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11 minutes ago, 1984isNOW said:

So they just skipped spawn

I don't know if they did that, but all the beds I've seen in Plymouth / Cape Cod are empty and I've seen clouds of fry in a few waters.  

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23 hours ago, DogBone_384 said:

I agree.  There was nothing going on in Plymouth at a water I usually get something.  I could have left my Lowrance off.  Guess we can call it the post spawn blues ... 

My dad had a bit of luck on a jig outside some spawning coves. But with only swimbaits rods my options were limited. I tried working some softbaits slow through some of the weedbeds but only the pickerel were interested.

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Pick’s are OK when the bass don’t play nice.  I fished a big lake in Manchester yesterday with ‘boss-lady’.  It was our first time there.  I managed a 3.08# LMB on a LV500 and she got a little one on a wacky Senko.  My Larry was skinny.

 

Water temps were all over the place, low 60’s in one section and low 70’s in another.  Is that the lake turning over?

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Boss-lady and I spent the week in NH.  I got to fish two days.  Did pretty good for our first time fishing much bigger waters than I'm accustomed to.  Grabbed a 3# LMB at one lake and 3 smallies, plus a SLAB of a crappie at the other.  Water temperatures were high 60's - low 70's at the first one and all over the place at the second, ranging from high 50's to low 70's.  

 

I'm glad I bought the annual non-resident license.... I'm going back there more.

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Hit my local pond this morning. Water was 70 degrees. Had follows and careful examinations from 8 LMB with out a single one sealing the deal. No SMB interest... 

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Ended up being a pretty good night tonight. Started off slow. Got a couple near the end, back to back.  Four fish in all, Three of them were over 3. All on plastic worms.  

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Fished Hingham for a couple hours this afternoon.  Nabb'ed  three and lost one LMB.  Everyone was around 1.5#.  A purple Senko and a black/blue/purple/brown jig from Siebert Outdoors did the trick.  Threw a crankbait and jerkbait for a few but nobody was interested.  All fish were tight to structure.  Water temps were 75.x.

 

It's finally Summer.

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I fished Ames Nowell in Abington for the first time yesterday.  Got one bass on a purple/green Bandito Bug.  Water temps were 79.x.

 

The employee at the gate said the State is treating the water to eliminate vegetation.  The water was coffee brown and the little vegetation was brown/dead, except for lily pads near the islands. 

 

It's posted on the pole next to the path to the pond that for 60 days, starting 5/26/24, there is no swimming, fishing, boating, camping.....  There were two others fishing from shore while I was there.

 

Braintree did the same to Sunset Lake and Canton to Canton res. a few years ago.  I've not caught anything of any size at either since.  A second employee at Ames Nowell said he's talked to other fishermen since the water treatment and they told him there hasn't been a difference in fishing.  Take it for what it's worth.

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There has to be big fish in Ames Nowell. Heavy vegetation has been an issue there for years. Took the yak out a couple of times and didn't do all that well. I have caught a couple in the 5-6 lb range fishing from shore. Tough place.  Were you able to drive down to the water or did you have to wheel the yak down? 

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Made a post-fathers day trip to worcester yesterday for some fishing with my dad. The wind and pre-heat wave shift in the weather seemed to get them fired up. It started slow but I managed a few decent 2 to 3lbers in the pads doing some light punching/flipping. The wind picked up and we headed a bit deeper and really found them. I could not put down the spinnerbait they were all over it but it was a weird bite, my dad only got 6 bass to my 26 😭 despite having the dame spinnerbait tied on. It seemed like a weird combo of going slow while also triggering a reaction bite was the key but they seemed to just like me more I guess haha. Also managed a 25 inch pickerel that hit like a freight train and I thought might have been a pike at first. Fish seemed in a typical post-spawn pattern but we couldn't find the big ones. I did dump a 3lber on a dropshot because I tried lifting it on 6lb line 🤦‍♂️.

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3 hours ago, MassYak85 said:

Made a post-fathers day trip to worcester yesterday for some fishing with my dad. The wind and pre-heat wave shift in the weather seemed to get them fired up. It started slow but I managed a few decent 2 to 3lbers in the pads doing some light punching/flipping. The wind picked up and we headed a bit deeper and really found them. I could not put down the spinnerbait they were all over it but it was a weird bite, my dad only got 6 bass to my 26 😭 despite having the dame spinnerbait tied on. It seemed like a weird combo of going slow while also triggering a reaction bite was the key but they seemed to just like me more I guess haha. Also managed a 25 inch pickerel that hit like a freight train and I thought might have been a pike at first. Fish seemed in a typical post-spawn pattern but we couldn't find the big ones. I did dump a 3lber on a dropshot because I tried lifting it on 6lb line 🤦‍♂️.

25 inch Pick gets you a pin from the state if you got a pic next to a tape… good job either way.

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7 hours ago, TheSwearingAngler said:

25 inch Pick gets you a pin from the state if you got a pic next to a tape… good job either way.

Yup I submitted it, I usually run into a few pin quality pickerel each summer targeting those deeper weedlines for bass. 

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On 6/14/2024 at 2:09 AM, Don51 said:

Were you able to drive down to the water or did you have to wheel the yak down? 

I carted my kayak down to the water.

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5lb.15oz.

Got him on a worm. I hadn't fished this pond(small bog) in a few years, don't think it gets much pressure. Got a few others on a spinnerbait earlier but went with a worm dropped in tight near the shore.

 

 

 

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Got out for the first time in two weeks ... 😑 ... to my home pond.  Did pretty good.  5 LMB, three around 1 3/4 - 2 pounds and two dinks.  A plum Zoom Ole Monster, 5" junebug Senko, and watermelon/red flake Bandito Bug did the trick.  

 

Water temps were 79.x - 80.x.  

 

I'm fishing with ReelNorthernBass in NH on Sunday, hoping to pick up some deep water tips.  They're from NH and have a pretty good YT channel that streams live on Wednesday nights.  

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I had some time this afternoon so I dropped into Wampatuck Pond, behind Hanson town hall, for the first time.  Spent a couple hours there.  It's 3' +/- deep, coffee w/milk colored, and the only vegetation were lili pads around the perimeter.  

 

The only signs of life were a turtle and blue heron.  It reminded me a lot of Ames Nowell state park.

 

Water temps were 82.x.  I'm glad I brought my kayak and not Ranger.

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That pond has some of the worst algae I have ever seen. the water will actually burn your skin and cause eye irritation. Nasty place! I have a sweatshirt that has bleach stains on it from getting splashed with that water. They used to post warnings at the launch.  🤔

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I need to get out again soon it's been a while. I got some new spinnerbaits and punching baits in the mail I want to try.

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I caught a half dozen small smallmouth in a northern NH river last week. I'll be back up again after the 4th craziness subsides...

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My trip with ReelNorthernBass is postponed, but boss lady signed my permission slip yesterday afternoon so I drove to Plymouth and fished a couple of my favorite ponds.  11 fish made it to the kayak and two didn't.  Six white perch, four SMB, and one LMB.  Most fish were between 1 1/2 & 1 3/4 pounds, including two perch.  Larry was the big fish at 2.79.  I threw a jig, chatterbait, whopper plopper, T-rigged Swim Senko, 4.3" Keitech, and all I needed was a perch Vision 110+1. 

 

The SMB fought hard, with a couple coming a foot out of the water.  The perch did pretty good and the LMB, the biggest of the day, felt like a bag of potatoes I pulled off its Lazy Boy chair.

 

Water temps were in the low 80's.

On 7/3/2024 at 10:48 AM, guidoStow said:

I'll be back up again after the 4th craziness subsides...

 

HAH! I avoid the Cape like the wife's 'honey do' list this time of year for the same reason.  I'll drive to Plymouth during the week, but won't hit the Cape until September.

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On 7/2/2024 at 7:11 PM, DogBone_384 said:

I had some time this afternoon so I dropped into Wampatuck Pond, behind Hanson town hall, for the first time.  Spent a couple hours there.  It's 3' +/- deep, coffee w/milk colored, and the only vegetation were lili pads around the perimeter.  

 

The only signs of life were a turtle and blue heron.  It reminded me a lot of Ames Nowell state park.

 

Water temps were 82.x.  I'm glad I brought my kayak and not Ranger.

One of my favorite ponds… almost always a good frog bite, a lot of overhanging bushes and trees to skip under… and there’s a 5 foot deep channel to the left of the island if your standing at the ramp. 
 

If you ever try to hit it again let me know,  and we can hookup.. did you see the laydown in the third cove to the left? 
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1 hour ago, TheSwearingAngler said:

did you see the laydown in the third cove to the left? 

I didn't go that far down.  I lost interest after an hour and a half.  I do poorly at every pond I've fished with that kind of water.  I'll give it that it was July 1st in the middle of the day, but even a wacky Senko wasn't working.  

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Been absent from this forum for a while but figured I’d pop back on to share some news. Been fishing decently over the past year or so but stuck my new pb today at a random pond in Plymouth. 6.67 #. Wacky rigged green pumpkin senko in deep ish water. Crushed my old pb of 3.7. Hoping for state pin even tho I don’t have exact length. Would like to everyone for the tips and updates over the years that have gotten me to this moment!

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On 7/8/2024 at 1:31 PM, TheSwearingAngler said:

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Were those caught there?

 

Since you said it first, and it's probably dead now, I'll say this - I saw a bass caught there so big I first thought somebody put a striper in there. 

On 7/3/2024 at 2:03 AM, Don51 said:

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I live on the north shore now, but I've pulled up and then pulled away with the algae there. It's a health hazard for sure. Wish I was in the south shore still just for the fishing alone, wish I knew what I had when I was there

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4 hours ago, 1984isNOW said:

 Wish I was in the south shore still just for the fishing alone, wish I knew what I had when I was there

I hear ya! I have been in FL the past 8 years. I will take south shore fishing hands down. The only downfall is the season is too short. I get to fish year round now. 

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