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willy

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Slab bite stopped for me just 4 fish in 4 hours
Group of trollers going out early and late . catching long skinny fish .
Crappie slowed way down . I think they caught all of them out of here . need some fresh ones to swim in


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Willy, crappie slower in Cardinal cove too. Lotsa folks this weekend. Had to ask permission to get on my dock! 😜
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They were thick in here too .

I got into a good school of drum out on tabletop . slabs
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Still slabing. Late bite all I have had time for . catching a few 6 pm to dark . mostly on points

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Willy, what do you do with the drum and aren't they same thing we referred to as "Sheepshead". Used to get a lot of them Walleye and Smallmouth fishing the St. Croix River in MN. Never tried eating though I understood they were same family as saltwater drum and quite edible.

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I release them . I might try to clean one someday .

Anybody caught any sandbass in the lake ?
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For all the Sand Bass I caught last year, I have not caught one this year.  Granted I haven't fished a whole lot lately but last May, Sand Bass out numbered my stripers (not counting little ones) by at least 2 to 1 margin.
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I was hoping for another sandbass year too . but so far I have not caught a single one this year
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Same here.  Not sure where all the sandies went......unless the stripers got 'em.
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We were catching some large sandies last year. If stripers are eating those, I want to catch one of them!
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I'm in full agreement with Kahuna on that. [biggrin]
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I once saw a 20lbs striper dead floater with a 5-8lbs striper sticking out of its mouth; must of chocked to death on it. If they can eat their own that size you can bet they will eat sand bass as well. It's only been 3 years post flood so it's possible the population of stripers have grown to a size that is just now getting big enough to consume sand bass in mass.  
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To many shad for the Stripers to concentrate on Sand Bass. That being said, I have not caught a Sand Bass yet.  Could have to do with water temp. staying cool longer than usual. Just a guess. We are giving them some time. Don't want Ax's pretty Sand Bass lures to go to waste.
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Cleaned lots of stripers and have never seen sandbass or crappie in their stomachs! Have you all seen sandbass in stomachs of stripers?
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Nope, I haven't seen any yet.
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Have never seen any game fish in the stomach of as striper in 50 years of fishing for them .
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I caught a hybrid in Tawakoni a couple of years ago that had a small yellow bass in its stomach. 
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Talked to a guy that should know about such things. His opinion is that we had an exceptional class of sandbass last year . they were close to the end of their life cycle . right at 4 years old . so I guess their was a big hatch that survived well some 5 years ago now .

I have a hard time remebering this morning much less 5 years ago
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While I am thinking about it . went to the old time original prune pickers . the heavy ones . got me out of the drum and back on the stripers . huge stripers the kind that come right to the boat and shack their heads and wave bye bye with their tails .
I'm finding 24 ft of water near drop offs to be working best
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Still seeing a lot of boats come in with fish . I have not been out there in a while now . I need to go . Seems like a lot of stuff is getting in the way of my fishing
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If you're too busy to fish, you're too busy.
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I need to follow you around a few days and learn how not to be so busy
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It's an art!
On days I decide to do nothing, I generally don't start til 10:00 am.
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The problem with doing nothing is you can't take a break
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Kahuna, I'd ask you to be my sensei but it would prolly be too much work for ya 😂
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I hear fishing is good early . somebody go give it a try and let me know . I might be able to go next week
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Fishing has been good very early for a time and late. We had a great day Wednesday evening, bunch of big fish. A friend did catch a ton today around 10 so who knows. They also seem to be all over the lake. I was told the sandies are still in the rivers spawning. Hope that is true and they come back soon. 
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Thanks ! I need a little encourgement now and then !
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Fishing yesterday early (5:30 topwater) wasn't so good but once the sun came up it was game on.Big  and little fish up to 15 lbs plus .
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We got into some nice fish at platter at 5 pm . slabing . just a splash or two on top . didn't last long but it was fun while it lasted. Frist time I have been out in 24 days . not a single sandbass .
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I release them . I might try to clean one someday .

Anybody caught any sandbass in the lake ?


I have not caught those sandbass yet in the lake. Trying to do so.
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I was thinking about this thread when I was cleaning fish on Sunday.  It's the first I had seen a striper that had eaten another striper.  Not sure how often it happens but I guess it does happen.  I know George had said he hadn't seen it in his 50 years fishing for them.  This is my first in 23 years.  I still haven't caught any sandbass since February.  The sandbass we caught in February were definitely not 4 years old as they were barely 12" long and we caught 4 or 5 of them about that size.  It's weird on the sandbass this year.Eaten striper.jpg 
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