LYING AND FISHING

Boy do these 2 belong together! I just saw the 2013 List of best bass lakes, you have to be nuts to want your home lake on that list . When I used to live in NY, I fished Greenwood Lake and it made that list and everyone and his brother was on it that spring
In PA I fished a small, flood control lake that was trolling motor only and caught a lot of fish on that lake, a couple of years was the only lake I fished. We used to lie about that lake and it had a county camp ground on it, used to tell the vacationers horror stories about how bad the lake was poisoned by fertilizers if you did catch any at all!
I have also been known to be on a lake, only boat on a spot and some guy sees me catching a fish and pulls right along side and asks "How are they Biting" my rod could be bent over with a fish on and my reply is always " They are biting better on the other side or my favorite by the dam, " and then watch them scurry off to the promised land!
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There really are no secret spots , or at least not for long. I listen for different cues in dock talk that tell me what the dock talk isn't saying. I can't tell you how many times I've found fish and only to return on Tournament day and they have lockjaw or moved. I've also pretty much become convinced that I can't catch someone else's fish.
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I dont fish tournaments or for big bass, If I caught a big Bass it is an accident or one dumb fish! I still like to BS myself that I know the single best hole on my favorite home body of water and i know thats ridiculous I think the best thing I did several years ago was buy a Hummingbird and said goodbye to the shore line, It really is a pet peeve when someone sees you get fish and they come on top of you and their next cast is in the my cooler .......Im just sayin
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I've gotten very secretive about my fishing holes too. I had one small lake that is close to home and has an awesome crappie population - or at least it DID have one. Word got out, and things went from good to terrible in a heartbeat. used to be that most weekends there would be 3-4 boats on the water, with Father's day and the bass opener being heavy pressure days with up to 15 boats at any given time. This lake is small, we're talking 250 acres or so. Meaning that 15 boats is a lot.

Once word got out about the crappie, bass and pike in that lake, a quiet weekend started seeing 15-20 boats at a time, and as many as 30 on the "big" weekends. Needless to say, the crappie population got hammered. For a couple years, we dealt with the "combat fishing" trying to find a spot that didn't already have 2 boats on it. Finally, last year, the crappie population got to the point where the fishing pressure dropped. We caught some, but anything at or above the 9" minimum was few and far between. I still went fishing there because it's close to home and I can be on the water with lines wet in 20 minutes from the time I decide I've got a couple hours to fish. I guess maybe the crappie population will likely rebound, thanks to the last couple years being poor enough that the pressure has dropped dramatically. Maybe this year will be better. On the bright side, I can always manage a couple largemouths, so I don't get skunked, but for the most part, I'm on the water to de-stress, and watching the pair of bald eagles that nests there provides plenty of entertainment. Sure do miss having enough crappie fillets for our annual neighborhood fish-fry though.
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My favorite spot is a small 14 acre public spot, hard to get to and weed choked......i lie regularly about the quality and quantity of fish there...... 😕 😕 😊 😈




lots of big bass for northern ohio