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Lake Frank Jackson, Opp AL
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:08:33 PM »

Fished Miracle Strip Bass Club's October tournament on Lake Frank Jackson in Opp, AL last Sunday (Oct 5). We had good member participation this tournament and this was the first time this club fished this location. Plenty of parking was available and two ramps for launching as shown in the Google link:

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&gbv=2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=us&cid=9770574674660452679&q=frank+jackson+state+park&sa=X&ei=qzM4VO7dD8y8ggTp7oD4Dw&ved=0CBQQtQMwAA

http://www.alapark.com/FrankJackson/

This is the right time to make a visit to the park as there are numerous trails decorated with Scarecrows of all shapes and sizes constructed by the residents of Opp.

We had a dozen fishermen on the water by day break - scattering in all directions. I did not have time to do any fishing the day prior so made my way to the spillway in the SW corner of the lake and fished along the dam. I threw crankbaits, topwater frogs, and Zoom Ultra-Vibes. Caught my first and second keepers on the worm. I left the dam and picked up a a gentleman at the dock that wanted to fish with our club (new guy) - but had over slept and arrived late. We ran to the opposite end of the lake and started fishing around the bridge where I picked up keeper #3, again on the worm. My partner also picked up a couple on a junebug trick worm. I threw the crankbait some and picked up a couple pickeral, then went back to the worm. Fished a bunch of the timber north of the bridge with no takers. We tried some main lake shoreline in the mid-lake area. Caught a couple shorts - no keepers. About 2pm I dropped my partner off at the dock - work schedule only permitted him to stay part of the day. I fished some stuff close to the launch then ran back to the dam to finish out the day in the area I had caught keepers 1 & 2. That was a good decision, because keepers 4 & 5 ate the worm with a couple minutes to spare before weigh-in.

At the weigh-in, I found that everyone had a tough post-frontal day on the water with just one other 5 bass limit brought in. The other limit won the tournament with just over 6 pounds. My monster bag weighed in at 4.60 pounds - good enough for second place. The big bass of the day weighed a little over 2 pounds. I know there are big fish in this lake, but they didn't want to bite this day.

My pattern - working the drops into deeper water - and fishing slow. Wishing I would have had a drop shot rigged as this would have helped in the probe of deeper haunts. Pre-fish would have been beneficial in exploring the lakes ledges that dropped off into the 15+ feet of water. Really didn't have the time to do this on tournament day.  The winning pattern - crankbaits in the timber north of the bridge.

Plenty of RV and camping spots in the state park with the city of Opp a couple miles away for anything else you may need. Have fun & tight lines!
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Re: Lake Frank Jackson, Opp AL
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 04:50:10 PM »

Sounds like a really cool place! Something we're missing in Louisiana, parks that decorate!

I love hitting brand new water like that and putting together a limit. Congrats and that is for the report!
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