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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 26, 2014
Location: Clear Lake,
Larry Hemphill, fishing guide, reported very good bass fishing and a monster catfish, in spite of wind, on his second-to-last trip on Clear Lake.
“Thursday, in clouds and light rain, the bass (and catfish) were on the bite,” said Hemphill. “ My client and I were catching 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 lb. bass, then they got bigger.”
“After he landed one near 5 lbs, I got the ‘crunch’ bite - and it was a good one. She went 9 lbs even - my first 9 of the year and second 9 in the boat! After releasing the fish, he stuck another big one, but it came off in a few seconds. This was all around 7:30 pm,” he explained.
After dark the bite was fair, but fishing was difficult as the wind was swirling. A bit north of Frazier Point, he got this huge hit in about 2 feet of water.
“The 15 minute battle was on - and I won,” he divulged. “Finally in the net, a near 24 lb channel catfish. At least this one didn't break my line - Berkley 12 lb fluorocarbon. She hit a jig! We quit about 1 am with a 28 lb limit of bass and a 24 lb one fish limit of catfish.”
On the following day, Hemphill and the same client started about 2:30 pm and lasted until about 7 pm.
“The lake was just like an ocean – we went in for safety's sake! We landed one 5 pounder and a dink – there was no post-front bite at all!.” He concluded.
The water temperature was 62-66 degrees and the water clarity was stained with a 2-4 feet visibility.
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