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When you think of your past fishing trips, what is the one that stands out the most?

 

 

I know I said one but I've got 2. First one, Early to mid 80's my dad grandfather and I would take annual trips to Eagle Lake Ontario to fish for walleye, pike and bass. One trip in particular we hired a guide for the week. All the guide asked for as a tip was that we bring him a case of beer every morning. He finished the case by himself each day by the time we were off the water. We were on fish every day of the trip except one. Hadn't caught a fish all morning and my grandfather hooks into a 29" 9lb walleye. My dad proceeds to tell him if we don't catch anymore fish, were eating it for shore lunch. We ended up getting a few more and the guide made lunch. My dad had the guide hide grandpas trophy and at the end of the day told him we ate it. He was ticked. My dad had the walleye mounted and gave it to my grandfather a year later. Second one. My first trip to KY Lake. I was with my dad and son. We had a banner 4 days on the water catching 50 bass a day with the average being over 2lbs. My son was mocking me on day one because I was crappie fishing with my dad while he was casting cranks for bass. He had already caught a number of bass and I said I'm going for quality, not quantity. Not 5 minutes later, I caught my PB largemouth of 6 1/2lbs on a crappie minnow.

 

Let's hear some stories...

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The time i went to visit my uncle in Missouri during summer vacation and he took me bass fishing at this private club he belonged to. On the way to the club he told me we had to stop at this small bait shop and pick up these red rubber worms with white dots on them (pre rigged, i think creme made them?) I didn't know much about fishing back in them days so this was going to be a fun learning experience  for me. I remember we pulled up to this chain link gate and he got out and unlocked a padlock and we drove down this gravel road till we came upon this skinny looking body of water that looked like a narrow canal. He put his jon boat in the water and we started casting these special red worms along the shore line and it was amazing, we were catching bass after bass on every cast.I had never seen anything like it.I was used to going out with my friends and fishing some of the local forest preserve ponds by me and getting skunked . I thought my uncle had just introduced me to this special magical lure that would catch fish anywhere, any state.I talked him into stopping back at the same bait shop on the way home so i could stockpile up on these special worms that couldn't be found in Illinois.I envisioned myself catching bass after bass back home while my friends looked on in amazement .I was too young at the time to realize that there was nothing special about these red worms we were using, in reality this small private canal was so loaded with bass we could have caught them on any worm or lure.I came back home to Illinois with this big pile of red worms that i couldn't wait to show to my friends and i don't think i ever caught a bass on one around here,i bet if i looked hard enough, i still have some of those lying around in my garage and thats been over forty years ago.

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1. When I fished my first BASS State team many many years ago on the California Delta. Had to drive all the way from Oregon with heater in truck on as radiator was acting up...so was warm trip. Had the second slowest boat out of all ten states and won the tourney. Was in top five first two days an caught an 8# 4 oz largemouth the last day for kicker and truth be told. There was some head shakin to be sure among all the big boys.

2. I have to many...thanks for bringing back some memories.

Tight lines

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First time I was ever at Bull Shoals.  I couldn't believe how clear the water was. 

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I don't really have 'past trips' the closest was my pop would hand me a rod on the bank and sit there.

Started officially fishing with my wife a few years back so in a couple decades perhaps I'll think about those trips that we have now.

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Man there are so many that "Stand Out."

 

I think the one that keeps coming to my mind as I reflect, is one of the first fishing trips I ever had with my dad in his boat. My grandparents had a place on grand lake ok, and my dad had recently bought a beautiful blue champion with a 200 on it. Prior to going out fishing, we went to the local baitshop and they put us on a hot bait. It was some 8 inch paddletail type worm that floated, in red shad color and it was made by pradco. I can still almost remember the way the bait shop owner looked. We texas rigged that bad boy up and flew up the elk river to a point that wasn't far away from our dock.  My brother and dad weren't catching anything. Neither was i, until I threw my worm in only inches of water at the beginning of the point. I set the hook, and in she came. My dad made me feel like it was a monster. We put it in the livewell (even though I'm sure it wouldn't have measured), and took it to our dock to show mom and snap some pictures.

 

I think I still have that package of worms in my tackle bag. Special times.

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Last year I was fishing close to my dad’s house with him and my brother.  My brother was in his bass raider and my dad and I were in my inflatable boat.  I had built a wood floor and had a trolling motor on it.  My dad was sitting in a fold up camping chair and had just got a bluegill that was bleeding a little bit.  He leaned over to wash his hands and him and the chair went overboard.  I jerked him in the boat by his overall straps and then proceeded to laughing til it hurt with my brother.  Didn’t catch a whole lot of fish, or any monsters but I’ll never forget that fishing trip!!

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That story is priceless buzzed bait, you guys will be laughing about that for decades.

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That story is priceless buzzed bait, you guys will be laughing about that for decades.

 

We will for sure, easily one of the funniest things that I've ever witnessed....  I found the photo of him in the boat after I pulled him in....

 

 

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One time my dad's friend, also the pastor of our old church took up fishing on his boat. We were using blue with firetail 5 inch curly tail worms. We cast to a fish attracter and I caught my first bass. It was a dink but I was hooked about fishing.

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I remember a florida trip with my brother & dad. We rented a small plastic construction boat with an electric motor from the park service dock . We were fishing a saltwater bay off the west coast of florida near sanibel island. Mostly a seatrout fisherie. The bait of choice was a jig tipped with cut shrimp or a curly tail grub. We would slowly troll to cover water looking for a school of trout. My dad was sitting in the back of the boat running the trolling motor set up like a tiller. Suddenly I hear the drag singing on his spinning reel & he is shouting he has something big. He proceeds to stand up yanking his spinning rod skyward. The sudden movement of his standing up & fighting this monster fish contributes to his loss of balance & he goes overboard. In the process he flips the narrow beamed boat & we are all three in the water along with all of our gear and the trolling motor battery which was just connected with aligator clips. I yelled to my dad to just hang on the boat as he was older and not a good swimmer. I soon found out the water was not too deep & I could bounce off the botttom & push the boat towards shore. We soon got to shallower water & could stand. We managed to hang on to our rods & reels & the cooler & tackle box floated. We only lost the battery , a few baits that sunk and our pride. Fishing for that day was over as we returnned the boat & paid for the lost battery.

 

Later on I commented to my brother that dad had actually got his line caught in the trolling motor prop but we never told him that.  

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