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Hey All, Wanted to drop you a quick note. Spent the day at chesterwoods. Not many fisherman, but the fish are still bitting.

I fished acrossed from the second fishing pier in about 22 ft. of water. The fish were there but it took some time playing to find the bigger ones. And for once my shack played a key role in catching crappies. The water is clear to approxiamnetly 10 ft. When looking down form inside the shack. (without the shack I couldn't see the jig) than it gets too dark to see your jig. If I kept the jig just visalbe . The bigger crappies would slide in, and suck in the jig and waxie. It was pretty cool to see them hit the jig and never feel the bite. Had to site fish the majority of the fish.

The crappies where smaller in the 9-10 inch
range. Not like the fish I caught the last time out there, but still fun. I can't help but get a kick out of catching sunnies and crappies on those little ice rods and 2lbs. test. I did move around a little after I found out where the fish were holding and how they hit and it worked just about every where I tried.

GO FISH!!! grin.gif

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Thanks for the posting! Sounds like you had a good day of fishing. It is amazing that crappies can suck in a jig like that without an angler being able to detect a bite. I have been fishing Chester Woods the last couple of weekends in the same area you described with decent success also. I caught more gills than crappies but managed to get a few crappies in the 9-10" range. Most of the gills were smaller but I caught 6 nicer gills in the 7-8" range Super Bowl Sunday. Horizontal jigs have worked better for me for crappies and I usually tip my jigs with spikes. I will have to try sight fishing for the crappies as you described. It is great to hear from fisherman in the Rochester area. Good luck fishing!

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