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On 1/3/2019 at 12:00 AM, soflabasser said:

I caught a 23.75 inch and 20 inch largemouth bass on January 1st so I started the year 2019 good. Hope to continue to do well and to improve my bass fishing skills by the end of this year.

All downhill from here!!

 

 

 

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On 12/25/2018 at 1:36 AM, hoosierbass07 said:

1. Don't waste my time using jigs.  

2. Don't waste my time using crank baits.  

3. Don't waist my time using top water.  

4. Don't wast my time using my baitcasters. 

5. Don't wast my time using ten inch plastic worms.  

6. Do stick to what works: Yum-Dingers/Stick baits.

7. Do stick to what works: Berkley PowerBaits in seven inch. 

8.  Do stick to what works: lizards.  

9.  Don't use any line above eight pounds.  Eight and six pound is plenty for large bass. 

10. Do make lots and lots of casts to increase the odds of catching a big one.  

 

  Well throw my goals in the trash.  I watched KVD on Pro Team Journal Friday night.  Watched him throw a jerk bait thru the whole episode.  I never caught a bass on a jerk bait and hardly ever use them.  But what did I do Saturday?  Had to go to the store to buy me a KVD jerk bait in clear water minnow.  Ugh.  

 

 

 

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47 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

All downhill from here!!

 

 

 

LOL! I live in a big bass paradise so the bass I mentioned earlier are regular catches for me. Biggest largemouth bass I caught last month was 25 inches long with a 18 inch girth. Caught a 46.5 inch carp on the last day of the year which was a nice surprise since I was fishing for cichlids.  I am sure I am going to catch lots of bass over 23.75 inches this year and my goal is to catch a couple over 24 inches. Got 12 months to do it so I will be ok if I fish hard and focus on techniques that have worked well for me.

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1 minute ago, soflabasser said:

LOL! I live in a big bass paradise so the bass I mentioned earlier are regular catches for me. Biggest largemouth bass I caught last month was 25 inches long with a 18 inch girth. Caught a 46.5 inch carp on the last day of the year which was a nice surprise since I was fishing for cichlids. 

Lol, I know -- the sheer absurdity of the difference in size potential is hilarious. A 5lb largemouth up here is about 10 years old.

 

However: I'm going to finally catch a musky this year. I can feel it.

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4 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

Lol, I know -- the sheer absurdity of the difference in size potential is hilarious. A 5lb largemouth up here is about 10 years old.

 

However: I'm going to finally catch a musky this year. I can feel it.

A 5 pound largemouth bass is a nice catch especially for a northern strain largemouth bass. Have caught 4 muskies in my travels up north they are a fun species to target. Make sure to use a leader since they have many sharp teeth. Muskies remind me of barracuda and they share similar behavior traits when it comes to how they hunt their prey. You live in a beautiful state with awesome freshwater fishing and I will consider visiting it in a future vacation.

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1 hour ago, soflabasser said:

A 5 pound largemouth bass is a nice catch especially for a northern strain largemouth bass. Have caught 4 muskies in my travels up north they are a fun species to target. Make sure to use a leader since they have many sharp teeth. Muskies remind me of barracuda and they share similar behavior traits when it comes to how they hunt their prey. You live in a beautiful state with awesome freshwater fishing and I will consider visiting it in a future vacation.

 

I have lived here 10 years. The main reason I haven't caught a musky is I haven't spent much of my time fishing Musky waters. Most of the river systems in my area have them, but the inland lakes with musky populations overwhelmingly tend toward heavy recreational use, which I avoid. So the game is basically to spend more time where they are present.

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I'm going to add to my goals rather that edit my last post.

 

Target the DD's that roam the waters of my local lake. The largest I've witnessed being caught was a 10.69lb'r.  I know the exact area she was caught. There was a 13lb'r caught very close to the same area. There's some pretty good structure all around the general area and I feel that the big girls may haunt it. Shallow, deep, rock piles, trees , flooded timber, deep water access, giant rocks, it's all there. The downside is the lake level was raised some 25ft or so in the last year. I'm still thinking that it may take a while for the fish to adjust to their new surrounding, environment. Maybe thru this season they may stay closer to their normal haunts and venture out into the newly flooded areas. 

 

Whenever I get back onto the water I'll be heading towards the above and be throwing big baits a lot more often than in the past. 

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Buy boat.

Use boat.

Don’t destroy boat.

Catch fish with boat.

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The goal is the same as the last 40 years.  Have as much fun as possible with friends, and do it as much as possible.

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Fish with more focus yet have an open mind. Try new techniques and master them. Hopefully, all my recent surgeries  (foot & bilateral full knee replacements) are in the past and nothing will interfere with the upcoming season.

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