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I purchased Jeff L's book over a year and had the laminar flow concept in my head but disregarded it because I never observed it until this past weekend. I have never seen it before and when I saw it literally paddled right by the fish in disbelief turned around and headed back up stream to get a second look. The fish was on a featureless flat, no cover, no structure not even close to anything remotely interesting. The fish was not moving, essentially motionless but facing up stream and all alone in 1.5ft of water. There was nothing alive in the area. It was very strange. I casted a wacky rigged senko and got em. Fish was really sluggish so a realed a lot of line in and suddenly woke up and then went on a terror. Line snapped on one quick dash. It totally caught me off guard. In fact I was second guessing how big it looked in the water early on during the fight.
The fish was either 18-19 or inches. Its too bad I lost her because it would have helped my stats for the day.
I dont know if its laminar flow or the fish was simply sleeping but I now know to always look closely when cruising past those featureless areas.
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If I could count the times I've been in similar situations, but usually those fish are toasted once you see them. Learning where those locations are is a huge help to summer fishing success.
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Laminar flow is something I usually just cruise through while fishing. With no obvious structure there is really nothing to cast too. I have caught fish in it while fan casting while drifting through it, but it is difficult for me to use up time to fish such low percentage areas, even though it has been proven time and time again that there are fish there.
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