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Tell us about that one day that you hope to relive someday.  Mine was a Saturday in early June, that my daughter (then 11) and I  traveled to a small lake in Eastern Washington.  Between us we caught over 30 bass..mostly largemouth, a few smallies....the smallest of which was 2 lbs.  Three were over 5 and every one of them was caught on topwater.  It just doesn't get much better than that around here.   How about you guys?

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Best day recently was probably last week when I caught a 4.5, a 3.5 and 3 in about five minutes of fishing

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Watching my grandson Aiden flip his jig under the dock, seeing the realization on his face when the bass sucked it in, & then a quick hookset!

He said he watched the strike!

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And yes y'all gonna see the pic a lot!

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I had planned on doing some night fishing the evening before heading north on my yearly trip in July.  A severe storm blew it and I canceled the idea, but headed out early the next morning to get in an hour or two before leaving with the family.  I caught 23 bass in less than two hours, 21 of them on topwater.  I headed home, packed up the family and headed out on the six hour drive.  Fifteen minutes after we arrived I was on the water. Seven smallies, four largemouth all over 3lb. and four pike later, I thought the Lord was preparing me for my demise. I almost had a heart attack when I hooked into my biggest muskie to date.  Needless to say, I didn't sleep that night. I couldn't stop thinking about getting out there again in the morning.

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Numbers or size?

Numbers

Amistad 2008 = 200 bass, my son and I, in a day and half. 2# to 7 # and broke off bigger ones.

Size

Falcon 2012, 40 bass from 5 to 10 pounds all on one hump. Never moved all day.

I hope those lakes rebuild before I'm too feeble to fish any more.

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Numbers or size?

Numbers

Amistad 2008 = 200 bass, my son and I, in a day and half. 2# to 7 # and broke off bigger ones.

Size

Falcon 2012, 40 bass from 5 to 10 pounds all on one hump. Never moved all day.

I hope those lakes rebuild before I'm too feeble to fish any more.

Your best day on the water might not even include a catch.

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first fish100# amberjack, about 15 margate snapper over 20#, topped it off with bevy of bull dolphin, all on spinning gear.

 

Another day 2 back to back lemons in the 150# area caught with 25# class boat rod with a  spheros 8000.

 

multiple outings catching tarpon on fly.

 

Favorite all time catch, permit that I ran down on foot 300 yds, paced it off later in the day.

 

Favorite time, watching my son in law land a 5# jack off the beach, as an expriernced fishermen he couldn't believe a fish so small could fight so hard, my best moment ever.

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43# bag in February 46 degree water. Lake Monticello TX

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43# bag in February 46 degree water. Lake Monticello TX

This makes me hate you guys in the south. Lol

My biggest limit here in PA was 26lbs and I damned near got struck by lightning trying to get off the water. It was absolute craziness. A buddy who was on the water with me also put together a bag in the 20lb range.

I've also had some weird/freak days on the Susquehanna where we'd catch 20-30 smallmouth, a handful of channel cats, hook into a 20+Lb carp on light gear, and have a musky blow up a spook.

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I've got two. 

 

#1: Fishing from a johnboat on bass that had never seen a topwater before. Sure, it was half cheating, but seeing 20+ fish blow up on your Hula Popper in less than an hour was fun! That's a bass every three minutes. The hard part was taking out the trebles. 

 

#2: A hot, hot afternoon in NC. One fish. Of course, that fish just happened to be 7 3/4 pounds, my pb. Funnest fight ever!

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No way to call one the best but the day I caught a 30lb 2oz 5 fish limit in Kansas was way up the list. First fish of the day was a 7lb 2oz fish and by the end of the day my smallest in my top 5 was 5 even. The bass and wipers had the shad pushed up into a shallow, flat cove and point. It never made it above freezing so I was the only boat on the water and there was an area the size of a football field that almost constantly had fish blowing up somewhere on it. On top of the bass I caught over 40 wipers from 4 to 8lbs 2ozs as well. 

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I know exactly. It was June 1989. Post spawn. I caught 24 keepers 15 inches or bigger with the top 6 between 5 to 6 lbs on Mark Twain lake. I was using a Bomber Prop A Minnow which is simply a Long A Minnow with a propeller on the tail. I was "pattern" fishing going from point to point . I worked the lure as fast as I could and still stay in contact with the surface .

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One of my favorite days on the water that quickly comes to mind, was last year. May-June. Between my Brother-in law and I, we landed 60 bass between 2-6lbs, frog fishing in the Glades. We beat our previous record which was 58 the year before. I was pretty sore the following day that's for sure. Lol... 

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Excluding big fish, best day by myself was last summer. Caught 4 bluegills all over a pound each, 4 tarpon between 20 and 40, 4 bass between 4 and 5, two reds over 30 inches each, and about 25 snook, mostly 20 to 25 inches each. All caught on the same lure within 150 yards of each other. Had the boat on the trailer at 11:30 am. Couldn't sleep for 2 nights.

The best day with someone else was many years ago when my son was about 12. Hit an offfshore ledge just right. He caught 17 bass on 17 casts while I caught 24 on 24 casts, missed one then caught another 15 in a row. I think we caught about 75 total that day. Most were about 2 to 3 with a few over 5. Great day with a young kid.

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I'm not sure if I have a single best day.....all of them are great days!!! I've had a day where I have been able to catch yellowfin tuna in a wide open bite with a cane pole, 3ft of line and a hook.  Probably one of them that stands out, fishing with a friend float tubing fishing a jig and crushing them with fish ranging between 2 to 6+lbs. And of course when my son caught his first bass on a plastic worm which was shortly followed by his remarks of  "this is easy Daddy".

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One morning, 83 fish, most over 4lbs, including 2 over 10.  Got to the point where you would raise your rod over your head and try to make the fish jump.  If it wasn't over 7lbs, you gave it slack to try and get free.  Never again have I had anything close to this, but man do I hope it happens again.  All on crankbaits!

 

the stats- 2 over 10, 1 over 9, 1 over 8, 4 over 7, 10 over 6 and 10 over 5.  2 biggest were 10lbs 9 oz and 10lbs 2 oz.

 

Jeff

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My best day for size was 5 largemouth between 43-44lbs down at lake Baccarac  in Mexico.

 

My best day for size was 5 smallmouth between 30-31lbs on lake Erie.   

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Fishing off of the Kenai peninsula in alaska back in 2013, caught over 30 rockfish in 45 minutes jigging big spoons. After catching a limit on those we moved out to the deeper water in search of halibut and ling cod. In 6 hours between 4 guys we caught 48 halibut, 12 ling cod, and 10 more rockfish. Biggest halibut went 128lbs and the ling cod went 49lbs

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In 2-3 hours one morning last September throwing a BBZ 8" and a 6" Bull Shad (didn't have a scale) I caught three 18" largemouth, a 19" largemouth, a 20" largemouth, and a 21" largemouth. While 2 guys in a canoe throwing wacky senkos (who told me my bait was too big) watched and didn't get bit. Watched every fish eat the bait, and the 21" largemouth hit so close to my kayak that I had to hit free spool so I could net him. Left the river and shot a limit of dove.

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Last fall my father in law and I had a 27lb 5 fish limit in MN, which is almost unheard of. This spring we had a similar day with a 26lb limit including my personal best 6.76lb largemouth. Hoping this fall brings similar results. 

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About 10 years ago I was fishing one of my local honey holes on a misty Saturday morning.  The previous night was a full moon.  I drop in at the ramp and proceeded to throw a 3-5' balsa crankbait.  After two hours and 45 largies I  put down the rod.  Every fish was caught within 50 yards of the ramp. 15 of them were 4lbs or more.

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About 10 years ago I was fishing one of my local honey holes on a misty Saturday morning.  The previous night was a full moon.  I drop in at the ramp and proceeded to throw a 3-5' balsa crankbait.  After two hours and 45 largies I  put down the rod.  Every fish was caught within 50 yards of the ramp. 15 of them were 4lbs or more.

These are the kind of stories I like to read.

 

Tells me every thing I need to know about fishing pressure.  Pressure is merely 2 or more people fishing in close proximity,  some one will catch may as well be you  Pressure is having a built in excuse for not catching.  Let other people get intimidated by your presence, not you by their presence.

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The day my daughter caught her first three fish-2 white perch and a crappie

 

Numbers-More than 50 bass in 2 hours from my buddy's on a Torpedo

 

Size-Recently caught 3 bass in a local reservoir, including a PB, over 5# in 2 hours. 2 on topwater.

 

These are the times when you take someone back the next day and all you can say is "You shoulda been here yesterday."

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"Single Best Day On The Water"

 

Everytime I think I've had it - Seems I have another one.

 

A-Jay

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"Single Best Day On The Water"

 

Everytime I think I've had it - Seems I have another one.

 

A-Jay

Yup...every year I have a couple of days that are "once in lifetime" type of days. Strangely enough, almost everyone of those days is doing something different than the last time I had "one of those days". 

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