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Old 05-15-2013, 10:01 PM
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My buddy asked me to try a local lake since we had a nice mild evening. We typically take both a spinning rod (for wackie worm) and a fly rod (my first Spring with fly equipment), and use whatever is working best. Started off by hammering some pretty nice Redear sunfish on a spider fly just casting from the dock. When that action slowed down, we got into the canoe and worked the shoreline. Knew we would also get LMB because we could see and hear them splashing water as they ambushed the forage fish. Wackie worm was effective, but we used the fly rods 75-80% of the time just because it was more fun. Action was hot in spurts. Didn't hit any huge bass, but definitely enjoyed what we got on the 4 wt setup.

Funny thing is that we can slam these Redear slabs early in the season and then never find them in Summer and Fall.

We always catch and release on this private lake, so it's the go-to place when the bite gets tough elsewhere. Let's hope this is the first of many productive days.

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looks like a great evening for topwater action!
thanks for the report

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Good looking fish kid, I'm waiting on the ice to go out here. We're about three weeks behind schedule. It's good to see folks with open water having fun.

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Caseywise,

Interestingly enough, we expected topwater action based on the conditions and aggressive way the bass were acting. No action on poppers. Only had success with weighted flies. My spiders are tied with lead wire to get them to sink.

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Wow! I know we had some "wacky weather" but that is ridiculous!

You will just enjoy all the more when the fishing starts?
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