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I can't say for sure that I caught another 20-pound bag because water killed my Rapala scale (I ordered another.), but I caught five bass that were 19" to 19.75" and Texas Parks and Wildlife says that bass of that length range from 3.95 pounds to 4.49 pounds and as you'll see below, my bass were all beefy and some bulged. I caught 22 in all with my usual battery of lures (Whopper Plopper, popper, wacky Senko, T-Rigged blue worm, and a paddletail with an Owner underspin) and only lost one big gal because I wasn't fishing a bog with a three-foot mat of weeds two feet down. I was fishing a pond with actual open water to play and land bass. I'll start with some pond pics and then show you some of the shorter, but still fat bass, and end with the March of the Brunhildas. FWIW, I was expecting a big morning, so yesterday I replaced the hooks on my Whopper Ploppers with red Gamakatsu trebles and retied all my knots. I'm so glad I did.:

 

 

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Fall tanks!  Nice job Katie!  All beauties and I'm sure all heavy for their length!  Nice bellies and colors all around.

 

Hope I can get out this evening after work for some action.  Very excited because this coming weekend I'll be camp fishing for smallmouth and spotted bass in western NC.  I'm nervous about a totally new body of water but I feel we should be able to find a fish willing to bite.  Fingers crossed.

 

Always an inspiration Katie!

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10 minutes ago, Pat Brown said:

I'll be camp fishing

 

Hey, I wrote an article for BR about camping to catch bass called "Bunking with Bass." Glenn should post it soon.

 

10 minutes ago, Pat Brown said:

I'm nervous about a totally new body of water but I feel we should be able to find a fish willing to bite.

 

Oh, you will. You're a heckuva fisherman. I can only dream about catching bass as big as your biggest.

 

Say, Pat, as I was bringing 17", 18", and 19" bass into my canoe this morning, I thought about all the YouTube videos proclaiming "This pond is full of GIANT bass!" and then they go and catch one three-pounder. 

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39 minutes ago, Skunkmaster-k said:

What a pretty sunrise. 

 

I wish I'd had a better camera. I've seen a lot of sunrises in 2023, but this morning's was the best.

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22 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

 

I wish I'd had a better camera. I've seen a lot of sunrises in 2023, but this morning's was the best.

Sounds like a request for Santa! After all, you got a Vanford for your B-day! Bet it happens!

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On 9/18/2023 at 9:28 AM, ol'crickety said:

I can't say for sure that I caught another 20-pound bag because water killed my Rapala scale (I ordered another.), but I caught five bass that were 19" to 19.75" and Texas Parks and Wildlife says that bass of that length range from 3.95 pounds to 4.49 pounds and as you'll see below, my bass were all beefy and some bulged. I caught 22 in all with my usual battery of lures (Whopper Plopper, popper, wacky Senko, T-Rigged blue worm, and a paddletail with an Owner underspin) and only lost one big gal because I wasn't fishing a bog with a three-foot mat of weeds two feet down. I was fishing a pond with actual open water to play and land bass. I'll start with some pond pics and then show you some of the shorter, but still fat bass, and end with the March of the Brunhildas. FWIW, I was expecting a big morning, so yesterday I replaced the hooks on my Whopper Ploppers with red Gamakatsu trebles and retied all my knots. I'm so glad I did.:

 

 

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Which of you usual battery did you have the most success on? Curious to try them Sunday when I have a chance to go. I got a 20 lb bag Sunday before last.......but it took twenty five fish to get there.

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5 minutes ago, Blue Raider Bob said:

Which of you usual battery did you have the most success on? Curious to try them Sunday when I have a chance to go. I got a 20 lb bag Sunday before last.......but it took twenty five fish to get there.

 

I went old school, Bob, and had the most success with a Whopper Plopper. Four of the five biggest came on it. However, I didn't use my normal, HUGE 130 Whopper Ploppers, but rather the short, fat one (the 75) because I'd watched a couple videos saying that we should downsize our baits in the fall. To see if the big one would work, I cast it a few times, but had no hits. 

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3 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

 

I went old school, Bob, and had the most success with a Whopper Plopper. Four of the five biggest came on it. However, I didn't use my normal, HUGE 130 Whopper Ploppers, but rather the short, fat one (the 75) because I'd watched a couple videos saying that we should downsize our baits in the fall. To see if the big one would work, I cast it a few times, but had no hits. 

Thanks Katie!

     I tried to go today but just as I got a mile from home my phone rang. My boss needed help on a project shipping Friday so I had to turn around and go back to work. I was a long, slow drive back?.

Gonna try again tomorrow! I'll be lake fishing at Percy Priest Res. for the first time in years. Hope its less crowded since it will be during the workweek.

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Excellent. That is indeed a great day of fishing. But I can't for the life of me figure out how you got your scale wet, in a canoe, pulling in fish after fish.

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5 minutes ago, GreenPig said:

Excellent. That is indeed a great day of fishing. But I can't for the life of me figure out how you got your scale wet, in a canoe, pulling in fish after fish.

 

It's embarrassing, but I'll tell it: A have a friend with a cabin on a pond. Sometimes I fish out of his canoe. One evening when I docked, because it was dark, I left the scale in his canoe. Well, it rained tons in Maine this year and by the time he had returned to his cabin a couple days later, my scale was floating in water. I opened it and let it dry for a couple days and replaced the batteries, but it was was dead. However, my new scale arrived yesterday, so I'm good to go!

 

Since I'm confessing, I've felt bad about this thread. I don't know if the catch above reached 20 pounds. There were six fine bass, but without a scale, who knows.

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On 9/18/2023 at 10:28 AM, ol'crickety said:

...and a paddletail with an Owner underspin)...

 

This has become one of my top confidence baits this year!  The 3/0 3/16oz. version with a willowleaf blade, with a 4" XZone Swammer ( a bit less kick) or 3.75" Strike King Rage Swimmer (lots of kick).  Both are more durable than Keitechs (one short snap by a pike and a Keitech is ruined, but I caught a dozen small pike and a few bass on the same XZone Sunday). 

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