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Old 12-05-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Though you might enjoy seeing what us northern anglers go through to catch a fish. Itís been a good long fall and weíre ice free. However the water temp just dropped into the 30ís and the forecast for the week is for highs below freezing. Ice-up is days away. Itís likely my next open water fishing will be in Orange Beach.
The good news our fish bunch-up in wintering areas and are packing on the calories to hold them through the winter. Sunday the neighbor and I hit a deep backwater lake loaded with largemouth. The suspending jerkbait has been hot all fall and it didnít fail us, even though the fish have moved deeper (8-15í). I chose the Shadow Rap shad Deep and the neighbor went with a Lucky Craft Flash Minnow. It took some very long pauses but both baits did the dead. We probably have over 30 fish with most in the 2-3 pound range, well worth some cold hands and a runny noise.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:24 PM   #2
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What's all that white stuff? Nice fish!
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Nice! I forget how small the mouths are on northern strain largemouth!

Good chunky fish, do the lakes usually ice over up there this late?
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:58 PM   #4
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Huh, those sure are some funny lookin' redfish there John! Must have spent too much time in freshwater?
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Nice! I forget how small the mouths are on northern strain largemouth!

Good chunky fish, do the lakes usually ice over up there this late?
Thanks, the freeze is a little later than usual. Being a river system the current keeps the water a little warmer. Last year it froze before Thanksgiving.
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Brrrrr.
It's amazing how a fish tugging on your line warms you up
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sweet. those small mouth can fight!
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