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I've been traveling a bit for work and putting in the hours. Next week, another 3 day trip.

Early this year, I vowed to take 5 vacation days in 2014 and devote them to fishing a weekday when the weather and conditions were prime. After walking out of my house early Thursday morning and feeling that cool dry air, I automatically thought of fishing on Friday. Well, today was my second vacation day and it was well worth it.

Weather was beautiful and I decided to try a new spot. The water conditions were surprisingly good, 3-4' visibility (clear & dark).

I launched around 6:45, just after sun-up and starting throwing buzzbait. One missed strike in the first 45 minutes, so the buzzer when back in the box. Around 7:30, I found some swift water and it was on until ~10 am. Caught them on various lures, including: weightless fluke & fluke jr, swimbait (lost a $20 Spro BBZ-1 on a hawg!), crankbait (bomber squarebill, Rapala SSR, & cordell spot), and a white spinnerbait. Fluke was by far the best bait today.

Best 3 went
19.75" (hook jaw salmon look-a-like)
18.75"
18.25"






I had several others in the 16-17 range. I also lost 3 really good ones too (first one shook a hook on a spook after a poor hook set, second one broke me off and took my swimbait with her, and last one ran me into some weeds and got my crankbait stuck while she slipped away).

Amidst the ~25 bass were two small cats (channel and bullhead) and a pretty nice jack.



A first for me was catching a white perch in the river. Got this one on a full-size spinnerbait. I free-lined this fella for a while on a circle hook, but had no takers. The bass were after small shad today.



Flatwater areas were like the dead sea. Tried the senko, jig-n-craw, cranks, etc etc ... no love. All today's fish were caught in or adjacent to fairly swift water. Called it quits around 1:30 pm.

Man, do I love living in the Triangle!
 

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OK so while you were doing that I got TWO needles in the gluteus maximus. Were the big gar around? WS yak tourney boys should be worried.

How big was the one that took the Spro away?
 

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Laffin'..........

What I find striking is how healthy all these fish look from the pics I've seen in both posts. best I've seen in a long time as most times I see sores from just about everywhere nowdays.

That hook jaw one likely got that way from Froggy crossing his eyes earlier with a pro hook set using braid.
 

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And to think I had an invite for this trip, but had to work. Probably for the best, as fishwhisper would have embarrassed me with his fish catching prowess.
 

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Winston-Salem yak boys not worried hopefully professional courtesy applies . Seeing as we are also in the tournament .
Professional courtesy? FW, ND, Jim snores and myself are gonna pack in that flow like a can of sardines!........




ah, Just kiddin......I may not even get to fish WS cause of work. But if I do I am sure I will be on 1 or 2 bigger flows and may weigh in 55 inches of smallies!

Oh, Nice job FW.....nice looking bass , they do look healthy....
 
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