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Got on the water around 11 and off at 3 so I did not have much time to pattern the fish. I really didn't have to worry about a pattern because it is LA. ::)

Put in at 360 and started at the reeds across from HH. Tried SB, fluke, jig, wacky worm--not a bite (nab)

Went across lake to first marina with reeds--same lures-- NAB

Went down deep water bank and added a CB to list of lure---NAB

Tried to get out of wind and hit some docks in 5 to 7 foot of water, no CB but the others were the same--NAB. But I did get attacked by a white swan. Dang thing came busting up and fought with my motor for 5 minutes snapping at it. Must be a racial thing in that my motor is black. ;D

Traveled up to the bouys past QP fished outside edge of grass. Figured I would try a few places I think I know so I could at least get my rod bent once--NAB

Fished rocks--NAB

All in all a great day to be out but LA is still kicking my butt. :(
 

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I fished the upper lake area around Quinlan from 2:30-6:30 yesterday with pretty much the same results. Only caught 1 dink about 8" long, smallest bass I've caught this year. ;D Everyone I talked to had a slow day as well.

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What we you fishing in?? That was about the time I pulled the plug and started back to 360 bridge. I saw about 5 or six boats fishing in that area as I headed in. If you saw a red Legend that was me.
 

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Coach,

Thanks for the info.  It's tuff to type out a report when you have such a hard day finding fish, but I often find them as informative as a report where someone whacked 'em real good.  

I was thinking about hitting Austin (lower end) tomorrow morning, but these reports and the fact that ANOTHER cold front is coming through Friday evening to shut 'em down over the weekend; not to mention 20-30 mph winds Saturday, will probably put me at the bowling alley instead. :D

Good luck,

Fair-weather Wurm
 

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What we you fishing in?? That was about the time I pulled the plug and started back to 360 bridge. I saw about 5 or six boats fishing in that area as I headed in. If you saw a red Legend that was me.
Coach, I was in a blue/red Skeeter, older model. I think I saw you heading back down the lake. I fished from about 2 miles above Quinlan to just below Commons Ford. Hopefully the action on LA will pick up soon.
 

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I think I may have seen some of you out there yesterday. I was just fishing by myself in White/Black/Red '89 Stratos. I actually did all right yesterday. Not terriffic, but I managed about a 15lb limit. All of which came within the first hour and a half of fishing though...and I was out there from 6:45 until about 3:30. Big fish was just under 5lbs on my very first cast. Sorry, my report is pretty uninformative as far as lures / techniques go as I've got a club T next week, but I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents about what I've noticed when it comes to fishing LA. Granted, I've only been out there a handful of times and still haven't explored much of the lake since moving here, therefore I'm definitely no LA pro....buuuut, I have at least managed a limit each time I've gone. The one main thing that I've noticed is that it fishes much more like a river than a lake or reservoir. There are different factors to take into consideration when fishing a river as opposed to a lake. I grew up fishing the Delta in CA, and so far much of what I learned bassin' on the Delta has seemed to help with LA.
 

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Terry, good to hear you got back out on Austin and hope to see you at a few more of our Wed Nighters this year!

Austin is a tough lake for sure. Regarding your dock pattern, how are you fishing docks?  Are you skipping your bait to the very back?  Which docks are you hitting?

One thing I've noticed is that very few people approach dock fishing the "right" way.  Most guys roll up to a dock, make two or three pitches on the outside or around the dock, maybe one or two more half way back if there is room and move on.  When the water is not flowing and the fish aren't active you've got to put the bait right in front of them.  

Next time out try putting your bait where you think most guys cannot.  Instead of fishing an open slip that's probably had 10,000 Senkos casted into it, skip a dock that has 2-4" of clearance above the water and make sure you hear your bait hit the back of the dock!  Make repeated casts from different angles, no telling how many times I've seen a good fish caught on the sixth or seventh cast to the same spot but presented at a slightly different angle.  The key is to find docks that most guys will pass up because it looks "too hard to fish".

You think this approach would be common sense but out of the many people I've fished with there are 2, maybe 3, guys that really know how to skip a bait and maximize the dock pattern on Austin.

They say 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water.  Well, on Austin I think 80% of the anglers cannot put there bait in 90% of that 10% holding fish.  Learn how to skip a dock and I'm sure your results will improve when it comes to Austin.

Oh yeah, just remember I suck on Austin so take what I said with a grain of salt.  I can't wait to get back out there though...weather is warming up nicely so the migration should just be starting!!!
 

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Thanks AndyN (airfob) or whoever you are. Yes I tried getting it in the back but skipping is not one of my best assets. What I have been doing is using braid I pitch those that have the lifts up and just pitch over them and vertically jig the lure as far back as I can pitch it. I guess I will have to learn skipping and while I'm at it get better at getting backlashes out. ;D
 

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The skipping technique is a great tip IMO. I have had descent luck on LA doing this. Add the factor that most of the time I am sitting at water level in my kayak and it makes it a bit easier. The same can apply to fishing low hanging trees or laydowns with little clearance from the water.
And I suck on Austin too.

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The swan did make an attempt to attack me about 4 yrs ago. i was actually back there in a ski boat sitting eye level to the thing. It started to approach us, we hit the gas a little and it actually started flying towards us and into the boat. we hit the swan with a tennis shoe (bird was hit in the face, we didn't break it's wing) and then we had to go full throttle in a no wake zone to get away from it!!!!
 

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If you dont know how to skip, you should learn. if you can't skip with a baitcaster, switch to a spinning rod. You might lose more fish, but you will certaintly hook up more. I learned this well on lewisville.

goodluck

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I and a buddy fished Thursday also. We put in at Quinlan and fished soft plastics/jigs from 630-11. I also threw the Rage Shad, a lure I have hopes for later in the year over hydrilla. We had 3 bites in that time, and I landed a 16"er off the docks below city park on a WM Senko.
We decided to switch tactics and troll for Whites for a while. In the next 2-3 hrs. we boated 5 whites,( two throwbacks, one 13"er, one 2.5lbs., one 2.75lbs.), one Red Ear perch, and 6 bass from 9" to 6.5lbs. All were caught pulling a Middle N, between City Park, and Apache Shores. ;) ;) ;) ;)
We were in the Teal/White Promaster CC, with the gray Johnson. give me a holler if you see me out there.


Looking forward to my Wed. night donations,

Lowell

I'm glad we weren't the only ones having a tough day casting the banks. ;) ;) ;) ;)
 
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