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Got out from 6pm-10:30pm last night and got 7 bass & 2 snakehead. Jig, Spro Rat 40 and Trace.

 

Pic is my last bass of the night on a 3/8 Siebert Outdoors jig. Last was the first thing I caught when I got on the water ?

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Another quick pass on a micro lake to tweak setups and learn presentation with some “hope I get a bite” type baits - this 5 lb. class fish was the first, and best, of 5 that bit tonight.

 

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I got out this evening for a hour and got skunked like I did last night. I was disappointed last night that the invasive plants at a place I like to fish are running rampant and it’s more choked out than I have ever seen it ?. I tried a weightless  senko and as soon as it lands on the water it is buried in weeds. The good news is maybe a frog will be the ticket this year there. I don’t know but I will try to figure it out, between not losing my mind over my finances and how my job just isn’t cutting it anymore. Oh well I have a fishing rod and a fishing license so in all reality life is as good as it can be. It will get better I hope. Just keep pushing.

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10 hours ago, Jmurphy87 said:

The good news is maybe a frog will be the ticket this year there.

The frog is a good idea but mix in something like a Keitech Noisy Flapper Toad rigged on an unweighted 6/0 Berkeley Fusion swim bait hook, and one on a weighted swimbait hook as long as it's a screwlock type. Both come through the junk cleanly because of this bait's sleek nose shape, and even unweighted, it casts like a bullet.

 

When they won't come up for a frog, they may come up for something just under the surface, and when they won't come up even a little, slowing down might be the ticket. Fish it fast sometimes like a buzzbait. It has no blades to get fouled up. But also creep it very slowly like a swimbait where the legs are barely kicking. It's a compact and very eatable presentation that has been the ticket for me many times over the years in the intensely choked out waters where I fish.

 

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2 minutes ago, Dominat0r said:

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Went out for 30 mins (approx 1230am), thought I would try a little night fishing. Caught a little 2lbs'er on a Culprit 7.5" ribbon (black/blue)  and earlier today, got a 2.5lbs'er on a Chug bug...heading to Headwaters this weekend...

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4 hours ago, PhishLI said:

The frog is a good idea but mix in something like a Keitech Noisy Flapper Toad rigged on an unweighted 6/0 Berkeley Fusion swim bait hook, and one on a weighted swimbait hook as long as it's a screwlock type. Both come through the junk cleanly because of this bait's sleek nose shape, and even unweighted, it casts like a bullet.

 

When they won't come up for a frog, they may come up for something just under the surface, and when they won't come up even a little, slowing down might be the ticket. Fish it fast sometimes like a buzzbait. It has no blades to get fouled up. But also creep it very slowly like a swimbait where the legs are barely kicking. It's a compact and very eatable presentation that has been the ticket for me many times over the years in the intensely choked out waters where I fish.

Thank you,I will definitely give that a try. I had a couple hits working the weed line  where it drops off butted up to a small pad field. I caught a couple of 3lb ones off the little pocket last year. I also figured that it should be broke up a little bit through there. It seemed like there is a small open spot on the side, where I didn’t get all fouled up as quickly.

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So, after Wednesdays outing where the fish were practically jumping in the boat I had to squeeze in another short trip on Thursday hoping they'd still be up and chasing. Unfortunately they were not. Still managed to grab 9 on 5 different baits with a 3-7 on a moss mouse and a 4-9 on a double wide beaver.

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Got out for an hour with my buddy even though I didn't think there'd be much of a bite with last nights conditions.  Started with a square bill with no action.  Wanted to catch a fish so Beau could have a lick so I tossed the in-line spinner and got a sunny and then a tiny little bass.  Beau approved. 

 

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Picked up the wacky worm and caught a few 1ish pound largies.  Snapped off on my best one on the hook set because the drag was set to tight ?‍♂️Felt like the fish were pulled back and deeper and while I hate running a crank from the bank I figured I'd try to see if I could get a reaction from any of them before it inevitably was in the weeds.  I did not.  Butttt just as I was about to set it down I saw a decent swirl right up on the rocks.  Tossed the crank over, it landed just out of the water on the rocks, and the bass tried to eat it out of the water!  Gave it a little tug so it got in the water and he smashed it.  Set the hook and he ran hard.  Just a little 2 pounder but a super fun eat and good fight.

 

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Finally going to get an extended session Sunday morning with my dad.  Hopefully I can report back with a new PB.

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Work was light this week so I got out for my annual plastics only outing wednesday evening and again this morning to see how my favorite lake was doing.  Nothing special either trip, just a couple fish here and there.  Today was tougher than I thought it should be.  The bass were on the beds a month ago and the bluegills are on beds now.  There are a bunch of weedlines with 10' of gravel between them and shore which makes for good times when the bluegills are back in there (like they are now).  The bass will sit on the edges for any gills that stray from their beds.  Everything was lining up for a good bite.  It was not to be though.  I think the 48 degree air overnight dropped the temp in the shallows and pushed the bass on the deeper side of the weeds.  I tried in vain with a buzzbait for a solid 2 hours in the dark/lowlight/dawn and only managed to pull up 3 fish (two of which were pickerel), none of which managed to actually catch a hook.  When it got light enough, i thought "what would Catt do" and picked up the texas rig.  All three caught were on the deeper weed edges (two on a palmetto bug on the first pass, one on a rage craw working back through it).  
 

 

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On 6/8/2023 at 7:30 AM, TnRiver46 said:

Went out in the rain after work, my buddy got a decent one in the first couple minutes with a $2 wal mart jerkbait. He also got a lot of skipjack on it. Water temp got down to 63 before dark IMG-0807.jpg

He has good taste in music.

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High pressure, sunny skies, light N breeze at best and an early afternoon fishing time that combined with a heavily treated lake (algae) all conspired against any chances at a good bite today. No late window big bait fishing either, so called it after 21 fish and 2 hours. Tubes and wacky rig for what I did catch.

 

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Had a few hours to spare and won't get out again til next week so I hit the lake again. Tough bite but managed to get 4 bass and 2 snakeheads. Jig, Dogma 100 & Trace all got bit. Here's my last one of the day..

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Got out this morning and caught 4 dinks, all caught on the choppo 90 in maverick. I didn’t take a picture of one of them but that one was smaller, just unhooked him and let ‘‘em go.

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2 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

Got a nice 22 inch fish out of the church pond this morning. Caught it on a Bitters toad .

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God rewards those who protect his flock!   

 

Church security is so important in the world we live in, thanks for doing it! 

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3 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

Got a nice 22 inch fish out of the church pond this morning. Caught it on a Bitters toad .

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Good job Mike. Both ways..

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Not a bad three hours this morning. Caught 5 bass, missed 3 and got a big cat trapped in the line lol. First one on a chatterbait. The rest on a weightless Fat IKA TR. The chatterbait bass was missing most of his tail. Tough spawning, unless it was a snapping turtle (haven’t seen any and no gators in this pond). The last bass was a dink. One I didn’t get pics as I needed to get it in the water fast. 

 

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I went locally for a few hours this morning and did pretty decent, including my biggest largie of the season so far. Had to fish slow to get bit. By 10am, the recreational boats started to emerge and I left that circus.

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Took a friend out this am. I boated 10 from 1 - 3 lbs. he scored 3.  This was only his second time to bass fish. This was his highlight of the day. 
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Fished from 5am until 10:30am. Was a cold, foggy calm morning. It seemed impossibly calm. 39E3FA59-7450-4679-BBC3-DADD470097EE.thumb.jpeg.a56451ff7304841ebd4add74f679ce19.jpeg

 

Today was the definition of junk fishing. Never put a real pattern together but I caught em on everything I threw. Senkos, T-rigged Rage Bugs, poppers, weedless frogs, and spinnerbaits. I love a good junk fishin session.
 

Got on my first weedless frog bite of the year, as we finally have some emergent vegetation. Played cat and mouse with this one for 10 minutes until the cat finally got its prey:

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Caught 3 different fish with sores like this on their face. If anybody has any idea about what would cause this, please share. I’m emailing photos to the DEC, as this has me a little concerned. 
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This next fish was one of the crazier catches I’ve ever had. Was casting a PopX over a patch of pond weed, and got a blow up. Set the hook and my line broke at the reel. I was pretty upset at losing a fish and a $20 lure, but I noticed my line still sitting on top of the water. Put the TM on high and made it to the line while it was still floating. Grabbed it and started pulling, and to my surprise the fish was still hooked! Only a little guy, but I thought I had lost a fish and a $20 lure but turns out I saved both:

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Got some good fish as well. Seems like the fish are in their summer pattern, because the big girls have started haunting their deep structure. As usual, spinnerbait picked up the biggest fish at 4-9.A9062A01-EA98-4D49-94C6-8C4C94A702B2.thumb.jpeg.8bbc119ecfc6fd6c0f2c1d6b898623b3.jpeg

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Felt great to stick some good fish. It’s been a bit post-spawn dink fest here but ended that today. Bass thumb has been re-achieved ?

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6 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:

Fished from 5am until 10:30am. Was a cold, foggy calm morning. It seemed impossibly calm. 39E3FA59-7450-4679-BBC3-DADD470097EE.thumb.jpeg.a56451ff7304841ebd4add74f679ce19.jpeg

 

Today was the definition of junk fishing. Never put a real pattern together but I caught em on everything I threw. Senkos, T-rigged Rage Bugs, poppers, weedless frogs, and spinnerbaits. I love a good junk fishin session.
 

Got on my first weedless frog bite of the year, as we finally have some emergent vegetation. Played cat and mouse with this one for 10 minutes until the cat finally got its prey:

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Caught 3 different fish with sores like this on their face. If anybody has any idea about what would cause this, please share. I’m emailing photos to the DEC, as this has me a little concerned. 
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This next fish was one of the crazier catches I’ve ever had. Was casting a PopX over a patch of pond weed, and got a blow up. Set the hook and my line broke at the reel. I was pretty upset at losing a fish and a $20 lure, but I noticed my line still sitting on top of the water. Put the TM on high and made it to the line while it was still floating. Grabbed it and started pulling, and to my surprise the fish was still hooked! Only a little guy, but I thought I had lost a fish and a $20 lure but turns out I saved both:

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Got some good fish as well. Seems like the fish are in their summer pattern, because the big girls have started haunting their deep structure. As usual, spinnerbait picked up the biggest fish at 4-9.A9062A01-EA98-4D49-94C6-8C4C94A702B2.thumb.jpeg.8bbc119ecfc6fd6c0f2c1d6b898623b3.jpeg

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Felt great to stick some good fish. It’s been a bit post-spawn dink fest here but ended that today. Bass thumb has been re-achieved ?

Man that part of NY is stunningly beautiful, awesome fish on that spinnerwidget! 

 

I don't know what causes that mouth rash, but some fish I've caught recently have had it as well.   Likely just seasonal, these fish are so beat up after spawn, I assume it's just from either gorging themselves or from the actual toll of finishing up the spawn. 

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41 minutes ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Man that part of NY is stunningly beautiful, awesome fish on that spinnerwidget! 

 

I don't know what causes that mouth rash, but some fish I've caught recently have had it as well.   Likely just seasonal, these fish are so beat up after spawn, I assume it's just from either gorging themselves or from the actual toll of finishing up the spawn. 


Yeah I’m lucky to live in such close proximity to the Adirondacks. The scenery and fishing opportunities are endless!
 

I’ve caught fish with all kinds of sores and wounds and other maladies, but it was weird to catch 3 in row with the same sore on the same spot. Hopefully no cause for concern. The lake and bass seem as healthy as ever. 

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