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I went out in the mid 50's pouring rain today for 3 1/2 hours.  I pretty much had the lake to myself with the exception of 2 jet skis, 2 law enforcement boats and one boat from the local fire department.  I'm guessing the LEO's and Firemen were scheduled to work this holiday weekend.  I suppose the jet skiers were just crazy like me.   I caught 17.  The "big" ones were only 17" and 18" but there were only 2 under 14".   Most were on a bladed jig on channel swing banks.  

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Got out today to recon the lake for the family, all dinks. There’s really big fish of all species in here, bluegill, sunfish, bass, gar pike. This is the lake that I caught my pb out of multiple times. I was fishing and they were biting, that’s a great day in my book. My conquest 844c mbr is proving itself to be the do all rod that I needed. Baits of the day, weightless wacky rig, owner jig rig, lv500, weightless fluke and something else that I am probably forgetting. I was surprised to see the tiny fish on the treble hook of the lv500, that’s the first time I ever pulled that one off.

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@thediscochef I tried that pond you told me about. Holey moley! I just fished Lake Raven yesterday and remarked about having little experience with hydrilla and weeds. That pond is absolutely choked! I fished for an hour, collected 42.5 tons of green stuff and left lol. 
 

Went to my local pond as it was now after 9:00. Caught 13 bass in 3.5 hours. All on soft plastics. Most were dinks. These five were the biggest. The last was #13 and the biggest. The dinks were true dinks. Like fugitives from a sardine can. 
 

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Yesterday the family and I hit up peach lake in west branch.  First 1.5 hrs was fishing for blue gills.  My daughter caught her very first fish by her self ( made the cast, set the hook and reeled).  Wife also caught some blue gill I caught. I caught one bass on a wacky rig before we went back to my grandpas cabin.

 

today I fished clear lake also near west branch.  I was lucky to grab 1 of 3 parking spots at the ramp. Spent a little over 4 hrs on the lake.  Hour after I started fishing the lake turned into a zoo but, I still knocked out 3 smallies.  All came on GB Hayes spine craw.  The first fish was a bed fish. I had made the cast before I realized   I had stumbled upon on some bedding smallies.  caught the one than left the rest alone.  I’m not judging any one for catching bed fish but, I just can’t do it.  So I released him and continued on.  Even with all the rec traffic still caught 2 more and lost 2 more. 

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@BrianMDTX I’m sorry as I’m the only one who left a laughing emoji but holy heck “refuges from a sardine can” I laughed out loud and I thank you for that. You should moonlight as a sitcom writer during the writers strike ?

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1 minute ago, Eric 26 said:

@BrianMDTX I’m sorry as I’m the only one who left a laughing emoji but holy heck “refuges from a sardine can” I laughed out loud and I thank you for that. You should moonlight as a sitcom writer during the writers strike ?

I saw that and immediately figured out you must have left it due to that overly descriptive yet “factual” statement! You know it’s bad when the Zoom Trick is longer than they are! 

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I'm never thrilled about missing two weeks of fishing, but it really doesn't bother me much either during this part of the season. Up until last year Bass fishing was closed from May 1st through June 15th, so I've been conditioned to not fishing during the spawn. I'm not into bed fishing regardless and have no desire to pull guarding males away from their broods. That's a self-defeating enterprise in lakes so depleted that catching 5 bass in an outing elevates one to god-like status. I think the powers that be had it right all along by closing it previously, but somehow that changed, but the "why" isn't a mystery at all. It was a revenue-generating decision dressed up in flowery language about access and opportunity, and one not made because of excess fish populations. That's for sure. That situation is worse than ever because of the commercial poaching problem coming out of NYC. I almost fished last Sunday night but left after finding an entire shoreline populated by the merciless bucket brigade who were live-lining under bobbers which is totally illegal. Taking bass here is not allowed in the first place, and so is selling them. The idea of a 15 year old lunker sold for peanuts then ending up in wonton soup or an egg roll really burns me up. Ultimately, it's depressing.
 
My brother and I stayed far away from that scene last night by heading 60 miles east of the big city. The heat wave of 6-7 weeks ago during the still-cold-water period caused an algae bloom everywhere. Spring-fed natural lakes with an outflow along with dammed millponds with some flow have been affected, but their weed growth hasn't. A degree of water movement in those places seems to have alleviated the algae problem somewhat, however, particular natural lakes with no flow have been hit hard. Other than lily pads and arrowheads, weed growth there is nonexistent. Zero. So it was at the lake we'd mistakenly chosen last night without gathering any recent intel first. It's usually lush with weeds, but not a sprout was found while grinding crankbaits on the bottom. Fishing in zones where we'd caught them well in the past was a dead end. The entire place has been rewired and it was tough, but eventually we got some after we found the right spot and the half-moon dropped below the tree line. The spawn is over around here for sure as we ran into a bunch of starved-out males away from cover, but also landed two decent fish on the Spro BBZ1 Shad and a WP75. Honorable mention goes to the Keitech Noisy Flapper for getting work done too.
 
I realize that most of this report is a downer, but it's nothing but awesome having my brother to go fishing with. We always have laughs no matter what. And to all you youngsters out there, honking-loud farts are still hysterical well into your 50's, especially in open spaces. Shoutout to barbeque with steakhouse baked beans.
 

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12 hours ago, PhishLI said:
I'm never thrilled about missing two weeks of fishing, but it really doesn't bother me much either during this part of the season. Up until last year Bass fishing was closed from May 1st through June 15th, so I've been conditioned to not fishing during the spawn. I'm not into bed fishing regardless and have no desire to pull guarding males away from their broods. That's a self-defeating enterprise in lakes so depleted that catching 5 bass in an outing elevates one to god-like status. I think the powers that be had it right all along by closing it previously, but somehow that changed, but the "why" isn't a mystery at all. It was a revenue-generating decision dressed up in flowery language about access and opportunity, and one not made because of excess fish populations. That's for sure. That situation is worse than ever because of the commercial poaching problem coming out of NYC. I almost fished last Sunday night but left after finding an entire shoreline populated by the merciless bucket brigade who were live-lining under bobbers which is totally illegal. Taking bass here is not allowed in the first place, and so is selling them. The idea of a 15 year old lunker sold for peanuts then ending up in wonton soup or an egg roll really burns me up. Ultimately, it's depressing.
 
My brother and I stayed far away from that scene last night by heading 60 miles east of the big city. The heat wave of 6-7 weeks ago during the still-cold-water period caused an algae bloom everywhere. Spring-fed natural lakes with an outflow along with dammed millponds with some flow have been affected, but their weed growth hasn't. A degree of water movement in those places seems to have alleviated the algae problem somewhat, however, particular natural lakes with no flow have been hit hard. Other than lily pads and arrowheads, weed growth there is nonexistent. Zero. So it was at the lake we'd mistakenly chosen last night without gathering any recent intel first. It's usually lush with weeds, but not a sprout was found while grinding crankbaits on the bottom. Fishing in zones where we'd caught them well in the past was a dead end. The entire place has been rewired and it was tough, but eventually we got some after we found the right spot and the half-moon dropped below the tree line. The spawn is over around here for sure as we ran into a bunch of starved-out males away from cover, but also landed two decent fish on the Spro BBZ1 Shad and a WP75. Honorable mention goes to the Keitech Noisy Flapper for getting work done too.
 
I realize that most of this report is a downer, but it's nothing but awesome having my brother to go fishing with. We always have laughs no matter what. And to all you youngsters out there, honking-loud farts are still hysterical well into your 50's, especially in open spaces. Shoutout to barbeque with steakhouse baked beans.
 

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The bucket brigade has been out in droves this weekend.  It's almost too much for me to handle and it takes everything in my being not to talk smack when I walk past them on the bank but I bite my tongue and smile and ask if anything is biting.  Better to be kind and tolerant overall.

 

To be fair they aren't catching doodle squat.

 

The big bass in my pond laugh at live bait.

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No one does more with less than @PhishLI. He's fishes pounded ponds where the bucket brigade grow like kudzu. And yet he catches bass.

 

And look at the length and girth on @Chilidog's bass!

 

@Mbirdsley caught some beauties too. 

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First time in very very long time that I’ve had multiple 3.5lbrrs caught on the same trip.  First big one was 19 inches 3.88 lbs.  the 2nd one ( last photo)  18 inches 3.5 lbs .Also the first time in 2 years I’ve been up at 6 am to fish for bass.  All the bass came from a wacky rigged general green pumpkin party.  All caughtvwhile sight fishing in 3-6 ft of water. 
 

Also, caught 14 pike two of which, were 25 and 26 inches.  Good last day up north at peach lake 

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Well, although I woke up stiff and sore, I made up my mind that I would end up this 4-day weekend fishing. Decided to just fish my local pond as it is close and I have to clean the house before my wife returns from over a week in Europe. Caught 10 bass in a little over three hours. All on soft plastics except one on a jig. Most were kipper snacks but a couple were nice and one was the biggest I’ve caught here in quite a while. About 3.25 lbs.  

 

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Last trip for May.  I got a rare holiday off.   I caught 11 Bass, 2 Crappie and a Yellow Perch.  (Crappie and Perch pictures in other species thread)  I caught a nice Spot on my 3rd or 4th cast at 5:40.  I caught 3 before 6.   The biggest was a 18 Inch spot.  I also caught a 17 inch Largemouth.   The weather has been "funny".  Water temp is down 4 degrees from last week, and 5 degrees from week before last. (69 degrees now)   A few of them had beat up tails.  I suppose these are the late spawners.  Most were on a Seibert Bladed Jig, a few on Cranks.  One on a Evergreen 105 and one on a Texas rig.   

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Greetings All,

Hoping each of you are well and enjoying the extended Holiday weekend. I had an opportunity to travel to Copper Sky park in Maricopa AZ for another go at fishing the lake (pond) there. A few hours of good angling fun catching bass all about the small body of water. As I worked the shoreline around the entire lake I eventually ended up to where the wind was blowing directly at me. That turned out to be a good thing in several ways. The floating debris collected against the shore and provided some cover with shade from the AZ sun. Something both anglers and fish appreciate where available. As I'm working the floating mat of reeds I notice something bobbing towards me in the water that is not plant debris. It turned out to be a ghost crankbait adrift. A few precision casts to encourage it in a better direction and I was eventually able to reach it. Nice! Other than some exposure issues the bait looked to be in good usable shape. It just needed some cleaning.

 

Poking about the reeds a bit more I found a couple of interested bass before finding another large billed crank bait. The visit was great! I caught a lot of nice sized bass that were great fun to experience on-line. I also came home with these two keepers.

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The blue one in on the left has a chatter bait styled hinged bill. I'm not familiar with using crank baits as I'm typically a recreational ultra lite soft plastic angler. Over the years I've harvested a large number of abandoned crank baits so I'm going to have to make an effort to learn how to use them. I'll get these cleaned up and eventually give them a try. Cheers!

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Woody B noun 1. an all-weather angler who always catches fish 2. an angler who catches spots and lmb as easily as an eagle soars

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Had a lot of fun before the really nasty weather hit.  We got all the fish this weekend on the jig which is just fine with us!!!

 

Happy memorial day to all and thanks to all who serve our country!

 

Tight lines to everyone.

 

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On 5/28/2023 at 4:00 PM, BrianMDTX said:

@thediscochef I tried that pond you told me about. Holey moley! I just fished Lake Raven yesterday and remarked about having little experience with hydrilla and weeds. That pond is absolutely choked! I fished for an hour, collected 42.5 tons of green stuff and left lol. 
 

Went to my local pond as it was now after 9:00. Caught 13 bass in 3.5 hours. All on soft plastics. Most were dinks. These five were the biggest. The last was #13 and the biggest. The dinks were true dinks. Like fugitives from a sardine can. 
 

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Sounds like it's a frogs-only sort of place this time of year LOL it was weedy when I went in December! Ray Roberts is full of Eurasian Milfoil right now sadly so I'm used to fishing with that and a healthy level of filamentous, not for the faint of heart nor exposed of hooks. Sorry it didn't work out better, give it a shot in the winter 

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Hey, I fished a new place. It’s all good. But yeah, frogs only at this point. Which means, of course, I left my frog rod home lol. 

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They are still catching bigger fish than me, even on the doubles IMG-0716.jpg

What are they doing differently? I’m actually seriously wondering now

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Months later, this is still the lure in my box that puts the most excitement in it.    With the 77-80d temps, I've started to burn/go this big Shimano swimbait, and the fish of all sizes now have come unglued on it the last week +.     

 

I've gotten Bluegills, and little packs of 6" Bass to follow this bait, it has a randomness and body roll on the burn retrieve that straddles that big bait line perfectly.   I just love this bait so much, every single time out, it produces at least one moment of pure electricity.   Today it caught 4 fish including a 5.8 big fish, but had another 2-3 strikes, and at least that many swervers.   

 

Had a 5+ shake it in the air last time out with it, whether you lose them or catch them like today, watching a 5+ submarine and commit on a bait is the most addictive way I've found to catch these fish.    I'd say I get to witness over half the fish I catch on the bait track and eat it.    The Buzzbait is exhilarating but like a Jack in the Box, this bait is like watching the innards of the Jack in the Box work right before they spring.     

 

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