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Jeff Bourns
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Illinois Bayou
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Trying some different tactics and baits. Using a running rig, swivel leads with Sriracha flavored pack. Par boiled potatoes and pink pop up corn for hook bait.


   
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Have gotten several line bumps, one take 30 minutes in. Unsure of species, wasn't on long enough to determine. Potatoes have been flavored with a mussel type flavoring. 


   
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Temperature readings of 62F in the bayou. The water in the lake body, especially in and around shallows is probably even warmer. I would guess the carp are in spawn mode. I may go to the lake afterwards to see for any signs of spawning. 


   
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Interesting, yeah, spawning should be around the corner in Arkansas... curious if you see anything. 

Thanks for keeping us posted!

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@frossmark , I didn't notice anything, but didn't really deep dive into it. There was no fish activity to speak of, so I moved to a local community pond, because, why not? You never know.


   
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Smaller ponds heat up quicker, you might be lucky and they are already post spawn there.. 

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4/14/23

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Had a good day, the best catch being an 18 lb buff. My feeling is there are better fish to be had, but they are going to be few and far between. I will keep baiting and trying, the goal being a +30 lb fish. 


   
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These are some good looking fish, well done. Love that you always document the weather conditions as well! 

Keep on going, I have my hopes up for you! The carp will come, might be spawn right now.. not sure though.

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This was a pre-storm session after work. An impromptu trip led to this beauty after work. Caught on tigernut/pink pop up corn combo at around the 2:00 PM mark, 4/20/23. PB buff, possibly a black buffalo.

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4/24/23

Another before work session. Was 37 F and calm. Quite cold for this time of year. I ended up losing one that nearly pulled my rod in after forgetting to set the bait runner drag. It felt like a good fish.

Tried the new pineapple goo I made, had lots of activity on it using tigernuts as hookbait. Overall, a successful morning with 1 buff caught, 1 cat.

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