Dec 24 2013

First Day of Toho Practice

I checked out Toho this past weekend in preparation for the Open coming up in January. Water temps were in the high 60’s, air temp in the mid 80’s, sunny skies, but the bedding has not started yet.

The fish are still in the open water hydrilla in the same places I’ve been catching them all summer. They were gone for a while so I think they’re returning to the same areas in prespawn mode (I think). ┬áIn fact, my first stop in 5 to 6 feet of water had tons of fish in it although they were small. I had just rigged up all of my new Kistler KLX and Kistler Helium 3 rods with my new Shimano Chronarch CI4+ reels the day before and caught several fish on each of them. It was like I can call my shots… we’ll see if that happens during the Open since my best guess is that the bigger fish will filter into these areas in January.

I spent most of the day on the north end of Toho and caught fish at every stop I made. The largest was about 3 to 4 pounds on 2 of my new favorite sticks, the Kistler KLX 7’3″ MH Crank, Rip, and Twitch rod on a 6:2:1 Chronarch CI4+ with 17 lb Seaguar Inviz X and a gold and black rattletrap and a Kistler KLX 7’3″ Heavy Texas Carolina Jig Rod paired with a 7:6:1 Chronarch CI4+ spooled with 50 lb Sufix 832 rigged my speedworm.

I planned on looking for beds most of the day but the allure of catching fish on my new rods was too much. It ended up being a relaxing day catching about 40 fish.

I did take note of where the hydrilla is growing in the middle of the lake so I may check it out in the next few days when the next cold front comes in.