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On 7/8/2018 at 11:59 PM, Catt said:

I've kept detailed records since 1972 of every trip, including total number, total above minimum size limit, total below minimum size limit, & largest.

 

I've had over 4 dozen 100+ days ūüėČ

 

2007 The Year in Review: January 10, 2008

 

Last year my time on the water was greatly limited butÔĽŅÔĽŅ¬†for what ever reason I was on big fish all year startingÔĽŅ¬†with a personal best back in February of 12 lbs. 8 oz. I think it was a combination of limited time on the water and the fact Toledo Bend was 15' low for almost a year before returning to normal. My limited time on the water had me relaxed and concentrating harder while the low water concentrated the big bass.

Lacassine Wildlife Refuge: V&M 9 Super Ringer Worm T-rigged Black Neon

10.37 lbs

10.61 lbs

11 lbs 3 oz

Toledo Bend Reservoir:

10.013 lbs, Oldham Jig with Gene Larew Salty Hawg Craw Black-N-Blue

10 lbs 3 oz, Gene Larew 7 ¬Ĺ Ring Worm T-rigged Camouflage

10.42 lbs, Oldham Jig with Gene Larew Salty Hawg Craw Black-N-Blue

10.061 lbs, Oldham Jig with Gene Larew Salty Hawg Craw Black-N-Blue

10 lbs. 9 ¬ľ oz, Gene Larew 7 ¬Ĺ Ring Worm T-rigged Camouflage

10 lbs 10 oz, Gene Larew 7 ¬Ĺ Ring Worm T-rigged Camouflage

11 lbs 1 oz, Gene Larew 7 ¬Ĺ Ring Worm T-rigged Camouflage

12 lbs 8 oz, Rat-L-Trap

Total Bass Caught: 980

Total days on the water: 58

Average daily catch: 16.89

Bass under 14‚ÄĚ: 382

Bass over 14‚ÄĚ:¬†441

Bass over 5 lbs: 63

Bass over 6 lbs: 51

Bass over 7 lbs: 17

Bass over 8 lbs: 9

Bass over 9 lbs: 6

Bass over 10 lbs: 11

Largest: 12 lbs 8 ozs

Top Area: Toledo Bend; Main Lake underwater point & ridge

Top Technique: Texas Rig

Top BaitÔĽŅ: Worm

Top ColorÔĽŅ:¬†ÔĽŅCamouflageÔĽŅ

I want you to adopt me and take me fishing. :)

 

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I'm a CPA. I have a strict policy not to count unless someone pays me. In fact, its probably an ethics violation.

 

But... if i were catching a 10lbr every 3 minutes I might have to break that rule.

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14 minutes ago, bagofdonuts said:

But... if i were catching a 10lbr every 3 minutes I might have to break that rule.

If I catch a ten lb bass , it will probably be an hour before I make another cast .

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Just now, scaleface said:

If I catch a ten lb bass , it will probably be an hour before I make another cast .

I know what you mean. It'd take me 15 min to stop shaking.

 

Tom, 

18 in an hour is really an impressive physical feat. I'm sure i couldn't do that even if the school was there and biting. 

Heck, i don't even think i could be your net man at that rate.

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On July 8, 2018 at 11:56 PM, scaleface said:

Man, thats a hard one . I've only been four times this year and estimate I caught 120 to 150 . Its not unreasonable that I have caught 1000 to 1500 in a year .

That is quite impressive fishing. I could dig up some notes and logs from over the years river fishing for smallies and put some numbers up there in the 100's for the season. I counted dinks, runts and respectable bass. Logged time, temps., baits, water conditions, blah blah blah. Was fun to do but I just got away from it. I think I missed opportunities for bigger fish with my older fishing style. 

 

I fish a bit differently these days. I'd like to think I'm fishing for bigger smallmouth or largemouths these days. 

 

I don't have the best bass resources at my fingertips. I just make the best of what I have. 

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On 7/9/2018 at 5:08 PM, PECo said:

I caught 204 striped bass in one trip last December, just because I could:

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love it ! hope to go striper fishing someday in my life lol would love to fish cape cod canal one day heard its got amazing striper fishing

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17 hours ago, Ralph Nicholas Vito said:

love it ! hope to go striper fishing someday in my life lol would love to fish cape cod canal one day heard its got amazing striper fishing

I fish the lower Housatonic River in Connecticut during the winter. Stripers always hold over in it.

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I didn't realize there was a season.  We renew our licenses on Aug 1 is the closest definition to a season I guess.  We fish year round, there are days that you don't catch anything and others you catch 25+.  I would estimate normally I catch 1 or 2 a year that are 5+, 10 that are 3-5, and a whole lot that are 3 and under.

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I caught 300 + fish in a month several times the one year I kept records.But it was multi-species. If I remember correctly, I caught over 3000 fish that year.

Im sure Ive caught 2-300 hundred bass per year the last 10 years or so.

 

 

 

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I fish about 3-5 hours at a time, 30-50 days/year.  Compared to most around here, that's not very much.  I also don't fish many waters known for large fish, as those tend to more popular (both for anglers and recreational boaters)...but I prioritize solitude when I go out to fish.  On top of that, there is a variety of different kinds of waters near me -- natural lakes, impoundments, small streams, larger rivers, swampy river bayous and backwaters, gravel pits....they vary widely in numbers of bass, predominant species (LM vs.SM), average size, fertility, forage species, competitor predator species...so where I choose to fish, and how often, has a large effect on how many I catch.  Also, some years I have a lot of days to spare for fishing, others I don't.

 

So in the end, overall numbers of fish don't tell me much: if I caught more this year than last, is it because I'm improving as an angler? Or becauseI fished more? Or did I just fish more productive waters?

 

So I keep track of several metrics to gauge how I'm doing in each body of water I fish:

--number of bass caught per hour of fishing in each body of water

--average bass length in each body of water

--number of keeper sized bass (14" and up) caught per hour in each body of water. 

--weight of my largest bass in in each body of water

 

Generally, if I'm improving (rather than backsliding) on 2 or more of these metrics, on average across all the waters I fish compared to last year, I feel like I'm achieving something. 

 

 

 

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On 7/8/2018 at 11:48 PM, WRB said:

No, have a hard time remembering how many I caught my last outing.

I do remember catching 18 DD bass in a hour or so back in 1991, that is by far my best day.

Tom

Huh?  Is there such a body of water that you can catch and land a 10+lb bass every 3 or so minutes 18 times in a row?    That's 200lbs of bass.   

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1 hour ago, Deeare said:

Huh?  Is there such a body of water that you can catch and land a 10+lb bass every 3 or so minutes 18 times in a row?    That's 200lbs of bass.   

It's rare but it has happened a few times. Castaic in the early 90's was at it's peak big bass/giant bass population and occasionally a wolf pack of big bass would coral schools of planted rainbow trout up against structure and I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time with the right lure and tackle to take advantage.

Matt Neuman (Irod owner) had a similar catch at lake Casitas a decade later, Matt had several witnesses (via cell phone) I only have my boat partner, different lake that also peaked in the early 2000's.

Tom

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12 hours ago, Deeare said:

Huh?  Is there such a body of water that you can catch and land a 10+lb bass every 3 or so minutes 18 times in a row?    That's 200lbs of bass.   

Yes there are places like that, Sugar Lake in Mexico, right across the border from McAllen, TX, was such a place a few years ago, a 50 lb stringer in a tournament didn't take you anywhere.

 

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This scene from Billy Madison popped into my head as I read through this thread. 

 

 

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Jeez! I need to retire and go fishing more.

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On 7/9/2018 at 12:13 AM, Raul said:

3-4 lbers wre seen as "trash"

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" :lol:

 

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On 7/9/2018 at 11:59 PM, OCdockskipper said:

I keep a detailed log on all the fish I catch on my home lake, I fish it 50 plus times a year.  I figure since I fish it so often, keeping detailed records will be helpful.  I also enjoy looking back and comparing years.  However, when I am on vacation or fishing a different body of water, I'll pay attention to how many I catch, but I don't document it.

 

That said, my best year was 2016, when I¬†caught 1552 bass (averaged 26¬†per trip) on my home lake.¬† However, as of July 7th, I have caught 920 bass this year (36 per trip), so unless something weird happens over the next 6 months, 2018 may be the banner year.¬† IÔĽŅronically, 2017 was one of my slowest years with 875 fish (19 per trip).

Need to take some lessons from you when I move "back" home (Orange County) one day :)

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23 hours ago, Burke said:

Need to take some lessons from you when I move "back" home (Orange County) one day :)

I'd say it is the lake more than me, although you do need to know some tricks in order to get a bait in front of them consistently.  When I first started fishing here, 10 fish was a real good day for me because I didn't know how many fish I was passing by.

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On 7/9/2018 at 9:32 PM, Ralph Nicholas Vito said:

haha even dinks

i count every species too pickerel perch or sunfish but i haven't caught a single sunfish and haven't gone after sunfish (bluegill)

Some years I track, some years I don't. This year I'm not, but based on some past records, an average year for me would be about 1,000 bass, another 1,000 crappie, and 500 misc. fish (2500 total). My recent best year was 2011 when I landed 2,305 bass along with another ~2500 non-bass for close to 5,000 fish total. That 2011 bass total was 82 trips totaling 260 hrs. The only stat I know for this year is having caught multiple open water bass so far in every month, including Jan and Feb, which often isn't a possibility being this far north.

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In south Florida we have no off season.  Many fish almost every day, and catch thousands of fish every year.  During the dry season when water levels drop, and fish concentrate 100 bass in a half day is a real possibility, and often happens.  Its why I moved here 45 years ago.

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After about 10 fish, I start losing interest in numbers and more on quality. I'd rather catch four 4lbers than 8 2lbers. 

 

That being said, 1000 fish a season would be 18 fish a week, or about 2-3 per day. Maybe when I was a kid and I could pond hop weekdays after school. Nowadays, gotta work! 

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 When I lived, fished and guided in so. Fl I rarely told how many bass we would catch in big cypress or the everglades because it would seem unbelievable in other parts of the country. One dry year in Big Cypress throwing a 3/4 oz. gold rattling rapala over 100lbs in 20 consecutive casts. That was the best day I remember - if the water was high  things got tough real quick.

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2 hours ago, frogflogger said:

 When I lived, fished and guided in so. Fl I rarely told how many bass we would catch in big cypress or the everglades because it would seem unbelievable in other parts of the country. One dry year in Big Cypress throwing a 3/4 oz. gold rattling rapala over 100lbs in 20 consecutive casts. That was the best day I remember - if the water was high  things got tough real quick.

Yes many would have a problem believing that, but us that fish the glades often know its a fact.  Concentrated bass can make fishing crazy at times, with big numbers, and big bass mixed in with the masses.  Thumbs torn up, and bass on almost every cast can last for hours, its not all year long but almost every March April and May.

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