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Only had time for a couple hours this evening but the top water bite was on.   Got to say that the Impulse Zell Rowland Rod is awesome.  The fish in the pic was 21 inches ( couldn’t zero the scale )

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A Zoom finesse worm and a little "old school" Buck Perry structure combined for 12-15 decent bass this afternoon on a local reservoir with air and water temps nearly identical at 85 degrees and a 8-10 mph breeze out of the SSE. Thermocline has set in at 19' on this lake.

 

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Got this 22 inch football on a zoom ultravibe speed worm 1/4 oz Texas rigged. Hit on the fall on a cast to a patch of deep standing weeds, probably hit around the midway point of a 10-12 foot fall

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Got a new ride today (craigslist)- she's an ocean kayak tetra. Thank you to everyone who posted in the many cheap kayak threads.

 

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Also caught some fish. The tiny swimbait I bought last week has been working pretty well. Caught the biggest (if not the biggest, definitely the longest and the skinniest) and the smallest bass on it today, plus a few others.

 

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4 hours ago, deep said:

Got a new ride today (craigslist)- she's an ocean kayak tetra. Thank you to everyone who posted in the many cheap kayak threads.

 

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Also caught some fish. The tiny swimbait I bought last week has been working pretty well. Caught the biggest (if not the biggest, definitely the longest and the skinniest) and the smallest bass on it today, plus a few others.

 

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Nice Bass and Congrats on the new rig.

btw - I think I might have seen the early stages of a smile right there.

Maybe not but it was pretty close.

Keep working at it - you'll get it.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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We had the perfect prefrontal conditions last night and I literally smelled a record setting night.  I got out of work late and raced to some water.   2 hours and 10 solid keeper size bass was good, but add in this 5+ pound beauty and it becomes great!!  Funny how she made the other 2 pounders seem so small 😊 Its hard to find this size here in July.  1 beaten up zinkerz worm tossed in and around weed beds caught them all.  

 

 

 

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July has been good to me this year.  Fished two tournaments and won both.  First, an ABA divisional at the beginning of the month on Cross Lake up near Syracuse, NY.  Weighed 18.19 with a 4.7 kicker flipping docks, grass, and shallow wood in 1 to 5 ft. Second, a Northern NY Bassmaster Team event on Black Lake I fished with my dad.  We knocked out our biggest bag ever out there, 20.37lbs with a 5.7lb kicker and another 5.5, both caught in the last hour of the day.  Flipped grass in 3 to 10 ft and threw a frog super shallow.  Not fishing a ton anymore, but I'm making my days count!

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Black Lake - the lake full of 14.9" bass, lol.  Sounds like you found the big ones!

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So much for beating the heat this morning. Got to the lake around 5:30am, it wasn't that hot at that time, but nothing was biting. Nothing biting all morning, then finally I caught a bream on a 4" wacky rigged green pumpkin Strike King Ocho...lol.  It hit it like a bass, but by far wasn't one. So I changed out the 4" to a 6" green pumpkin Ocho and a bass hit it, I set the hook and had it coming in then it jumped and spit my bait. That was all the excitement for the day. It's just too dang hot out there 100°+! Maybe next time I'll do better. 😎

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RICHF-

Great looking fish. The second picture, the one where you're kneeling. Watch out for that evil looking blue thing at the end of the dock. That's well documented as the fastest spreading invasive species known to man, and bad news to fisherman everywhere.😉

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3 hours ago, RichF said:

July has been good to me this year.  Fished two tournaments and won both.  First, an ABA divisional at the beginning of the month on Cross Lake up near Syracuse, NY.  Weighed 18.19 with a 4.7 kicker flipping docks, grass, and shallow wood in 1 to 5 ft. Second, a Northern NY Bassmaster Team event on Black Lake I fished with my dad.  We knocked out our biggest bag ever out there, 20.37lbs with a 5.7lb kicker and another 5.5, both caught in the last hour of the day.  Flipped grass in 3 to 10 ft and threw a frog super shallow.  Not fishing a ton anymore, but I'm making my days count!

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Stacker of a Bag ! 

Congrats

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A-Jay

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Had to catch another one to practice my smile, as recommended by @A-Jay. So I did.

 

Problem is, I kinda forgot to smile. Also forgot my scale, which is not unusual. Length citation anyway at 23".

 

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7 minutes ago, deep said:

Had to catch another one to practice my smile, as recommended by @A-Jay. So I did.

 

Problem is, I kinda forgot to smile. Also forgot my scale, which is not unusual. Length citation anyway at 23".

 

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Putting that kayak to work! Nice catch

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Nice one Deep! Thinking I'll try to get out there tomorrow or Sunday. Any tips? I see you've been getting some decent ones on the swimbait. 

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3 hours ago, Fairtax4me said:

Nice one Deep! Thinking I'll try to get out there tomorrow or Sunday. Any tips? I see you've been getting some decent ones on the swimbait. 

 

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No new insights, unfortunately. I was fishing weed edges and brush edges both vertically and horizontally and covering water. Probably caught a dozen dinks for every 15"+ fish.

 

The first decent one was off the side of the long tapering point, the second one from the finger on the bigger of the two humps, and the one today near the cut that sits south of the cove with the pipe.

 

 

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Black/blue Dinger wasn’t doing anything for me after about an hour. Threw on a green pumpkin Senko and caught 4 in about 15 minutes. Big one went 4.3, and was a lot of fun to bring in. As soon as I set the hook, he took off like a dart and started peeling off a little drag. 

 

Sidenote: my H20 Xpress 4/0 woes seem to be fixed. I don’t know if it was that particular hook, or I just have been setting the hook harder. (Knock on wood)

 

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Very satisfactory this morning, even thought I only caught three, but with my favorite lure.

Woke up this morning and got about 1-1/2 hour before sending my wife off for her garage sale shopping. I ditched every lures today but plan on Fluke fishing. Grabbed a bag of D-Shad and a bag of Fluke and head my way to weed pad. Within first 10 mins got a first line run, set hook and #8 Izor line broke off (not at the knot). Tied on another D-Shad and cast to same spot, did the top water trick and a few quick jerks,  the line keep pulling out again, this time I just weeping to the side and keep the line tight, got a nice size bass this time. 

Process to caught one more small one but I was out of D-Shad (old bag and only 3 in there). Moved to another spot with even thicker weed but this time with Zoom Super Fluke (white ice), my technique is to do a few quick jerk to the top and let it fall down at the outside edge. Caught another decent size before heading home.

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The early bite has not let up....5 like this, all in 6 feet with Temps in the mid 70's

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Good topwater bite on the Pop-X this morning, and by midday, they were hitting spinner baits pretty well. 

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Biggest fish came on a jig and Paca Craw trailer though. 

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Rode the wind all over the lake in the canoe today. Got kinda choppy out there (no crappie though) late afternoon so I ended up hiding in a few coves on my way to the far end of the lake. 

Was hoping for a swimbait bite today, and I guess I got one if a swim jig worked on structure counts. :lol: 

 

Caught my my first fish, maybe a pound or so, on a BD shad out in 8fow over some grass but couldn't keep in position well enough to really work the point thoroughly. After an hour and a half of drifting around to other grassy areas I decided the bass in the grass weren't in the mood to eat. Backup plan... Wood structure! Couple points on main lake that have deep submerged standing locust trees. I like to pull jigs and Texas rigged plastics through those and pick off some bass and usually get a handful from each spot even on a rough day. Caught a couple like that working a swim jig with Keitech trailer but they were all pounders. 

 

Moved into some coves to get away from the wind and started pickup up numbers and some bigger fish! Problem was all the big fish were super skinny! The photo is my longest of the day, I weighed and measured it just out of curiosity. Two and a quarter pounds! 2-1/4, 2.25. Yes, a 19" bass that's 2lbs... I caught 4 roughly that size. 

 

Overall I landed 19, with the exception of the first and one somewhere in the middle on a speed worm, nabbed all of them on the swim jig out of some kind of wood or brushy cover. I'll call that a good day! Best part was the wind pushed me to the fish, and at the end of the day it flipped directions and helped push me back to the ramp! 

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Haven't had 2 days off in a row since the second and third day of this month, made for little on the water time. Had a stretch of 9 days working in a row in there, lots of OT, and this past week one of my days off got canceled out for mandatory training to learn a computer program I'll possibly never use, got to love it.

 

Got out for some scouting for an upcoming guide trip with a buddy on Friday, trying to find some white bass and wipers but they are tough to come by when the water is in the high 80's to low 90's like it is everywhere around here and they only feed for very short windows. We did catch a lot of bass, one of them was a really nice (for Kansas anyways) spotted bass that was the first fish I caught on my new YUM Pulse swimbait in the 3.5" size. Turned out to be my most productive bait of the day. Really impressive part was, I caught over 20 bass and only used 2 baits!

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Great day!

 

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hit the water at first light in the little johnny this morning and didn’t get bit til around 7:30.....but what a bite it was! i hooked this 11 lb striper, on a 5” Zoom lizard, while fishing a deep brush pile. i thought it was a big cat at first but when i finally saw the tail, i knew it wasn’t a cat. she fought for a couple minutes, zipping drag repeatedly and then it was over. my Revo SX, spooled with 12 lb Seaguar InvizX, on a 7’ MH Berkley Shock met the task head on! i also boated this healthy 19”+ largemouth later. git r done.

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This smallmouth munched a tricked out Z-Man Finesse TRD in about 20 feet of water.

 

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