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Went to a lake that I haven't been to in over a decade despite it being pretty close. After catching several fish with this one being by far the largest, I think I remember why I haven't ever been back.

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had a hard time pinning them down today in a steady NE breeze. thank God for anchors. i did manage to coax this nice 18" spot off a brush pile in 15' of water. worked hard for the five bites i did get.

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42 minutes ago, lo n slo said:

had a hard time pinning them down today in a steady NE breeze. thank God for anchors. i did manage to coax this nice 18" spot off a brush pile in 15' of water. worked hard for the five bites i did get.

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The coloring on that bass is pretty cool. Almost looks like a mount.

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Unseasonably cool weather had the fish acting funny . They were just nipping worms and close mouthing crankbaits . I hit the banks with a homemade buzzbait and they would just   sucki it under . No explosions . Caught 8 keepers over 15 inches . 7 came on the  buzzbait .

 

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Yay! Finally a 2 bass day, well it was this evening. Almost dark actually. They just love that Ol' Monster worm I keep throwing out there. Went back to the pond that's about a 30-45 minute walk from the house. It was lightly drizzling some of the time I was there. When I first got there I threw that big ole worm out there and about my 4th cast was dragging it across some matted grass and a bass blew up on it and snatched off the tail. So I thought maybe it was time to throw my frog. Tied it on and threw it a few times...nothing. Put the Ol' Monster back on and tried there again, still nothing. I began walking up and down the bank, stopping here and there making some fan casts. Still nothing but a few little bites. It was almost dark and I decided to hit the spot I first tried. I noticed a boat in the pond, in a spot that I couldn't get around to, that was almost completely sunk. I cast towards it and bam a 1lber smashed that Ol' Monster. Got it reeled in, took a pic then unhooked and released it. Very next cast, right back to the same spot, and bam again. A much bigger bass slammed it. That one had to be at least 2lbs, I'm guessing a little more. Took pics and let it go. They both swam off quickly and ok. I really need a new scale. The one I have doesn't work. Below are the pics. 1 of the one pounder and 3 of the 2lber+(maybe). Hard to take  selfies in the dark...lol. There's some big uns out there in this pond. I could hear the big splashes they were making. I'm guessing at least 5lbers. Definitely gonna try to get me one of those another day/night. It was getting too dark to see and I was getting hungry. So I went on home a happy beginner angler. I'm gonna keep throwing that Ol' Monster until it stops getting bit. Then I guess I'll have to figure out another lure/bait...lol!

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Got the yak out to explore a new lake that just opened a few weeks ago and had a pretty decent couple hours.

 

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It's been a slow summer for me, I admit, I've been doing more saltwater fishing recently but finally caught a decent fish (decent for this little pond atleast). I'm loving this combo for worms, it's all I've been able to catch fish on recently.

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14 hours ago, scaleface said:

Unseasonably cool weather had the fish acting funny . They were just nipping worms and close mouthing crankbaits . I hit the banks with a homemade buzzbait and they would just   sucki it under . No explosions . Caught 8 keepers over 15 inches . 7 came on the  buzzbait .

 

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Nice work ~Congrats

btw - haven't seen bass on a stringer on a while . . 

 Brings back a lot of great memories . . . .I like it.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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had to get out last night so i decided to hit a small pond in a corporate area....caught this little guy :) 20663993_10209335828767919_7507405336095

 

Oh and i caught this one on Sunday :) 

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4 hours ago, flyfisher said:

had to get out last night so i decided to hit a small pond in a corporate area....caught this little guy :) 20663993_10209335828767919_7507405336095

 

Oh and i caught this one on Sunday :) 

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At least you got some decent one. I've been catching dinks right and left for the past 2-3 weeks. Even this morning caught two dinks on rapala husky jerk.

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4 hours ago, wet_dream said:

It's been a slow summer for me, I admit, I've been doing more saltwater fishing recently but finally caught a decent fish (decent for this little pond atleast). I'm loving this combo for worms, it's all I've been able to catch fish on recently.

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Nice catch! 

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Caught my first smallie ever, today!  My wife and I are visiting friends in Cape Cod. Caught this guy by wading out in a bathing suit into Lake Seymour behind my friend Ron's house. Gorgeous summer afternoon. I tossed a chartreuse spinnerbait towards something busting bait in the shallows, and voila! Fun! Then we went clamming in the bay at sunset and harvested a pail full of quahogs in 20 minutes. Tomorrow we eat clams and lobstas. I like it up here!

 

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I found a smaller pond in my neighborhood this evening. It's a little closer to my house. It has bass in it. Caught 2 in the hour or so I was there. They weren't that big. The biggest one was about a pound. The other one wasn't even a pound. It was 2 bass though. I needed to go a little earlier than I did though, just to be able to see a little better getting around it. Hoping there's some bigger ones out there. Lots of matted vegetation around the bank. Now I've got 2 spots I can go to more often because they're close enough to walk to and don't have to worry about getting a ride and inconveniencing others. So looking forward to fishing them more. By the way, that Ol' Monster worm is still catching em! 😎

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11 minutes ago, hawgenvy said:

Caught my first smallie ever, today!  My wife and I are visiting friends in Cape Cod. Caught this guy by wading out in a bathing suit into Lake Seymour behind my friend Ron's house. Gorgeous summer afternoon. I tossed a chartreuse spinnerbait towards something busting bait in the shallows, and voila! Fun! Then we went clamming in the bay at sunset and harvested a pail full of quahogs in 20 minutes. Tomorrow we eat clams and lobstas. I like it up here!

 

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Congratulations on your first smallie! It's a nice one too. Beautiful sunset!

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[August 09, 2017]
(Wednesday)
-----Conditions-----
Time: ~2:30pm - 7:30pm
Sky:  Sunny + Smoke + Partly Cloudy (Claustrophobia/Surreal) 
Wind: Light Wind Afternoon to Calm Evening
Water Temps: 75-80F
Water Clarity: Clear (~4-8ft)
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The summer heat is here, with temps in the mid 90's every day. It's been a while since Jermey and I have fished, July 26th was our last trip out and it was tough, we struggled to catch numbers or size. I even tried some deep cranking, but it didn't quite work out the way I would have hoped...

 

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Well some time has passed, and the conditions have changed. The local area has recently been surrounded by wildfires to the north, south, and west... 

 

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The wind during the day has pushed in all the smoke, and the calm evenings have made it settle where visibility has been down to only a few miles at times. Early every morning when the sun rises it's been so thick you can look directly at the sun and it's less intense than a full moon, being a red / orange color. In the evening when the sun is low on the horizon the smoke almost blocks it out completely.

 

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Sometimes I try and think how smoke like this can affect fishing, since it tends to be a common thing in my area from wildfires to burning fields. First I obviously think about light levels, like a sunny day vs an overcast one, but I also think about insect activity. I believe it can stir things up, possibly increase feeding activity. I remember last year I hadn't seen a praying mantis all year long, but found 4 on a smokey day similar to this one.

 

Well after work today we geared up and made it to the lake around ~2:30pm. Here is a picture of the lake atmosphere...

 

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Water had a bit more color to it than before, clarity depended on area but in general was clear 4ft+, water temp at the ramp was 80F. Also noticed some clumps of broken up vegetation debris floating on the surface.

 

We decided to first try an area that was productive earlier this year, we could see the vegetation had come up a lot since we last fished it.

 

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Since it was near the main lake channel, the water temp had dropped down to 75F. Could visually see a lot of small bluegill swimming around, and I even hooked into a little Perch. There were a lot of seagulls in the area and even a blue herring. With all the activity I figured the fishing might be good - we fished for a good 1 & 1/2 - 2 hours and not a single bite for either of us. 

 

It was that time where I start to think of the time invested in an area vs the results so far to consider moving to a new location, but the way we were fishing - we were fishing "into change" as we were coming up to a rock jetty which acts like a funnel with a bit deeper water near it.

 

I had made a cast with the worm and let it hit the bottom on slack line. A few seconds later I went to check it and could see my line running to the right. I reeled up the slack then swung hard and the rod loaded up good, from the weight I figured it was a pike... that was until I got it close to the boat...

 

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SLAUNCH! :D

 

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20 & 3/4"

 

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5lb 0oz

 

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1/8oz Lead Bullet Weight + 4/0 Berkley Fusion 19 Offset EWG Needle Point Hook with a Zoom Mag II Worm 9" (Green Pumpkin)

 

This year has been tough, struggling to catch a bass over 2lb, and today I landed my 3rd largest bass. I took a moment to try and take in the atmosphere of the day I caught this good one and learn from it, but the day was just unique. I can't really put it into words, I just know there probably won't be another one like it.

 

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We continued to catch bass, all of them were sizable little chunkers around a pound with good belly's on them. lot of topwater strikes on the Zoom Horny Toad buzzing it over big clumps of floating vegetation. I managed to catch one bass that had ate a small pike...

 

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As the evening progressed, fishing slowed as things became very calm...

 

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The Sonar was going off with activity in ~20ft. Using the worm I managed to catch one largemouth that was 11 & 1/2". 

 

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We both managed to catch 7 bass each, Jeremy also caught a good pike. At 7:30pm we called it a day and headed home.

 

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Got off work at 3, torrential downpour. Sun finally broke through around 4, so I got after it for about an hour--no bites. Went back home and power went out around 7:30. Had a few minutes of daylight to take advantage of, so I went back out and nailed this one through the nose after a few casts. 

 

Sidenote/advice needed: what's the typical choice of bait during the waning hours of sunlight? Top water? 

 

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Still on the short leash for another month or so, so back to bank walking again tonight. Two dozen in about 90 minutes. Not bad considering they just did a lake treatment from the looks of it. A couple of the nicer ones, though they are all little chunkers in this place - no shortage of food for these guys.

 

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Walked to the smaller pond in my neighborhood at 6:30 this morning. It's only 10 mins. from the house. The baby bass were biting...lol! Caught these 2 dinks and threw em back to get bigger. Had to be back at the house at 8:30am to watch my granddaughter. Gonna try to get back out either to that same pond or the bigger one that's a little further walking to later as long as the weather permits. Already had a little rain this morning and it wouldn't surprise me if it rained some more.

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His pb small mouth

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Kastking Assassin arrived in the mail last night. Spooled it with 12lb Trilene XL and put it on my *** rod. The weather was iffy for Kayak fishing today so I went to the local pond to break it in. Got 3 Bass and a Chain Pickerel on a Zman Chatterbait Greenback Shad color with a Yum Warning Shot in watermelon candy color as a trailer.

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40 minutes ago, boostr said:

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Congratulations little man! Nice looking fish.

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Momma 8 me SKUNKED until big momma got hungry! 4 lbs 1oz! Frog bite!

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Ended the day catching 3 more. All 1lbers. Not bad for about 4.5 hours total spent over three visits. On my way back home a lady told me her husband caught a 6lber in that small pond and released it. I'm confident if it's still out there, not only will it be bigger now, but I'll catch it. Besides there has to be a momma and daddy bass out there somewhere. Those baby bass and 1lbers didn't just appear there one day...lol! 😎

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Absolute lunker on Ft. Loudon Lake

 

Didn't have a scale with me but she definitely looked like a easy 5 pounder.

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May get a chance at some smallies later this week, but for now, it's more small lake hopping for the time being. About 40 in 2 hours today on 2 different lakes. Sunny, hot and calm, so had to work for them. Rain in the forecast for later in the week, which would actually be nice. Might energize the fish a little.

 

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