Looking for dumb fish

"All the smart fish have stopped biting," complained Aaron Martens. He's managed to catch seven dumb ones so far, including two keepers totaling 2 1/2 pounds.


He said a combination of weather -- a cold front came through a couple of days ago -- and boat traffic have made the fish play hard to get. Martens missed a good fish at the bridge a minute ago. The bite occurred where he caught a 4 1/2 in practice. "I don't know if this was a bass, but it was big," he said.


A 4 pounder would be golden in this tournament, where all fish seem to be on the small side.


Martens is hanging up his jig on almost every cast. He describes the riprap as "snaggy." The rocks are teeming with baitfish. He wishes he could throw a shallow crankbait, but the rocks make that inadvisable.

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