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Good/ Frustrating Day Of Bank Fishing

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Did some bank fishing this morning instead since Im not out past 9 am when its 108 anyways. Went to a spot i havent heard or seen anything about in a long long time to check it out and boy did it pay off. Water is very clear which is pretty cool since all the lakes around me are staind. Its wild to actually see the fish in the water!

Got started at 7 AM and my Rage Toad started doin work on the first cast. I missed my first 2 strikes which is nothing new for me. I always have to remind myself to let the fish take it before setting the hook. Followed up my 2 misses with 8 straight hook ups. I was buzzing it along side the muck that was near the bank and they were loving it. All 8 fish were about the same size. Very healthy and had suprizingly plump bellies. Most fish out of small lakes/ponds around here are long and lean. Not these girls. Nothing more than 3 lbs but fun none the less.

It started getting hot and i started losing patience so i decided to leave. I was casting while walking back to my bag i had left about 100 yards back and all of the sudden my Toad dissapeared. Without even making a splash the fish inhaled my Toad and took off!! I was standing in front of some major slop with weeds, moss and grass so I tried doing my best getting her through it safely. I had her right at the edge of the water and I pulled her on shore with my rod and as soon as she hit the grass my line snapped and she flopped back in the water. I know everyone talks about losing a monster whether its true or not, who knows? Truthfully this fish would have been my PB and I am comfortable saying she was no less than 8 lbs. I was using Yo Zuri in 12# which has not given me 1 single problem in 4 years. I am not blaming the line, I did run it through some nasty stuff. I just stood there for about a minute staring at the water trying to decide to throw my rod in the lake or cry like a baby lol. I guess the good thing is i know she is still in there and i will be back for her soon!!

All 8 were right about this size. Not huge but it was definitely a good morning.post-11113-0-41040200-1344104586_thumb.ppost-11113-0-10936300-1344104631_thumb.p

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Looks like you had fun. Where I am in WI, most of the large mouth are 3lbs or less. I would've loved to have a day like yours.

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WTG Packman89! Sorry that the big girl didn't wait around for a photo too, maybe she was CAMERA SHY ;) Glad you're having FUN!!!

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I feel your pain. I'm convinced that its the ones that break our hearts that keep us coming back for one more chance. Still sounds like a good morning of beating the bank.

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Sounds like a great day packman. If you have a setup that you can dedicate to frog fishing I would spool it with braid. ( I use 30# Fireline Fusion ) Especially since most frogging is done in the slop...

Dont give up. At least you know one of her hangouts now!

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nice fish I'd say it was a good mornng too

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In that heat 8 fish would be a great morning for me! In WV where I'm at now those fish would be quite large. Congrats on the frogging! Its always a blast when they blow the frog up.

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Great report, glad you had a great day. Like you said, she will be there next time you fish that pond.

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Sounds like a great trip!

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Sounds like a great day packman. If you have a setup that you can dedicate to frog fishing I would spool it with braid. ( I use 30# Fireline Fusion ) Especially since most frogging is done in the slop...

Dont give up. At least you know one of her hangouts now!

Just decided to dedicate one for frogging. Threw some hollow bodies this morning at the same spot in the slop and watched 4 swim away. I couldnt hook up, and I was slamming it home. Just too much stretch in the line I suppose....

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