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Water Temp: 86-90
Time: (10/1) 7am-3pm (10/2) 8am-5pm
Conditions: Overcast becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon

I got a call from Scott wanting to know if would head to Bastrop Thursday morning. We made it out about 7 am and headed straight for the discharge. Fish were blowing up everywhere inside the discharge. We picked up several in the first hour before it slowed down a bit. After a few more hours of picking up a few here and there we headed over to the intake side but had no luck. Headed back over to the discharge side and the fish were schooling pretty heavy just outside the discharge. We picked up quite a few fish in the last 3 hours of fishing as the schooling finally wound down. Scott was throwing the normal white ice fluke and I equipped myself with my 8wt fly rod. I caught fish on size 8 white clousers and size 12 white muddler minnows. All said and done we caught and released over 50 fish. Scott managed the big one of the day right at 19.5". I will admit that at least 30% of my fish were shorter than 10" long. ;D I guess thats the price you pay for using a 1/2" long fly. :cool:

After the fishing was so good on Thursday I decided that I hadn't had enough yet. I called up a friend and we headed out in our portable watercraft. I fished out of a kayak while Derik fished out of his inflatable pontoon. We got out about 8 am and made a bee line for the discharge. Nothing! No schooling to speak of only a few blowups. I guess the front scared off the morning bite. We stuck it out and fished hard for the next few hours picking up a few fish here and there. At about 11 we started to see some action along the banks outside the discharge. I paddled out, studied the area then anchored up and went to town. I made up for my slow morning pretty quickly. I picked up 10 fish sitting in once place, including a really skinny 19" fish that probably went 2lbs. We continued to catch fish untill about 3 when it slowed down significantly that we decided to head back to the ramp. As we make our way out of the cove on to the main lake we look out toward the damn and all you see is blowups as far as you can see. We began to make our way on to the main lake stopping to cast at localized action. For the next two hours it was pretty nonstop action. In all the times I've been to Bastrop I've never seen such widespread schooling action before. Friday was a better day for size as I only caught 4 under 10". I would say that it was pretty split with barely unders and the rest 15-19" fish. Derik managed the big fish of the day a fat 18" bass that was probably close to 4lbs. Fish count for the day was 30 for me and 5 for Derik. ;D He refused to throw what I was throwing so I suffered a severe beating all day long. I upped my size a little today to a size 4 white clouser. When I caught fish number 30 I went to pick the fish up by the line and the clouser broke off, I figured when you've caught enough fish to fray 12lb line to the point it breaks, its time to go home. :cool:
 

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Nie report Travis. Sounds like you guys really tore em up Thursday and not a bad day at all Friday. I need to head over there before too long...
 

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Great report Travis! Give'n that flycasting arm a workout eh? Solid fun. Nothing like seeing the water alive with surface activity. Continuing back to the ramp without endulging them is simply impossible.
 

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Hey Travis, We fished his morning and got 1 fish on the spinnerbait in the discharge. Fish with Rodney (Nitro) Moved out to the northwest corner of the lake on his advice and found the schooling fish hard!!!! Ass kicking took place and we ended the the day with 30 + fish on the sammy and (Robert's ) Ranger 77------ spooning technique!! All in all a great example of knowledge sharead on this thread!!!! couldn't have ben better. Brian
 

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Sorry about all the misspelled words on my post. Had a few in me. Roberts spooning technique is a cabella's real image spoon fished vertically and off the bottom. Simply put -watch your graph and put the spoon where the fish are. Trust me they will do all the work for you. Do this when the fish aren't busting the top, cause if they arent on top they gotta be down. Brian
 

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6464496664797564777062160 said:
Sorry about all the misspelled words on my post.  Had a few in me.  Roberts spooning technique is a cabella's real image spoon fished vertically and off the bottom.  Simply put -watch your graph and put the spoon where the fish are.  Trust me they will do all the work for you.  Do this when the fish aren't busting the top,  cause if they arent on top they gotta be down.  Brian
So you are just dropping it over the side of the boat and raising it up and down? That sounds too simple to catch fish.....lol
 

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Guess I'm missing out as I've yet to have the pleasure of spooning with Robert. ::)
Surprised no one has stepped into this wide open door! lol


As far as the trip, it was a good day. Can really spoil ya when you go to a different lake after an episode like that. Had been wondering about Bastrop for a few weeks and glad Travis mentioned it.

One of the better fish Travis caught on his flyrod





I believe this was the smallest one...




And again with Travis providing support as to not let this hawg get injured....




p.s. Watch out for the livewell :)
 
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