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Got out for the first time this year today. Caught about 30 but none worthy of  a photo. Water temps were in the mid 60's .Most   bass were caught on a worm and top water. Yum Dinger and  Bomber Prop A . 

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2 hours ago, scaleface said:

Got out for the first time this year today. Caught about 30 but none worthy of  a photo. Water temps were in the mid 60's .Most   bass were caught on a worm and top water. Yum Dinger and  Bomber Prop A . 

Slow day, better luck next time 😂 

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Thank you Ray Roberts, very cool!

 

Picked this bass up after a hike. Red eye shad got bit multiple times but this was the only one that converted. I was out there for maybe 30 minutes 

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11 hours ago, Pat Brown said:

 

When I get home from the pond I like to take my clothes off and put on different clothes. That way I don't have to do laundry constantly and I have clothes that are designated dirty clothes. But thanks Mom.  😃😃😃

Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one that does that. Doesn't make sense to wash something that's going to get dirty in five minutes. Goes with the turf (pun intended) when one is a bank walker.

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2 hours ago, The Bassman said:

Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one that does that. Doesn't make sense to wash something that's going to get dirty in five minutes. Goes with the turf (pun intended) when one is a bank walker.

 

I kid you not. I wear the same clothes for months. They're Permethrin-treated, so even though the applicator says I can wash them, I'm sure it decreases their potency. I'd rather be dirty than have Lyme's. This is probably why I don't have to share water with others.

 

Well done, @thediscochef. Plus, your beard looks even more spectacular. 

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Some of you are aware that 2024 has been delivering blow after blow after blow to me. My wife had a miscarriage at 20 weeks and then just as we were coming out of our funk, my best friends 6 year old daughter, and my sons best friend, was killed after a driver crossed over the median and struck them head on. I haven't felt much like fishing or even paying much attention to fishing. She was buried on Friday and on Sunday I figured I should get out and try to at least enjoy the outdoors. I went to the local farm pond I can fish for an hour and a half. Wind was blowing more than expected and I figured if I was going to drag myself out to fish I was going to do it with my favorite type of lure. Tied on the new Megabass Jamaica Boa Buzzbait and got to fancasting. Got to watch a bald eagle fly around which I've never seen at this pond. About 5 minutes in, I got bumped, but so subtly I wondered if I hit a stick in the water or something similar. Cast back to the spot and missed my location. Cast back again, started reeling, and got that wonderful big topwater blowup. First bass of the year weighed in at 4.49 and for a few minutes I forgot about everything crappy going on and knew the rest of my outing wouldn't matter.

 

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Worked my way around the pond without a bite or even a sight of a fish along the way. Got to the other side where I know there's a blow down and figured there had to be a good one in it. Retrieved to the right side of it and nothing. Retrieved to the left side of it and nothing. Moved on and was casting underneath some trees with still no luck and was about to call it quits and work my way back to the other side of the pond. Something told me to take one more cast along that blow down but run it parallel to the tree. Did that and got to watch a flash of bass emerge from underneath it and destroy the buzzbait. 2nd bass of the year weighed in at 4.27. I'd never caught two 4+ pound fish from this pond in the same outing before.

 

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They didn't make all my problems go away but for 90 minutes they certainly helped me feel better. I hope any of you facing challenges in your lives can enjoy some time outside, breathe in some fresh air, and feel a little bit better, if only for a little while. We don't know how long we've got.

 

P.s. the hits keep coming and now my kids gave me the stomach bug 😩

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Nice bass @hokiehunter373! I can go a whole year without catching a 4.5 lber so your first of the year being that big is pretty awesome! Then followed by another 4+? Heck yeah 

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@hokiehunter373: Holy big bass, Batman, those are beauties! Anytime I catch a couple four-pounders on a fishing trip, I'm happy for days.

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@hokiehunter373   Really sorry to hear your family has had to endure such a painful time, your family will be in my prayers.    Life can be so incredibly cruel and painful, but you guys will get through this tough period and be better humans because of it.

 

Awesome fish, nothing better than catching toads on a buzzbait!   

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

I kid you not. I wear the same clothes for months.

 

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8 minutes ago, gimruis said:

 

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I fully expect you come screeching into my driveway, lights flashing and siren sounding, and say through your megaphone, "This is the fashion police. Come out of the house with your hands in the air."

 

Wanna know who else don't change their clothes? Artists. I used to hang with artists in Boston and everyday, they'd report to the studio and don the same paint-splattered clothes that they'd been wearing for months. 

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2 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

I fully expect you come screeching into my driveway, lights flashing and siren sounding, and say through your megaphone, "This is the fashion police. Come out of the house with your hands in the air."

He's gotta be lazy - he lives about 3 suburbs from me...maybe 20-30 minutes away...and he won't even sic his 'Hair Police' on me. You're safe, Katie. 🙃

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15 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

I fully expect you come screeching into my driveway, lights flashing and siren sounding, and say through your megaphone, "This is the fashion police. Come out of the house with your hands in the air."

 

Lymes is no joke though.  Better safe than sorry.  If I had to walk through the woods to get to a canoe, I'd treat my clothes with repellent too.

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1 minute ago, gimruis said:

Lymes is no joke though.  Better safe than sorry.  If I had to walk through the woods to get to a canoe, I'd treat my clothes with repellent too.

 

Thanks, my cyber-friend.

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11 minutes ago, gimruis said:

 

Lymes is no joke though.  Better safe than sorry.  If I had to walk through the woods to get to a canoe, I'd treat my clothes with repellent too.

Agree. I'm not a fan of chemicals, but I always coat my pants, especially around my ankles and waist, with the same stuff @ol'crickety mentioned. Lyme's seems to be having an uptick lately and I'm not interested in having a run with it. 

I wash my fishing pants weekly I think. But I don't get out as much as you all, so if I have a few trips I'll wash after those are done. 

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I’m no entomologist but it seems like I heard a tick has to be imbedded for like 24 hrs to transmit disease. I can feel them walking on me before they bite, and the ones I have had imbedded itched like fire immediately . Granted I’ve had the bullseye reaction once or twice so I may not be the guy to give tick advice 

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@FryDog62 has kids with lymes and he's told the story here before.  Its bad news.  Needs to be treated with a specific medication quickly or you're essentially stuck with it for life, and the symptoms it has.

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2 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

He's gotta be lazy - he lives about 3 suburbs from me...maybe 20-30 minutes away...and he won't even sic his 'Hair Police' on me. You're safe, Katie. 🙃

 

Whew! I was afraid, knowing how ornery I can be, that when he ordered me out of the house with my hands in the air, I'd reply: "You're not taking me alive, fashion copper!"

 

And he'd likely reply, "I was hoping you'd say that!"

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@MN Fisher gets a free pass because he literally built a bass boat from scratch (well, almost).  @ol'crickety I'm not sure if you were here when he did that but he documented it in his own thread with videos, photos, and description.  Its been a number of years now.

 

I still don't like his haircut lol

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Just now, gimruis said:

I still don't like his haircut lol

What haircut - every so often I trim the ponytail, but that's the extent of it...I don't think I've been to a barber since before the Millennium change.

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Water temps heating up right along with the air temps and are now into the low 70s during the day here. Still some crappie hanging around spawning areas, so spent most of the afternoon checking them out, but did slide out on to the main lake with a Ned to score one bass. Only got one decent crappie at 1.96 lbs.

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32 minutes ago, Team9nine said:

Only got one decent crappie at 1.96 lbs.

ONLY, he says. :confused50:

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Me and Jake caught a bunch tonight but the majority were tiny.  Caught them all around wood on Texas rigs.  These were the biggest ones.  Every fish is showing signs of spawning activity but there are very few fish visibly on bed right now.  Might be that fish are spawning a little deeper this year with slightly clearer water I've been seeing.

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I was on the water shortly after 5 today. Wind 10-15, mostly cloudy, temp around 80.  Decided to fish the east channel of our island , starting out with a june bug baby brush hog. Got 5 there off brush piles and laydowns. Got to the south end of the island and switched to the speed worm. Hooked a good fish that probably jumped 3 feet out of the water and shook off. I got a dink on the speedworm and moved south. I decided to do a drift across part of the lake.

This is when I suddenly thought of a bait I hadn’t used much in 10 years, the Zoom horny toad in watermelon red, and put one on. Immediately got a tap on the retrieve but swung and missed. The wind took me west around a point, so I fired a cast parallel to the point down the bank . Boom! Missed again. Boom ! missed again. Next cast a 1 pounder. 

By then I was back near the island. I went slightly up into the west channel, and missed another fish. The next cast the rod loaded up on the drop. Pegged him and got the biggest of the day. Ended up going on to the far southeast corner where I like to end the day. Got a couple more one pounders on the toad.

Threw near a dock, and the rod loaded up again before I could even get the reel engaged. She had nearly pulled the line all the way tight and I hit her hard…

but it came loose. BIG fish. I didn’t turn her at all as she  went on under the dock.  As the sun went down , I got another fish skipping the toad under a dock. I had forgotten how well they skip!!
I am excited to start using the HT again.  I ended up with 11, and 5 of them on the toad !

 

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