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@Choporoz: You rack up those six-pounders like Pat and Alex!

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1 hour ago, JayMac89 said:

Beautiful fish. I know 5 isn't a big deal for some guys.

 

5 is a big deal for me and you're right, it is a beautiful fish, made even more so by your being new to angling, the wind, the cold, the lay down, and your first time in your kayak. It was T-Billy who taught me to toss my lures into the nastiest thickets. Getting them out of those thickets is such a challenge, but it's soooo exciting too. 

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@JayMac89  Congrats brother on such an awesome day, and fish......that's truly what's it's all about for me, the full Jimmy V experience. 

 

“To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.” ― Jim Valvano

 

A 5lb fish is a fantastic fish for everyone, whether you live in Mexico or in Canada....a 5lber is a 5lber.    It's the universal measuring stick for a big "Bass".    

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2 hours ago, JayMac89 said:

Reeling the fish in when i saw its size. Just started yelling. I couldn't believe it. Got the fish into the net, ny the way i need a bigger net, this thing barley fit. 5LB even.

Nice!👊

That girl will be a 6+ in a month.

 

P.S. I know that laydown😉

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18 minutes ago, PhishLI said:

Nice!👊

That girl will be a 6+ in a month.

 

P.S. I know that laydown😉

 

With that head, for sure. As Alex(ander the Great) once semi-said, the fish with the biggest mouth rules the tank and wins the day. 

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3 hours ago, JayMac89 said:

As i approached i saw a gnarly looking laydown. Came in slow and stealth. Didn't like my angle. Adjusted.

 

You are wise beyond your fishing years. Boat control's a big deal. 

 

One of my satisfying moments in fishing is when I paddling crooked open water through weeds. I've paddled so many thousands of miles that I don't have to think, "I have to execute a 30-degree turn to the right in ten feet." My canoe just makes that exact adjustment, as I shift my weight and paddle without thinking. Now, that's just navigating a swamp, but boat positioning is key at many moments in a fishing trip. You need to be in THE best spot to reach the opening in a lay down to then wrangle a big bass from it. 

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The wind's been cranking lately, and it was cold this morning, but a man's gotta do...

 

Got in about an hour before my waders sprung a leak. Big fun walking about a mile with 45 degree lake water sloshing around in my boot and soaking up my pant leg. A few pads are up, finally, and that's where I got my bites. Lost a solid one banging it back through the stalks but got a few afterward which made up for the pain. For once I wasn't tortured by Pickeral, so that's a win in itself.

 

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I only caught 5 today.........but the 2 biggest were 5.61 pounds and 5.88 pounds.   The smallest was a 14 inch Spot.  (all are pictured)  

 

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Glad to see you got some PhishLI! The weathers been tough with so that wind. I was out yesterday morning as well, i swear it started hailing for a brief minute before it turned to rain. 

 

And thank you ol'crickety. But like i said, i really have to thank the people on this forum. I don't post a ton, but i read alot. And have learned alot. In the past i wouldnt of been as aware/cautious. But i had the voices in my head reminding me of things iv picked up here. That's what makes that one so special. I could go further into detail but I'll just leave it at this. Every part of that catch, from before i casted to the release, i was using things that iv picked up here. Lot of things clicked, great learning experience. 

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We're all excited for you, @JayMac89. A PB is a big deal. It only happens a few times in our lives. Fingers crossed it happens one or two more times for you again in 2024. 

 

It will be warm enough for me to fish tomorrow, but I don't know if I want to tromp through the snow to launch. The snow is slush, really. It will be slippery and cold. Still,....

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Tough day on the banks of Toledo Bend today. I hit four different areas around the south quarter of the lake. This thin dink spot ate my swim jig while I watched. Missed two better fish on the whopper plopper and chatterbait minimax. I could see a ton of following fish today but couldn't get any of them to commit. It's wild to be on the dam of a reservoir and see only water on part of the horizon. Don't get that at Roberts. Maybe one day I will have a more fun trip to Toledo, but it wasn't today. I want to love this lake, it has giants and it's beautiful. But it hasn't given me much.

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Go, Leon. He should join BR. 

 

Beautiful bass, Woody!

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8 hours ago, JayMac89 said:

I know 5 isn't a big deal for some guys.

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Great fish!  The number of bass 4lb and up I catch each year (if any) can be counted on one hand, so in my book a 5 is big deal.  It's all about what waters you're fishing.

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I went fishing today. That's all I did. No catching. Unless you count the catnap I caught on the little cement island I waded out to in the middle of the river. It was a beautiful day topping out around 60F, but the water is still icy cold. I was cramping up even through my waders. It's good to get outdoors again. 

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Got my boat out for the first time in 6 months or so today. Doing the boat captain thing next weekend and the kids aren't going to get to prefish so I tried to go do it for them. Lake was super low and very muddy. I don't understand why they keep making these poor kids go back to this sorry excuse for a lake. I fished the marina for an hour without a bite. Tried to run to a different spot but got a constant beep warning when I did. Oil level was pretty low so I'm thinking that's what it was since it was peeing water just fine. Half-hearted tried the marina a little more before putting it right back on the trailer having had 1 bite from a big drum.

 

On the way home, I stopped by a lake that never has any tournaments because it's a "bad lake", so I could remember what it's like to get a bite.

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24 minutes ago, IcatchDinks said:

I went fishing today. That's all I did. No catching. Unless you count the catnap I caught on the little cement island I waded out to in the middle of the river. It was a beautiful day topping out around 60F, but the water is still icy cold. I was cramping up even through my waders. It's good to get outdoors again. 

 

Any trout in your section of the Chippewa?  When it's cold, and I just wanna get some some bites...

 

10 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

On the way home, I stopped by a lake that never has any tournaments because it's a "bad lake", so I could remember what it's like to get a bite.

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It's amazing how many places have "well-known" reputations --positive and negative-- that don't match the actual fishing experience I have when I just go try it myself. 

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50 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

 

Any trout in your section of the Chippewa?  When it's cold, and I just wanna get some some bites...

 

Not that I've ever caught, but I've heard people say there are some in there. 

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Everyone caught something yesterday!  We caught many fish but none over 4 lbs.  Got my biggest of the day on a buzzbait which was extremely satisfying!  Got my fattest on a jig!  Caught a nice channel and a crappie and we are having a fish fry tonight after the eclipse/pond fishing!

 

Tight lines to everyone this week!  😎😎😎

 

 

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44 minutes ago, Pat Brown said:

We caught many fish but none over 4 lbs. 

 

"Many fish" gets short shrift at Bass Resource. As I've said many times, many fish-days are a blast. No-fish to one-fish days are one reason I quit musky fishing. Quality is great. So is quantity. A two and a half-pound bass is a hard-fighting fish. Three and a half? Even stronger! I catch three-pounders that drown the upper third of my MH fishing rods.

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