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For  me it is good bye, good riddance 15. Aside from a small flurry in late Nov and a good Dec it was overall a poor year of catching for me. 

The winter freeze out and extreme summer heat + some family problems would have me rate the year  at about 25% overall average.

Hope everyone had a better year than I did. How did you do?

C22 

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My first year of "serious" fishing went pretty excellent! Caught several new PB, finishing the year at a 4.57 lb fish out of a farm pond I'd fished for years, but never got anything bigger than a pound and a half out of.

Summer fishing was really good, fall was really poor. I could hardly muster up a bite, and when I did, they were usually dinks. I think I need to work on my fall baits and presentations. Probably a 65-70% for me.

Sorry @Catch 22- better luck this year!

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15 was my first year of tournament fishing 5 fish out of a possible 30 and nothing over 2lbs. Fun fishing not much better hand full of small ones the best day was catching 2- 4 lbers on back to back cast while fun fishing. That was about the high light. Hoping for a better  16.

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Overall.....2015 was a year of dinks and not fishing enough.

On a positive note and the high point of the year.....got to fish Toledo Bend for the first time!

And meet some new friends and see an old friend on that same trip.

2016 will be better!

 

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I had a good year for numbers when I got a chance to fish . This year fished deeper for me than the past several seasons with a lot of fish coming 12 to 15 foot on cranks and t-rig jelly  worms .I found out that Watermelon chartreuse is a very good color in stained water at those depths .

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For me 2015 was a great year of fishing! I caught some of the biggest PB fish in 2015 with 1 bass over 8 and another over 9 pounds. I caught a 38 inch redfish the biggest I ever caught.

From mid June to mid August I was absolutely blessed out on the St. Johns river having found one spot in a river side channel where thousands of bass boiled up on bait fish every day actively all afternoon until just before sundown for 8 weeks straight. I averaged 30 to 40 bass each afternoon, and in one 4 day stretch I counted more than 150 bass caught and just as many missed. I needed 6 arms and 6 rods and reels all going at the same time out there.

I would not be surprised if 2015 was a year I caught the most bass in one year too, but who's counting?

I caught a lot of fish in 2015 and if 2016 is anything like 2015 I'll be one happy camper.

I've already started on overhauling and updating rods and reels and restocking lures and getting some new stuff too.

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Considering I just got back into fishing again in Sept. I had a good "year".  Not a lot of fish but got to spend time on the water.  Mostly fishing for bass but enjoy hooking up with anything.  Started chasing musky...missed a couple but I'll keep trying.

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2015 was alright I guess, tried to improve on my PB but came up short again. 

I fished too many tournaments.. BFL, TBF, B.A.S.S.Nations, a local club and a few charity ones also. The results were average, cashed in a few, but missed qualifying for the BFL regionals again. This time on the last afternoon of the last day of the last 2 day qualifier, as I was #32 going in but my boater got hurt tripping on his rods and falling backwards onto the livewells.  Luckily I saw him at the last second and broke his fall.

Still qualified for the Wild Card again and finished in the middle of the pack again. Qualified for the TBF and B.A.S.S. Nations Fla State Championships but didn't finish as high as I would have liked. 

This year I'm gonna try to fun fish much more. Just go out on an afternoon, wet a line and sit back. 

 

 

Mike

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lots of numbers but not a lot of size.

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Last year was better but I learned how to use a baitcaster so that was pretty important. It was also my first year of fishing from a kayak which was so much better than being stuck on the bank. Hopefully work is slower next season so I can fish but I'm definitely going to take a vacation just to go fishing for a week. Happy new year bass resource you guys make not fishing much easier.

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it was a 2/10 for me. The drought has had the low water ramp unusable at my closest and favorite lake for at least a year and a half, so the after work trips I used to get to take quite frequently were non-existent. Therefore didn't get on the water near as much as I wanted, so that's something I'll definitely be changing in 2016. A new PB wouldn't hurt either. 

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3/10 More fishing than fish to say the least. I found a decent place to fish but only during this past November, and only got to fish it a few times, then it was muddy. The pond up the road from my house is ok, but the fish wont hit anything other than soft plastic worms and mabey a jig. But im glad I got out fishing this year and got back into the swing of things. I also learned baitcasting and have all my rods set up for their purpose. 

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2015 not a good year as far as catching fish is concerned. The good thing is I learned quite a bit about handling my boat and different presentations. 

 

2016 season cannot get here fast enough. Freezeout hasn't started yet and so the thaw is out there somewhere somewhere. Just before I winterized my boat I made a list of spring time to do's. But for now I'm going to go through all of my tackle and sort/re-sort and organize.

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Spring was great.  Tied a PB to the ounce which was both awesome and frustrating at the same time.  Summer and fall weren't the best compared to last season.  However, every out of town trip this year was highly successful, which is always a blessing.

After looking through the number of fish I deemed photo worthy this year...I guess I'd have to say 2015 had some high points but was overall a down year.

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For me 2015 was a very good year. Last year was only my third major year of fishing. It didn't start out great. On fishing opener I fished for about 4 hours and only had 1 pike follow a jerkbait. After that I did a lot of smallmouth fishing from shore. I caught a bunch of decent fish over a period of about 1.5 months. I did lose my favorite spinning rod as well as braking the tip of one of my other rods. I had a couple trips out for largemouth during late June and early July. Caught my 2 biggest biggest bass ever with one being 18 inches long and 4 pounds and the other being a estimated 19 inch 4 pound fish. Both of them were caught on Stik-Os on 2 different small to mid sized lakes. In the main part of summer I had no trouble catching fish but the biggest one I caught for a long time was only about 15 inches long. In fall I didn't get to fish much but I did catch a few decent sized fish. I mainly just used Stik-Os and Frogs all year but I did catch a few fish on a Rapala F18 as well as an bunch of other baits. My overall totals were 111 Largemouth and 76 Smallmouths. I will be using my first baitcasting combo next year. Hopinhg for a great year!!! Happy new year everyone

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Caught lots of numbers this year, but not much size... Had a few six pounders, but not much bigger than that... Never even sniffed a big one. Didn't really get to fish many tourneys this year due to not having a steady partner most of the year, but did manage to won one and place in a few. Overall, I'd say a 6 out of 10

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2015 was a great year. I started back fishing after years of not fishing. Also bought a boat. Being retired, I got to fish a bunch. Some days I caught some, some days skunked but all of them was good !!!!

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Very poor. 

I started very, very well but as summer started and wore on--it declined significantly.

 

Hopefully 2016 brings a better percentage! Just bought my license for the year today at BPS 

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Can't complain about '15, could have been better but then that's always a constant when I reflect on the year. Did not catch a new PB but caught plenty within a pound of it. Don't really keep accurate numbers but if I had to guess, it would be 15 or so over the 5 lb mark, same with 4 lb, a few 3's and a boat load of 2's and dinks. My goal was to learn how to drop shot, I fished that technique nearly every time out, caught 90% of my fish that way. Very effective IMO, 2016 I'm going to concentrate on the JIG!! Happy New Year :) 

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Honestly, my year went as well as it probably could have. There will never truly be a "perfect" year in this sport. You will always have bad days, and if we could, we'd probably all want to be out there every day. And if you don't have bad days each year, you probably didn't learn as much as you could, so take the good with the bad!

 

I was able to fish a ton this year. I am finally comfortable taking my dad's boat on my own with out worrying about towing or the launching/loading process.

I learned a lot about being versatile in presentations this year, there is a reason certain baits have a "time of year" so don't be stubborn and give em a shot!

I have always been much less confident, heck ill call it scared, of water cooler than the low 50's. This year, we went out in early december and my best smallmouth day all season in 42 degree water.

 

This was my second year tournament fishing, it been one heck of a ride. In the FLW college series I placed in the regional qualifier, then the regional championship in order to make the national college championship which is this coming spring. In each of those tournaments, it came down to a strong mental game, good decision making, and execution. My partner and I make a great team, he's a heck of a fisherman and we compliment eachother's strengths and weaknesses well. I was extremely proud of the outcome.

The best of the year and the best catch of my life:  I met a girl in June, got her out on the boat by July, and... she loves it. She has gone out about 8 times with me this year and has yet to put the rod down, even on the tough days. Over the trips we got her a PB largemouth of about 2.25lb, a couple of close to 4lb smallies and a PB pig of a smallmouth at 5.4lbs. It's amazing to share a passion of your with someone like this, I cant wait until next year.

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2015 was a good year for numbers, and for size at local lakes and ponds. 

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5 hours ago, NorcalBassin said:

it was a 2/10 for me. The drought has had the low water ramp unusable at my closest and favorite lake for at least a year and a half, so the after work trips I used to get to take quite frequently were non-existent. Therefore didn't get on the water near as much as I wanted, so that's something I'll definitely be changing in 2016. A new PB wouldn't hurt either. 

Hope those rivers and reservoirs bounce back big time.

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In a scale of 0 being the worst and 10 being the best I would rate my year in ...... no rating, you can´t rate something that never happened, the only times I grabbed my rods this year was the couple of times I had to move them to clean.

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I didn't catch a ton of largemouth this year, but as far as size this was my best year ever. I caught my new PB and at least fifteen in the 4-6lb range. 

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