Got off to late start yesterday, waited for the fog to burn off here in NW AR so I did not get to the lake until 0930. Probably hurt my deep water fishing that I did yesterday. I started deep, looking at places off the gravel banks in 30-50 FOW. Never found any of those big schools, found a few, but they were moving, and when I found them I could drop the spoon on them and get a bite or tow and they would be gone. Found some surface activity at one location, could not get them to hit the plopper, but I found that if I threw a Ned on them right when they were on top, they would eat it. Unfortunately for me, about 15 minutes after I found those top water fish, the sun came out and they just shut right down.
Spent the late afternoon throwing the Ned on the banks, found a pattern of some fish (including the smallie pictured above) holding tight to rocks on steep banks, rocky points, and bluff ends. Encouraging to see them there and eating the Ned. Lots of fun on the light tackle.
Put 20 fish in the boat, mostly spots, caught 2 LM’s on the deep spoon, and the one smallie. Lost a bunch of fish, probably more than I got in the boat. Had a couple of good pullers on the Ned get off, and lost a few spoon fish.
Lots of guys on the deep spots, I think the word is out.
At the end of the day I was fishing a gravel point, all of a sudden here comes a pontoon boat heading towards me, he was moving too, had a big Yammie out board on that thing. Anyway, “Supertoon” passes me on the right, does a turn about 50 feet behind me and heads into a small pocket on the other side of the point. I had the pleasure of getting waked on three sides! They go into that shallow pocket head first, come to a stop, and then proceed to shift back and forth between neutral and reverse gradually backing out – I have no idea what the heck they were up to, but took it as a sign it was time to go home.
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