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Post Posted: 06:47pm - Dec 29,16 
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Got out for about an hour as the sun was setting. My favorite eddy was ice-free. It was a very tentative bite. Fish would tap and hold it. Smallie number four was just dead weight and I wasn't sure it was a fish until it got to the surface. It felt like a stick.
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Smallies hit as long as there was an ounce of sunlight. Once the sun was fully set I only got rock bass. Went 6 for 6 with four smallmouth and two rock bass.
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In some ways I do believe I've become a better cold-water fisherman than when water temps are at their highest in summer. I think sometimes I move too fast in the summer and lose a little focus while rapid fire casting and reeling. Winter fishing finds me more in tune with what's at the end of my line.


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Post Posted: 07:05pm - Dec 29,16 
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Nice report JM. Cold water fishing tends to hone your skills as an angler. Makes you slow down.

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Post Posted: 07:14pm - Dec 29,16 
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^ very much agree with this

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Post Posted: 10:13pm - Dec 29,16 
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to be successful in cold water you have to pay attention to details and concentrate on the fishing .

in summer time there can be certain distractions like bikini hatches and joggers for whom spandex was intended .

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Post Posted: 10:49pm - Dec 29,16 
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Creekyknees wrote:
to be successful in cold water you have to pay attention to details and concentrate on the fishing .

in summer time there can be certain distractions like bikini hatches and joggers for whom spandex was intended .


To summertime distractions. :drink

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Post Posted: 05:34am - Dec 30,16 
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Lol I also very much agree with that

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