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large.20180203_181459-1080x1440.jpg.dfde270c6d0752e7f48385a1d6b4bae0.jpgHad a friend over from work to catch whatever we could. Dug up 100 worms and we caught a nice string of shellcrackers ( red ears ) , bluegill , and catfish.

About 20 minutes after we started , I caught a nice bait- sized copperhead bluegill and threw him out on my live bait rod.

I had been watching the cork and had taken my attention off it for less than a minute. The cork had silently gone under and had been taken 200 feet or so out in the lake in that short time .When I tightened up and set the hook , the fish came all the way out of the water.

 

The fish ended up weighing 6 lb 11 oz , and was 24 inch.

That was the only run we got all afternoon on the bait rod.large.20180203_142049-1080x1440.jpg.ab16adb5e3a4e87951a2586718b87502.jpglarge.20180203_142431-1080x1440.jpg.cd9c7c6ecd76029f2a78a13250b393fe.jpg

 

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Nice!

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Is that a white cat or a channel.  I've got a friend near the space center who has two lakes loaded with white cats.  Reminds me of our bullheads up here, only gray.

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It's a brown bullhead. That one had more white in it than normal.

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Nice hawg Mike. Good to hear someone's catching the big fish while the rest of us dream about spring. 

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That's always how it goes, take your eye off the float and it will go under. Nice catch!

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That's a nice bass!

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Great afternoon of fishing Mike, must have been a fun few minutes getting all that line back! And I’m a guessing the big girl didn’t make it on that stringer...

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1 hour ago, J._Bricker said:

Great afternoon of fishing Mike, must have been a fun few minutes getting all that line back! And I’m a guessing the big girl didn’t make it on that stringer...

Yeah , we had planned to go out in the boat but kept catching fish so we stayed put. And yes , big mama is back in the lake . I was out back a little while ago and I think she's still around . Saw another big blow-up on a bream right where she was the other day. Also seeing bedding activity, 2 little bucks were hanging around close in about 10 feet apart. Seeing some lake bottom excavations too !

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