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Interesting day finally found out what these bass eat!

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So it’s 38 degrees here in New York with a low for 33 tonight decided to get some jerkbait fishing in today. Caught about 12 in a few hours , they were all caught with a loooong pause between 5-10 seconds.  Was almost back to the canoe out in spot and decided one more cast and twitch twitch BOOM just heavy so I knew this was today so best. Took my time and got her in the boat. A nice 5 pounder .. now i took a look inside and noticed a tail sticking out ! It didn’t look like a bluegill  and I didn’t wanna pull the fish out of its stomach, she was obviously eating up for winter. So I tossed her back and decided eh one more ! Usually I would end on that but I just had a gut feeling.  Idk if anyone remembers but a few months ago I asked if perch could be a main forage .. I have never seen bluegill here but I thought I saw a perch.. well I casted back to the exact same spot I caught the 5 pounder and what do you know! A giant perch ! Looks like I found out what they are eating 

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Awesome pics! Way to figure out what they like and match the hatch. 

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I've had a lot of luck on a perch colored Fat Rap and there are zero perch around here .

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1 hour ago, scaleface said:

I've had a lot of luck on a perch colored Fat Rap and there are zero perch around here .

They must work wonders here then. I actually just got a perch colored Vison 110 I’ll have to start throwing more 

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Good photography. 

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24 minutes ago, daddymac said:

Good photography. 

Why thanks ! 

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Not to nitpick but that snap swivel really messes with the suspending ability of your jerkbait. You'll get much better action and a better suspending bait without it.

 

Yellow perch are a huge food source for northern largemouth and smallmouth, the main food source in a lot of lakes. No doubt that big fatty has a big perch down her gullet 😁

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21 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Not to nitpick but that snap swivel really messes with the suspending ability of your jerkbait. You'll get much better action and a better suspending bait without it.

 

Yellow perch are a huge food source for northern largemouth and smallmouth, the main food source in a lot of lakes. No doubt that big fatty has a big perch down her gullet 😁

Yeah I was kind of junk fishing trying to figure them out I even cringed a little seeing the pic haha. An yeah I didn’t realize they had such big perch. When I went out again Friday I threw my perch vision 110 and caught 2 more perch around the same size! Is there any reason to that? I haven’t caught a perch on anything all year and now they are attacking lures 

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