12/9- Back to 2 Bass=Winter limit at Murray?

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  1. VinnyBass

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    Temperature was a cool 50 degrees..but it wasn't raining, so over to Murray I went. Water temp was pretty steady at 62 degrees. Heard there was a trout plant earlier in the week so I tossed a few swimbaits in hopes of a hungry bass. That was unsuccessful, but fun at the same time. I threw crank and lipless baits and finally ended up using plastic worms. Since I caught 2 bass on plastic worms on two bites last week, I stayed with plastic worms. Every spot that produced bass on plastics during the year was dead. Not even a tap even in areas that have structure. It's like all the bass went to hide somewhere. I had nothing to lose and decided to spoon fish(my last 2 fish I caught on spoons were a Crappie and Catfish). I spoon fished all over the place and worked many bait balls with no results. Then it happened.....my spoon got slammed in 58' of water and up came a shad filled 2 1/2 lb bass. Yay! Then in the same area I had another bass hit my spoon and quickly came off seconds later. Anyway after working lots of other areas, I was day dreaming when a bass surprised me and almost yanked my rod out of my hands. How in the heck did it not get hooked? I should of had 3 bass but now. While working my Hopkins spoon in 45' of water, I hooked up and I pulled in a 3 1/4 lb bass. Just like last week....only 2 bass again in the boat. Still had fun fishing today even though it was tough..... and a couple bass is always better than a skunk. Funny, but I think last year around this time, I mentioned that catching 2 bass in the winter months at Murray should be a limit. I know bluegillman had some recent luck out at Murray.......any one else out there want to share anything?
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    Nice. Did Murray finally get stocked? I know DFG was off their schedule
     
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    I heard it got stocked on Wednesday and a small kid was very excited because he caught a trout off the fishing pier the other day. I imagine a lot of bass caught some trout too!
     
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    thanks
     
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    You are amazing with the spoon!! I would love to see how you do that thing you do with the spoon. My hats off to you Vinny!!
     
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    Thanks for the report. I was out a few weeks back with a buddy and caught some in 30'. I thought that was deep.
    45'-58' sheesh! Are you using straight braid?
     
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    Actually 8lb Izor line is what I normally use and I do have a few reels with straight 8lb Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon Line. I do not use braid even though it is a reaction bait....I want the bass to just focus on the spoon and used to fish lakes with clear water so I guess I worried they would see the line if I used braid(I know that sounds crazy).
    I even used 6lb test years ago at times at Jennings, Poway and San V when using spoons. It is just what I do and others may have their favorite set-ups for spoon fishing.
     
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    It only sounds crazy if it doesn't work!
     
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    When I was young I fished Lake Miramar often. I learned how easily the bass were spooked when I would cast from shore in between the tulles and watch the bass approach my plastic worm. If something did not look right or the bass saw me, it would swim away. I just figured that lighter line was less likely to be seem by them so I started going to lighter lines and it works for me. I use braid in other conditions, but just don't use it when spoon fishing.
    Hey if any of you guys use braid when you spoon fish...what size braid and what brands do you like????
    I’m always willing to experiment(sorry only on fishing and not weird things like mcfish thinks I may be willing to do..ha ha)
     
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    Why not braid with a flouro leader? I use braid when yo yo’ if deep iron, zero stretch with hook set and iron just responds better. I’ve only ever spoon fished from shore at Loveland. Very successful but a whole different presentation than vertical.

    id try 15-20lb spectra with 10lb pink yo zuri with a Tony peña connection.

    but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it....
     
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    Just make sure there is nobody on a major losing streak nearby when you LOL!
     
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