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Fishing Report Posted: April 21, 2008

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Posted by Capt. Bob Hughley on April 21, 2008 at 10:23:08:

Well we started the season off very well last weekend. The weather cooperated very well, in fact it was to good for jig fishing. At some points the lake was just like glass and it was tough to get the fish to bite and the boat to drift. But, we made the adjustment and we still caught some nice jakes and perch. In fact I caught the largest jake in my career and it was around 7#. If it wasnít creaming I would have though it was a spawned out female.

Water clarity is just right, thanks to last weeks weather. Areas around Catawba Island are cleaner than the reef area, but itís all very fishable. The water temp. is still cool and there is very little activity on the beach. Most of the charters and head boats are working the reefs. Right now every rock pile has active jakes on them. The best depth ranges from 12 - 23 feet. If you have a lot of boat activity on a rock pile just move to a little deeper water next to the reef or find another rock pile. There is a lot of stupid boats out there right now including some very well known charter captains that are making it tough to catch fish.

Remember, this is spring fishing and the fish spook out very quickly, itís not like fishing deeper water after spawn. Some fish are being caught in the cleaner and deeper water, but that activity should pickup within the next 10 days.

My catches averaged over 3-4 pounds per fish for the weekend, and we did catch a Fish Ohio perch on Sunday. The best news is that this was the first season in a long time that I caught walleyes from the last year hatch, which means we might have a better hatch for 2007 than reported.

Best bait for jig fishing were prop jigs w/tails, purple and green colors, and vibe blade baits.

We still have dates open for the spring and some great rates: call 1-877-434-9711

Good fishin,
Capt Bob Hughey





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