Posted by: Dirty_Ed on Apr-16-11 8:20 AM (EST)
Congrats on the fine day. The weather here in southern Ohio has been driving me crazy. Seems like the day before I get a couple days off work the monsoon starts and every local creek gets blown out. I've only been out three times all year and usually I've been on the water a dozen times by now. I've managed to thumb a few 14-17" smallies but hopefully the bite will improve.
As the water temps start into the 50's the choice of a crawdad imitation is a good'un. Crawfish mate at around 50 degree water temps and like all males, their brains only think of sex so they crawl up on rocks to "display" for the females, making them easy targets for for the smallies just before they spawn. (Ain't it great how nature works?) This happens again in the fall when the water temps cool to the mid 50's allowing the bass to "load up" before winter. I've been using the PACA Craw with success as it also "swims" well.
Where in TN are you? My oldest daughter lives in western Florida so I drive through the Nashville area to get there. Pass over some sweet looking streams on the way.
Good luck on your next float.
Better stop now, I'm looking out the window at the rain and think I see animals passing by in pairs......
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