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I'm not in CA so I guess it does  :grin:

I was dragging a 5" zoom shakeyhead worm on a 1/8oz jighead... moving it about a foot every 15 seconds. Two taps and I set the hook! I would like to think that he had the tip of the worm in his mouth so when I set the hook it stuck in his side, but who knows. Eager to try it some this weekend when I have more time, it's hard to cover water when it takes 2 minutes per cast!

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Everything counts! Especially to people like me who are stuck inside studying for final exams ;)

There was a time when I didn't know any better and I was targeting bass similar in size to the one you got. Also, with smaller fish it's pretty easy to foul hook them even if they did commit to the lure/bait. I've belly-hooked Pumpkinseeds on a small 1/8 oz spoon. Heck, I've even hooked a rainbow on the side of the gill plate when float fishing with bait in a lake before.

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Everything counts! Especially to people like me who are stuck inside studying for final exams ;)

There was a time when I didn't know any better and I was targeting bass similar in size to the one you got. Also, with smaller fish it's pretty easy to foul hook them even if they did commit to the lure/bait. I've belly-hooked Pumpkinseeds on a small 1/8 oz spoon. Heck, I've even hooked a rainbow on the side of the gill plate when float fishing with bait in a lake before.

I'll target ANYTHING December-February

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I'll target ANYTHING December-February

 

I'm a bit lucky in the sense that December-April is prime time for Winter Steelheading in my area, but last year I was catching 6-10 inch bass by the end of March so who knows, maybe I will bust out my ultralights again. Anything can be fun with the right type of gear in my opinion.

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Its pretty hard to drag a worm and foul hook one unless he bit the tail like you said.  I'd count it.  I've foul hooked a few ripping lipless crankbaits in shallow water. They sure do feel bigger when they're foul hooked don't they? 

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Its pretty hard to drag a worm and foul hook one unless he bit the tail like you said.  I'd count it.  I've foul hooked a few ripping lipless crankbaits in shallow water. They sure do feel bigger when they're foul hooked don't they? 

Yeah on a medium light spinning rod and 6lb fluoro it felt huge

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You hooked it, fought it, landed it, so it counts.

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As long as you didn't use a net, it counts.

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As long as you didn't use a net, it counts.

 

Or dynamite...

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In my state, any fish not hooked in the mouth, must be returned to the water immediately. As far as I understand, foul hooked fish are also not allowed to be counted in tournaments either. So as to wether it "counts" or not depends on who is keeping score.

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