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@ol'crickety I kayaked in a regular kayak for years, felt that. I still do when I visit in NC. 
 

Big thunderstorm here in TX this past Saturday. Will have had time to stabilize by the time I hit the water tomorrow. It will be my third fishing trip of the year. I have the whole day off 😎

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I caught two small ones today, came right along the rip rap on a line through swim bait head. The small one came on a 4’ easy shiner and the slightly bigger one came on a 2.8 keitech. They both liked the crawl it and chop retrieve and would hit it close to the bank. Was a struggle to catch anything but I didn’t give up on catching something. Just have got to be creative and think outside the box sometimes. 
 

the rod was a dobyns kaden 745c and a slx xt xg was the reel with 30lb braid. The treble hook that I used was an extra megabass outbarb hook that I had lying around. I fish the river a lot and I don’t like leaving things behind. These hooks allow you to get your rig back easily if snagged and they definitely stick the fish.

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Cool river, Murph.

 

GP, I figure I'm going to my grave without catching a single spot, but I sure enjoy seeing yours.

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3 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

Cool river, Murph.

 

GP, I figure I'm going to my grave without catching a single spot, but I sure enjoy seeing yours.

Yeah it’s definitely different from fishing a lake or pond. I had to rescue the larger fish on I got him to the bank. He unhooked himself and decided to try to burrow back to the water. I had to lift a couple rocks to get him out. I am very happy that I did though. I would try to grab him and he just kept going deeper into the rocks persistent little fellow lol.

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9 minutes ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

@GreenPig   Nice ones brother, hopefully you're okay.......I wouldn't wish a kidney stone on my worst enemy.   I don't even like to talk about them

 

And here's me thinking he just had to pee. I've heard that kidney stones are the worst. Sympathies, GP.

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@GreenPig and everyone else.  Getting in a tub of HOT water will ease kidney stone pain.  When the water cools the pain will come back, just drain a little and heat it back up with fresh.   At least this will give you a few minutes of relief.  

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I always love a good photo of @Bluebasser86's tie-dye Crocs.

 

I went to the pond this evening. It was low sixties all day and quite windy. I was afraid I wasn't gonna get a bite.

 

Tried using a drop shot rig for a while but wasn't getting any action, so I switched over to the trusty Rebel wee-craw. I caught a lot of slimy weeds. 

Then a big gust of wind came up just as I went to cast and carried my lure way farther than I had intended, landing it in about a foot of water on the other side of the small pond. The water boiled as a fish struck and missed. I reeled the bait in just a little bit, and she chased it down. Fish on! 

 

Lovely, fat old girl, 16 inches long (which is a very respectable size for my small pond) and 1.84 lbs. 

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Then I caught a dink from the same spot just to live up to my username,

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About a hundred fruitless casts later and I was done. 

 

 A pair of Canada geese have nested in the same spot at this pond for three years running. This was the first time I've seen the nest without one of them on it. Usually they chase me away with loud hissing and spread wings. 

 

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That 16-incher hitting in such shallow water with that boil sure sounds exciting, ICD!

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13 minutes ago, IcatchDinks said:

Usually they chase me away with loud hissing and spread wings. 

 

They are mean nasty disease ridden birds.  I've had run ins with nesting geese or geese with goslings more than once in the past and they will NOT back down.  Consider yourself lucky to have gotten that close to their nest without being mauled by a pair of 15 pound rats with wings.

 

There is a pair of them hanging around my neighbors yard lately.  Eating grass, crapping all over.  When they set foot in my yard, I release my dog.  They fly off squawking.

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@ol'crickety it was. She gave a couple good leaps and head shakes on the way in, too. Lots of fun.  

 

@gimruis the parents were nowhere to be seen this time around. I usually give them a wide berth. I've never had to actually tangle with a goose, but I imagine their necks make a good handle for flinging them about. That and a few well aimed kicks are my current combat strategy. 😄

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22 minutes ago, IcatchDinks said:

Then a big gust of wind came up just as I went to cast and carried my lure way farther than I had intended, landing it in about a foot of water on the other side of the small pond. The water boiled as a fish struck and missed. I reeled the bait in just a little bit, and she chased it down. Fish on! 

 

She was telling you something!  I'm always amazed at how shallow and exposed larger bass are willing to be in the pre-spawn.

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3 hours ago, IcatchDinks said:

I always love a good photo of @Bluebasser86's tie-dye Crocs.

You're going to love my new sticker on the kayak then 😆

 

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The Brown Bass Tools were effective today ~

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Report with some insane video to follow.

I had a day. 

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A-Jay

 

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5 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

I had a day. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

Good Lord! That's a season end recap for people who routinely catch big smallies!! 😆😆

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50 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

The Brown Bass Tools were effective today ~

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Report with some insane video to follow.

I had a day. 

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A-Jay

 

 

holy smokes!!!

 

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Nice fishes, @A-Jay! I showed my wife and said "And here I was, happy with my 16incher!" 

Her reply: "Yeah. His name isn't 'Icatchdinks' " 😆

 

Always love seeing the fish you catch. Some beautiful smallies, for sure. 

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Wow! Congrats on an amazing day! @A-Jay is the chosen one...

 

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ps - It's "a day" for you, but that would be a lifetime for most of us. Amazing!

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This is how I deal with nesting geese. Dirty buggers. We have way too many of them around here. Filthy things crap all over everything.

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Flood waters are down about 2.5' and the lake is now about 4' high and dropping a few inches per day. Surface temp has held steady at 58 since last week. The receding waters have moved the greenies from back in the woods to the flooded shoreline brush, and there's a killer flippin bite going down. I put a couple dozen in the boat today. Best three pictured below.

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5.35# with a cool tattoo on her tail. First 5+ of the year.

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3.44#

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3.38#

I had another 8 in the 2-2.5# range.  Best five would go about 17#. Best day of fishing I've had in quite awhile. Off the next three days. Fingers crossed this bush pitching mayhem continues all week.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

@T-Billy: Atta, angler!

Thanks Katie. I had a killer day that absolutely PALES in comparison to @A-Jay's!!! 😂 GOOD GRIEF A-Jay!!! Congratulations brother!!! What an epic day!!!

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