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    Pre-Fish: On Thursday, I got out for a couple hours with Steve McGuire. He was kind enough to shuttle me around to check a few favorite spawning areas. I knew down lake was in full blown spawn but I also knew it was going to be crowed, so I opted out of that plan.
    Anyway, we fished from rose valley, down to boggs and had one bite. Water temps were between 59 and 61. Not good right? Lol. But not getting a bite can tell you as much as catching them.
    On Fri, Jim and I got out for a few hours in the afternoon. We continued our mid lake search. Just before we had to get off the water, we hit a creek thats been producing over winter. Water was stained but fishable. Water temps was 61 and 63 by the end-of the day. I caught one over five, and another over four. We also had a few small males shallow. All fish lacked color and no bloody tails.
    So based on Thursday and Friday’s results, my assessment of what the fish were doing mid lake and up:

    “Was sporadic spawning but most fish were just beginning to come up and were spooky.”

    Thats perfect for a good prespawn tournament bite.

    Tournament Day: We fished our creek for most of the day. The minor cold front we had overnight definitely slowed things down...and thats not unusual for Anna. We did however, manage one over six, a three pounder, and a solid two pounder, but we had two small punks that we couldn’t cull. It was a very slow bite too. A wake boat showed up about one PM and began running up and down the creek. Ugh! It was making fishing difficult and mudding up the shallows, so we made the decision to just go fishing elsewhere. We moved to the hunters landing area and managed to cull one of our small fish. I think if we could have finished out the last couple of hours in our creek, we may have done better than the 14 plus pounds we ended up with.

    Forecast: Mid lake and up is just a few more days away from a full blown spawn. It should get fun in the next week and beyond.

    Baits of choice: Zoom super hog, and slowed rolled spinner bait. Buzz bait is catching a few too...wink.

    Good luck and God bless.
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    Nice report and finish Jim2.
    2013 Frog Only Tournament Winner
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    "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."

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    14lbs ain't too shabby at all.

    Good job fellas.
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    love the spinnerbug. Well done Jim.
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    Good report Jim and congrats on the good day!
    Eric

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    Thanks for the report Jim, y'all had a solid day on one that endend up tougher than I thought it would. Always fun hanging out with Team J2 and soaking in the advice!
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    nice job J2
    I'm about to play my Ace

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    Any day with a 6 is a great day in my book.

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    I've always like the way you break it down Jim
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