Lathem Lately?

Fished yesterday and today using very light tackle and 4 lb test for crappie, using jigs and small shiners.

Yesterday I caught a couple small bass on the shiners, and one decent LM about 2-3 lbs (hit a white/chartreuse crappie jig), but got skunked on the crappie. It was cold, but not very windy.

Today I returned with most of my shiners from yesterday, and it was a bit windy, especially in the afternoon. I used this to my advantage, setting up to let the wind drift me down some shoreline with a medium shiner on a simple rig of a #4 hook with splitshot. I trailed the shiner out behind me, and let it drift. Tried the crappie jigs as well. Nothing until around 1PM when a decent LM about 3 lbs grabbed a shiner. It was quite a fight on a flimsy rod with light line, but I got him in the boat for pics and a quick release. Ended up getting skunked on the crappie, but I did catch 5-6 decent bass, mostly LM and one spot. On the way to take out, I set up one more drift accross a main lake point, and was rewarded when the biggest bass of the day attacked the shiner, which was the biggest one I had in the bucket. It was an epic battle, and I finally got her to the net. It was 20 inches and fat, I estimate 4 lbs or better. Fun on UL gear! All fish released.
 

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I hit Lathem around 10am this morning. Wind was pretty brisk today and made for a challenging day. The fishing was tough, but I managed to avoid the skunk today by pulling this chunk from one of the coves on the north end of the lake.

Caught on a Strike King Chart Sexy Shad deep diver crankbait in about 12 foot of water.

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Nice.

Tues and Wed are looking good if the forecast holds. I'm thinking some big shiners would be the ticket to some giant ditch pickles. I want to catch one over 10 lbs.
 
It's a little out of my way, but I go to Hammonds. Not sure what is on the Canton/west side of the county. I'll be headed there in the morning. Couldn't go today; got too many hunydoos. (n)
 
I've never been there, but that would be a haul for me to go there and back over to the lake. However, if it increased my chances of catching some big fish, I just might have to try it.
 
A quick internet search "live bait near Canton GA" shows several places, but I have no experience with them.
 
New boat, so Lanier for me.
 

Coenen

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I'm thinking of making the trip up to Lathem on Sunday weather looks choice! May depend on if Lanier is back right by Saturday.
 

dank1296

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Great day on Lathem 6 bass and 3 crappie. One other boat cloudy none to light wind. Water temp was between 51-53. Cleaned 3 bass and 2 crappie the last one was 2lb 10 oz on digital scale. Might take to the taxidermist largest ive ever caught. Almost 17" long. Caught all on medium shiners downline 20-40 feet. Was marking them pretty good
 

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Coenen

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Great day on Lathem 6 bass and 3 crappie. One other boat cloudy none to light wind. Water temp was between 51-53. Cleaned 3 bass and 2 crappie the last one was 2lb 10 oz on digital scale. Might take to the taxidermist largest ive ever caught. Almost 17" long. Caught all on medium shiners downline 20-40 feet. Was marking them pretty good
You try a spoon? Seems like with all of the threads in that lake a 1/2 or 6/10 Flex-it would murder them.
 

Coenen

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never have but someone who knows how to fish spoons could probably do pretty good especially a day with light wind like today
Ain't nothing to it, but to do it! You could even work one in with your downlines. Just let it down, lift, drop on a semi-tight line, jiggle, repeat. A lot like you might with a dropshot.

Don't get fooled by these dudes you see really working the crap out of them. A 1-inch long dying shad hardly does anything so dramatic. Especially in 50 degree water. Find a good school, drop down, and give it a go.
 

dank1296

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Had Lathem to myself Wed. Air temp started at 38 1000 water temp 45. Fished medium shiners on drop shot had 4 bites caught 2. Both were nice one 14 inch other 151/2. Was breezy cold but had good time marked fish deep but most had lock jaw. No bass which was a unusual. Warmed up to 50 degrees and found water as warm as 47. Looks like that will change next week.
 

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