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good thing I had Gregg ( a mailman ) with me, because that way neither rain nor fog would deter us! LOL......

actually, the rain was spotty most of the morning ( we didnt start til' 10 to avoid the heavier rain) and then the fog rolled in which was so heavy , you couldn't see most of the shorelines.....at 4, when we got off , the rain then went into heavy mode again.....

but in between that nonsense, we did manage 11 assorted Bass and Pickerels and one silly yellow, oddities always at Wampus.......

fishing was slow, but we hung in there and slammed it with so many angles and things that we pulled out the day.....

bites were sporadic and random, and rarely repeatable....as such many things worked, deep tube, hard jerk, swim baits, etc.......

it was a typical later fall day that required just putting in the requisite hard work.......

Gregg has a few pictures of some of the meatier denizens.......

I tell you though: last year, I was freezing cold on NOV 5.....even with the NO-Sun, and rain and fog, it really wasn't uncomfortable.........
 

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An odd fish here one there, no real pattern. Still was a nice day hit a good 6 hr window of no rain, but fog so thick it got hard to orientate where you were.

not a bad little chunk, didn't crop so you would see the fog.
 

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Good jog, Gents! Weren't the weather conditions interesting? I was out on the Croton with res dog again, and I'll post the specifics, but what struck me today (besides the bald eagle with 6 foot wing span) was the cool gray/foggy conditions. The water and sky seemed to merge, and every so often I'd look over and marvel at it.

The patterns being spotty and hard to pin down was something we found as well. I scattered my fish over 4 different baits, and Steve got his on 4 different ones as well. We found the hard jerk and deep tube produced as you did, and got fish on spinnerbaits, cranks, t-rigs, senkos and jig-n-pigs. How has the t-rig bite been? I've always considered Wampus to be a t-rig favorable lake and I've also been curious about how late in the season people throw t-rigs. Oh, and how are the water temps? Surface temps at Croton still ranged in the 56-57 range!

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Great pics, fellas, but where's "The Glove?" :D

Very interesting weather this weekend here in Western New York as well. Yesterday (Tuesday), it only got up to about 50 degrees in the Buffalo area. Yet, I got a call from a buddy in the Southern Tier that his high temperature was 76 degrees......76! The warm front was literally stalled less than 40 miles to the south of Buffalo, and those to the north of it got overcast, drizzly cold air while the those south of it basked in sun and summerlike warmth.

But, I digress...

...Gotta get out when you can for fishing now, because it's just about all borrowed time from this point forward.

Tight Lines...
 

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yes Rob, the weather has been unusual! and the glove was lost, have to pick up another one!! I miss it!

Mark: we clocked a 55 degree water temp that stayed the same all day long......there is no doubt in mind that it was higher on Mon.....

T-rig usually abruptly ends on Wampus for some reason late summer......tubes are fished very similarly now and seem to do much better in the cooler water....

good to see you getting out with the Dog this much!!
 

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Gregg, did you lose Johnny's glove on purpose!!!

John & Gregg,

I know that glove had to be just a bit stinky that thing made about two seasons, I can't blame Gregg if he retired it for you:D

Now you called the perch an oddity, why how many of those decent size yellows have I caught when out with you on Wampus, they are there just not in great numbers.

All in all with the weather and the time of year, you guys didn't do all that bad.
 

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Scott: the scoop on Yellows in Wampus is that there was a concerted effort by certain individuals in the past to rid the water of all yellow perch, as they "felt" it was competition for the bass and wanted the bass to be "bigger".....ludicrous, I know, but another example of people taking things into their own hands illegally, as far as managing the biology of a water......

apparently, hundreds of these things were removed on a regular basis , some eaten but many thrown away! in a 40 acre water like Wampus, you can permanently effect the water for many years with such an endeavor.....

this is not unusual: I was on a private pond many moons back where the owner requested everyone to try and catch and thow on the shore to die, at least 30 yellows every time they went out.....

in this case, he owned the pond, so right or wrong, it was within his rights....

a cruel method of increasing bass size if I ever heard of it......

the few that you do see are always bigger in size: survivors? or just the strongest of the species? not sure, but I have NEVER caught an undersized yellow in Wampus as you will in so many other waters......
 

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John,

To some extent the larger perch would be somewhat competition but what the person(s) failed to understand is that the young perch make great forage to grow big largemouths, as you know with the behemouth you caught last year and hypethetically if you would have cut that fish open I bet you would have found at least one of those big yellows in its belly.

Thinning the largemouth population would have been the better choice, but then again the large pickerel should also do a good job of keeping the population in check of all.
 

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John/Gregg,

Great job guys !!!

What was the most productive depth and what type of cover (if any) were the fish relating to ?


Ronnie
 

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Nice fish & nice pics guys. Doc...you do not look too happy about having to handle that toothy w/o "the glove". Hey would ya wash that thing once in a while?
 

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Ronnie it varied but I would say the bass where at 8 to 12 feet loosely associated to the outer edge of the old weeds. This is not the reservoirs Wampus only get to about 24'.
 

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the Glove will return again!!!!

that slimy pick was twisting his arse off to get free of me...LOL....

Nicky: we didnt leave any in the boat this time! HAHAHAh....
 
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