying I picked a good day to go fishing and that the boy would catch some perch and keep him interested in the adventure.

We stopped on the West side of the lake in an area that drops off from 20 to 47 feet. There are usually a good bunch of perch there of edible size. Today was no exception. Within a few minutes my friend Sean caught a small brown bullhead catfish of about 12 inches and my friend's son caught several nice perch that were providing great action. In about 2 hours time, we landed over 25 perch, 10 peamouth chub, 2 smallmouth bass and a large squawfish of about 3 lbs.

Needless to say, it was an absolute blast for my friend's son and all of us. We were very fortunate to have good action. To put the icing on the cake however, my friend's son hooked a large trout of about 19 inches or better with his little Zebco fishing rod. It peeled out drag and fought him for a while. It was a blast. It was one of the larger trout I've seen caught this year.

The best thing about the trip is that this little boy was so happy and thrilled and really enjoyed the trip to say the least. It's awesome making memories. This little man is on his way to being a fine fisherman.

I've attached some pictures of the day's catch. Making memories and stirring passion inside a young boy for the thrill of fishing is what it is all about!
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Name: FishingFool Date: August 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Slept in, went to lake late.

Noticed 5-6 boats at the launch bay area and mouth of creek trolling around. I guess salmon run is on?

Choppy and windy out on the lake. Was a wet ride. Found some cover and just tried to not get blown around. First cast at almost 10AM.

Manage a dink on DS in between gusts.

Went to the other side of the lake. Tried several cranks and spinners. Caught some nice perch. Managed to use the DS a few times and caught a couple more dink SMB.

Was tired of getting beat up, so called it quits after 2 hrs of fishing. Didn't venture far up the lake. Stayed down in the lower 1/4 of lake or so.
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Name: FishingFool Date: August 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Started fishing at ~8:45AM on a point where I've had some success. No bass there today. Saw lots of small bluegills(??) and perch.

Boated away to a deep dock with rocks along shore. Ran a crankbait in front of it and get my first bass of the day, just a dink though, maybe ~9".

Pitched a DS around the area and getting a little bit bigger SMB at almost 14". Tossed it back in there and get myself another dink right away. Continued along and made a cast into about 20' of water and get a bite as soon as it hit bottom. ~13" SMB and it was spitting out it's dinner. That's it for this area.

Decide to stop off at Fart Hole and see if anything will bite. I pull over about 50 yards from it and start working the docks and a bit deeper. Found a large school of what looks like squawfish, perch, bluegill, and fingerling SMB in the mix. Got a dink SMB off the end of a dock with crank.

I get to Fart Hole and 2nd cast in, I get a perch. A pretty decent size perch, almost 10" on DS. Reeling it in and I see a ~15" bass chasing it. Wasn't interested in the perch, looked like it was trying to get my bait.

Make several casts back there and get a dink SMB @ 10". Then caught a 14" SMB. I wonder if it was the one chasing the perch, very similar size. I see sonar is light up with baitfish. But couldn't get any more bass to bite.

Boated away getting closer to the north end. Worked a few deep areas and caught more dinks. Some of them were bait size. Surprised they even got hooked.

I see a boat up ahead working a deep point that I've had some success before, so I left and went farther north.

Working the area and I'm in ~20' of water and I see what looks like a fish on sonar on the bottom. I drop my DS straight down and as soon as it hit bottom, fish on! Just another dink at 10", but a fish is a fish. When I released it, I saw it on sonar and it went straight back down to the bottom. Very cool.

Getting toasty and hungry. Get a quick snack and making my way back south. I stop off along the eastern side. Started off in deep water first because saw baitfish down there. I get close to a T-dock and make several casts at different spots with the DS. Well, I made a slightly bad cast and was about 5' to the right, but kept fishing it. I see my line jump and set the hook. Fish on! And whoa, it feels like a quality fish. It quickly flashes and yep, definitely bass. I also see 2 just slightly smaller bass following it. There were 3 quality fish in a random spot.

I loosen my drag so I wouldn't break off and it starts peeling lots of line. Nice! I'm far enough away from the dock, I don't have to worry about wrapping it. The fish digs down again and it just stays down.....2 things popped in my head. This doesn't feel like a SMB, but if it is, it's now snagged on something. I put tension on the spool and lift up. I feel the headshakes when I do that, but the fish isn't budging otherwise. I tighten drag a little bit and lift up again. This time, the fish comes up and I finally get a good look at it and it's a nice LMB! Bonus fish! I see it keeps opening it's mouth to try and spit out the hook. I'm hoping it holds! The bass turns upside down... I'm thinking oh no, bad angle! Wrangle it and it gets back upright. Seems to be tired now and I get it into the net. Pumped up! Woot. My biggest LMB this year. Now I'm not sure if the other 2 fish I saw are SMB or LMB. But like I said, they were all very similar size.

~18" @ 3lb 3oz.

On the way back, I decided to stop off at Fart Hole again. Just a couple more dinks. Was hoping to caught a few decent size SMB so I could up my rating, lol.

Caught plenty of dinks and baitfish size bass today. In the double digits, but looking for better quality fish.
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Name: FishingFool Date: August 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Beautiful morning. First cast at 8:20AM. Starting off in the shallows with a crank. Started to move out a little deeper and 1st fish of the day is a perch.

Start working a point with the crank and nothing. Swimbait, nothing but perch nipping. Toss out the DS and eventually get a bass in 15' of water at 8:30AM. It's left eyeball looks nasty. Not sure what's the deal with it. About 16". Continued working this point but couldn't get any more bass out of it. Since I caught this bass off a point. I went to the point yesterday where I was able to catch 5 relatively quickly.

Started off with a crank there. Then swimbait. Then DS. Shook off a dink at boat side on the crank. Decided to go to the other side of the lake and fish it for a bit.

Was working a steep rocky dropoff. Pretty sure all I felt were perch.

I know of a point that I've caught fish off before nearby, so I started heading there. As I get closer, I see a couple of guys in a blue boat to my left fishing. They were working the bank, heading towards that area. So I just turned and went farther north, working a different point.

Ran a deep diving crank along with a couple of nips, but nothing solid. Drop the DS down and get myself a feisty dink at about 12". Move past the point and try working the deep docks. Get another dink at about 10" by a boat.

Not much happening for me today. So I go even further north.

Was in 18' of water when I get a decent SMB on the DS. ~16". Healthy and strong.

I get to a shallow area with lots of rocks. Caught a handful of dinks there, ranging from 7-12". In the mix, I also caught a rock bass. I didn't know they had them in Sammamish. This is my first time catching one here.

I start heading south and stop off at another point. Ran my deep diving around and get a solid bite. Then I feel the headshakes and was stoked. Then no fight at all.... damn it, a squaw. Left the boat bleeding. I switch to DS and was watching my sonar. Then I heard this loud swoosh sound. Look up and see an eagle about 20' from me. Snatches the squaw right out of the water. My highlight of the day.

12:30PM and it's getting pretty toasty out. Gonna call it a day, but want to hit Fart Hole for a few minutes to see if I can redeem myself.

~10" dink on DS. Followed by a 12" dink. Then a ~6" dink. I started throwing a craw too. Saw line swimming away, but I didn't get a good hookset. Nothing on crank or swimbait there.

Called it quits at 1:15PM. Fart hole has exhausted itself.

Even though my bass count was about ~10". Too many dinks to make it a 3. If I had 2 or maybe just 1 more decent size bass, would have given it a 3 for the day. Still nice day to be out. Lots of eye candy.
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Name: FishingFool Date: August 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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This morning, the marine layer was much lighter than yesterday. Can see some blue.

First cast at ~8:10AM. Since I had the cloud cover and water was smooth enough at the fishing spot, I decided to start off with a walking topwater. Nothing in 10 mins. Start going out deeper and changing up to crank. I'm working a point. 1st fish of the day, a perch on the crank.

Then I get to the DS in 10' of water and instantly, fish on! Nice little 14" SMB.

5 mins later, another fish in the same point and it's bigger @ 16" with the DS.

Several casts later, I snag into something and break off. Bummer. Retie and catch 2 dinks in the 10" range.

I look down and see a decent SMB swimming on the bottom of the point. It's coming towards me and now it's under my boat in the shadow. I drop my DS straight down and jiggle a couple of times and bam! Fish on! It was a fatty 15". Looked like a small football.

So in 1 hour, 5 SMB off this one point, not bad.

Tried fishing the point for another 10-15 mins without a bite before moving on. Worked along the banks for a bit with nothing but perch.

Most of the clouds burned off by 9AM and started to warm up quickly.

I move to a spot where I've caught some bass the last few outtings, but nothing this time. Did have a bite, but didn't stick. Pretty confident it was a bass. Line was swimming away, but it didn't feel big.

Worked some sharp drop-offs with timber and nothing. I boat to the other side of the lake.

Tried the swimbait for a bit without much success. Felt the perch nipping like mad. Working mainly along the bank and docks. Would weave in and out into deeper water.

I downsized and changed colors on the DS.

I get a bite on my DS on a deep dock, but it feels small. Bah, a perch but wait, what is that I see. I see a decent SMB chasing my perch trying to grab my lure from the perch's mouth. I quickly drop the line back down and see what would happen.....Nothing, so I reel in the perch and set it free. Wind picked up a bit and I get blown out into slightly deeper water ~24'. I see the bottom is marked with fish. My money is on perch, but wanted to see if I could catch whatever they are down there.

Drop line down and felt the tap. Then I see my line swimming towards the side pretty aggressively. I set the hook and doesn't feel like a perch to me! I get it up and see it's a SMB and I wonder if it was the one I spotted just a minute ago. Very similar size @ 14-15". Finally. After the good start on that 1st hour. I had to wait a little over 2 hours until I got another bass. Pathetic. But I was thinking wow, that seems deep to me, lol. Dropped the DS back down and just felt what I assume the perch biting non-stop.

I continue along that 20' range weaving in and out trying to spot anymore bait. Tried working a few more deep docks. I'm at the end of a dock and I see my sonar light up again right at 25-26'. Drop DS down and waited.
Wind blows me off a bit and I go back over. Make a cast past it and drifted pass. That was the ticket. Felt the bite and set the hook. Knew it was small, but definitely bass. Maybe 12". It's about 12PM now. Sun is high and overhead. Blue skies.

Was ready to call it quits, but I said I'll stop off at Fart Hole for about 15 mins and see if anything will bite. I get there and make several casts working my way to it. Felt the nips from perch along the way. I get to the hole and it didn't take long for a bass. I think it was the 2nd cast and it's a dandy! It stays down and I'm thinking YES! Feel the headshakes so I know it's a bass. Keeps digging down. I loosen my drag after the hook set, so my drag is now screaming. It flashes near the top wanting to jump, but I work it back down and saw it was a pretty nice SMB. It tires out and I scoop it into the net. Quality 18" SMB weighing exactly at 3 lbs even.

About 2-3 casts later, I see my line has started to swim away....I reel in a bit of slack and and get ready to set the hook but wtf, I cant feel anything at all.... I see where my line is in the water and the line is still moving. So I start reeling quicker to try and catch up. The fish was about 10' to the right of where my line entered the water and I guess there's a big bow in the line due to the depth and quick swimming of the fish? I don't know, but when I felt the heavier weight, I set the hook again and fish on! This one feels like a quality fish too. Feel the headshakes and it surfaces quickly, then dives back down. Yep, another quality SMB. Loosen drag again and zziiiippp all around for all to hear and enjoy. Scoop it into the net and measured about 17-18". I weigh it and it's almost right at 3lbs even... Hmmm, could this possibly be the same fish from 5 minutes ago? I couldn't tell from the photos on my phone, but now that I'm home, this fish does look a little shorter, but fatter. Might start weighing it in pound decimals instead of using ounces to get a more accurate measurement.

Anyways, caught either two 3lb fish, or one 3lb fish twice in 5 mins. Was still fun, LOL.

Several casts later at same hole, felt a small tap and catch a dink.

Still pounding that Fart Hole and about 10 mins, I get a 16" SMB. While removing the hook from this fish, I bent the hook, so had to retie the DS.

1st cast with the retie and BAM! Fish on! 14" SMB.

Didn't get any more bites, so I started mixing this up. Tried running a deep crank and swimbait to see if I can "fire them up". I'm pretty sure I read or saw that on tv somewhere. Nothing happened.

It's 1:15PM now and I'm thinking the hole is down and ready to head in. But just in case, lets upsize and go to the hot lure from the previous trip. 2nd cast and in BAM! Fish on! A nice 17" SMB. 2lb 10oz.

Didn't lose my lure, so I make several more casts. I feel a bite and set the hook and doh! I didn't tighten my drag up after the last fish. Fish popped off after about 2 seconds. Don't think it was that big. Maybe 13-14" class. Make couple more casts and get another 16". 2lb 4oz.

This one ripped my lure off, so I called it quits at 1:30PM.

14 SMB today. A few dinks in the mix, but majority were quality fish IMO.
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