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1  Fishing Lake Lavon / Crappie Fishing Forum / Re: Jan 25th Report on: February 02, 2018, 06:23:04 PM
Congrats on a good catch and obviously successful knee replacement!  icon_cool icon_biggrin
2  Fishing Lake Lavon / Crappie Fishing Forum / Re: Sunday afternoon 1pm until 5pm on: February 02, 2018, 06:21:52 PM
Nice mess of fish. Probably made a mighty fine supper. icon_razz
3  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: Fresh Gizzard Shad on: December 30, 2017, 05:36:31 PM
Carey, on average, about how many of those in the pic are in a pound?
4  Fishing Lake Lavon / Crappie Fishing Forum / Re: Fishing by the dam on: December 07, 2017, 06:23:41 PM
Have you tried vertical jigging in 22-28' of water?  Granted, it would have to be a relatively calm day for a tube.
We have been catching some there with minners.  icon_mrgreen 
 
 

I knew it! When the chips be down the mighty minner saves the day and gets suppa!  icon_eek icon_cool icon_biggrin
5  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: There is only one thing better than getting a new PB on: December 05, 2017, 10:54:44 PM
Nice Kitties Poppa!  icon_cool icon_biggrin
6  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: Best catch and release hooks? on: December 05, 2017, 10:53:47 PM
We use gamakatsu series 208 offset circle hooks in size 6/0 or 8/0. The 6/0 will catch those pesky itty bitty kitties and will hold 60 pound fish easily. Never had one gut hooked with either. You can get them at Barlows.
7  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: Bank Nov 1st-2017 on: November 06, 2017, 08:02:29 AM
Ahhh Dave, another mighty fine Catchin day!  icon_cool icon_biggrin
8  Tackle and Equipment / Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: Black lab on: October 09, 2017, 05:03:48 PM
Check Craigslist daily under pets. Lots of free pets on there or low re-home fee. Changes daily
9  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: Any results lately? on: September 21, 2017, 08:32:22 AM
Nice kitty James!  icon_cool
10  Fishing Lake Lavon / Crappie Fishing Forum / Re: Report: Fished the 380 Bridge on: September 10, 2017, 08:31:00 AM
Your right its not hat deep there but the crappie will relate to structure and in the creek channel will be the deepest water fishing from HWY 380. Also, the pilings should be shaded which crappie like.
11  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: Any results lately? on: September 07, 2017, 09:12:14 AM
I haven't wet a hook since March but this time of year is usually when the lake turns over and the thermocline changes. Lavon was raised in 1975 and all around the lake is a ledge, more pronounced in some areas than others. The steeper the decline in depth the better. Now this ledge should be around 16 to 18 feet and should be just above where the new thermocline will set. This depth will be oxygen rich and a haven for shad. Where you find the shad you will find the kitties. If in a boat, driftin along the ledge from 15 feet deep to 19 feet deep can produce limits of eaters. Try south side of island or south of Tiki entrance into lake, east arm east or west side. Or any other hard clay bottom will work. The key is to drift parallel to the ledge and not over it. This way your drift (bait) is always in the target zone.

Yes, that means the wind direction is crucial or ya have to use yer motor to power drift. There are lots of places on Lavon like this. Find several areas for different wind directions and you can most always catch kitties this time of year.

12  Fishing Lake Lavon / Crappie Fishing Forum / Re: Report: Fished the 380 Bridge on: September 07, 2017, 08:55:37 AM
Welcome to the forum!  icon_cool Thanks for a report that was also your first post!  icon_cool icon_biggrin Refreshing to see.

This time of year I always had the best luck for crappie in 12 to 16 feet of water around structure. If I was fishing the 380 bridges this time of year, I would fish the creek cuts and cast to deeper water around the bridge pilings. Easy to do with a slip cork set-up fishing from the bank.
13  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: New PB! on: July 20, 2017, 12:07:47 PM
Rod floats is yore friend. You can buy em three for $9 or so at Academy. OR, you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy a section of foam tubing used to insulate copper A/C lines. Cost a couple bucks and can get 4 out of one stick of foam. open up foam, put around rod, close. use electrician tape in middle and both ends. This will float and 8 foot rod and reel on the water. have saved rods about four times now! Smiley Cheapest insurance you can get!  icon_cool icon_biggrin
14  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: New PB! on: July 18, 2017, 03:56:06 PM
I like to keep my drags set at 10 to 15 pounds if using 25 pound test line. You can fight a big fish with the drag set this way. If ya need to tighten the drag...do it a little at a time. As long as you can bring in some line after runs the drag is OK IMHO. Learn to fight the fish with drag, line & rod workin together. Don't try to crank that rascal in. Just lift up the rod and crank while lowering the rod. Keep the rod tip high so the rod can work. When that fish got close to the boat you probably had the rod straight out from the boat and when the fish dove under the boat, your rod went into the water. At that point you lost as the rod was taking all the pressure and not much line out to stretch. Game ova!

Sometimes ya just gotta hold on and let em run a little to tire them out. I use abu 6000 reels and they will hold about 120 yards of 25 test line. Never needed more line. But I have needed less drag! Biggest fish I ever hooked won the contest quick. Had the drag too tight and that fish took off like a freight train. Couldn't slow him down or turn him and he just snapped the line. After that, I keep my drags set lightly.
15  Fishing Lake Lavon / Catfishing Forum / Re: New PB! on: July 16, 2017, 11:47:04 PM
Congrats on the PB! icon_biggrin Next time lighten that drag a little and maybe not break another rod!  icon_cool Lot of stress can be put on a rod when ya get that fish close to the boat. Not much line to stretch so the rod takes all the energy unless the drag is lightened up a bit.
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