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49 minutes ago, Blue Raider Bob said:
1 hour ago, hokiehunter373 said:

I call the Mepps Aglia my "Secret Weapon". When all else fails it will get bit.

 

Me too! I was thinking the other day of the five lures I would choose if I could only fish with five and the Mepps made the cut.

 

@Pat Brown: If I were going to hire a guide, I don't think I'd hire a guide pulling an $80,000, shiny bass boat with an $80,000, shiny truck. I'd hire Pat Brown if he were willing and we'd go out in his humble jon boat. And I'd do everything he told me to do! 

 

This thread is a heckuva rebuttal to the bass fishing is getting harder thread. You guys and gal are catching!

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Went out and did something different Saturday, chased some walleye around. I'm not a walleye fishermen by any means, and Kansas doesn't have a bunch of them, but my parents wanted some walleye so I went out and tried. Wind was at least twice as strong as they'd called for, probably 15 with some 20mph gust, all I wanted to handle in the kayak. I was tearing up some short walleye, went through 2 tubs of 18 crawlers and caught a bunch on plastics too. Ended up getting 4 keepers before calling it a day. Also caught a few magnum bluegills.

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Sunday was a family day. My walleye catching seemed to have carried over with me as we probably put 25 of them in the boat. I had 5 in a row at one point. Mrs. Blue had the big bass of the day with a great smallmouth that was 3.32 pounds on a Ned rig. I thought I had a monster smallie at one point, but it turned out to be a carp that slurped up my Ned. I've only ever caught 2 carp on a Ned, both have been from this lake.

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It's been awhile since I've caught one of these guys!  A good one, too -- look at that belly:

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...and followed it up with what I'm sure is my PB White Crappie, at 14", 1.43lb (perspective in pic is a bit distorted, and doesn't do justice, but that was the measurement). 

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On the other hand, the bass this morning were somewhat less interesting than the bycatch, with the biggest of 9 at 15":

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Other than 3 of the bass, everybody ate the same bluegill-pattern Siebert Fogy bladed jig.

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Fished from 12a - 7a this morning. Caught 5 LM, 1 on the Zoom Ol Monster 3/4 oz Shakey Head and 4 on a Magnum Trickworm also on a Shakey Head. 

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2 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Me too! I was thinking the other day of the five lures I would choose if I could only fish with five and the Mepps made the cut.

 

@Pat Brown: If I were going to hire a guide, I don't think I'd hire a guide pulling an $80,000, shiny bass boat with an $80,000, shiny truck. I'd hire Pat Brown if he were willing and we'd go out in his humble jon boat. And I'd do everything he told me to do! 

 

This thread is a heckuva rebuttal to the bass fishing is getting harder thread. You guys and gal are catching!

 

 

You sure do know how to make a humble NC angler blush!

 

Ever make it down this way, I'd happily oblige that idea with some fishing!

 

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2 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Me too! I was thinking the other day of the five lures I would choose if I could only fish with five and the Mepps made the cut.

 

@Pat Brown: If I were going to hire a guide, I don't think I'd hire a guide pulling an $80,000, shiny bass boat with an $80,000, shiny truck. I'd hire Pat Brown if he were willing and we'd go out in his humble jon boat. And I'd do everything he told me to do! 

 

This thread is a heckuva rebuttal to the bass fishing is getting harder thread. You guys and gal are catching!

That’s funny because clients always bust my chops about my cheap gear and cheap truck when I take guided trips 

 

they think $700 combos are the minimum 

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1 hour ago, Pat Brown said:

 

Ever make it down this way, I'd happily oblige that idea with some fishing!

 

Ditto. However, I can't imagine you driving all the way to Maine to catch smaller bass, unless you'd want a shot at a 100-bass day. However, we do have lobster, scallops, and shrimp and waves thundering into cliffs. 

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2 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Ditto. However, I can't imagine you driving all the way to Maine to catch smaller bass, unless you'd want a shot at a 100-bass day. However, we do have lobster, scallops, and shrimp and waves thundering into cliffs. 

 

 

You also have my closest thing to a grandma I've got left living in Bangor: My great aunt Tish! (She likes me to call her Great Aunt Fish ???)

 

I'm not even remotely opposed to the idea of 

 

- 100 bass days

- lobster

- smallmouth

- muskie

- pike

- perch

- successfully using whopper ploppers to catch fish.

 

Seems like you got all of those and even mooses (meese?) to boot!

 

Maine is calling....

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Well I was off work today, wife had a doctors appointment and the car is going in to get checked out tomorrow. So I took 2 vacation days, it’s sad that I have to make a appointment to get my vehicle looked at when I know that it’s the lower ball joint, oh well if the warranty covers it I am fine with that.

 

 I was teaching my wife about fishing the river and where to cast. I decided to bring my daughters spinning rod, ugly stick gx2 medium action. I chose that cause I already had a Ned rig on it, a 1/16 Ned lock z with a trd craw in watermelon red. The reel was a daiwa regalis or something, the purple one lol. I have 15lb j braid on it, chartreuse color.

 

first small largemouth came parallel to the rock wall, the smallmouth came about 15-20 feet in front of the pylon. I saw the line running with the largemouth, the smallie I just felt a tap and reeled in some slack and felt the tension and set the hook. I was hoping for a decent smallie today to show her, where to cast and how to fish it. Along with watching your line. 
 

I don’t know how much it weighed because I didn’t bring my tackle bag, just one rod and a single Ned rig. Not too bad for less than 15 minutes. My last pb smallie was 2.12lbs, this one seemed bigger than that. I used my arm to measure it and when I got home that part of my arm is a little bit over 18 inches. The thing took up all of that, tried to get the wife to hold it but she wouldn’t. Because it came out of the Kalamazoo river lol, I don’t care either way I am holding a fish. At least I got her in a picture with a decent one.

 

Now she needs to show me that she can catch one like that, then the next lesson will begin.

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2 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

@Jmurphy87, you are a fishing machine

Thank you, I still have a long ways to go and more to learn than I possibly can in my lifetime. But in the meantime I am going to have fun and keep at it.

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1 hour ago, Pat Brown said:

 

 

You also have my closest thing to a grandma I've got left living in Bangor: My great aunt Tish! (She likes me to call her Great Aunt Fish ???)

 

I'm not even remotely opposed to the idea of 

 

- 100 bass days

- lobster

- smallmouth

- muskie

- pike

- perch

- successfully using whopper ploppers to catch fish.

 

Seems like you got all of those and even mooses (meese?) to boot!

 

Maine is calling....

 

Weirdly, we don't have a lot of muskies. Nor pike. the St. John River on the Canadian border is good musky fishing. Mostly, we're smallmouth, largemouth, striped bass, white perch, yellow perch, brook trout, lake trout, and Atlantic salmon. 

 

Regarding Whopper Ploppers, if you read the very, very fine print on a Whopper Plopper box, you'll see, "Guaranteed to work only in Maine!" 

 

Great Aunt Fish sounds like a great ol' gal and I assert this as a pretty good ol' gal. 

 

Murph, that's a new PB!

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13 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Weirdly, we don't have a lot of muskies. Nor pike. the St. John River on the Canadian border is good musky fishing. Mostly, we're smallmouth, largemouth, striped bass, white perch, yellow perch, brook trout, lake trout, and Atlantic salmon. 

 

Regarding Whopper Ploppers, if you read the very, very fine print on a Whopper Plopper box, you'll see, "Guaranteed to work only in Maine!" 

 

Great Aunt Fish sounds like a great ol' gal and I assert this as a pretty good ol' gal. 

 

Murph, that's a new PB!

That’s what I was thinking too lol, sometimes you don’t have the scale when it happens. But you just know, sometimes I think if we quit chasing numbers we would be happier. I mean we are catching fish and that’s all that matters in reality, everything else comes in the correct location and timing.

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It is pretty, Brian. We're 90% trees, more than any other state. We also have more coastline than California. It's the only place in the U.S. where the middle class can afford oceanfront property. The best thing is that the Maine strains of LMB AND SMB love Whopper Ploppers. 

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@ol'crickety I consider upstate NY a sportsperson’s paradise, with the Adirondacks, Catskills, Heldebergs, Great Lakes, finger lakes, lake Champlain, Mohawk, Hudson and  St. Lawrence river valleys, and a lot of land designated as “forever wild”. I imagine the entire state of Maine as such. 

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25 minutes ago, Woody B said:

I don't intend to talk bad about Maine, or any other state........but our lakes don't freeze over down here.?

 

No doubt, Woody. Every place has its positives and minuses. 

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29 minutes ago, Woody B said:

I don't intend to talk bad about Maine, or any other state........but our lakes don't freeze over down here.?

Don’t jinx it Woody! ?

 

Spent a couple hours tossing a weightless Big Bite Baits coontail worm in hematoma (dark blue-ish) and caught a few. Just tossed it out and let it sink then gave it a twitch or two before slowly reeling it back. About midway every time after a couple twitches it’d get slurped up and the line would start running. Drove me nuts just letting it sink and sit but it was working so I put in the patience. Biggest one was 2.8# and put on a heck of a tail walking show at first.

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I went out from about 7pm-9pm tonight and caught 6 largemouth. Two on a spook, three on a Senko, and one on a swim jig. The biggest one was 2lb 15oz. The weather was perfect this evening.

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The news said haze from the Canadian wildfires would be upon us driven down by northern winds, and once it rose, we had a gauzy red moon overhead. Ran up to get some swings in, but by then the wind was gone and the water was like glass. No action dragging baits, but the weight-tweaked 6th Sense Trace floater got some play. Most of my swim and wake bait bites this year have been slurp-and-runs, but I finally got a big kill-shot blowup when the bigger of the two smashed it nicely. Very cool.

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Made a single pass on two micro lakes yesterday. Neighbor was already there fishing one of them when I arrived. He only got two bites, but one was a solid fish at 4 lbs or better based on the pics he showed me. He caught it on a big Chatterbait, which seemed out of place for this little spot, but it worked. I went finesse and caught over 2 dozen bass, a third on Ned and the rest on a Jackall Cover Craw, but didn’t have anything of size even close to his big one. Reflecting on the day in hindsight, I would have taken his two bites over my 25 just to have the big one, but I’m drawn to numbers and action, so it’s always tough for me to throw what feels like an “out of place” bait, knowing I might not get bit at all. 
 

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Wife and I went fishin monday to a dam in ND. We brought minnows and gulp live minners. We caught a handfull of small walleye and kept 2 of them.

The smallies were small and the relentless catfish were devouring the live minnows so we put on the gulp live and they were just as crazy for them.

Also caught 2 white bass on minnows. Have any of you kept white bass to eat? I read on the innerweb that there is a mucus by the spine you need to avoid along with having to cut out the red parts of the meat as it has a bad taste.

I threw everything i had in my tackle box and couldnt catch but 2 walleye on a rattletrap and caught numerous catfish on square bills.

 

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