First fish of the year- Harris Lake 1/5 (Pic Heavy)
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    Default First fish of the year- Harris Lake 1/5 (Pic Heavy)

    Bassaholic and I skipped the super cold day on Saturday and fished Sunday at Shearon Harris Lake. We went to try some new (and very different to us) tactics. Also of note, we're finally figuring out how to really dial in our depth finders, which was a bit of a learning curve this past year.

    Well the combination sure paid off! About a hour or so in I pull up my first bass of the year and she was a pig! Went 5.11 on the scales at just under 21''! Talk about a butterball! She had clearly been through the line at the shad buffet a few times. Caught in 32 FOW. She also had a pretty cool white marking on her head.

    Once we had figured out how work the bait and what we were looking for we had a pretty fun day. Another nice one came unbuttoned about half way up and I caught one more about 2.5-3lbs. I caught a couple white perch to go along with it. Bassaholic caught another nice pig at 4.6 lbs and after that proceed to get quite the freshwater slam. He ended up with a couple white perch, a few crappie, a catfish, a bream (in 30 FOW!), and a shellcracker.

    It ended up being warmer than expected and never rained on us like it called for. We both got a good fish to start the year, so all in all a pretty good day. All fish caught in 30-35 FOW
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    I think I might have some idea approximatelywhere you are...
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    That is across the channel but not far. I recognize the vantage point of the tower in one of the pictures. You are near one of my favorite points, that drops off sharply into the deep but has a reasonable sized shallow area in the cove. I like that area because you can try a lot of depths and bottom profiles without moving far.

    Nice fish!
    -Andy

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    I like how you have put to use your new tactics! That's some nice sonar fishing. Looks like the bank-beaters at Harris have some new deep water competition! What bait(s) were working for you?

    BTJ
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    we tried jigging some traps! but didnt get bit on it, we used a variety of spoons/blade baits..
    Jackson Cuda "Black Widow"

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    Great day of bass fishing! Way to get on em
    Red X Angler
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    I cannot wait for some warmer weather..and get the sounder setup in my kayak..
    there are fish out there to be caught..you proved it..

    -dkenny

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    yup...they are definitely out there... just gotta dial them in... hoping that figuring them out early will make it easier to follow 'em once they start moving up
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