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So today I was throwing a swim jig/swim bait and saw something take my lure, then fight like crazy, i was really excited at first thinking I had caught monster bass, but as it started coming up I saw what it really was. So what all have you guys caught while targeting bass?

 

Here is there video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P74pn6D0sWs

 

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Not as impressive as yours, but my brother caught a 1.5 lb crappie (a good sized fish around here) on a square bill. We didn't know it was a big fish so we just released it without any pictures or anything.

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When I'm throwing a chatterbait I seem to get a catfish every so often.

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I always end up catching a big drum. It's like a running joke now with my brothers and dad when we go out. Actually just caught one of my dock last weekend. It had to be at least 3lb.

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I was throwing a swim bait this winter when I snagged a 20lbs grass carp.  I was worried it would ruin my 10lbs fluro but it all worked out.

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Nice catfish and video,now you got me wanting to catch one.

I was using a 1/2 RES for bass and caught my PB crappie with it last Oct 2nd.

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Plus just last week my first crappie of the year I caught with a 1/2 Rapala Rippin rap tossing for bass

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Bass are not the only predator in the lake that eats other small fish or crawdads.

'76 I caught a 37 lb musky at Lake of the Woods Ontario Canada fishing for smallmouth bass with a 1/8 oz black hair jig. My son caught a 26 lb channel catfish at lake Castiac when he was 10 on a 3" reaper using a split shot rig. I snagged a 30 lb class channel cat under the pectoral fin with a jig at Casitas that I thought was the world record bass. Caught lots of blue and channel cats on a variety of bass lures; crankbaits, spoons, plastic worms and jigs. Caught a 7 lb class rainbow trout on a purple worm, you never know what hits your bass lure sometimes.

Tom

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Can anybody beat a 45lb flat head on 15lb trilene throwing a crankbait!

 

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I have a buddy that catches what we call a redear sunfish EVERY time we go out. Some of them are darn nice sized too. I catch them occasionally. Never caught anything else though. . . 

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Not fishing for bass, in 1975 made my first strip to Key West, back then I didn't realize I should be using saltwater tackle, caught this cobia using a fresh water spinning outfit.  Chefs from the local restaurants show up to buy the "catch of day" off the boats, this fish was sold by the pound.

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Bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, pickerel. Those are the only 4 species I caught fishing for bass. I just need a carp.

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I catch chain pickerel while bass fishing all the time.  Seems like every time I hook into something there's a 50% chance its a pickerel.  I also catch crappie on occasion. 

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I've recently been getting more and more perch in my local reservoir. In the past year I also boated crappie and a 10lb+ carp. 2nd ugliest thing I've ever had in the boat.

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One late evening last summer, my friend caught a catfish with a popper.

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I get catfish slow rolling spinnerbaits a lot at a local pond. Not what I'm after, but they put up a nice fight!

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I think most folks have "collateral" catches while fishing for bass. As WRB said, there's lots of predator fish in the lake...and even bream get a bit territorial and hit a bass plug going by that's nearly as big as they are... :lol:

 

For me, while fishing for bass, and using typical bass baits, I have caught: bluegill, readear, bowfin/mudfish, chain pickerel, channel cat, grass carp, crappie, rainbows, warmouth, white bass, and yellow perch. Notable was the 33" channel cat that I caught on a light-power spinning rod w/6lb test while tossing a 1/4oz roostertail for dink bass.

 

Can anybody beat a 45lb flat head on 15lb trilene throwing a crankbait!

 

 

 

...here's a 48lb grass carp that was foul hooked in the tail with a lipless crank on 10lb test.

 

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Earlier this month I caught a 15lb Striper on a 1/2 oz Rat'L'Trap on 12lb Berkley Big Game line. Great fight at the beginning but they wear out after a short time. None the less exciting though. I thought I had a monster bass!

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Out in the Everglades we catch bowfin in the 24" to 28" range all the time.  Did have a 'gator in the 7' range take a Zoom Swim Fluke once.  He was just floating so I was able to reel him in slowly but then decided that it would be better to cut the line with him still in the water and about 30' away rahter than try to bring him any closer...

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Three times i got fooled when i thought i had a new state record LMB while on my line still unseen. At three different places i landed 30" monster pickerel. On a bps topnocker. On night i landed a 5 gallon bucket lid sized crappie too on a crawfish crank.

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I catch a bunch of these guys. Pickrel are fun fish to catch. THEY LOVE A FIRE TIGER CRANK.

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Striper and crappie on finesse worms are hard to beat on the delta

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Lots of pike up in MN.Probably get 2-8 of them a day depending on the lake. Also get a few walleye every year and a muskie once in awhile.

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Catfish, mud fish, gar, pickerel, speck, blue gill, warmouth.  We almost all ways catch something other than bass.  Catfish on crankbaits, mud fish and warmouth flipping, everything else will hit a rattle trap or frog.

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Musky, pike, walleye, perch, rock bass, bluegill, crappie, gar, bowfin, drum, pickerel, catfish, white bass, striper, skip jack herring, shad, carp, whitefish, lake trout, eel, snapping turtle, and a mallard duck. There are few things that swim that I haven't caught while bass fishing. 

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Didn't have a working scale because the chain on it broke when I tried to lift this one to weigh it. 1/2oz homemade jig and 14lb Vicious Elite next to a dock. I've caught plenty of them this size fishing for flatheads that I have no problem calling it 40lbs and probably heavier.

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We catch a lot of hybrids fishing for bass during the fall and winter also.

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