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I have always wondered how much other fish species plague bass tournament fishermen?  It seems like a lot of largemouth waters would also be pike waters and often walleye and smallmouth often favor similar conditions, and that's just up north where I am.  

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If you're ready for them - it's not all bad

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56 minutes ago, billmac said:

I have always wondered how much other fish species plague bass tournament fishermen?  It seems like a lot of largemouth waters would also be pike waters and often walleye and smallmouth often favor similar conditions, and that's just up north where I am.  

Here in Kansas the catfish is king and they get huge.  Freshwater drum brings up a close second.

Flathead catfish in particular are very fond of crankbaits. Can't count the number of  flatheads over 10 pounds I have caught bass fishing.

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Catfish, drum, and white bass are the worst here. Catfish and drum usually fool me into thinking I've got a good bass for a few seconds until I start to feel the fight. White bass are so aggressive that when they're really biting it can be hard to catch anything else at times. 

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5 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Catfish, drum, and white bass are the worst here. Catfish and drum usually fool me into thinking I've got a good bass for a few seconds until I start to feel the fight. White bass are so aggressive that when they're really biting it can be hard to catch anything else at times. 

Ditto 

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Catching walleye while bass fishing is always a nice treat. Weigh the bass and eat the eyes. I saw a you tube video by jacob wheeler where he was keeping walleyes during an elite series event on the st lawrence.

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Pickerel are my nemesis species.

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One species my buddy and I have had caught a goodly number of is Bowfin.  On one occasion we caught as many bowfin as bass.  I didn't mind because they fight so well (and we don't keep bass anyway) but my buddy was somewhat displeased.

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I foul hooked a good sized carp the other day. I just make believed I was at my buddys' in Fla. fighting reds. It's all fun.

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Pike are the bane of my existence when tournament fishing. 

Last year I recall fishing one tourney in particular where it was last hour and I knew nobody else was catching anything so I was trying HARD to find a keeper. Right before I was about to pull the trolling motor and make the run back I got SMACKED and was thinking it was the winning fish on the line. After a minute fight it came to the top and was a 35" pike. I was so ticked. 

Some days I catch more pike than bass.. Better than catching nothing I suppose?

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Since I fish a Senko a majority of the time, anything that swims will bite it.  I literally have caught almost all species of fish that swim in the Potomac on a Senko including Bluefish and Redfish and Flounder when the salt line is up.  

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