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Wordens...Watchaug?
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:52:31 AM »
Anyone fish either Wordens or Watchaug recently? Will be comin to RI for the weekend and would like to drop the boat somewhere. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2015, 01:56:37 PM »
@GetSome87 - CT I fished a tourney at Watchaug a couple weeks ago. Fishing was a bit odd that day. It took less than 17 lbs. to win the tourney for an 8 fish limit  :-\

Weeds were nowhere to be found. Not sure if the state or the lake association has treated the lake sometime in the last couple of years, but the weeds there have all but disappeared.

I haven't been to Wordens yet this year. I'm sure that either place would give you a good day of fishing. At this point, I would probably lean more toward Wordens than Watchaug.
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2015, 02:09:22 PM »
Thanks Curt. thats what I was thinkin was Wordens. Try the frog bite in the grass first thing in the morning. Installing a power pole on the boat this week and all I been thinkin about is Wordens because i dont know about you but I have never been there when the wind isnt whippin
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2015, 02:11:42 PM »
Thanks Curt. thats what I was thinkin was Wordens. Try the frog bite in the grass first thing in the morning. Installing a power pole on the boat this week and all I been thinkin about is Wordens because i dont know about you but I have never been there when the wind isnt whippin

You're welcome. And yes, the wind almost always blows hard there! But if the wind isn't blowing, you're probably not catching as much as you would be if it was blowing  :)
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2015, 02:23:08 PM »
If you dont mind me askin...what do you usually throw there? i feel the most confident with hollow body weedless frogs in that needle grass (i dont think thats actually what it is) that grows out of the water along the whole shoreline
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 02:31:50 PM »
I mix it up there, alternating between Stanley Ribbit Frogs and buzzbaits in the sparse weeds, and craw/creature baits in holes in the lily pads. I'll also pound windy points and flats with a 1/2 oz. spinnerbait. Hope this helps  ;)
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 02:54:56 PM »
Definatley. Thank you. Ive recently discovered how awesome swimmin super flukes (and similar baits) are when rigged on a 1/4oz belly weighted hook. so thats part of my plan as well.
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2015, 03:27:52 PM »
You better bring a lot of flukes with you. The pickerel and pike eat them up good and destroy them quickly.

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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2015, 03:33:21 PM »
Agree with @Zeke They can be deadly on bass, but if the pike or pickerel spot them, they will have a heyday with them  (giggle)
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2015, 04:56:33 PM »
I prefer soft plastic frogs over hollow body but once the vegetation fills in it should be good either way. I caught a 6lb 4oz hog a few weeks ago but for the most part pickeral just crush everything you throw. I like floating jerkbaits there as its shallow along with wacky senkos and spinner/buzz baits. It would be a great place for swim baits and bladed jigs too but haven't tried it yet.
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2015, 07:49:58 AM »
To be honest I wouldnt mind a big pike. And I definatley have my fair share of soft baits I'm used to the pickerel being a nusance. My "home lake" is loaded with em so I have an over abundance of anything soft. Bladed jigs?  Is it a "chatterbait"? i forget who makes em
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2015, 07:54:08 AM »
oh and Brazzy...any reason for the preference of softbody frogs vs. hollowbodied? i like hollows cause theyll last you forever although it is a pain to really bury the hook in a fish with em
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2015, 10:00:18 AM »
I like hollow bodies for when i want to work the frog real slow over weeds. Just let them sit there and you can twitch them nice and slow!

Soft frogs for when fishing faster ;D

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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2015, 11:18:20 AM »
For matted vegetation the hollow body frogs excel. For more sparse stuff, I like the soft plastic frogs better too.
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Re: Wordens...Watchaug?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2015, 12:18:25 PM »
A lot of people feel that the hollow body frogs are better for fishing slow while the soft plastic frogs are to be treated more like a buzzbait. Which I get it, and traditionally that?s true. However I quite often fish the soft plastic frogs slow as well. The true reason I prefer them is purely because of the hookup ratio. As exciting as it is to see a bass just blow up on a hollow body frog they sometimes miss it completely just because they attack it so violently through vegetation. I did some experimenting a few years ago in essentially a swamp on private property. By swamp I mean that it was completely overgrown with vegetation. I would skip both frogs over the top of the grass pads or lily pads and when it got close to an opening I would slow it down and get it to sit right on the edge of the opening. When the frog crossed the opening I would pause and the bass would attack it. The difference came was that when going slow the hollow body frog would be on the surface and the bass would launch themselves at it. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they didn?t. On the flip side with the soft plastic frog (Stanley Ribbit, Zoom Horny Toad, or Rage Tail Toads) when you slow it down or pause in an opening the bait would go sub surface. Even if the bait is only a couple of inches below the surface and those legs are still kicking the bass will turn on it more like they would a spinner bait or falling jig rather then exploding out of the water with it. Immediately I saw a better hook up ratio. That gave me the idea to occasionally swim the bait sub surface which worked well too.  I then added something to the mix that was essentially a cherry on top which was the Stanley Double Take Hook. These hooks work with almost any frog. The corkscrew front and the fact that the hooks are to the side of the body rather than through the body both increase the hook up ratio and prolong the life of the frog. I still on occasion use the hollow body frogs, but strongly prefer soft plastic frogs.
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