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Decided to head to Bastrop from 6:30-1:00 for the fast paced action that has been reported lately. Started off fast boating nine on a spinner bait. Then moved to the intake area and caught a few more on the spinnerbait, a few on a t-rig, and a few on a c-rig. Then moved towards the boyscout camp area where I finished out my day catching them on flukes. All said and done I ended up boating around 25...not the best day for Bastrop but not the worse either.
 

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Hey aggie, Where were you catching fish on a spinnerbait early, (edge of eel grass?). I did not have any luck on the spinner bait today.

My day started off rough. Just got my boat back from South Austin Marine, to get the recall work done on the oil pump in my HPDI. First time back in the water and I have water spouts shooting over the motor. Some how, one of my live well pumps had gotten busted off, it was not like that when I dropped it off. I stuffed a fluke folded over in the hole, then tie wrapped a piece of t-shirt over the fluke. The patch work held the entire day, but I lost 45 of the best minutes of fishing. Not sure how I am going to get into that bilge area to get the broken part out. I think the part that is broke, is the part that goes through the hull and is glued. Not sure how easy that is going to be.

Finally got to the discharch around 7:45. Boated 16 in the discharge thowing flukes into the wolf packs of bass. Not really any size today, but they were biting better than normal, all were between 15-18". Guys were out there using launcher rigs and catching a ton of smaller fish. Left the discharge just after 9am. Then hit the dam, to catch 3 more by 10am. The fish then shut off for me the rest of the day as the wind picked up. Got off the water by 12. There was a ton of boats. Made it interesting trying to get up into the discharge through the armada.
 

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Yep edge of the eel grass. I think I saw you put in this morning and then pull your boat right back up the trailer. I was in the Red Ford F-150 with the old Skeeter Starfire on the back. What is a launcher rig?
 

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Hey aggie I was in the 87 skeeter with my father in-law. I just replaced all my pumps and it was a pain in my 94 skeeter I had to drain and remove the gas tank, disconnect all hoses remove all three batteries to just get to them. Then I had to climb down inside the boat head first and do all my work upside down. It took me two days and about five hundred dollars. I went ahead and replaced everything while I was down there. A launching rig is just a weighted bobber to get a light lure out there. I fished my tiny fluke t-rig with a tiny bullet weight. I had two of them rigged on 1 line and kept doubling up but breaking off. Largest fish went 4.8.
 

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Bowman and I fished 7 - Noon.

Air Temp - 65-70 degees, Windy after 10am
Water Temp - 66 degees
Water Level - looked like the water level was a foot lower than normal.....

I think we saw you, TXZX225, putting your boat on the trailer right at noon. We were in the the White/Blu Skeeter Vmax150 right behind you if that was you. Even think I saw your rig at S.A.M. last week. Had to stock up on Yamalube...

EAnyway, we checked out the discharge for 15 mins or so, didn't get bit, decided it was getting crowded and headed out.

Only had 2 fish in the first 2 hours. Hard to believe when the conditions looked so good. Then we got on a 'trap bite (Kinami Shad) on the North End of the lake. Had a good dozen in the boat between 9 and 10.

Next, we headed up in the discharge, picked up two more while floating out. Met Caster. "Nice to meet you."

Around 11, we headed to the intake and got on another 'trap bite (Kinami Shad) where we put another dozen in the boat by noon.

Totaled about 25 LMB's. Couple 2's and 3's.

Good day on the water.

Wurm
 

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WackyWorm, the last few times I have been on Bastrop I only found eel grass. I had a real hard time ripping a lipless crank through that stuff. Did you find some hydrilla or niad, are do you just fight the eel grass. I could sure use some ideas. Thanks
 

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Rangerman,

Yep; it was all about the eel grass. We found our best luck fishing pockets; where it grew out from the bank, we would throw to the bank and run along the edges and were getting hammered. Slap a pair of Polaroid Lenses over your Peepers and you'll see the edges in 3-D! ;)

Good luck,

Wurm
 

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Nice to meet you also wacky worm. Slow day, but anytime your daughter comes home from college just to fish with dad is a good day. She dug some old motor oil color trick worms out of my bag and schooled me with them. I wonder if she learned that at TSU. If so, it was money well spent.
 

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Wackyworm,
I wish I would have known that was you. I don't get kitchen passes that often and I always want to meet guys from the board. I tried the eel grass with a spinner bait for a little while but did not get any takers. I then went looking for some of the deep hydrilla with a deep diving crankbait but did not get anything there either. I brought an extra rod to tie up a rattle trap, but I typically feel like I catch more on a normal crank bait so I never got around to trying it. I bugged out around noon. I saw you tied up there on the right side.

Blue Skeeter - I was able to undo 4 screws to move the plate that my oil resevoir and charger sits on. That gave me enough room to pull the pump out. The ZX225 have the gas tanks tucked around the outside of the bilge area. But that thru hull pipe was a pain. It is amazing how much crap and extra wires they leave in the bottom of the hull. I don't know why they don't rig it right and cut the extra wire out. There was probably about 100 ft of extra wire from the 4-bank charger, the engine, pumps, trolling motor and other. I am still trying to figure out how that pump got busted off. All 4 of the screw posts that hold pump motor had broken off. I can only think either some tech went rooting around in there to check on a pump problem I was asking about or when it froze last week and my baby was outside (she normally is in the garage) there was still some water from the lake around pump motor to break it loose when it froze.

Oh well. Guess I get to go back to SAM to buy another pump head.
 
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