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27 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Nice fish. I've set catfish lines out a lot of times and still never got a bite. I know they're in the pond I fish because I've seen other people catch them, and some 5+ pound floating ones.

They are trickier than they should be 

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On 2/26/2019 at 12:39 PM, N Florida Mike said:

Nice one , Dwight !

good looking fat girl!

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On 3/4/2019 at 10:28 AM, EGbassing said:

Nice fish. I've set catfish lines out a lot of times and still never got a bite. I know they're in the pond I fish because I've seen other people catch them, and some 5+ pound floating ones.

 

On 3/4/2019 at 10:56 AM, TnRiver46 said:

They are trickier than they should be 

I think a lot of folks fish too deep/far off the bank for them. Catfish will cruise right up against the bank and weedlines even during the day. Also pays to be very quiet and still fishing ponds for them. 

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

 

I think a lot of folks fish too deep/far off the bank for them. Catfish will cruise right up against the bank and weedlines even during the day. Also pays to be very quiet and still fishing ponds for them. 

I probably am guilty of that a lot. I always get taps on the line but I assume it's bluegill because they never get hooked.

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Well, I finally got out on the the water today with a break in the weather. After last week when the Mrs and I enjoyed some togetherness at home with the flu causing the last minute cancellation of our trip to Spring Training which we had been planning for over four months....

 

Sorry for drifting, anyway air and water temperature were around 52 degrees when I dropped in this morning on a outgoing tide. Made a short run and eventually ended up with a spinnerbait rod in my hand. Missed one strike, and a few casts later this big girl smoked my blades for my first bass of 2019! She pulled hard and after a short, but spirited battle I got her in the boat. That’s when I saw I had hooked her with the trailer hook!  I caught a few more in the 2-3.5lb range and called it a day as the rain moved in. But what a way to start 2019!

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2 hours ago, J._Bricker said:

Well, I finally got out on the the water today with a break in the weather. After last week when the Mrs and I enjoyed some togetherness at home with the flu causing the last minute cancellation of our trip to Spring Training which we had been planning for over four months....

 

Sorry for drifting, anyway air and water temperature were around 52 degrees when I dropped in this morning on a outgoing tide. Made a short run and eventually ended up with a spinnerbait rod in my hand. Missed one strike, and a few casts later this big girl smoked my blades for my first bass of 2019! She pulled hard and after a short, but spirited battle I got her in the boat. That’s when I saw I had hooked her with the trailer hook!  I caught a few more in the 2-3.5lb range and called it a day as the rain moved in. But what a way to start 2019!

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That’s a great first bass of the new season. 

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13 hours ago, Dwight Hottle said:

That’s a great first bass of the new season. 

Thanks @Dwight Hottle! After seeing all the exceptional fish all of you Florida guys were posting, I was happy to contribute. The guys afflicted by hard water are going to unleash the arsenal they’ve been stockpiling, so looking forward to seeing some more really nice fish on this thread! 

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high of 45 today and the local lakes are still frozen.

haven't fished for a couple weeks , so I decided to take a trip to the local power plant lake.

I wasn't the only one with that idea.

there were 22 trailers in the boat ramp parking lot when I got there.

decided to give it a shot anyway. Once on the lake all of my favorite spots had multiple boats on them.

decided to venture out and find new water. I found a couple shallow flats just upstream from the hot water outlet that were loaded with shad.

I caught 8 bass on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. No giants but at least I caught fish. Also had a couple large white bass hammer the jerkbait. 

when I talked to a few other anglers, all they caught were a few white bass, so I was pretty happy to catch a few.

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Russ E said:

high of 45 today and the local lakes are still frozen.

haven't fished for a couple weeks , so I decided to take a trip to the local power plant lake.

I wasn't the only one with that idea.

there were 22 trailers in the boat ramp parking lot when I got there.

decided to give it a shot anyway. Once on the lake all of my favorite spots had multiple boats on them.

decided to venture out and find new water. I found a couple shallow flats just upstream from the hot water outlet that were loaded with shad.

I caught 8 bass on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. No giants but at least I caught fish. Also had a couple large white bass hammer the jerkbait. 

when I talked to a few other anglers, all they caught were a few white bass, so I was pretty happy to catch a few.

 

 

 

 

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Those are the areas I've been catching most of mine and all the popular spots have been pretty empty. 

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17 hours ago, J._Bricker said:

Thanks @Dwight Hottle! After seeing all the exceptional fish all of you Florida guys were posting, I was happy to contribute. The guys afflicted by hard water are going to unleash the arsenal they’ve been stockpiling, so looking forward to seeing some more really nice fish on this thread! 

I do miss the Delta...was a great place.  Nice fish

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Fishing Lake O and didn’t see a gator all day until this *#!&& ate my megabass 110 mag half way back to the boat. 

 

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Dwight Hottle said:

Fishing Lake O and didn’t see a gator all day until this *#!&& ate my megabass 110 mag half way back to the boat. 

 

 

 

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Don't mean to laugh but I have to. Rapala's new slogan should be.. "If that was a Rapala you would have only lost $7."

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Finally got to go fishing for the 1st time this year.  It was mostly cloudy, in the high 70's with a water temp of 48°. I ended up catching 11, but my 1st 2 bass of 2019 was a 2 lber and then this super chunky girl that went a little over 5 lbs. Caught them both on a weightless super fluke jr. 

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Got out with a friend from work for a few hours this afternoon. The bite was very slow at first. We caught 11 in the first 3 hours or so. The lake was almost slick calm, which usually means you have to slow down the presentation. Byron got a nice 3 pounder when I saw the wake and told him where to throw.

The last 30- 40 minutes we caught 9 more , all on the Alabama craw yum dingers.

The other fish were cuaght on zoom speed craws in some brush, and the golden bream super flukes. And caught 1 on a trick worm. We lost a couple bigger fish in the eel grass. It was Byrons 2nd time bass fishing. He is learning fast, and doing much better on the hook set. Another nice weather day, almost hot , with temps in the low 80s.large.20190310_180554-966x1288.jpg.c071e6a0e015d1a70302f6b6ce98d1cf.jpglarge.20190310_161739-966x1288.jpg.9bf993686e1dde0432362c12e199107d.jpglarge.20190310_191607-966x1288.jpg.0fd2e2e0b6b96ae774db7113a5c075ee.jpglarge.20190310_191623-606x808.jpg.4cf5675f70004b7ffccc30912fa3797a.jpg

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7 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

Got out with a friend from work for a few hours this afternoon. The bite was very slow at first. We caught 11 in the first 3 hours or so. The lake was almost slick calm, which usually means you have to slow down the presentation. Byron got a nice 3 pounder when I saw the wake and told him where to throw.

The last 30- 40 minutes we caught 9 more , all on the Alabama craw yum dingers.

The other fish were cuaght on zoom speed craws in some brush, and the golden bream super flukes. And caught 1 on a trick worm. We lost a couple bigger fish in the eel grass. It was Byrons 2nd time bass fishing. He is learning fast, and doing much better on the hook set. Another nice weather day, almost hot , with temps in the low 80s.large.20190310_180554-966x1288.jpg.c071e6a0e015d1a70302f6b6ce98d1cf.jpglarge.20190310_161739-966x1288.jpg.9bf993686e1dde0432362c12e199107d.jpglarge.20190310_191607-966x1288.jpg.0fd2e2e0b6b96ae774db7113a5c075ee.jpglarge.20190310_191623-606x808.jpg.4cf5675f70004b7ffccc30912fa3797a.jpg

Thanks for making this winter all the longer for me with all your pics. LOL Our time is coming soon. At least I've seen lots of action. More fun in shorts and T-shirts, though.

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Sorry friend, but your time will come. Our weather is a month early. Our March hasnt even been very windy either. Hopefully our summer wont be early !

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I only got one bass yesterday but that's better than none every single time. Saw lots of pros, they sure go fast. Spent most of the day working on the lake house, had to get proof for @Jigfishn10 this time hahaha. Got a free old school dishwasher from my buddy, it works 100 times better than the extra extra old school one that was down there 

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I finally got good enough weather to go out for a few hours yesterday afternoon. My buddy caught two 7-pounders last week on the Whopper Plopper of all things. The air temp was in the low 70s, but water temp is still around 50. It was windy (whitecapping in the commode as my dad would say). I was confined about 1/4 of the reservoir in my kayak. I didn't get a bite on the WP, but I got two on the @cadman custom black/blue jig. The first was the 6.0 you see in these pics. I caught her out of a laydown pine tree and had to wrestle her out of the heavy cover. The second was a dink. It only takes one to make a trip worthwhile. Notice the red spot she has under her gills. I may recognize it if I catch her again.

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@TnRiver46...742026611_lmao-funny-ringtones-1-5-s-307x5121.jpg.f159ffccad41bbbdf9543bc79ed01735.jpg

 

I can see you're not much of a cook...Fire extinguisher?!? Is that for a fish fry gone wrong? you may be remodeling the kitchen this summer...LOL

 

Sweet Fish you got there bud!

 

@the reel ess, she's a beauty for sure!

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3 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

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I can see you're not much of a cook...Fire extinguisher?!? Is that for a fish fry gone wrong? you may be remodeling the kitchen this summer...LOL

 

Sweet Fish you got there bud!

 

@the reel ess, she's a beauty for sure!

Hahaha I can cook but only outside on a fire. That poor kitchen hasn't been updated since it was built in 1988. Lots of work to do before I can convince my girlfriend to move down there. My main bargaining chip is "it's on the lake, honey!"

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Went out to the pond with my friend Mike tonight to introduce him to the phenomenon of the topwater blowup, and we had great success. The top pic is his very first buzz bait fish. After we caught a few nice ones on the buzz I pulled out a Spook and caught a few more.  Then I lost two big ol' girls right at my feet, including one that could have been 6 pounds. Mike finished the day with a final dramatic twilight explosion on his buzzer.

 

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Well I think we're thawed out for good here, heard frogs croaking tonight when I took the dogs out and there were some nightcrawlers on the sidewalk when I came in to work. It was in the low to mid 50's all day today and raining off and on. Had to take a couple packages to the post office and one of my favorite little time wasting puddles is right by it. I've only ever caught dinks from it, but the state's website says they sampled fish up to 4 pounds this fall during their shocking samples, no giants but made it much more intriguing at least that there's one decent one in there. Had a rod with a Spro Phat Fly on a float-n-fly rig, and a Yo-Zuri 3DS jerkbait in the small 2 3/4" size. Only fished for about 45 minutes but I caught a half dozen on the jerkbait that all looked like this;

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Then right before I left, I made a cast off a shallow point that drops into some of the deepest water in the pond and thought maybe I'd sideswung one at the end of the long cast as it as pulling a lot harder and moving slow. Once it got closer and wallowed on the top I knew I'd found one of those bigger fish. Didn't have my scale on me and didn't want to carry her the 100 yards back to the car just to weigh her, but pretty solid 4 pounder I'd guess. Called her quits on that one, the rain was starting to soak through on me. 

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5 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

@Bluebasser86, I almost didn’t recognize you not wrapped up like an Eskimo!

Or without the beard! Makes him look 10 years younger. He might get carded now buying a 6 pack.

 

Nice haul of Bass BTW. Those are 2 baits I am going to throw once I can get on the river again. Spro float and fly and a jerkbait.

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18 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Well I think we're thawed out for good here, heard frogs croaking tonight when I took the dogs out and there were some nightcrawlers on the sidewalk when I came in to work. 

Frogs, those little buggers might be just about the absolute best sound of the year to hear, man I wish I could hear them soon, but that’s gonna be likely another month at least 😔

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