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Saturday morning, my friend Lou H. and I hit Croton Reservoir under cold, windy conditions. The air temps didn’t get above 40 all day and the wind was bitter and relentless. Despite the low air temps, water temps remained in the mid-50’s. We were hoping that the bite from the big largemouth we’ve been experiencing for the past few weeks would continue, despite the sharp temperature drops last week. We weren’t disappointed.

After working our way down the shoreline to the Taconic Bridges, we eventually came to a rocky point with a sharp drop to deeper water. This is where I picked up my first fish, a 3.5 lb. LM on a Black/Blue Jig&Pig. While I was unhooking this fish, my partner Lou hooked up with a beautiful bass on a jerkbait that weighed in at just over 5 lbs. We fished around this area a little longer, but with no luck. At this point the wind was really picking up and moving us down the bank. Expecting heavy winds today, I brought the drift sock I use on my bassboat. This was a good move as it made fishing quite a bit easier. We crossed the shore and I picked another 3 lb LM on the Jig, which Lou followed a little later with a 4.2 lb LM on the Jerkbait. These fish were shallow, relating to the inside weed edge in 3-4’ of water.

We then worked our way into a small cove, and I made my move, picking up 3 LM (a 3.3 LM, a 2.8 LM and a 2.1 LM). 2 of these fish came on the Jig&Pig, while the third fish came on an 8” Black Worm. These fish came from both the inside and outside weed edges. At one point, the wind was so strong; it was blowing us down the bank at a pretty good clip. Being a little lazy, I was dragging the jig along the outside weedline when something slammed it. I was sitting down at the time, and I guess did not get the right leverage in my hookset, because after a short fight, he came undone. I never saw him, but he sure felt good. This was one of 2 fish I lost on Saturday.

At this point, we decided to try a completely different area, so we began the long row into the wind. I wanted to try a few areas I had fished 2 weeks ago when I had a 19+ bag. This is when I picked up a gift. While we were rowing, I trolled a crankbait behind the boat and was rewarded with a beautiful 4.5lb SM. This fish fought like a truck and took to the air a few times before I got her in the boat. This was the only smallmouth we caught, but man what a fish! Well, this was the last fish I would boat, but Lou picked up 2 more beauties on the Jig&Pig. He caught a 4.5 lb LM and 4 lb LM, both on the inside weedline. I did lose another fish; again because I was sitting down as Lou rowed along the shore. I got a bite on the Jig&Pig, but didn’t get a good hookset and this fish, probably a 2 pounder, came to the surface and tossed the hook. Anyway, I’m not complaining. The final tally on the day was 11 bass in the boat. I had 7, with my best 5 weighing 17.4 pounds while Lou still topped me with only 4 bass for 17.7 pounds. Not bad for a cold, windy November day.

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good job guys!!!i wish i had time for some of these november weekend outings.maybe next year.you guys sure prove you can catch fish in this weather.:beerchug:
 

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I give you credit for enduring the elements......this is the fall bite that people have been looking for......you guys did fantastic!
 

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Great job, Keith! Croton sure is a fall lake. Good to hear the fish are relating to the inside weed edges and are catchable up shallow again. There should be some good fishing until the waters get too cold...

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Crotonand Croton Falls

Seems these two lakes are having a good fall bite now. I posted my day on Croton Falls Saturday and that seems to verify that the fish(lm) are still shallow. Done good at both Lakes. Made a mistake on Sunday and tried my luck looking for sm on Cross River.No such luck. Seeing all those monster sm upstate really got me going(like crack) and had to try. Should of went back to CFor Croton.Never leave one pot of gold to maybe find another.Still got several more weeks of fishing. Check Sat Tough fishing post. FOOTBALLS.
 

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Keith,

Great job...Croton has been the most consistent producer this fall.

I also fished the NE section on Saturday but the wind was relentless which made fishing and boating virtually impossible the entire day (wish I had a drift sock).

We also caught our fish relatively shallow but the interesting thing was all the bass we boated were all over 3 pounds. Not uncommon for Croton but I didn't expect those results on Saturday with the high winds and the sudden temperature drops.


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Hi, Keith!

Good to read of your exploits. November can make or break a day of fishing for anyone, at any level of fishing. Looks like you keyed onto what was working. Nice job on the Smallie, too!

I remember you extolling the greatness of Croton Reservoir with "Westchester Bassmasters" back on that September day on Lake Erie together over two years ago.

Take care, buddy.

Tight Lines...
 
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