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Offline Jig Man

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After a 3 week lay off
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:36:02 PM »
I took Bigfoot to Table Rock today to see if the specs would hit the FnF on the flats up the James River.   It was 27 at my house but when we got to the lake it was 22.  We looked around the ramp area for anything to do while it warmed up.

We found nothing and headed up the James to the confluence of the James River and Flat Creek.  We found ice.  I plowed through ice up to 1" thick for over a quarter mile then hit open water for a while.  When we got to the confluence the water temp was 34 and both arms were frozen as far as we could see.

So we headed back toward the truck and found that Bearden cove was open.  We fished down the middle of it casting stingers and slab busters on 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 oz jig heads letting them go to the bottom and hoping them back up and over the standing timber.

We had 12 keeper crappie and at least that many shorts along with 7 lmb and spots.

We tried several other places but could not get a bite.  So much for the FnF extravaganza.
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Re: After a 3 week lay off
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 07:16:45 PM »
Jig Man, a dozen or so fish under those conditions, don't sound too awefully bad to me. Good goin!
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Re: After a 3 week lay off
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 08:17:46 PM »
Those crappie will be special fare. When you fished Bearden cove did you just pull in and start probing or did you guys graph bait or fish first ? Glad you got out. I notice my bunks are completely dry now as my sled has also sit for about 3 weeks, maybe longer. I haven't been since sometime before Christmas.
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Re: After a 3 week lay off
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 06:20:37 AM »
Thanks Paul.  It was a letdown since we couldn't do what we had planned because of the ice barrier.
We really wanted to go up the James and fish the flats.  In 2006 the rock got down 12' and FnF cow killed them to the tune of 100 a day.  It is 10' down now and that was what drew us down that way.


Steve,  We just started casting with FnF and couldn't get bites.   As we moved around I found several on the downscan around submerged tree tops.  We used FnF to try to get them to come up but they wouldn't.  The biters were close to the bottom in 20 fow.

I'm actually thinking about going to Stockton and throwing a jerk bait today.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2013, 07:09:39 AM by Jig Man »
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Re: After a 3 week lay off
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 08:29:55 AM »
OMG ! Let us know how that goes. Seems I'm living vicariously through yours and others posts this winter. Hope you get your line stretched good. Today I woke at 4 AM to the sound of a steady rain.  :(
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Re: After a 3 week lay off
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 11:59:55 AM »
I didn't make it, too much farming stuff.  We had the people move out of our rent house so we had to do cleanup and repairs to it.  Then the guy who has been renting the pasture on our 400 acre place decided to let his lease go. 

I have been down there checking out what needs to be done before I release it.  Thurs or Fri we'll be dozing out some fence rows that have fallen trees on them and rebuilding the fence.  Sat. I have an 8:30 and a 10 meetning with prospective leasees.  Then we have bad weather coming.  It looks like I am joining the vicarious group myself. :(
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