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7 minutes ago, hokiehunter373 said:

Heck, I could use my spinner bait as a make shift trolling motor if I reeled it right lol

 

Ha!

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15 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

But I have to take a break. I used to be able to fish all day for a week straight, but those days are long gone.

I hear you Katie! Feel the same here especially with the days getting hotter ?

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Hello coldfront. Nice to see you. You ended a drought in more ways than one. Best trip since catching my PB muskie back in March. Caught 12 or 13. Not sure. Once I run out of fingers all bets are off.

Fish still aren't moving onto the weed flats. Everything's running behind this year. That bite is usually on by the first week of June. I found some quality fish by running a chatterbait down the outside edge of milfoil beds on steep shale/clay banks though. After sunrise it was all about pitching the pine laydowns again. I fished from 2 till 10:30am.

3.06# 

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3.18#

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3.06#

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2.83#

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I had three others over 2# and had another 3 something come off mid air while boat flipping it. I also tied into a lake monster in a deep pine top. Dunno if it was the muskie or flathead variety, but I'd wager flathead by the way it was pulling. Straightened out a 4/0 6th Sense OX flippin hook trying to winch it up out of that tree top. Twas an epic tug o' war.

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6 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

Straightened out a 4/0 6th Sense OX flippin hook trying to winch it up out of that tree top.

Holy moly, something with power for sure.  That's not a light wire hook by any means.

 

Bring on more low pressure fronts, those things make fish bite in the summer time here too.

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9 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

Hello coldfront. Nice to see you. You ended a drought in more ways than one. Best trip since catching my PB muskie back in March. Caught 12 or 13. Not sure. Once I run out of fingers all bets are off.

Fish still aren't moving onto the weed flats. Everything's running behind this year. That bite is usually on by the first week of June. I found some quality fish by running a chatterbait down the outside edge of milfoil beds on steep shale/clay banks though. After sunrise it was all about pitching the pine laydowns again. I fished from 2 till 10:30am.

3.06# 

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3.18#

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3.06#

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2.83#

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I had three others over 2# and had another 3 something come off mid air while boat flipping it. I also tied into a lake monster in a deep pine top. Dunno if it was the muskie or flathead variety, but I'd wager flathead by the way it was pulling. Straightened out a 4/0 6th Sense OX flippin hook trying to winch it up out of that tree top. Twas an epic tug o' war.

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Straight mono brigade would have allowed some stretch and put that fish in the boat………

 

just messing with ya man, nice fishes 

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1 hour ago, LrgmouthShad said:

 

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Your daily "low" temps are still higher than Maine's daily high temps.

 

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16 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

 

I hear you Katie! Feel the same here especially with the days getting hotter

 

I factor three things into the days I go fishing, which are wind and whether I'm physically able. 

46 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

Best trip since catching my PB muskie back in March.

 

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17 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

Your daily "low" temps are still higher than Maine's daily high temps.

It’s alright. I’ll try to get outside quite a bit now. Get myself acclimated to the heat before July and August hit. I did the same thing in Missouri when we had five straight days in triple digits and got myself very comfortable with the heat 

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7 minutes ago, LrgmouthShad said:

It’s alright. I’ll try to get outside quite a bit now. Get myself acclimated to the heat before July and August hit. I did the same thing in Missouri when we had five straight days in triple digits and got myself very comfortable with the heat 

Dang man, triple digits everywhere you go! I don’t ever have to deal with that 

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14 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

Dang man, triple digits everywhere you go! I don’t ever have to deal with that 

Badin had it too for a stretch in July. And my fishing partner went out for like 8 hours with me, and I never saw him drink water. He ate one hard boiled egg the whole time. I don’t understand 

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Another solid 4lber on chad shad. I saw him approach from left after few cast but he shy away, So next cast I cast behind him ad exactly at that spot I twitch and bring the lure little down and BAM he was on it and I had solid hooks. I was proud of myself for that catch, I hunt that bass like a pro ?.

I am going to buy another chad shad same color today, I suggest you guys do the same, Really working. If I had money I would buy 10 of them just in case LOL.

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2 minutes ago, LrgmouthShad said:

Badin had it too for a stretch in July. And my fishing partner went out for like 8 hours with me, and I never saw him drink water. He ate one hard boiled egg the whole time. I don’t understand 

 

Does your fishing partner look like this?

 

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16 hours ago, Jmurphy87 said:

I got out twice today, wanted to try my choppo  on mono instead of 14lb fluorocarbon that I normally use on my other reel. I was coming through some sparse weeds and had one roll on it and miss it completely. I think I startled it and it wasn’t going after it to eat it. I then kept fishing in the rain in my hoodie, felt good with the temperatures we had last week. Managed to blow my reel up on a cast and tried to get it out for 8 minutes and decided that I needed to go get some groceries lol. I was there for a hour tops at spring valley fishing. Off to the store I went defeated, the store was crazy busy.

 

 I got home and got the mess out of the reel and salvaged the last half of the spool. I have big game on it and could respool it but I didn’t want to. I was happy and figured that is still plenty of line.

 

 I had to pick my son up in allegan and figured that I might as well put it to the test again and make sure that I had enough line on the reel still. I was still using the choppo and bombing cast and had enough line on the reel. I kept at it a while moved spots and casted and came back through where I caught a pike a little while back. I had a light strike but it didn’t grab it. I kept trying different angles and eventually caught a small smallie about 20 feet off the bank.  The spot was perfectly set up as a ambush point, shallow rocky point leading to a flat with a drop on the outside. It was a good day and fun, I can’t complain.

 

 I find it nuts how camera positions change the size of fish, one pic he looks smaller and the other he looks bigger than he was. I always like trying to make my fish look as small as possible. I catch fish and I don’t want to lie about there size.

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I really like the Choppo. Especially the white one. I do well with them.

The more you use it, the more confident you will get in it.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your story.

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1 minute ago, treble hook said:

I really like the Choppo. Especially the white one. I do well with them.

The more you use it, the more confident you will get in it.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your story.

No problem, I like sharing my experiences because someone might get some useful information that they can use someday out of it. I enjoy helping others out and being able to teach them new things. No clue why just do lol.

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About a month ago, the big swimbait addiction pretty much took ahold of my entire fishing brain, over that time I usually only take the swimbait rig, a second "fun" rig", and a fanny pack.    

 

Got my first real deal premium swimbait on Saturday after finally winning the "lottery" on a KGB TSG drop.   To date this is my biggest bait at 9" and 3.5".   Today was the second time out with it, and the following video occurred about 2 hours total into fishing this bait.   

 

Shook a 4-5lb fish, two casts later I land a 8.14 on it, my second biggest fish of the year.   She threw the bait in the net, absolute perfect catch, zero trauma on her, and she swam away full of vigor in 83d water.    I enjoyed the glow on the water for about 30mins, but I basically quit after that fish......I couldn't help but feel incredibly blessed, and thankful, didn't want to ruin a perfect day.  I shook today better than I have in months, and overall one of the best shakes I can remember.   What an absolute drug :)

 

 

 

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@AlabamaSpothunter wait and see when you catchem on Hinkles and Debs 250.

 

Great catches and nice fishery. The place I aim fishing the most of the times not having more that 5 or 6lber LMB. But I have plan to go out with rental boat chasing some giants with big glides.

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12 minutes ago, ATA said:

@AlabamaSpothunter wait and see when you catchem on Hinkles and Debs 250.

 

Great catches and nice fishery. The place I aim fishing the most of the times not having more that 5 or 6lber LMB. But I have plan to go out with rental boat chasing some giants with big glides.

Thanks!   Those Hinkles are crazy money, but man I'd love to have one.   Need a Deps 250, can't have a good collection without one it seems.  

 

You're in the right state for monsters, look forward to you posting one up ?

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Alex, Alex, ALEX!!!!

 

 

We are so proud of you. 

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7 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:

@AlabamaSpothunter Look at those cartoon eyes! Monster fish.

Thanks friend, she was a magnificent fish.  

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Alex, Alex, ALEX!!!!

 

 

We are so proud of you. 

HAHA, thanks Katie!

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