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9 minutes ago, LrgmouthShad said:

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

Hahaha! I’d probably have to tell ya over a beer, the leader in the clubhouse so far has been known to cast his line out and stare off into space with his rod pointed vertically and the line wrapped all around it. But he can tell you everything about a green heron you ever wanted to know and has spotted 15 alligators so far and caught one of them with 8 lb test 

 

moral of the story: we all try way too hard 

 

today I threw a monster glide bait type thing in attempt to catch a bigger one and an 11” bass ate it 

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14 hours ago, Pat Brown said:

 

 

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.

Over the weekend I saw someone posted a video of a bank side bass catch and cook "to make bass fishermen cry." 

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Well sportsball was disappointing so I decided to try some night fishing. Most of my good Largemouth catches last year revolved around full moon which we are approaching. So it seemed like a great time to go out and ... shatter my Smallmouth PB?

 

I was out for about an hour of casting, about to leave when I was rolling the lipless where I always do. Felt a heavy thump and a HARD kick...followed by that ominous sensation of line being rubbed on something. I know this set of rip rap like my bedroom floor; there's not a snag there. However, it is post-holiday weekend...someone else's junk. I sit there and try all my little "get free" tricks to no avail and decide to just let out 7-10 long pulls of line and see if the fish could get us out. Success. My red eye shad was hooked with one barb right in the corner of its mouth, along with the rogue crankbait that done the mischief and a big ole wad of monofilament. Whole thing was probably a five minute ordeal. Most time and slack line I've ever had in a fight. Now I have a PB (4lb 1oz), a story, and a free crankbait. I always said I would lose it a bit if I caught a decent Smallmouth down here...I'm about 40 minutes post fish and am just now calm. You can see it on my face lol. I can't believe it

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26 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

Over the weekend I saw someone posted a video of a bank side bass catch and cook "to make bass fishermen cry." 

 

In this day and age people will do anything for attention.

 

21 minutes ago, thediscochef said:

Well sportsball was disappointing so I decided to try some night fishing. Most of my good Largemouth catches last year revolved around full moon which we are approaching. So it seemed like a great time to go out and ... shatter my Smallmouth PB?

 

I was out for about an hour of casting, about to leave when I was rolling the lipless where I always do. Felt a heavy thump and a HARD kick...followed by that ominous sensation of line being rubbed on something. I know this set of rip rap like my bedroom floor; there's not a snag there. However, it is post-holiday weekend...someone else's junk. I sit there and try all my little "get free" tricks to no avail and decide to just let out 7-10 long pulls of line and see if the fish could get us out. Success. My red eye shad was hooked with one barb right in the corner of its mouth, along with the rogue crankbait that done the mischief and a big ole wad of monofilament. Whole thing was probably a five minute ordeal. Most time and slack line I've ever had in a fight. Now I have a PB (4lb 1oz), a story, and a free crankbait. I always said I would lose it a bit if I caught a decent Smallmouth down here...I'm about 40 minutes post fish and am just now calm. You can see it on my face lol. I can't believe it

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That's such an awesome story and I'm sure she appreciates being freed up from that crankbait and wad of line!  Absolutely epic PB smallmouth!

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10 minutes ago, Pat Brown said:

That's such an awesome story and I'm sure she appreciates being freed up from that crankbait and wad of line!  Absolutely epic PB smallmouth!

Thanks! I don't often get a good story to go with a PB, usually just a run of the mill catch. It wasn't a fresh bait or line so I'm sure it's been waiting a while to get free

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55 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

Over the weekend I saw someone posted a video of a bank side bass catch and cook "to make bass fishermen cry." 

I think doing something out of spite for no real gain is kinda dumb anyway, but intentionally consuming extra PFAS to 'own the bass fishermen' (or whatever) is some kind of galaxy-brain 9-D chess move. Those brain cells are workin overtime for sure. That said, I love seeing people take bass up to about 4lb...makes more forage available for more 5+ fish. When we start seeing people keep the big breeding fish though...that's a bit of a problem

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1 minute ago, thediscochef said:

I think doing something out of spite for no real gain is kinda dumb anyway, but intentionally consuming extra PFAS to 'own the bass fishermen' (or whatever) is some kind of galaxy-brain 9-D chess move. Those brain cells are workin overtime for sure. That said, I love seeing people take bass up to about 4lb...makes more forage available for more 5+ fish. When we start seeing people keep the big breeding fish though...that's a bit of a problem

The 21st century is just room temperature IQ.

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Started this Memorial Day off with heading to my local river at around 9am today. Later than I wanted to start, but owning a bird dog requires I provide him with a long morning walk, or chance what his boredom will result in. The water temperature had risen 6 degrees or so with the last few days of warmer weather, so I was eager to find, what I hoped would be some post spawn funk fish who's metabolism's were charged up by the increase. Started off the morning at a location I do no often fish this early in the season, found an interesting looking pool, with a current seam to cast a rapala x-rap into, and with the second cast of the day we were off! And boy did it feel good to watch a smallie launch itself into the air again! The day consisted of consistent action until I decided to head off for a quick lunch around 12, so much so I found I barely had to wade much of the river today. Learned a few lessons today, such as why I normally tie a flouro leader, as the rocks weakened my braid main line enough to snap off a few fish during the outing. Taking pictures is a bit difficult wading waist deep in water, so none there, but the day was not over yet.

Charged back out after lunch, and brought my finesse setup with me as I had begun to use a ned rig as the day had progressed and felt that the new jig heads I was using were too small for a med power rod, well that and user error I am sure. Stuck a few at the same spot with the ned, and feeling satisfied that I had avenged some earlier errors, got back in the car and drove up river to a location I had discovered a couple years prior, but had failed to journey here last season with the water levels at an appropriate level. On the journey to the sweet spot I found a very eager participant, likely last years brood. In fact the size 8 x-rap was larger than himself.

Pushing forward to the steep rocky point that creates a current seam with these water levels, began casting, working the bait quickly to match the energy I had witnessed from the fish all afternoon. Nothing along the current seam, but perhaps further ahead? And indeed that was the sweet spot!

All in all an awesome day, definitely a learning experience, in some regards. Thought I might skimp on typing a flouro leader, and learned quickly how non abrasive resistant 6 pound braid is! This season has also rekindled my love of a good jerkbait bite, there is nothing else like it!

 

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2 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

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

Have you tried a spinnerbait? They have a reputation for catching larger than average fish. ?

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6 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

They are still catching bigger fish than me, even on the doubles 

 

Good job.  When you take kids fishing they're supposed to catch more and bigger fish that you do.  In a few decades maybe they'll be taking kids fishing letting them catch more.  

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3 hours ago, T-Billy said:

Have you tried a spinnerbait? They have a reputation for catching larger than average fish. ?

I did, and caught one! 

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3 hours ago, Woody B said:

 

Good job.  When you take kids fishing they're supposed to catch more and bigger fish that you do.  In a few decades maybe they'll be taking kids fishing letting them catch more.  

Hopefully that’s exactly how it goes in the future! But I don’t take it easy on ‘em, they are just good fishermen haha

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37 minutes ago, N Florida Mike said:

Wait, what?

Pigs must have flown…?

Congrats!

Meanwhile I couldn’t buy a bite on ol spinnerblade this weekend. I was ticking and pulling em gently through grass and I was thinking “how in the world am I not getting bit doing this.” Spinnerbaits in grass are nasty good

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4 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

I did, and caught one! 

You're on a roll with that thing. You're gonna turn into Jimmie Houston if y'aint careful.

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A good memorial day weekend of fishing for me.  Caught 10 on Saturday and 10 more on Monday.  Saturday yielded a 4lb, a 5lb and a 6lb.   Most were caught on a black/blue Yumdinger rigged wacky.

 

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Monday started off with a 3lb on the 3rd cast and was followed up with a 5lb and a 6lb.

 

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She was my tenth and last fish of the day caught by the dam while waiting for the launch to clear so I could leave.  She weighed in at 6.24lb's and was caught on a TR Junebug Yumdinger.

 

All the rest each day were in the 1-2lb range with maybe one dink thrown in for good measure.

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

@gunsinger, quick, buy a lottery ticket before the magic fades!

No doubt...

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I had no idea that Dink-a-Palooza 2023 was happening today. I never got the memo. But I found myself a part of the festivities today. Dink after dink. 
 

The significance of this trip was the fact that it was my first time out with the GoPro. Please excuse my sniffling and heavy breathing, I have a gnarly chest cold. And double excuse the terrible camera angle and brim of my hat in the shot. Like I said, this is the first time I’ve filmed myself fishing ever. So don’t be too harsh lol! ? I had no idea the standard SD card only holds an hour of footage, so I only filmed my first hour. But I had a blast filming. I had a natural urge to narrate, which made me feel more connected and in-tune with how I was fishing. Will be upgrading my SD card immediately. 


Fish didn’t want much other than a wacky senko today….the worst kind of bite. Managed to pick one off around noon that went 2.5 on the spinnerbait, but other than that it was short fish after short fish. 
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