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#1 Dec-03-18 10:34PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
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12-3-18, UP

Bob and I had set this date to fish a couple of weeks back. On Friday, the river was supposed to crest at 8.3' so I told him that unless we had a miracle, that we would be staying home.

John had gone out last week when the water was high (way up river) and his pics indicated that the water was green. Nice color. High but lots of clarity.

So...today, the three of us went.

https://i.imgur.com/4UQAGr9.jpg

River level was 6.3' at POR when we took out. I used to say that 4.5' was my max. Apparently, that number is now 6.3'!

We stared fishing the ledge up front but had no luck there despite a couple of passes so we headed to the honey hole from yesterday and Bob quickly got the skunk off the boat with a 15'er!.

https://i.imgur.com/VH6ghWT.jpg

He then connected with a 17.25'er!

https://i.imgur.com/z9Om6Xu.jpg

But we got nothing else here so we made a move upriver to a rocky outcropping that looked completely different from what we are used to seeing.

We settled in and all of the sudden I felt like I hooked a log because it did not move much but I could tell it was a fish. After a brief battle, John scooped it up for me. I forgot to get the length but the weight was 4.9lbs!

https://i.imgur.com/y7J8A5j.jpg

I then caught a 15'er.

https://i.imgur.com/9auXog6.jpg

Bob went up 4-3 and it stayed like that for a bit.

We went back down river and I got a solid bite from a very solid 17.75"er!

https://i.imgur.com/Drb0yCN.jpg

A little later, I had one on but he came unbuttoned. Bob says, "good, you didn't pass me"!

The wind kicked up around moon and by 2pm it was getting obnoxious...plus it helped to wear down the TM batteries so we called it a day.

Another winter fishing learning lesson today. The fish are where we expected them to be and a few surprises.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Dec-03-18 10:50PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1088

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Thanks for the boat ride and fishing lesson today!  Some nice sized ones indeed.


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#3 Dec-04-18 5:29AM

momusau
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Registered: May-14-15
Posts: 54

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Whacked em.

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#4 Dec-04-18 1:34PM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 850

Re: 12-3-18, UP

That LM is a fattie!


tight lines

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#5 Dec-04-18 2:47PM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 895

Re: 12-3-18, UP

So, you're getting use to the cold

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#6 Dec-04-18 3:24PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12306

Re: 12-3-18, UP

hookup wrote:

So, you're getting use to the cold

Well, it was not "that" cold even though I looked all bundled up. History shows that as long as we can start when it's in the 40s (and moves into the 50s & 60s), I am OK. I just don't like those freezing temps....and wind.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#7 Dec-04-18 9:49PM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1357

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Wow nice fishes!!! So awesome you're getting at them in December


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#8 Dec-05-18 4:25PM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 895

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Ernie wrote:

Well, it was not "that" cold

When I say that to my CA friends, one says "Well, if you bang your head against the wall enough times it starts feeling good"

lol

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#9 Dec-05-18 10:37PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12306

Re: 12-3-18, UP

I chatted with my mom just a few minutes ago. She is in Key Biscayne FL and was telling me how nice and cool it was today. It was 72. Their high was 76 and the low was 68. Those who will be going out to dinner tonight will be wearing jackets and scarves!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#10 Dec-05-18 10:45PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1088

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Roughing it down there!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#11 Dec-06-18 3:35PM

Houli
Northern Snakehead
From: Leesburg, VA
Registered: Dec-10-10
Posts: 200

Re: 12-3-18, UP

Nice work - I've never tried fishing UP/Goose this time of year ... may need to remedy that after seeing these posts.

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