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Post frontal conditions. Water temp. 52 deg. High water and strong current. Started out with Zoom Speed Craw in Green Pumpkin and caught 4 littluns' right off, then a long lull. Due to slightly muddy water, changed to a Z-Man Laguna Shrimp TicklerZ and caught 4 more littlun' in quick succession. Left the creek mouth and hooked a big White Bass on the Ned. Thought I had a big smallie at first but when It stayed down, I knew what is was. Fortunately a short time latter I did get my big Smallie! She ate the bright pink TickerZ and headed out off town! I fish with med/light spinning gear and she quickly let me know she was not impressed. I trolled away from the bank and drifted down river as she pulled drag. She ended up jumping three times so you know what that did to my thrill meter. It also erased three years from my life! Anyway, long story not so short, I netted her, admired her huge belly full of eggs, and laid her back in the river. Now I'm really ruint!

This was followed by another long lull so I changed to a TicklerZ Smelt and immediately caught a couple more.

Final score......

One big White Bass

One big mama Smallie

12 munchkins

and one horrible sun burn on my neck (Just when the little woman swore my neck couldn't get redder)!

Oh, and one picture of my very sexy 1977 Merc 500.

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1 minute ago, Tennessee Boy said:

You keep advertising that place and one day you’re gonna see me there.  ?

Nice fish!

Look forward to it! Just let me know when. Lord willin' I'm heading for the Tennessee Sunday.

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I loved your trip report, Bob. So happy you caught two tankers! I like all the details too. I wish I had a mind for remembering every lure and color name like you and so many others do. 

 

I just checked another two nearby ponds. Still ice. 

 

 

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15 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

I loved your trip report, Bob. So happy you caught two tankers! I like all the details too. I wish I had a mind for remembering every lure and color name like you and so many others do. 

 

I just checked another two nearby ponds. Still ice. 

 

 

Katy, I just try to remember the lures, colors, and situations in the hope that it might benefit my fellow anglers, not because I have a great memory. Also I find it interesting how sometimes a change in color produces. It must be related to the water clarity/light penetration at different times of day. I have success with natural colors in clear water, and louder colors when there is a little stain. I didn't mention that a one point I used a larger TRD in green pumpkin and lost two nice ones in 3 minutes. I think the bass have an easier time inhaling the smaller lures but they'll durn sure try to eat the bigger ones. The problem is getting a good hook set with the bigger lures because most of the fish I'm enticing are the smaller bank hugging variety.

 

Sorry about the ice. I feel for you guys. My pond surface temps hit 70 deg. yesterday afternoon and the bass have other things on their minds, although I had to run the gauntlet past the goose to get to my dock thermometer! That is getting tricky!

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That's a great photo of the Terror Goose! Speaking of great, the GREAT Texas author, Larry McMurtry, in writing about his west Texas childhood, said that it wasn't rattlesnakes that rattled him, but geese. They were his predators and he was their prey. 

 

Bob, if you lost " lost two nice ones in 3 minutes," you decided to fish the Katie Way. 

 

However, I can't remember well enough to recall lures the Bob Way. I simply don't have enough memory or perhaps I have too many lures to remember their names. I'm going to photograph the lures I bought just this winter and post that photo at BR.

 

Come the warmth, I think I'll photograph the lures that catch fish and include those in my trip reports. I did that a few times last year. 

 

46 minutes ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

I have success with natural colors in clear water, and louder colors when there is a little stain.

 

I think I've realized the same, Bob. When I fished the coffee-colored, tannin-stained lakes of northwestern Ontario for smallies, I used orange and chartreuse lures. There's tannin in Maine's waters, but not as much as Ontario's, so I use lures here that look like the shad and golden shiners that Maine bass eat. 

 

46 minutes ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

Sorry about the ice. I feel for you guys.

 

Thanks, Bob. At first, seeing all the bass photos was fun for me. Now it's driving me KUH-RAY-ZEE!

 

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10 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

Speaking of great, the GREAT Texas author, Larry McMurtry, in writing about his west Texas childhood, said that it wasn't rattlesnakes that rattled him, but geese. They were his predators and he was their prey. 

 

I ought to go back and read Lonesome Dove again. I've been listening to his son for years.

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The goose has an interesting story (at least for me).

We have always had geese come and go but several years ago, after the flock left, there was one goose that remained. I could tell something was wrong because her right wing hung down. As the days and weeks passed she remained on the pond with her limp wing and became somewhat of a family member. We would take her out bowls of grain, (my daughter has goats and horses), and she would gladly wait by her bowl for feeding time. I assumed she had hit our power line upon landing so I named her Crash! Well, the little woman thought that was the low-bred, red-necked kind of thing I would say so she re-named her Gigi. She would occasionally  stretch and flap her wings but her bad wing kind of flopped. I assumed it was dislocated at the shoulder and not broken. By this time she had attracted a friend (Ralph), who stayed with her for months. Evidently in her daily flapping, her wing popped back in her socket because her wing never hung low again. They started flying back and forth from our place to a local farm pond that I fish, but always came home at night. One day after a months long absence we were shocked that there was Gigi with a brand new gosling. She must have nested in the woods without our knowledge. They raised the gosling and the three of them left in the late fall for good after many trips back and forth to the farm pond.

Fast forward to this late winter and Gigi and Ralph show back up with Gigi walking up to the house for breakfast. Things were back to normal until Gigi started her nest. All of a sudden Gigi no longer viewed us as family, but as egg poachers! She has gotten the primeval attitude of her ancestors and doesn't like me to get to close. She should start hatching mid April so my banishment from my dock should end in a couple of weeks. So much for kindness!

Mark Twain once remarked, "You can take a starving dog and befriend him and he will never betray you. That is the principal difference between dog and man." May I also include Geese!

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1 hour ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

Things were back to normal until Gigi started her nest. All of a sudden Gigi no longer viewed us as family, but as egg poachers! She has gotten the primeval attitude of her ancestors and doesn't like me to get to close.

 

Fascinating. It sheds light on why a sow with cubs is so dangerous. 

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18 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Fascinating. It sheds light on why a sow with cubs is so dangerous. 

Especially the two legged kind 

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In a sparsely populated section of town a pair of geese had made a Nest.

So cute and only a few feet from the sidewalk.

 

Cant tell you how many times an unwary pedestrian lost their faculties when those geese charged.

I worked out of a derelict home that we used as a construction office and watched these geese for a few weeks terrorize the community.

PS - in ancient times pre Republican Rome was saved by a warning from the city geese and afterwards they were more revered than the dogs who hadn't barked.

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On 3/28/2023 at 9:10 AM, Blue Raider Bob said:

Katy, I just try to remember the lures, colors, and situations in the hope that it might benefit my fellow anglers, not because I have a great memory. Also I find it interesting how sometimes a change in color produces. It must be related to the water clarity/light penetration at different times of day. I have success with natural colors in clear water, and louder colors when there is a little stain. I didn't mention that a one point I used a larger TRD in green pumpkin and lost two nice ones in 3 minutes. I think the bass have an easier time inhaling the smaller lures but they'll durn sure try to eat the bigger ones. The problem is getting a good hook set with the bigger lures because most of the fish I'm enticing are the smaller bank hugging variety.

 

Sorry about the ice. I feel for you guys. My pond surface temps hit 70 deg. yesterday afternoon and the bass have other things on their minds, although I had to run the gauntlet past the goose to get to my dock thermometer! That is getting tricky!

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We had a thread several years back where using a green laser pointer to deter geese was discussed. I bought one and it's been indispensable during nesting season. Needs to be at least 250 mw power.

 

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2 hours ago, The Bassman said:

We had a thread several years back where using a green laser pointer to deter geese was discussed. I bought one and it's been indispensable during nesting season. Needs to be at least 250 mw power.

 

@The Bassman  I don't want to hijack the thread but do you have any info on the laser?

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A goose better pack a lunch if he/she wants to wrestle with me! 
 

they are birds and teeth are tiny, I can handle them haha

 

my buddy that works for govt parks has to round up hundreds a day during June when they can’t fly, just hand to webbed foot combat 

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As a young and restless lad I and my brothers and cousins would round up chickens for our Moms to butcher up.

Even without heads they can run.

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2 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

A goose better pack a lunch if he/she wants to wrestle with me! 
 

they are birds and teeth are tiny, I can handle them haha

 

my buddy that works for govt parks has to round up hundreds a day during June when they can’t fly, just hand to webbed foot combat 

 

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@Blue Raider Bob, Your excellent post made me remember a book that I read by a guy named Kim Trevathan called "Cold Hearted River". Kim and a friend floated the length of the Cumberland from Harlan, KY to where the Cumberland connects with the Ohio River. Not really a fishing book, but a great read. Thank you 

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4-9-23 Postfrontal Conditions Sunny Skies High of 70 deg.

Water Temps 56 deg.

Caught a spot on my second cast with a jerkbait, then went fishless until I went with the Ol' Faithfull TicklerZ.  Bite increased throughout the day until by 3:00 PM the little ones were eating like sharks!. Couldn't find any big one but found lots of littl' O' bitty ones.

Final score....64 fish.

One Big Drum

One Cat

Five Skipjack

Five White Bass including a 2lb 1 oz that was 15" Long

Fifty Two Spots and Smallies ranging from Just born to 15"

Yes they were all small but still bent the rod and had a blast!

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