Jump to content

Latest Catch Pics Thread


Master Bait'r

Recommended Posts

3 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

@Fishlegs, that 3-10 looks like a 5 lber!

 

46 minutes ago, thediscochef said:

I was gonna say the same thing. For sure looks bigger then my SM PB of 4-1

I thought it was going to be a 6 pounder based on how it fought. I guessed 4.5 when I saw it, but that’s not what the scale said. I’ve never checked this scale’s accuracy. Scales rarely say what I think they should though. 😂

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

56 minutes ago, Fishlegs said:

 

I thought it was going to be a 6 pounder based on how it fought. I guessed 4.5 when I saw it, but that’s not what the scale said. I’ve never checked this scale’s accuracy. Scales rarely say what I think they should though. 😂

That would have me double checking because that is a fat smallmouth. Either that or you have a magic camera LOL

  • Like 1
  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Me and my son went to the local reservoir for about an hour just before dark. Got this feisty little crappie on a  1/4oz crankbait. Pretty little guy.

2FABB38D-6ABD-4F3B-9515-2AB12DAEF55F.jpg

 

This nice little one came on a fluke I found laying on the ground. I picked it up, and figured I could rig it one more time, and it worked like a charm.

FF49FC73-1B57-4F85-A7B4-52023DCBCB99.jpg

 

  • Like 22
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

I agree about @Fishlegs's bass. She looks too long and fat to be just 3 lbs. 10 ounces. Look at her mouth too. That's a big mouth for a smallie.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, thediscochef said:

That would have me double checking because that is a fat smallmouth. Either that or you have a magic camera LOL

If it was magic it seems like it should make me look better! It'll probably take until the iPhone 3000 to develop that kind of technology though. 🤣

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Made it out to the Clouse Lake Wilderness area this morning as planned.  There are two manmade lakes here St Joesph and the titular Clouse which was first up.  It’s the smaller of the pair and it is also shallow, dirty, and weedy.  But, every time I fish it I see large bass jumping tantalizingly out of range. 
 

I gave it a go with both the POP-R and the UV Speed Worm neither could tempt any of the bass to bite.

 

I stayed long enough to see the sunrise and then moved on to St Joseph.

IMG_1882.jpeg.aea8cbd618b98076e31d82f086ed627f.jpeg

 

After parking at the boat ramp I took a dirt road back to the dam. Along the way a there is a clearing that buts up against the bank.  In front of that there is a large crescent shaped weed bed.  I decided to start there.  It didn’t take long for the swimming worm to do its thing and I caught these three hanging around the milfoil. 
IMG_1883.jpeg.9bcd88261af86958f212c6d41e8bd017.jpegIMG_1887.jpeg.03cde7c9e399a1f667eb82636c567620.jpegIMG_1886.jpeg.1f17f6dad4e211faaee6f3e74b54325a.jpeg

I walked back to the dirt road and continued making my way back to the lower end.  I got sidetracked again when I decided to follow a ravine from the road down to the bank.  Casting out around the weed line I caught another one.

IMG_1891.jpeg.9ae3a92e9fea377a34bcfff961244742.jpeg


Resuming my journey and made it finally to the dam however there was nothing going on there. I went over to the corner right before it turns into private property and fished there.  I noticed some bald spots in the weeds that ended up being blue gill beds.  I casted out past them where I could imagine bass were lurking but the only one I caught hit my worm like it owed them money in about 6 inches of water 3 feet in front of me.  Not gonna lie it made me jump.

IMG_1895.jpeg.db544ee8999e505cab8a5100a79afe04.jpeg

By this time the wind had shifted so I headed back to the upper end but not before I stopped at the crescent shaped weed bed and caught a few more.

IMG_1893.jpeg.fdc0112108bee79f54ba8600ee41e53f.jpegIMG_1892.jpeg.dea51817925b14fe468882fe9baa36b4.jpeg
When I got to the upper end I found a spot  among some cattails that was solid enough to stand on.  Across a channel from me was a pad field.  I casted out towards the edge of those pads and swam my worm back.  That would yield another 4 dinks to close out the day.

IMG_1899.jpeg.ca7cf08ceed48d9ef97baa8259877dc4.jpegIMG_1900.jpeg.af5dd526742c78715b30a3d2cc53205f.jpegIMG_1898.jpeg.3fbe43d90a0d5142966fc1eaba781173.jpegIMG_1897.jpeg.24617f1fbf38adeec5b61814facdf2c4.jpeg

  • Like 26
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

@bp_fowler: Whoa, BP! Upgrading both quantity and quality!!! Well done, fellow Buckeye!

 

Look at the your smiles in the three biggest bass. Each is bigger than the last. See how each of your smiles is bigger than the last too?

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

@bp_fowler: Whoa, BP! Upgrading both quantity and quality!!! Well done, fellow Buckeye!

 

Look at the your smiles in the three biggest bass. Each is bigger than the last. See how each of your smiles is bigger than the last too?


Yes I’m learning if you want to catch big bass, you have to fish where the big bass live.  I know that probably sounds very obvious to most but I never claimed to be a very smart individual 😆

 

Oh yeah the smiling is proportional to the size of the bass caught!

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User
6 minutes ago, bp_fowler said:


Yes I’m learning if you want to catch big bass, you have to fish where the big bass live.  I know that probably sounds very obvious to most but I never claimed to be a very smart individual 😆

 

Oh yeah the smiling is proportional to the size of the bass caught!

 

If you caught a DD, you'd look like the Cheshire cat:

 

Cheshire Cat by Manuela Lai Fine Art Print Alice in ...

 

 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

Change of lakes, and found a cranking bite with a bit better quality. Also a pretty chunky channel cat as today’s bonus fish. No idea about the growth on that bigger one’s lip, but she has some battle scars on her.

 

IMG_3574.jpeg.097d1a7ee0b49c476c01eab0b1c13ff9.jpeg
 

IMG_3578.jpeg.654d802fdeb86b3fc99c69ff7d1ebccc.jpeg

 

IMG_3585.jpeg.2c85a24cfc44bcedfafd38f584a591f7.jpeg

 

IMG_3598.jpeg.94df2b7be595684d74425aa50d4b21d3.jpeg

 

IMG_3588.jpeg.a2a709979cc00d4cba4715847b98568c.jpeg

  • Like 26
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was hoping to see some shad spawn activity but it was slow. I did get one good bite on a 7” paddletail as the moon popped over the trees. She was short but had a nice build.

IMG-4305.jpg

  • Like 27
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

This is the earliest I've found gills on beds. They were everywhere. Zero clouds, but I finally broke my full moon curse with this Shell Cracker G2 eater.

1 a a a a B5 - Copy.jpg

  • Like 26
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Global Moderator
On 5/21/2024 at 2:45 PM, thediscochef said:

I spent almost nine hours on Lake Fork with a guide today. The end.

I've had a couple bad guide trips, it sucks but it happens. Worse one was on the White River in Arkansas. We wanted to catch browns on artificials. Guy had us fishing dead  sculpins. I caught 1 sickly looking brown at the first spot while a nearby boat landed big browns one after the other. Each time we moved, he reported we were less and less likely to catch any browns, which of course we never did. A few little stocker rainbows ate our baits, but we had zero interest in those. The guide did have a ton of interest in the rod and reel combo I'd bought for the trip, so much so that after I offered to let him try it for a couple cast, he confiscated it for most of the remainder of the trip while I was stuck with his provided South Bend combo. On the way in, he hit a rock with his motor and the whole thing jumped off into the river. I caught the fuel line and hauled his motor up into the boat for him. Afterwards, my buddy and I dragged him and his boat for nearly 2 miles against the current back to the ramp, where he asked if we were going to pay for the remainder of our trip by cash or check. I told him we could call it even after we had just saved him a few hundred dollars at least in a tow back to the ramp, or I could shove him and his boat back into the current and he could figure it out for himself, we decided to call it even. 

  • Like 5
  • Haha 3
  • Sad 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

@Bluebasser86: That is one sad story. You saved his motor. You rescued his boat. A South Bend combo? That must have set him back about $20. 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User
8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I told him we could call it even after we had just saved him a few hundred dollars at least in a tow back to the ramp, or I could shove him and his boat back into the current and he could figure it out for himself, we decided to call it even. 

Kudos to you for standing up for yourselves after an awful "guided" trip. Incredible he was thinking he should be paid after all of that instead of just apologizing and saying how thankful he was for the help.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Global Moderator
5 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

Solution or suggestion for your next trip:  https://www.hotdawgguideservice.com/

Hotdawg is who we got to watch put his clients on a bunch of fish at the first spot just down from the launch at White Hole. We didn't have the money to hire him that trip and it was truely a case of "You get what you pay for".

  • Like 1
  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 5/22/2024 at 11:11 AM, bp_fowler said:

Made it out to the Clouse Lake Wilderness area this morning as planned.  There are two manmade lakes here St Joesph and the titular Clouse which was first up.  It’s the smaller of the pair and it is also shallow, dirty, and weedy.  But, every time I fish it I see large bass jumping tantalizingly out of range. 
 

I gave it a go with both the POP-R and the UV Speed Worm neither could tempt any of the bass to bite.

 

I stayed long enough to see the sunrise and then moved on to St Joseph.

IMG_1882.jpeg.aea8cbd618b98076e31d82f086ed627f.jpeg

 

After parking at the boat ramp I took a dirt road back to the dam. Along the way a there is a clearing that buts up against the bank.  In front of that there is a large crescent shaped weed bed.  I decided to start there.  It didn’t take long for the swimming worm to do its thing and I caught these three hanging around the milfoil. 
IMG_1883.jpeg.9bcd88261af86958f212c6d41e8bd017.jpegIMG_1887.jpeg.03cde7c9e399a1f667eb82636c567620.jpegIMG_1886.jpeg.1f17f6dad4e211faaee6f3e74b54325a.jpeg

I walked back to the dirt road and continued making my way back to the lower end.  I got sidetracked again when I decided to follow a ravine from the road down to the bank.  Casting out around the weed line I caught another one.

IMG_1891.jpeg.9ae3a92e9fea377a34bcfff961244742.jpeg


Resuming my journey and made it finally to the dam however there was nothing going on there. I went over to the corner right before it turns into private property and fished there.  I noticed some bald spots in the weeds that ended up being blue gill beds.  I casted out past them where I could imagine bass were lurking but the only one I caught hit my worm like it owed them money in about 6 inches of water 3 feet in front of me.  Not gonna lie it made me jump.

IMG_1895.jpeg.db544ee8999e505cab8a5100a79afe04.jpeg

By this time the wind had shifted so I headed back to the upper end but not before I stopped at the crescent shaped weed bed and caught a few more.

IMG_1893.jpeg.fdc0112108bee79f54ba8600ee41e53f.jpegIMG_1892.jpeg.dea51817925b14fe468882fe9baa36b4.jpeg
When I got to the upper end I found a spot  among some cattails that was solid enough to stand on.  Across a channel from me was a pad field.  I casted out towards the edge of those pads and swam my worm back.  That would yield another 4 dinks to close out the day.

IMG_1899.jpeg.ca7cf08ceed48d9ef97baa8259877dc4.jpegIMG_1900.jpeg.af5dd526742c78715b30a3d2cc53205f.jpegIMG_1898.jpeg.3fbe43d90a0d5142966fc1eaba781173.jpegIMG_1897.jpeg.24617f1fbf38adeec5b61814facdf2c4.jpeg

Very nice, congratulations!

On 5/22/2024 at 12:22 PM, ol'crickety said:

 

If you caught a DD, you'd look like the Cheshire cat:

 

Cheshire Cat by Manuela Lai Fine Art Print Alice in ...

 

 

Wouldn't we all? Heck I look like that on a 4 pounder!

This one I posted earlier this year was just shy of 4lbs... I still get the grin whenever I look at the picture or talk about it!

 

4-F14025-A-0408-4-DFB-A0-B1-2-D24-B3174-

  • Like 19
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

Beauty, Bazoo, and so light in color! No one can out smile you since your mustache extends your smile, beyond your cheeks. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Had a night fishing outing getting there in the afternoon and fishing until around 1am. Been having a blast using ultra light lately and the fish in the 2 - 3lb range I was catching felt like tanks! Lots of topwater action on jitterbugs and walkers, then a micro chatterbait and a small jointed plug bite when top water slowed. Missed what I think was a fish ranging in the 4 - 5lb range which hurt pretty bad, absolutely slammed the crankbait and got the load up, a strong pulse of a headshake and she spit it :( next time!

Screenshot_20240524_101859_Photos.jpg.aaea9bef92f19fed175c67f734d108e9.jpgScreenshot_20240524_095031_Photos2.jpg.feac70b51f15c9d40f07a9071c494d6b.jpgScreenshot_20240524_095018_Photos2.jpg.21e3b3c82e5e4a99aed627003311188e.jpg

  • Like 21
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Global Moderator

Didn't have to be into work until 10 this morning, soooo....

20240524-081203.jpg

Solid fish that sucked it down on a slow crawl.

20240524-081121.jpg

Walking it right in front of a seawall when this battle scarred old gal slurped it. Biggest swimbait fish I've caught in a long time. 

20240524-075052.jpg

Gratuitous Croc shot.

20240524-074927.jpg

These jokers are spawning and they kept hitting my Bull Wake. This was 1 of 2 that found the hooks.

20240524-070941.jpg

That Gamakatsu Nano Alpha hook doing what it does.

20240524-062753.jpg

First cast of the morning was a monsta!

20240524-054038.jpg

 

  • Like 25
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Today was tough. Lost a very good fish three feet from shore on a jump. And spent two hours trying to entice two very nice bass to bite. One of them might have been a new PB, but I will never know. The two bass were busy hunting bluegill, chasing them into shallow water and then heading back to deeper water just beyond sight to wait for another opportunity. Regardless of what I threw at them (and I threw everything) they wouldn't bite. Had one of them following my bait, but as I pulled the bait past a bluegill, the bass hammered the real fish instead. I did manage to nab two little bass, and one bluegill. But other than the year's first substantial sunburn and some mild dehydration that's all I managed to catch. 

spacer.png

 

spacer.png

  • Like 23
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.