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Lake Darling

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Hi All... I'm getting the chance to fish Darling next week. I'm not a fisherman, I used to just drown worms, but have switched to artificial now (easier) :-) I mostly use jig heads with twisty tails. So, what's the hot spots? Best type of fish to go after? Bait choices? (Don't know how to use leeches.. yuck.. or minows) etc... Any help is appreciated... and in case your wondering, I put eveything back (that assumes I catch something).

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If I was you and wanted to stick with artificial bait, I would get some white power bait twister tails and some 1/16th jig heads and either cast them, or troll them along the weed lines. I've been doing this and the crappies and sunnies have been hitting well. You will also get a bass or two, and on a rare occurance I've even picked up a walleye or two. I suggest getting a couple of bags if you're going to be here for a week or so as it's nothing to have the tails bit off a half dozen or so an evening. Good luck and let us know how you did. grin.gif

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Well... Fishing was as good as I expected... my other half and I usually went out in the morning (8-9AM) for a couple of hours. between us we caught 70 fish. About 1/2 of those were smallies in the 12-16" size. About half way thru the week, I switched over to sinkos and a weedless setup... Much harder to hook fish on this, you really need to get a good feel on this kind of setup. I must have yanked the setup out of the fish's mouth over a dozen times. But it was fun. Spend most of our time around the docs in the beginning using jigs and twisty tails (that is where we caught the majority of the sunnies and I'm guessing some kind of bass.. long an skinny with bass colors, but not very big 6" or so ), then after the protected area opend up near Arrowwood, we hit the cabage. Caught most of the smallies there... wow, when they came up an hit the sinko as it hit the water... that was exciting !!!! I tried the weed line one evening, but all I got was about 20-30 bug bites :-(

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About 1/2 of those were smallies in the 12-16" size.


Smallies are very, very rare in Darling. I caught one in Darling back in the early 80's, but that's it. I'm guessing you were catching rock bass or largemouth bass. Rock bass are the ones with the red eye, and yes, they are pretty thick in Darling. Glad to hear that you two had fun. That's what's important.

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