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Have'nt had the fishing results to warrant an immediate report, but wasn't for a lack of trying, and thought I'd write up some brief reports.

Dec 3 - speckled trout fishing on the New River creeks (Frenchs, SW, NE). Slow day, the bite never really turned on. Two spikes and one flounder.

Dec 4 - Hiking the shoreline of the Umstead big lake. Three LMB on senkos dragged near the grass line. Nothing of size.

Dec 8 - Took the Towee to Mayo Lake. Goal was to catch a jack. Water temp was 55F. Ended up catching three decent spottted bass (see pic). Was fishing stump fields. Caught one on a nail weighted senko, one on a white zman paddle tail, and one on a Keitech chartruese paddle tail on a under spin rig. I saw one big jack chase and hit an inline spinner, but did not get hooked. Afterwards I was reading some forums discussing how they killed the hydrilla in Mayo and that the fishing has declined. Kind of a bummer.
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Dec 14 - Falls Lake. Two white perch on drop-shot-rigged small zoom flukes. Three crappie on a vertially jigged metal blade bait. One channel cat on the blade bait. I'm always amazed by how much life I see on my depth finder at Falls. Lot of bait balls and bigger fish marks too. I think I need to try minnows for Crappie in Jan.
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Dec 22 - Chincoteague, VA. I know not NC, but probably my last catch of '22. Caught on a 4" white paddle tail.
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Merry Christmas and tight lines. Time to reflect on the year and think about fishing goals for the next.
 

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Give the Eno a try. I hear they are smoking them in the Flat River area ( some are catching over a 100 fish per trip). I haven't been there in years, used to think it was the best cold water fishery in the state. Had decent luck at Falls launching at Ledge Rock and fishing near the old car on the hill. Good luck.
 

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minnows for crappie always a good bet usually around middle of Jan I start having luck bank fishing for them. Just fish deeper and further out than I do in March
 
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We found some nice slabs at Falls yesterday. Minnows getting it done. Plus one decent LMB on the minnows too. Also, experimenting with the automatic image cropping that just showed up in Apple Photos.
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Boat. They were in 14-16'. We had best luck around a hump 14-16 ft surrounded by 18-19 ft. Probably 100 yards off the shoreline.
 
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