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IMO, has to be LMB. They fight like old men, after the initial hookup, their one and done. I have seen bluegill half their size fight just as hard.

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Pound for pound it would easily be any species of catfish or pickerel.

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33 minutes ago, Penguino said:

Pound for Pound

 

IMO, has to be LMB. They fight like old men, after the initial hookup, their one and done. I have seen bluegill half their size fight just as hard.

Lol that made me laugh. "Fight like old men" hahaha

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  Walleye.  hook one you think you have hooked an old tire when you reel them in.

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A largemouth hooked in 33 degree water caught on a large jerkbait with three treble hooks.  In that cold of water they pretty much are paralyzed from the shock of three treble hooks being set into there mouth and being horsed in.  But in normal conditions, my vote would go to the walleye as being the weakest fighting fish.

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12 minutes ago, nickles said:

  Walleye.  hook one you think you have hooked an old tire when you reel them in.

This. BY FAR the worst fighting fish I have caught are walleye. They literally don't do a d**n thing as you reel them in.

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Maybe that's how NJ LMB are. here in Ca once in a while ya get the old 1 who knows the catch and release deal but thats why I fish

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Well, it all depends on the rod you fight them on?? Catching a 10" big bluegill on a 2wt fly rod, is a huge fight. But so it catching a 30lb muskie on a broom stick. Both fish fight like hell.

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The river walleye I catch fight really hard. So do the smallies. The weakest fighting fish I catch regularly are gar. Even the lake largemouth pull drag.

Josh

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Drum , they fight weird . They turn sideways an just stay like that . A firiend calls them sailing fish because they just kind of sail in one direction . 

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1 hour ago, The Young Gun said:

Well, it all depends on the rod you fight them on?? Catching a 10" big bluegill on a 2wt fly rod, is a huge fight. But so it catching a 30lb muskie on a broom stick. Both fish fight like hell.

"Pound for Pound"

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Brown Bullhead. You just have to reel in about every 15 minutes because you will never know if there is a fish on. 

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1 hour ago, The Young Gun said:

Well, it all depends on the rod you fight them on?? Catching a 10" big bluegill on a 2wt fly rod, is a huge fight. But so it catching a 30lb muskie on a broom stick. Both fish fight like hell.

Looking forward to the video of you fishing with the broom. 

 

I've had some LMB that jump multiple times trying to shake the hook, and others that once they're hooked they practically swim to you. It's an any given day thing. 

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Carp, they fight like a cinder block.

Worse, when they are swimming around, they jump and thrash on the surface.  When hooked, they just kind of mope around.

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Pound for pound on average I think the pike species fight the least.  One maybe 2 good run and they are spent.  Those toothy snot rockets are sprinters for 3 seconds then you winch them to the boat.  At that point they might give you a do over or they might just let you take the hook out.

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25 minutes ago, Rick Howard said:

Pound for pound on average I think the pike species fight the least.  One maybe 2 good run and they are spent.  Those toothy snot rockets are sprinters for 3 seconds then you winch them to the boat.  At that point they might give you a do over or they might just let you take the hook out.

Huh, the pickerel around here fight pretty hard. A 3lber will give you a better fight than a 3lb bass by far. 

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For those of you that say LGM bass fight the least, you obviously haven't caught a walleye.  I don't know if I've EVER had one take out drag in 15 years and we usually fish for them on medium spinning gear using 6 pound line.  They sure taste good but once they're hooked its reel and retrieve.

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24 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

Huh, the pickerel around here fight pretty hard. A 3lber will give you a better fight than a 3lb bass by far. 

I suppose the pickerel can be an exception to my statement on occasion.  The small ones give up quick and the large ones give up quick.  I was more considering the northern pike and walleye.  Even perch tend to hit hard then lay back for the ride to the boat.  

LMB are atop my list for less fight.  They are still my favorite fish to catch.  I'm not so much in it for the muscle match.  I just like to know that I found them and fooled them.  I live in a part of the country where smal lies are King but I would be content catching only LMB.  That style o fishing is what I like best.

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I have had lots of mixed experiences, and I think it all depends on conditions and how a certain fish behaves. I think that to judge a whole species by how they fight on one or two lakes is not a fair assessment. I will say however that the hardest fighting freshwater fish i have fought was a smallmouth buffalo. While fishing Lake of the Ozarks I had 5-6 Pound Smallmouth Buffalo (carp) that would fight me for 10 minutes with 30 lb braid and a baitcaster, but the bass had decided that water skiing would be more fun.

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Over the years during hot weather with 90* water, I have had some big L/M that have been pulled in with hardly a shake and very little fight.  It has always happened during the warmest months and usually in open deeper water.   It is not always like that even in summer, but it has happened and it always amazes me how that big fish put up no fight.  I don't no why this sometimes happens, but I suspect it might have something to do with lower oxygen levels especially in our shallow, sometime stagnant, Florida waters.  I don't know if anyone else has experienced this situation, but it is weird phenomenon.  Usually fish over 6 pounds.

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In saltwater,a yellow mouth trout.The fight is like reeling in a sock.

In freshwater,a speckled perch.( Crappie if you're north of Georgia)

I think bass fight good myself but I did hook one on a small bream one time that didn't fight at all.Too my great surprise,it was  7 pounder.

It was full as a tick( not with eggs but with bream.!)

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6 hours ago, Penguino said:

Pound for Pound

 

IMO, has to be LMB. They fight like old men, after the initial hookup, their one and done. I have seen bluegill half their size fight just as hard.

LMB eat bluegill 1/2 their size!

The old argument what fresh water fish fights the hardest pound for pound has gone on for decades. In the bass family Spotted bass hold that honor followed by Smallmouth bass, LMB get a lot bigger than any other fresh water bass.

So would rather fight bluegill than bass that eat bluegill, then you will have the lake to yourself.

Tom

 

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