Got out for maybe 4 1/2 hours on Saturday morning. Only tried a couple of spots and bailed on the first pretty quickly because I wasn't feeling it there. Started the second spot off by settling on a hole that was buried behind an inside bend and completely out of current. A lot has changed since I was last out maybe 3 weeks ago. Temps are downright frigid, mid-winter already. The successful set up was on the extreme end of light and small for me. I was tossing a 1/32nd oz jig with a small hook married to a 2 1/2" Gulp minnow, successful color was black/white. Tied onto dental-floss thin 5 lb PowerPro braid with a light spinning reel and 6' 9" extra fast medium light jigging rod. The light gear and longer spinning set up facilitated long casts to the good water. Anything within 15 feet in front of me was dead water.
I was caught between relocating and sticking to my guns and staying at that spot. It's obviously a question any time of year, but is really an important issue in cold-water fishing. A successful decision can make or break an entire outing. Sometimes you need to suck it up and stick with what you're doing while trusting instinct. Doesn't always work out. I made the decision to move to a downstream hole at some point and got 3 bites in the first 5 minutes. Lost the last and biggest fish. Thought I made the right decision by moving and then didn't get another sniff the last hour and a half I was out.
I would describe the mood of the fish as borderline deceased. Out of maybe a dozen fish contacted with 7 or 8 landed, I didn't feel a single bite. There would just be weight there all of a sudden. They all had bellies though. Would go long stretches without any action at all. Didn't get anything but largemouth. I know the smallies and rock bass are there somewhere. Ice sheets everywhere until the sun came up a bit and the breeze broke it up.
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