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Slow Roaming Eyes

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The last time I posted about any eye action was about a week before xmas, although I was on a great bite, it's amazing how patterns can change in a week of not fishing, family vacation put a damper on the eyes for this guy but well worth it in the end. Spending time in the warmth of Florida for xmas with family is always worth getting off the lake for a bit. Upon arrival back home it was back to search and search and search some more until figuring out where they went and what they wanted, the past couple of weeks has been consistent but slowwwww going. Were talking on average one eye a day, although the quality is phenomenal one better have the patience for this bite. I began my search were I left off before the holiday and needless to say as I left them they left me. Well low and behold as winter progresses and the feed pattern switches I've spent this past week searching out deep, I know Team Otter will warn me that I'm going to get burned not going shallow, which I probably will but here's what's been working for know, the eyes seem to be out roaming the basins of the lakes, or so that's what I've found, there hasn't been any real specific time as to when the bite will come but it is consistent with at least one per night, large baits have been ruling the roost for me, were talking 4-5 inch long live baits rigged with a colorfull hook on the rattle reel. I've tried every jig in the book but no go, I've been ping ponging back and forth between three different lakes and moving daily from spot to spot, as the first night seems to be the best and the second night is hit or miss with the third night in one spot always coming up empty. So I found that if I move daily my catch rate increases, no real pattern to hard bottom vs soft bottom vs steep breaks to flats, it seems as if each spot holds one or two fish that hit the first night and then that's it. Here's a few pics to enjoy, Anyone else having any sort of luck with these guys? Oh please note all fish were caught and realeased with the exception of one 18 incher. I don't photograph every eye I catch just a few here and there for sharing and memories,

These fish were all caught over the past two weeks:

25 incher

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18 Incher

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24 incher

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26 incher

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28 incher

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NICE lookin eyes! I heard "Buck" got a nice 30 or 31 incher recently and his dad got a 33".

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Ranger? I don't want to know...

Thanks for sharing the photos.

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Very nice congrats on the fish

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Very nice fish. Those fish are super fat. Congrats.

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A 33 incher could be, that would be one heck of a fish, I know of the 30 and that ones going on the wall, That was caught right after xmas,

Hey Jamison no Ranger for this guy, I'm actually a Lund man, but the hat came from a memorial tourney that I fished with idratherbefishing from FM on Lake Sarah this past fall and brought us some good fishing so I continue to wear it, if it only said Lund, actually you would love the back of it, it says Otter 2007 Just one of those Great Fun filled Tourney's that is put on every year, If you look at my avatar that fish was caught on Sarah that day, unfortunately they had a no cull rule and my Partner had already landed a 24" a couple hours before so we released it. I'll shoot you an email this summer on the date and info. Fun times. Long Story about the fish that I'm sure will bring many laughs for years to come with Bill and I

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I was just on Sarah for a FM Get-Together. Great fishery! I'd like to hear more about this tournament when you have a chance.

If you drop me an e-mail, I can catch you up on what I've been up to as well.

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