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I'm late posting, but I was fortunate enough to get to tag along on a fishing trip with @roadwarrior& his friend David (sorry I didn't get his BR screen name) last week. It was a great trip. The day started with a good breakfast, and great conversation. It would've been a good day if it had ended there because I got to meet a new friend, but add beautiful weather, great water, and catching a boatload of fish to that and it became a day I won't soon forget.

 

We started out drifting with minnows, but the drum, sauger, and catfish made us switch to artificials. I tried throwing spinnerbaits, and lipless cranks, but the only thing getting bites were soft plastics. We caught fish on several different varieties, but the Rage Menace was the champ. It didn't matter what color it was. If it was a menace it got bit. Kent caught some on a Rage Bug, and I caught a couple on a brush hog, but the menace showed out all day. Among the three of us we ended up catching 45 fish. Mostly smallmouth, a few largemouth, one spotted bass, one striper, a few white bass, catfish, sauger, and drum. If we had been fishing in a drum tournament I would've gotten a check. ??‍♂️

 

I didn't end up with many pictures because we were too busy catching fish, and grabbing the net. I'll take that any day though. Here are a few I got. The last one is one that Kent caught. I don't think it was the biggest fish of the day, but I think it was the prettiest fish of the day. A big thanks to Kent & David for letting me tag along. I hope we get to do it again soon!

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Fishlegs said:

I'm late posting, but I was fortunate enough to get to tag along on a fishing trip with @roadwarrior& his friend David (sorry I didn't get his BR screen name) last week. It was a great trip. The day started with a good breakfast, and great conversation. It would've been a good day if it had ended there because I got to meet a new friend, but add beautiful weather, great water, and catching a boatload of fish to that and it became a day I won't soon forget.

 

We started out drifting with minnows, but the drum, sauger, and catfish made us switch to artificials. I tried throwing spinnerbaits, and lipless cranks, but the only thing getting bites were soft plastics. We caught fish on several different varieties, but the Rage Menace was the champ. It didn't matter what color it was. If it was a menace it got bit. Kent caught some on a Rage Bug, and I caught a couple on a brush hog, but the menace showed out all day. Among the three of us we ended up catching 45 fish. Mostly smallmouth, a few largemouth, one spotted bass, one striper, a few white bass, catfish, sauger, and drum. If we had been fishing in a drum tournament I would've gotten a check. ??‍♂️

 

I didn't end up with many pictures because we were too busy catching fish, and grabbing the net. I'll take that any day though. Here are a few I got. The last one is one that Kent caught. I don't think it was the biggest fish of the day, but I think it was the prettiest fish of the day. A big thanks to Kent & David for letting me tag along. I hope we get to do it again soon!

 

 

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That's awesome, Roadwarrior seems like a heck of a dude who loves to put others on fish.

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4 hours ago, A-Jay said:

Petty.

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Richard? I bet he has a fast boat.

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Our office manager has God given floatation devices and a ski boat named "Always Wet". She's Awesome.

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8 minutes ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Roadwarrior seems like a heck of a dude who loves to put others on fish.

That is an accurate statement. I'm thankful to get to fish with him. I learn something every time I go with him. He has definitely made me a better fisherman.

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5 hours ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

That's awesome, Roadwarrior seems like a heck of a dude who loves to put others on fish.

You nailed it! 
 

rumor has it the he is also the master of the barbecue grill 

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Short trip in the heat (high 86), but it wasn’t too terrible. Beat the pop-up thunderstorms. Weeds overgrew the shallows before they treated, now everything is dying/dead. EVERY cast required cleaning off the clinging vegetation, but enough casts found open areas to get a handful of bites, including one decent fish and another near the 5 pound mark.


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A second decent fish caught sight fishing the inside weedline:

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Got in a bunch of fishing over the holiday weekend, most of it with the family which was a nice bonus. 

Saturday we spent most of the day on the lake that was surprisingly not that crowded and most of the other boats were fellow fishermen, so that was nice. We caught a little bit of everything, nothing big, but lots of action.

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Sunday I went and met a friend at some walk in fishing ponds. I brought both kayaks and he got to experience that for the first time. I think he had a lot of fun, other than he wore shorts and didn't wear sunblock on his legs. He caught a couple nice fish, and I got a few of my own as well.

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Monday wasn't supposed to be a lake day, but it was too nice outside and we couldn't think of anything better to do, so I took the family back to the same lake we were at Saturday. I thought the boat traffic would be lighter but I think there was actually more traffic Monday than there had been Saturday, but it still wasn't terrible. Fishing was a little tougher, but still caught a lot of fish. My son and I teamed up for the biggest smallmouth of the day when it chased my fish into the boat. I took his rod and dropped his bait real quick and gave it right back when it ate it. Got it all on video, it was a really cool and hectic moment. Lake also managed a "Bass Slam", catching a spot, largemouth, and smallmouth, the first time he's ever done it. The spot was his first fish of the day and the largemouth he caught from the ramp while I was loading the boat up. 

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I got to go out to the lake again today, I was constantly at work thinking about how the fish were short striking the ribbon tail worm yesterday. I knew that the reaction bite is hot currently, my solution is add a bigger bullet weight to give them less time to stare at it. It worked, I caught six or more slightly larger dinks today on the ribbon tail. Success, I tried my other idea also and caught two on a baby paca craw in sungill with a 3/8 bullet weight. I even caught a decent little one on it, just under 3lbs at 2.92lbs. I then caught a couple on a perch of flat 6 crank, I also had a long skinny fish jump over my top water lure. I think that I did ok.

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I had 2.96, was 2.92
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Big baits catch big fish! At least sometimes. At least I've been getting bites on them. Missed 2 on the crawler and caught 1 on my new Tiny Klash this morning before work.

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Fished 1230a to 5a this morning at my close to the house lake. Caught my first, biggest, and only fish on a 12" worm. 

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I was throwing frog and buzzbait all morning to no avail, my 12 yr old co angler caught 3 in a hurry with a crank bait so I figured I better follow suit. Caught 4 fish in about 10 minutes on the RAD series 3.0 IMG-0756.jpg
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Memorial day went bass and crappie fishin in minnesota. Caught a handfull of 1-2 lb bass on the lizzard texas rigged. This other guy caught this strange lookin fish we both never seen before.

I looked it up and it looks to be a Bowfin? if not that than its a burbot but it shouldnt be because they burbot like deep cool water and this was caught in 3 feet close to shore unless it was spawning?

 

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Caught a couple decent ones over the past few days. Seems like each day they’re wanting something different from the menu. ? Yesterday it was a weightless plastic creature and today it was back to the popper. The one in the last two pics weighed 3.11 and looked like it tried to inhale the popper.

 

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Date night with Mrs. 12poundbass last night produced this 2lb 10oz smallie. I can’t take credit for the catch. She caught it, she just hasn’t warmed up to holding fish again. 
 

 

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19 hours ago, throttleplate said:

Memorial day went bass and crappie fishin in minnesota. Caught a handfull of 1-2 lb bass on the lizzard texas rigged. This other guy caught this strange lookin fish we both never seen before.

I looked it up and it looks to be a Bowfin? if not that than its a burbot but it shouldnt be because they burbot like deep cool water and this was caught in 3 feet close to shore unless it was spawning?

 

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Yep Bowfin. They're really cool looking when they're lit up in their spawning colors.

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Don't get your finger in their mouth if you want to keep it. Once they bite down on something they're not big on letting go.

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I've been catching Bass early so I went earlier today.  I launched my boat at 4am.  Caught my first bass at 6:49.   I fished until 11 and ended up catching 11.   5 Largemouth and 6 Spots.  All but 1 were 14" and over.  Biggest was a hair shy of 18".  I also caught 1 Bullhead and lost a Blue Cat that was probably 10 pounds or so.  Most were on a Seibert Bladed jig.   A couple (and the Cat/Bullhead) on cranks.  1 on a Carolina rig. 

 

 

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Not a bad morning. I boated 13 bass and missed out on 4. Started with a Whopper Plopper and got one swirl. I was in a shallow area so I passed on the chatterbait and started tossing a 4” Rage Tail Craw in Summer Craw on a 5/0 EWG with a 1/8 oz. tungsten bullet weight. Oh man, that was a wise/lucky choice. The next nine bass were caught on that bait. The bass were hitting it hard! Also caught one on a 5” Senko, two on a Zoom Trick and one on a Zoom Mag 2. But I lost all the bass on the Mag 2. As one came back tailless, they may have been hitting the tails. All I know is I need more Rage Tail Craws! 
 

Today I was “that guy”.  There were at least four anglers beating the bank. The first two were together. They got their gear ready and as they started walking, I caught my first bass. One of them yelled (humorously) “show off!” After that, all I could hear was “blah-blah-mumble-mumble-that guy-fish” as I kept reeling them in and no one else caught a thing. Gotta say, I liked being “that guy” today! ?
 

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I got out today and caught 3, no pics. Phone was in the car. Biggest small fish of the day came on the second cast, around 15 inches. Next small one came about 15 minutes later. I was using a d-bomb in hillbilly magic with a 1/4 tungsten bullet weight and a chartreuse glass bead with a brass clacker. I just re spooled my tat 80 with 10lb big game, I thought the reel was acting weird with the braid on it so I stripped it off. When the local shop put the braid on there backing knot was non existent lol. The backing just came right off the arbor with no sign of a knot at all. The reel was great after I put mono on it, last one came on a z man goat in green pumpkin blue. It was windy out there but with the mono I still felt pretty darn connected to my bait. I definitely feel better about my tat 80 now and that’s a good thing.

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5 hours ago, BrianMDTX said:

Not a bad morning. I boated 13 bass and missed out on 4. Started with a Whopper Plopper and got one swirl. I was in a shallow area so I passed on the chatterbait and started tossing a 4” Rage Tail Craw in Summer Craw on a 5/0 EWG with a 1/8 oz. tungsten bullet weight. Oh man, that was a wise/lucky choice. The next nine bass were caught on that bait. The bass were hitting it hard! Also caught one on a 5” Senko, two on a Zoom Trick and one on a Zoom Mag 2. But I lost all the bass on the Mag 2. As one came back tailless, they may have been hitting the tails. All I know is I need more Rage Tail Craws! 
 

Today I was “that guy”.  There were at least four anglers beating the bank. The first two were together. They got their gear ready and as they started walking, I caught my first bass. One of them yelled (humorously) “show off!” After that, all I could hear was “blah-blah-mumble-mumble-that guy-fish” as I kept reeling them in and no one else caught a thing. Gotta say, I liked being “that guy” today! ?
 

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I was struggling with the same thing with the mag 2 the other day, I upped the weight to trigger more of a reaction strike. It worked on the mag 2, it’s worth a shot. My next idea is using a 7/0 worm hook to get the point back closer to the tail, will try that when I get a chance. I love the rage craws, and craws in general they are one of my favorite confidence baits they work everywhere.

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@Jmurphy87 I’ve caught bass on craws before. Rage and X Zone craws in particular. But I never had so many bite on them in a morning like today. I made the BM happy. I stopped at Academy and bought more Rage Craws and also decided to try some Rage Bugs. 

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I continue to discover the joys of ultralight fishing. Spent about 2 hours in my usual spot tonight until the state parks police fussed at me for where I was standing, said I have to be on the pier after a certain hour. Funny cause I've had whole conversations with him while I was standing on that same rock...after midnight...while I was fishing. Whatever, I still caught 3 bluegill, 2 crappie, three spotted bass, two largemouth, and a smallmouth. One of the better numbers days I've had in a while and catching decent bass on tiny line is tons of fun. 

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Don't know why, but it's the year of the 5+ pounders.  I haven't caught large numbers of bass this year but I'm way, way ahead on the 4 and 5 pound bass.  I'd tell you my secret, but it's secret even from me.  Quite a blessing so far this year. 

 

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