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Troutman
09-07-2008, 09:47 PM
I seem to be only finding the small fish these days. I floated a local ww tailwater 2 weeks ago with a buddy and caught a lot of smallies ,but they all averaged about 10-12". Today I fished from 4-7pm on a local freestone and caught about 15 Smallies ,a couple of French bass, and a few sunnies. The biggest smallie was about 14" but most were the little guys. I have been only fishing topwater and maybe I need to throwing streamers again. When is it that the crawdads begin to molt? Anyone know? Heres a few shots from today.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/Smallies08125.jpg
French bass
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/Smallies08100.jpg

Bran
09-08-2008, 10:05 AM
Not sure on either question there Gary. I guess at least you're finding some cooperative fish for a positive. I've seen the Crawfish molts but I can't remember what time of year. I went twice last week, got a few pics which I fugured to post tomorrow if I have time. I've been catching small ones too but I was throwing a size 10 natural craw, couldn't get a strike on anything larger, I give it a good effort. Explored some new water and took a few pics of it, I'm really excited about the new prospects there. Tight lines--Bran

As a side note I think I had told you about not being able to figure out the smallies locally with streamers and sinking crawfish etc. I finally tried the lead core leaders last week, that was the trick. I got them at LRO in August but anyhow I just wasn't getting down to the strike zone evidently.

Troutman
09-08-2008, 10:42 AM
I picked up a 130 grain sinktip last week also and wanted to float the tailwater this weekend but could not get a shuttle so decided to just wade fish a local freestone. The water has gotten low again, so I stuck with poppers and stealth bombers. I think most of the bigger smallies have moved back to deeper pools where a sinktip is needed.

No Hackle
09-11-2008, 12:59 PM
troutman, when it gets like that for me I start to fish faster water,those bigger fish need more oxygen also those craws need the same thing. As far as the molt when you notice them looking kind of orange and I have caught them before when they were blue/gray they seemed soft shelled.
Hope this helped,No Hackle ><>

waterwolf
09-12-2008, 05:56 PM
Gary stick with the topwater. It has been working well on some larger fish for me over the last few weeks. The bigger fish are always looking for an easy meal and at the end of the summer the fish have had months of hoppers, cicadas, and beetles to feast on. They know what to look for, just stick with it.