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Old 05-24-2011, 07:29 AM
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My cousin and I floated the little pigeon on saturday. We put in at the Hardees and floated down to boyds creek bridge. Fishing was slow overall, but we managed a few fish each. The biggest being right at three pounds. Most fish have moved off the beds, but we did see a total of three fish on beds and two of those were working the same bed. Probably male and female. I was fly fishing, while my cousin was spinfishing. I caught all my smallies on a white zonker, and caught two white bass and one bluegill on a olive wooly bugger. Also threw clousers, wiggle minnows, and rabbit leeches in white and olive. I've never caught a white bass from the little pigeon before, but we caught a total of five. We caught them down low so I'm guessing they had run up to spawn. When we would find them, there would be a ton in the hole and you could have probably caught them all day. They would all charge out at once and attack your lure. Anyway, we didn't wear them out, but we caught enough to keep our interest.


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Old 05-24-2011, 10:14 AM
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How long did it take you float that section. Sounds like you had a good day. I usually catch some whites in the fall. That river never lets me down. Pretty cool.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:56 PM
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Thats a nice long post spawn female. Most of them have returned to the French Broad now but I've seen a few still on the nest in a few places.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:46 AM
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So are there any effects, that you saw, from the sewage spill that are still evident?
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:17 PM
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It took us between 7 and 8 hours to fish it. Keep in mind that we were fishing in no particular hurry as well. We would stop and fish in a few places and just float down with the river in others. I didn't notice any effects from the spill. I usually do better than we did on this float. Perhaps thats a result of the spill or just the day. I don't know.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:59 AM
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Probably just the day, I didn't think there would be any lasting effects that you could see but just wondering.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:35 AM
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Bran, I've fished it alot this year and I've noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:31 AM
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10-4. We're going to be out in a couple of weeks staying out on the spur so I figured to fish it a little down through Gov. Crossing area and below. Just been wondering about it cause I'll be wading.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:33 AM
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Bran, come by the Pharmacy and see me if you get the chance while your in town. I've got a new style popper for you to try. I tied them at troutfest this year, called a roadkill popper.

Milligan, I would say it was just an off day as well. Could have been barometer changes or just bright sun on Saturday. I usually fish very early or late evening on that river. the mid day sun usually turns them off, so you have to find shady areas or deeper holes. since the golf course took over the island , they cut down a lot of the shade trees along the banks that provided overhead cover and protection. I've had perfect weather days on the river and caught very few fish and other days with overcast or stormy weather and caught trophies.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:13 PM
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Bran, if your going to wade please wear your waders. Even before the spill I always wore my waders. The city just don't make that river a priority. They go easy the local lodging people, don't exactly make them stay to code.
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