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December is a Favorite

Report Date: November 23, 2013

December is one of my favorite months of the year. Turnover is complete by the end of December. The water turns a pretty green color, the seagulls move in and the fish go on a feed in preparation of winter.

On cloudy days, I look for surface feeding. On the sunny days, I work a jigging spoon off the bottom. When working a jigging spoon I look for fish and bait on the bottom in creeks 30 to 40 feet deep. When I see surface feeding, I throw a small fluke on a jig head or on a bucktail jig.

The fish will eat Herring either free lined or on a Carolina rig off the bottom. This fishing should go till early January or when the water temperature gets below 48°. The fishing will then get slow for stripers, but the crappie will turn on.

The pictured above is from a recent trip to Louisiana.

Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA

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