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I saw the guy that holds the world record at the ramp near my house last week. He’s a licensed bait dealer that sells skipjack all over the US 

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I had an evening free finally tonight but not enough time to really put the boat in so I grabbed the trout rod and went to the local stream that’s 2 minutes from the house. I haven’t trout fished since 2020 when I got the kayak. This year I decided to buy a trout stamp just to have something to do. Instead of hopping to the local pond to catch a dozen 8” largemouth I could pop to the stream and catch some 9” trout. The water has been up from the rain but it was pretty clear and coming down. Still not an insignificant amount of water running though but this is how I like it. I was shooting for 20 trout in 2-3 hours and I got close. Ended up with 15 or 16.  Most all were the NJ standard 9” stocked rainbow but a couple were 10-11” and two were in the 15” range. Considering I haven’t been out for almost a month, it was good to be out and about on the water. 

 

 

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My standard disclaimer,  I only target Bass so when I catch another species it's a matter of luck, not skill.

guy I know stayed out of work today and went fishing with Dolly (Yorkie).  I........."he" caught an 11.40 pound Blue cat on my third cast.  After getting it to the boat I held it next to the boat for a while so it was good and tired.  Dolly was all excited, barking and growling at it.   She had to check it out real good once I got it in the boat.   I also caught a decent Crappie.  I'd guess 11 inches.  It's a minnow compared to the Crappie I see around here though.   

 

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While Bass fishing today in heavy fog I caught a 12 inch White Perch.  I don't know what "big" is for that species, but the ones I usually catch are only 6 to 8 inches long.   

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42 minutes ago, Woody B said:

While Bass fishing today in heavy fog I caught a 12 inch White Perch.  I don't know what "big" is for that species, but the ones I usually catch are only 6 to 8 inches long. 

They're more closely related to Bass - true Perch are closely related to Walleye and Sauger - but giants of White Perch are around 20" and 5#

 

I use to catch them all the time in Indian Lake and Wachusett Reservoir when I lived in MA.

 

12" is good eating size.

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Fished for 9 hours today for bass at one of my favorite lakes which is quickly loosing favor.  55-57 degrees, both sunny and heavy overcast, still and windy. I fished the bank, fished off shore, fished the flats, fished the drops. At one point I was fishing 55’ of water for fish I marked. Tons of bait but couldn’t buy a bass. I livescoped transition areas between deep water and spawning areas from 50’ to 5’. Anything I thought was a bass got thrown to. Most were crappie. Some I thought that before casting but the last one was on its own on a big flat and I was sure it was a bass. It was not. Didn’t keep any but if I’d have had my net bag I would have caught more. 
 

 

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39 minutes ago, casts_by_fly said:

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...for the picture above, consider putting the hook through the base of the guide rather than the guide.

 

Odds are slim you'll damage the guide, but it's possible. 

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Just now, Further North said:

...for the picture above, consider putting the hook through the base of the guide rather than the guide.

 

Odds are slim you'll damage the guide, but it's possible. 


im aware. That was just for the picture.  I usually use the hook keeper but on this rod the keeper is in the split of the grip which sits down in the rod holder tube. I was sending my dad a pic of what I caught it on. 

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1 hour ago, casts_by_fly said:


im aware. That was just for the picture.  I usually use the hook keeper but on this rod the keeper is in the split of the grip which sits down in the rod holder tube. I was sending my dad a pic of what I caught it on. 

Cool.

 

I never know what others might not know.

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Launched the ole canoe around 6:30, slow going for the first 30-45 minutes with only a tiny SMB, then the skipjack and white bass went crazy. The tails were all crooked on my tiny crappie minnow baits so I just ripped them off and the fish approved 

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There's a few periods of the year where the black basses decide to hide and the Others decide to come take their place instead. We're on the cusp of shad spawn but not quite there yet in the shallows. It doesn't help my pursuits that Roberts (27k acres) has risen 12+ inches in the last week, all cold rain plus cold air temps. That said, I wore the black crappies out again the other night with a tube. I'll take whatever bite is available. 

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The bass didn’t want to play despite some great looking cover on this lake, but found some post spawn crappie (up to 1.5 lbs.) moving back out toward deep water, so still got to swing on some fish. Probably a change of venue next trip though.

 

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In the UK spring is a diabolical period for most freshwater species. They're spawning, the three month closed season restricts where you can fish and it's generally a struggle. As a result you end up finding bizarre ways to get your fix. Today's challenge was some sticklebacks I'd spotted a while ago. Tactics for these mini monsters was going to be 0.6g cheburaska weight with a 1" yellow maggot to attract their attention, then a tiny size 22 hook on a tiny bit of line with a spec of gulp on it to catch them. Mission accomplished. 

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On 4/24/2024 at 11:15 AM, TnRiver46 said:

Launched the ole canoe around 6:30, slow going for the first 30-45 minutes with only a tiny SMB, then the skipjack and white bass went crazy. The tails were all crooked on my tiny crappie minnow baits so I just ripped them off and the fish approved 

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So they must not be any good to eat … 

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3 minutes ago, N Florida Mike said:

So they must not be any good to eat … 

Never tried myself but I would imagine absolutely NOT😂 

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Changed lakes today. Sunny for much of the afternoon with a steady but light breeze. Started on bass and caught 3, but no size to them. After an hour, I checked out a brushpile in the area and found the crappie were moving out and starting to regroup. Nothing but males on all the spots I then started running, but caught around 60 fish, so it was fun doing all that swinging for a change. The jigging rod got a good workout today B)

 

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17 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

So they must not be any good to eat … 

 

17 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Never tried myself but I would imagine absolutely NOT😂 

I've heard that they taste like candy...if you're a catfish! 🤣

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It appears the muskie are done spawning and moving into the trees. They'll use them until the weeds get up good. I was bass fishing today and caught a 36.5" out of a laydown on my flippin rig, and a 37" with a 3" tube on 8# YZH. Both fish are beat up from the spawn. That skinny 37" was pretty lethargic. Only took a few minutes to land it on the 8#.

 The muskie bite has been terrible lately with the spawn going on. Looking forward to the weeds getting up and the crank and blade bite getting going. 

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