Twin Lakes 4/6/14

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Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby mschmalz » Apr Sun 06, 2014 8:32 pm

Was out yesterday and today from about 3:00 - 6:00. Took the skunk yesterday, but managed two today. Both took a football jig w/ a craw trailer. Had several follow a husky jerk, but couldn't get any of them to commit. Overall a pretty tough day, but I'm glad it turned out better than yesterday. Pictured is the larger of the two today.

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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby Busse Jim » Apr Sun 06, 2014 10:13 pm

Nice bass :thumbup: Persistence pays off
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby FISHdank » Apr Mon 07, 2014 8:29 am

There ya go, nice feeesh!
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby catch&release » Apr Mon 07, 2014 11:26 am

Nicely done! looks like snag city
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby EGFish353 » Apr Mon 07, 2014 4:56 pm

I broke off a red eye shad and a broke the lip off of a kvd 4.5 on saturday there...yikes
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby George W » Apr Mon 07, 2014 5:55 pm

Busse Jim wrote:Nice bass :thumbup: Persistence pays off


True That 8)


Those are some beautiful Fish. Fun stuff :mrgreen:
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby mschmalz » Apr Mon 07, 2014 6:02 pm

catch&release wrote: looks like snag city


Yeah, those concrete blocks are annoying... With clearer water you can see where they end, about 8-10' out. But, they give crayfish lots of places to hide, and a lot of bass usually hold right at the bottom of the concrete. Jigs parallel to shore are lethal once they start pushing up..
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Re: Twin Lakes 4/6/14

Postby localyokal » Apr Mon 07, 2014 9:37 pm

Nice Job!! Not sure how your fishing your Husky jerks early in the season but if your not trying giving it long pauses, give that a try. We have had great success at the strip mines with suspending husky jerks and other suspending cranks. The key is they must suspend or sink very slowly. Diving floating cranks don't work as well or at all. Make a long cast, crank it down and let it sit. Count to yourself so you can get a feel for how long and to make sure you are making long enough pauses. After a ten to 30 second pause, crank it a just a couple of times and let it sit. Don't jerk it but just turn the reel handle a couple of times to get the bait to move a few feet. Usually the longer you pause it the better it works, the more bites you get. It can be tough to do until you start catching fish. It's hard to imagine a bass coming up and smacking a hard lure when it is just sitting dead stick in the water versus hitting a moving bait with action, but I can assure you they will, sometimes with viscious strikes. Again, some of the key factors are the bait must suspend or slowly sink but not float up, try not to move the bait, let it sit perfectly still. Watch the line, most of the time you will feel the hit but sometimes you will just see the line jump or twitch - set the hook. Make sure your hooks are sharp! There are lots of videos of this cold water method on utube you might want to check them out and give it a try. We have really had some great days doing this during ice out and the cold water period especially when it seems like the fish haven't moved to the shore and biting on jigs. If your seeing fish follow that won't commit, this might be just the thing to get them to hit.
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