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New PB Largemouth 9 lb. 10 oz. w/ pics - Things I changed yesterday


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18 hours ago, PressuredFishing said:

Wow congrats! Amazing fish, the spinnerbait isn't dead! I'm also falling in love with spinnerbaits, expecially single colorado, but also double willow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They both have their time and place.

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4 hours ago, Woody B said:

Super nice Bass.   Have you checked your scale?  I've got Berkley scale.  A 10 pound weight weighs 8 pounds 14 ounces on it.  You might have caught your DD.   

 

LOL, you normally only see this sort of thing from a Boga... :) 

 

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15 hours ago, Woody B said:

Super nice Bass.   Have you checked your scale?  I've got Berkley scale.  A 10 pound weight weighs 8 pounds 14 ounces on it.  You might have caught your DD.   

 

I just went down and checked this, it's funny you mentioned that.  I have two different 10 lb plates, I weighed both with the scale.  One read 9 pounds 10 ounces, the other read 9 pounds 13 ounces.  I suppose it's possible I did catch a DD bass!  I'm going to see if I can find a better scale and determine exactly what that one plate really weighs in at.    

 

10 hours ago, txchaser said:

Congrats! Water temp?

Thanks!  It was 52 degrees where I caught the big one.   

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34 minutes ago, Carolina Pines said:

 

I just went down and checked this, it's funny you mentioned that.  I have two different 10 lb plates, I weighed both with the scale.  One read 9 pounds 10 ounces, the other read 9 pounds 13 ounces.  I suppose it's possible I did catch a DD bass!  I'm going to see if I can find a better scale and determine exactly what that one plate really weighs in at.    

 

Thanks!  It was 52 degrees where I caught the big one.   


Just just take your weight into the post office or  grocery store & ask them to weigh it on a certified scale. But I got  to tell you that exercise weights do not necessarily weigh true to stated weight because there are no standards for accuracy except Olympic weight sets. Being off 3 ounces & 6 ounces is probably about right. 

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9 hours ago, Carolina Pines said:

One read 9 pounds 10 ounces, the other read 9 pounds 13 ounces.

 

I've got two 10 pound weights.  Both weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces on my Berkley scale.  Both weight 9 pounds 15 ounces on my new scale.  (it's green,  googan maybe)  I took one to the grocery store.  It weighed 9 pounds 15 ounces on their produce scale.  

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11 minutes ago, Woody B said:

 

I've got two 10 pound weights.  Both weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces on my Berkley scale.  Both weight 9 pounds 15 ounces on my new scale.  (it's green,  googan maybe)  I took one to the grocery store.  It weighed 9 pounds 15 ounces on their produce scale.  

When we were 16, my buddy caught a huge smallmouth below a dam . We built a livewell for it out of rocks, surely it was a 6 lber. We fished for a while longer then decided to go to the local gas station deli and weigh it before mounting. I was in charge of aerating the big bucket of water in the backseat of a jeep on the way to the deli, just in case our estimate was off.  Well that 6 lber (estimated by kids that just started driving) was 4.06 or something. We drove it back to the water and set it free……. Haha

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Fantastic!

What was water clarity?

I used to fish spinnerbaits back home where the water clarity was much less that where I am now. I have not had much success with spinnerbaits in the clear water of Middle Tennessee.

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28 minutes ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

Fantastic!

What was water clarity?

I used to fish spinnerbaits back home where the water clarity was much less that where I am now. I have not had much success with spinnerbaits in the clear water of Middle Tennessee.

 

2-3 feet of visibility which is what I consider to be clear water for this lake.  Usually it's around a foot or even less. 

 

You're probably fishing much clearer water than that.  However I was very surprised how realistic my trailer was moving compared to every other spinnerbait setup I've ever used.  It was noticeably better and looked much more alive.  I'd bet it would catch fish even in extremely clear water.  

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On 2/11/2023 at 2:34 PM, Alex from GA said:

Terrific catch, congratulations.  I've been trying to catch a bass over 8 for 40 years.

I'm right with ya Alex. Maybe this will be our year!

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Well, there are a few caught in Tennessee every year, but your chances are

much greater if you make a trip to Texas or Florida. Fishing ToHo I caught three

plus a 12.4  1/05/2020.

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On 2/10/2023 at 11:48 AM, Carolina Pines said:

I'm getting so close to a trophy DD fish!  I beat my previous 7 pounder from December by over 2 pounds.  I changed a few things up for this trip and it payed off big time.  

 

First was noise & boat positioning.  I kept myself as shallow as I possibly could, positioning the boat in a foot of water or less, and being very mindful of any noises I was making.  I didn't fire up the outboard until the end of the trip.  I cast toward "deeper" water that was maybe 2 feet deep max, this was where most of the bass were caught this trip.  I also cast parallel to the bank toward the shallowest cover I could find.  All of this is different than my usual approach (put the boat in the deeper water and cast to shallow water perpendicular to the bank). 

 

Second was modifying my spinnerbaits.  I've never had a ton of luck with the typical double willow blade.  This trip I was throwing one I custom made with a large single Colorado blade and a high quality swivel.  I was using a 4.5" paddle tail for a trailer without a skirt.  It worked so much better for a slow retrieve and it got hit hard.  The big Colorado blade thumps like crazy and I noticed that my trailer looked much more alive and moved with much better action compared to a double willow.  Also my hookup ratio improved significantly, and my hooksets were much easier vs. double willow blades.  This could be my new favorite spinnerbait configuration.  

 

It was kind of funny how I ended up catching the 9-10 big girl.  I was catching a few small 1-3 pound bass (along with a bunch of pickerel) when the action died down around lunch time.  I told myself "OK 3 more casts then I'm sitting down to eat."  I cast twice toward the area where I was catching the small fish.  No bites.  OK one last cast... for whatever reason I decided to cast toward some very shallow water next to a bush.  I begin my retrieve, and when my spinnerbait is maybe 10 yards from the boat all hell breaks loose. 

 

I didn't even feel the bass hit the lure, I just saw a huge rush of water, spinnerbait disappeared, then massive headshakes and huge waves of water everywhere.  I was fighting this fish in about a foot of water, less than 10 yards from the boat.  Thank God I got a good hook set!  I managed to work the fish back and forth around the front of the boat until she calmed down and I got her in. 

 

I never would have thought a fish that size would be in water so shallow.  My guess is maybe she was lounging around in the shallows soaking up some sun?  It was warm yesterday (low 70s) and the sun was out when I caught her. 

 

My quest for a DD largemouth continues... I've learned so much from y'all reading all the old threads on here, and I can't wait to get another new PB soon!

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Congratulations on your new PB @Carolina Pines!  Thanks for the write up and excellent photos of a big ole bass!  Definitely one hella of a way to start off 2023?

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On 2/10/2023 at 1:48 PM, Carolina Pines said:

I'm getting so close to a trophy DD fish!  I beat my previous 7 pounder from December by over 2 pounds.  I changed a few things up for this trip and it payed off big time.  

 

First was noise & boat positioning.  I kept myself as shallow as I possibly could, positioning the boat in a foot of water or less, and being very mindful of any noises I was making.  I didn't fire up the outboard until the end of the trip.  I cast toward "deeper" water that was maybe 2 feet deep max, this was where most of the bass were caught this trip.  I also cast parallel to the bank toward the shallowest cover I could find.  All of this is different than my usual approach (put the boat in the deeper water and cast to shallow water perpendicular to the bank). 

 

Second was modifying my spinnerbaits.  I've never had a ton of luck with the typical double willow blade.  This trip I was throwing one I custom made with a large single Colorado blade and a high quality swivel.  I was using a 4.5" paddle tail for a trailer without a skirt.  It worked so much better for a slow retrieve and it got hit hard.  The big Colorado blade thumps like crazy and I noticed that my trailer looked much more alive and moved with much better action compared to a double willow.  Also my hookup ratio improved significantly, and my hooksets were much easier vs. double willow blades.  This could be my new favorite spinnerbait configuration.  

 

It was kind of funny how I ended up catching the 9-10 big girl.  I was catching a few small 1-3 pound bass (along with a bunch of pickerel) when the action died down around lunch time.  I told myself "OK 3 more casts then I'm sitting down to eat."  I cast twice toward the area where I was catching the small fish.  No bites.  OK one last cast... for whatever reason I decided to cast toward some very shallow water next to a bush.  I begin my retrieve, and when my spinnerbait is maybe 10 yards from the boat all hell breaks loose. 

 

I didn't even feel the bass hit the lure, I just saw a huge rush of water, spinnerbait disappeared, then massive headshakes and huge waves of water everywhere.  I was fighting this fish in about a foot of water, less than 10 yards from the boat.  Thank God I got a good hook set!  I managed to work the fish back and forth around the front of the boat until she calmed down and I got her in. 

 

I never would have thought a fish that size would be in water so shallow.  My guess is maybe she was lounging around in the shallows soaking up some sun?  It was warm yesterday (low 70s) and the sun was out when I caught her. 

 

My quest for a DD largemouth continues... I've learned so much from y'all reading all the old threads on here, and I can't wait to get another new PB soon!

IMG-5170.jpg.dc583899972b5c64e568c83220781fe3.jpg     IMG-5158.jpg.a98509152a44da74b129773e6f55afb0.jpg

 

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Bet your avatar picture changes!?

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1 hour ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

Bet your avatar picture changes!?

Yeah I'm considering it!  My 5 year old took the pic of me holding that 7 pounder, she caught her first bass the same day.  That was a special trip back in December, but a 9-10 is really something haha... 

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