Adam and I met about 9:40 am. We got everything loaded up and hit the road for the Compound, with a traditional stop at Waffle House on the way. We got on the water about 11:15 am or so, and fished until a little after 3:00 pm. The air temperature was 31°F when we arrived and climbed to 37°F by the time we finished fishing. I wasn't able to get a water temperature, but it was COLD! Water has come up with all the rain and snow we have had lately, which is good since last time I was there about three weeks ago the water was very low.
We each managed to bring three fish to the boat. Adam took big fish honors with a fat 22”. All fish were caught on what has become a winter go-to large mouth bait for me - the Zoom “Trick Worm” fished on a Shakey Head jig.
When the fish hit they inhaled it. I didn't get any short strikes today - they were definitely feeding. I fished the worms really slowly in a rhythm that has seemed to work very well in cold weather; shake it in place, let it sit, shake again… Very slow fishing, but very effective.
For the day, I ended with a total of 43.5” on three fish: a 13” to start the day, followed shortly by a 15 ½”, and then I finished with a 15”. Adam caught two smaller 12-13” fish and then the whopper 22” that I think weighed 6 ½ lbs., or maybe more - it was so fat!
Winter fishing isn't for everyone, but the rewards are worth it for me. I would like to throw this out there though: be CAREFUL! Cold air and water temperatures are no joke. Wear your PFD, have dry clothes ready if you go in and a way to start a fire for warmth.
Look for more reports soon. I have a problem, and can't stay away from the water - even in the dead of winter.