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Thread: Chick River - Friday 5/4/18

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    Default Chick River - Friday 5/4/18

    I was able to sneak out of the office early on Friday and then finagled a pass from my wife. I put in at Rockahock and fished from about 4:30 to dark. The tide was incoming, although with the windy conditions from earlier in the day, it was still fishing like a full low. I spoke with Carl and Rob at the ramp who were pre-fishing for FFC, and they indicated the bite was tough, and that the water had been pretty well blown out earlier in the day.

    With limited time I just stayed within a mile or so of the ramp and fished some history. Water temps were warmer than I had expected and I saw water from 71-74. I started on the big pad flat with the wind, so I tossed a spinner-bait and chatter, but no luck. I think the fish are hunkered down in those pad stems in spawn mode, and with the wind it was just too hard to try and fish that slow, especially with the short time I had available. I got in tight to the bank and out of the wind a bit and started flipping my speed craw to the base of some cypress and got my first bite. Nothing too special, but it was a good keeper, and a clue. Backside, and tight. I kept fishing cypress and found multiple fish very tight to the trees, and on the backsides if they were close to the bank.

    By the time I was done, right around 8:15pm, I had maybe 7-8 bass up to 3-4lbs, with best 5 in the 10-11lb range. All but one bass bite was on the speed craw, with one coming on a square-bill. Also, I caught a catfish and my first ever gar, both on the square-bill.








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    nice job
    I'm about to play my Ace

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    great pics. that gar gave you a workout fo sho.

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    Those gar are awesome - love it when they go airborne, we usually get them heavy this time of year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Those gar are awesome - love it when they go airborne, we usually get them heavy this time of year
    Yep. It ate right where I was expecting a bass bite, and I thought it was a bass till it torpedo'd out of the water.

    3 casts later, same spot, hooked into that bass in the net.

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    Really nice pics. That gar has some beautiful color.

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    Love the pics dude. Was good seeing you out there as always
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    Pretty good evening. I lost a gar on a chatter Saturday that looked to be about 4' long. Glad it came off! lol
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