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That would be some beastly fish don't ya think? The fish in the topic fight very hard for their size, qnd especially bluegill, if they got up around 5 or more lbs, yikes, one would really have their hands full with that fight.

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If bluegill got to 5 pounds regularly you probably couldn't get a bait to a bass, and I don't think I'd mind at all :) A wiper is the closest thing I can imagine to what a 5 pound bluegill would be like, and I've said it before, if I could pattern wipers better I'd probably fish for bass a lot less. 

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Oh man yeah, I haven't caught a lot of "pure" stripes, but I have caught some hybrids and white bass....... absolute blast!!!. Caught a whitr bass one time I figure approached 3.5 lbs, it was roughly 18.5 inches long. And I defi itely agree about not being able to get bait to bass as fsr as bluegill getting that size, those would be real predators right there.

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We only have a couple lakes with purebred stripers, but lots with white bass and the white bass/striper hybrid or wipers as we call them. They're about the funnest fish there is to catch IMO. 

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We only have a couple lakes with purebred stripers, but lots with white bass and the white bass/striper hybrid or wipers as we call them. They're about the funnest fish there is to catch IMO. 

Might be a dumb question but what are wipers?

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We only have a couple lakes with purebred stripers, but lots with white bass and the white bass/striper hybrid or wipers as we call them. They're about the funnest fish there is to catch IMO. 

Never mind I actually read the post thanks. lol

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That would be some beastly fish don't ya think? The fish in the topic fight very hard for their size, qnd especially bluegill, if they got up around 5 or more lbs, yikes, one would really have their hands full with that fight.

I believe the new world record Red Ear was caught earlier this year and it was over 5 lbs.  Maybe someone can confirm.

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I believe the new world record Red Ear was caught earlier this year and it was over 5 lbs.  Maybe someone can confirm.

5 1/2 actually, from Lake Havasu in Arizona on a 7" power worm.

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That thing is a beast, how would you like to have a pond full of its offspring.

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5 1/2 actually, from Lake Havasu in Arizona on a 7" power worm.

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Thanks for taking the time to find and post.

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I wonder how much bass pro payed him to wear that hat for the picture! Lol

Bag of Stick O's and a PQ combo   :rolleyes:

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I love fishing for bluegills and pumpkinseeds with a 2-wt. fly rod and have often said that if they grew to five or ten pounds, they'd probably be all I'd fish for.  :-)

 

I think a person might need light saltwater tackle to fight a ten-pound bluegill!

 

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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We only have a couple lakes with purebred stripers, but lots with white bass and the white bass/striper hybrid or wipers as we call them. They're about the funnest fish there is to catch IMO. 

These things will yank a rod out of your hand!!! You would hooked on snook for life!!

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I love fishing for bluegills and pumpkinseeds with a 2-wt. fly rod and have often said that if they grew to five or ten pounds, they'd probably be all I'd fish for.  :-)

 

I think a person might need light saltwater tackle to fight a ten-pound bluegill!

 

 

Tight lines,

Bob

Without a doubt.

 

Down here we have mayan cichlids, small fish but ounce for ounce IMO outfight a peacock.  As awsome as they are for their size in saltwater there are small fish like a blue runners that will give you all you can handle.  Even a 1 pounder in the surf would be a heck of task on ml spinning outfit.  I know better to fish that light for them.

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Without a doubt.

 

Down here we have mayan cichlids, small fish but ounce for ounce IMO outfight a peacock.  As awsome as they are for their size in saltwater there are small fish like a blue runners that will give you all you can handle.  Even a 1 pounder in the surf would be a heck of task on ml spinning outfit.  I know better to fish that light for them.

 

Interesting...  I had to look them up; never heard of them.  They range all the way up the East Coast, but I've never seen one caught off Cape Cod in many years of fly fishing there.  I wish I would catch one!  Here's my favorite part of the Widipedia entry on them:

"The species is also a target for light tackle saltwater fly fishermen, and can push 6-weight fly tackle to its limits."

Sounds like a fun fish!

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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Blue runners are in the jack family along with amber jack, crevalles, pompano, moonfish, rainbow runners and giant trevally.  They each give a really good fight, these blue runners usually are small but we do catch them up to 5#, bigger than that off shore sometimes.

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