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What is your guys most impressive bonus fish while fishing for bass? Mine is a 36 inch channel cat that weighed 21 3/4 pounds.

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a beautiful 2lb. bull bluegill ... pearl river county, ms farm pond ...

 

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I don't target anything but largemouth and smallmouth bass. My most impressive bonus catch would probably be this crappie:

 

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I didn't weigh or measure it, but it's the biggest one I've ever caught, and I catch them frequently when bass fishing. It hit a Texas Rigged worm.

 

I've caught big channel cats, big carp, and big drum when bass fishing as well, but I see bigger than the ones I've caught all the time by people who fish for anything that bites or who intentionally targeted them. I don't like to touch carp or drum.

 

I caught a small Muskie once in a tournament. The lake is known for Muskie. Before we started my buddy told me I wouldn't catch one because they're hard enough to catch as is when you're targeting them. My first fish of the day shortly after launch was a Muskie LOL. I enjoyed that bonus catch the most, even if it was small. It took me a little while to appreciate it. At the time I was upset because I thought I had a good largemouth. I released it quickly with no photo. Doh!

 

I'm probably going to start intentionally targeting crappie as a secondary fishing hobby. I don't mind hooking into them when I'm bass fishing. I currently have no interest in toothy, whiskery, or sucky, slimey fish.

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Nice crappie glaucus. Funny you mention muskies I went fishing today and had at least a 50 inch air follow my spinnerbait but I can't add that as my best bonus fish because I didn't catch it but that is the reason why I brought up the subject.

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On a homemade finesse jig and 15lb test.

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Bluebasser86 that had to been a lot of fun. Haven't caught one of those yet just a bunch of big channels. You know that's not a bass after about 5 minutes dog'n you out on the bottom

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This is my most recent accidental catch. 28.5 inch walleye.

 

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1 hour ago, Krazyfish101 said:

Bluebasser86 that had to been a lot of fun. Haven't caught one of those yet just a bunch of big channels. You know that's not a bass after about 5 minutes dog'n you out on the bottom

I've caught enough big flatheads on jigs to know what it is before I set the hook. When they inhale a jig, it feels like someone grabbed your line and jerked your rod down, there's no mistaking it. If I had the video going on the bite, I even said "that's a flathead", before I ever set the hook. Only took about 10 minutes to land. Still the lake record as far as I know. 

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this 49 inch grass carp, caught him on a lipless on 10 lb copolymer. It took me 25 minutes to bring him in he couldn’t be stopped. IMG_20190316_201912_634.thumb.jpg.509443fb00a3f367972f62f87dc7db96.jpg

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Last week when I was bass fishing I caught a small bluegill. What I found interesting is that I caught it on a big Pop-R. I figure that since bluegills are notorious fin nippers he was ticked off that something was in his territory.

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recently fishing for bass using a white spinnerbait and caught a 26 inch walleye weighing 6lb 1oz.  I think it was after smaller bass we were catching and got stupid and missed his target

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I've caught a lot of untargeted species on Bass Lures but the "Coolest" by catch was in Wisconsin throwing a crank for bass and caught a Tiger Musky.  Not a trophy size but just a neat catch and rare in its own right.  

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In just the last month, I've caught snakeheads, gars, snapping turtle, perch, blue cats, channel cats, crappie, bluegill, rock bass....but the "most impressive" was a few years ago on a DT-6:

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On 6/18/2019 at 12:03 AM, Glaucus said:

I'm probably going to start intentionally targeting crappie as a secondary fishing hobby. I don't mind hooking into them when I'm bass fishing.

Be careful. That's how it started with me. I fished for crappie on opening day of bass this year. I may not target bass until the crappie scatter into deep water and get harder to find. My freezer is about full of crappie and perch though, so I may fish bass this weekend. I have plenty of fish meat to last until ice fishing starts again.

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