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On 9/4/2019 at 9:51 AM, BassNJake said:

Awesome!!

I bet that was a blast

It was! It always amazes me how much water bass can throw when they charge a "frog". It's almost scary. It was also a heck of a lot of work, kicking through that stuff, and scraping off the rust. Second outing since the end of March. Frogging and Flipunching are probably two of the toughest ways to get your mojo back on-line -esp from a float tube. I missed, and lost, a few. Luckily, this kind of fishing is addicting. :)

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13 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Froggin' and "Flipunching"

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That’s pretty cool man. Sure looks like fun. Great shots. 

You got a seatbelt in that thing. 

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8 hours ago, Derek1 said:

That’s pretty cool man. Sure looks like fun. Great shots. 

You got a seatbelt in that thing. 

Thanks! I always lamented that I could take photos and catch fish... but not at the same time! GoPro's solved a lot of that.

 

:)) No seat belt needed. It would be darn hard to "fall out" of it. Would be like falling out of a LaZboy. I'm totally secure, but do avoid waves and current.

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Very Cool Pics @Paul Roberts

Nicely Done. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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That's some serious slop, and great bass! 

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Nothing like a good frog bite.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

You did fantastic!!!

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On 9/4/2019 at 4:43 PM, Darren. said:

That's some serious slop, and great bass! 

Yes, it is! I actually chose it for my summer "Jungle Warfare" videos (3 video fishing journals), bc it is SO dense. In some ways that makes, at least some of, the "bassy" spots more obvious. There's plenty more that I couldn't see though, I'm sure. Getting into that stuff, and then getting them out, was... frustrating, and comical. Esp with the time and effort kicking (thrashing) into position, waiting for things to settle, then trying to hit an 8in wide avenue. OOooooooo!:mad1: I needed to do some creative editing to maintain my... Bob Ross-like reputation. :)

 

If something can go wrong, it's sure to happen in such slop. And... frog bites are so easy to miss, esp when you're rusty. SURPRISE! Rats! SURPRISE! RATS! SURPRISE! $%&#!!! :doh10:I eventually got my shtick together, and was able to wait that half-second. Despite the work and frustrations, this type of fishing is a hoot. I could do it every day. Good way to get in shape too. 💪

 

The bass are not big in that pond, however. I've known that pond a long time, watching it go from a rubble-bottomed open water pond with willow brush, to this bowl of dense veggie soup, that came on after the massive 2013 flood washed in a ton of nutrients. A lot more small bass now, and sunfishes, owing to better survival of the little fish. But... so far, the bass still seem to disappear at 16". Yet they are fat things, always have been. Puzzling. I suspect it may be that groundwater keeps it cool, but I haven't done the profiles to find out. This August, there was a real live thermocline throughout the pond, as much as a 20F diff from the surface skin to 4fow!!. I don't know how much is due to the thick vegetation insulating the core, and how much is groundwater. Anyway, I'll take a bunch of fat 15" bass any day. And who knows... When you chuck a frog, or Pit Boss, into a crevice in that kind of stuff, and have water thrown back at you 5ft in the air, the one's that got away could have been state records! :)

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7 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

I actually chose it for my Summer Jungle Warfare videos (3 video fishing journals),

Awesome as always Paul. Can't wait to see the video! 🎣

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11 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Yes, it is! I actually chose it for my Summer Jungle Warfare videos (3 video fishing journals), bc it is SO dense. In some ways that makes, at least some of, the "bassy" spots more obvious. There's plenty more that I couldn't see though, I'm sure. Getting into that stuff, and then getting them out, was... frustrating, and comical. Esp with the time and effort kicking (thrashing) into position, waiting for things to settle, then trying to hit an 8in wide avenue. OOooooooo!:mad1: I needed to do some creative editing to maintain my... Bob Ross-like reputation. :)

 

If something can go wrong, it's sure to happen in such slop. And... frog bites are so easy to miss, esp when you're rusty. SURPRISE! Rats! SURPRISE! RATS! SURPRISE! $%&#!!! :doh10:I eventually got my shtick together, and was able to wait that half-second. Despite the work and frustrations, this type of fishing is a hoot. I could do it every day. Good way to get in shape too. 💪

 

The bass are not big in that pond, however. I've known it a long time, watching it go from a rubble-bottomed open water pond with willow brush, to this bowl of dense veggie soup, that came on after the massive 2013 flood washed in a ton of nutrients. A lot more small bass now, and sunfishes, owing to better survival of the little fish. But... so far, the bass still seem to disappear at 16". Yet they are fat things, always have been. Puzzling. I suspect it may be that groundwater keeps it cool, but I haven't done the profiles to find out. There was a real live thermocline throughout the pond, as much as a 20F diff from the surface skin to 4fow!. Anyway, I'll take a bunch of fat 15" bass any day. And who knows... When you chuck a frog, or Pit Boss, into a crevice in that kind of stuff, and have water thrown back at you 5ft in the air, the one's that got away could have been state records! :)

Looking forward to the series :) 

 

So what's it like in your tube, finning around in that stuff?

Do you get "stuck" or stay at the edges of the slop? Looks

like you get right in it. 

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3 hours ago, Darren. said:

Looking forward to the series :) 

 

So what's it like in your tube, finning around in that stuff?

Do you get "stuck" or stay at the edges of the slop? Looks

like you get right in it. 

I go where no man has gone before! :)) And, I have the whole pond to myself. :) I appear to be the only one so daring, or so obsessed.

 

The tube is wonderful to fish from. Biggest drawback is sitting so low above the water. There's no real sight-fishing to be done from a tube, or much scouting without sitting on top of the spots. However, the tube doesn't spook fish all that much. But, kicking through the thick stuff is pretty "thrashy". I use open pockets where ever I can, but, there aren't that many of them in this pond. And the veggie beds are dense all the way to the bottom in most places, so I have to kick at the surface -thrash, thrash, thrash... I thrash into a spot then, for good luck, hang out for a bit, letting things settle down. 

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That's a jungle, Paul.  I liked the first video on fishing the slop.  Looking forward to the other two.  I hope you don't get stuck out there!  🙂

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On ‎9‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 10:39 PM, Paul Roberts said:

Froggin' and "Flipunching"

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Jungle Expert! Good job!

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those shots are awesome that looks intense! nice post dude!

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On 9/7/2019 at 7:28 PM, senile1 said:

That's a jungle, Paul.  I liked the first video on fishing the slop.  Looking forward to the other two.  I hope you don't get stuck out there!  🙂

Actually, there are 5 altogether. First is slop from the bank, then IDing what "bassy" means in that slop water, then "froggin", then punching, then... something I discovered along the way that lead to a match-the-hatch scenario. Wish I could spend more time out there. So much more to do and record.

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