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Thread: I stink. Claytor Lake 10/11/15

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    Default I stink. Claytor Lake 10/11/15

    Put in at the Dublin ramp where I was pleasantly surprised by the water clarity. Hardly any debris in the cove to speak. Got into a shallow area and scored a small hybrid weighing in a 1 3/4 pound. He nailed a paddle tail. I then started burning a Red Eye Shad as much as a Revo Winch can burn anything. A pound bass popped it near the yak. I caught another about a pound and a half on a spinnerbait near the Boy Scout camp. Then my deep diver spinnerbait snagged a little one about a pound or so. I threw the Red Eye Shad again and had a decent bass about two pounds or so hooked. He swam to the boat then spun out at a 90 degree angle. I knew his next move was to jump and he did spitting out my lure.
    I wasn't too upset about it until a bigger fish threw the paddle tail at my last stop.

    That fish was pretty solid. I got a look at him and he was a solid four pounds. It ate that paddle tail as soon as it hit the water. I set the hook and first thought it was a stick, but he made a run at the yak. I knew right away I was going to lose him. I was letting too much slack in the line when he jumped. It was all over. I suck at long cast hook sets. I think when they jump I freeze up too. I need to keep that line tight when they do that, but I tend to spas out when that happens. Oh well, next week will hopefully be better.
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    A fast reel and keeping the Rod at a 10 o'clock position following a long cast will help. Loosing fish on a rattle trap is quite common and it takes a lot of work to overcome it consistently. You're a good angler so I am sure you will get it all figured out. Nice job getting the bites. That's the hardest part and you figured it out. Great job and thanks for sharing.
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    I used to fish everything on pool cues. It took me a lot of lost fish to go to a softer rod when I'm cranking. I went to the Duckett crankbait rods about three years ago and I seldom loose one on a crankbiat now. It's also difficult to control fish from a yak, so you're at a disadvantage when you start. At least you're getting bit at Claytor, that's usually more than I can do.

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