Murray - Nice Fish

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  1. jrkbait

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    Yesterday was the first time out at Murray since I sold the Ranger back in February. Been getting to know the kayak as I prepare for the move to Costa Rica in spring of next year. So the days of fishing the San Diego lakes for the last 50 years are numbered. Marine layer and glassy water was around from the start to about 10am.....no action at all. No busters. Just as the sun started to peak through the clouds the busters made a showing in the middle of the lake between the boat dock and dam. Got a nice 3 pounder on the jerkbait between the boils. Soon as the clouds cleared, they were gone. Then found a huge school of fish in about 50 feet at the opening of San Carlos bay. Tried the 2 1/2 inch spoon but they wouldn't have anything to do with it. Saw some bait fish swim by looking like they needed to get out of Dodge fast and noticed that they were pretty big. Switched to the exact same spoon but in a 3 1/2 model and bite was on, in the exact same spot....go figure. Just proves that you need to change it up, even if simple. When you see the fish moving up and down on the graph and then following your spoon down on the drop, you know you are going to get bit. Immediately got a solid 4 pounder (pic doesn't do justice), a 2 pounder and missed several slams. Then they got smart. It was an agressive pack. Looked for more but couldn't find any with that much movement.

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    So that is what fish look like on the Garmin. I have seen long 45 degree lines and did not know what to make of them. Sounds like fun chasing and catching!
     
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    Definitely the picture you want t see on your graph. Feeding fish. Great adjustment.
     
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    Awesome job. Good thing I just picked up some spoons!
     
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    Smart man! :)
     
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    So I saw almost that same thing a couple weeks ago in 12 feet of water. I thought it might be fish so I dragged a deep running crank through the area several times...nada! Wrong application? I am trying to learn!
     
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    Those long horizontal lines are fish directly under your transducer. The light semi vertical lines are fish that have shot up to feed. When you see arches those are fish that have passed through your transducer cone.
     
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    Thanks for the info. What about lines that are straight, run from bottom to top at a 45 degree angle. Does not seem to be organic.
     
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    killed it!
     
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    Those are usually from fish that are chasing bait. Given they are moving fast up through the narrowest portion of the transducer cone they do not show up as hard returns. Kind of like drop shotting or dropping a large hard bait down through the cone.
     
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    Yep, pretty much.
     
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    Understanding a graph is one of the most important things to learn when fishing. Its ours eyes under water. When you see those active fish and have a lure ready it can be fast and feverish if even for a few minutes. Those few minutes you could land several nice fish. Love that photo!
     
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