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I fished my third morning this week, up at three again and launching at four. I lost my Shimano glidebait to a rock and most of the braided line on that reel. Then another reel started to malfunction and I had to cut a lot of line off of it. I had to pull my Whopper Plopper, which I'd already cast, in by hand. A bass hit that lure and I had to land it in the middle of a zombie reed field by hand too, i.e. no rod nor reel. It was a pretty big bass too, but didn't fight much and I'm thinking it didn't fight because I couldn't apply much pressure to it.

 

Still, I caught 42 bass and fished well the first three hours. The final two hours, I tired and fished poorly. The bass were still hitting, but I wasn't landing them. When you're catching bass in a foot of water with reed stumps everywhere, your mechanics have to be solid. Even zombie reeds are tough and fibrous and my mechanics were off enough for fish after fish after fish to escape.

 

The bass second from the bottom is skinny, but I photographed it because it was long and had Spotted bass-like markings. The bottom one was the biggest and beautifully marked. 

 

In three mornings this week, I caught 154 bass. The biggest was 5.25 pounds. Many of this morning's bass were thick, as you see below,  all 17" to 18.5". Now I need to nap. Whew.

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That’s what fishing is about, overcoming difficulties and prevailing. I think that you have proven that you can do that everyday. I know your struggles and fight with them myself but I persevere and push forward as do you. You will kick there fins next time lol. Keep doing what you do and have fun no matter what.

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2 minutes ago, Alex from GA said:

You’re my hero.

 

Back at ya, Alex. To be old and to be still angling takes grit.  

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No doubt you're fishing some fertile habitats.

150 plus bass, a thick fish every 3 minutes, for three trips in a row, 

makes for one busy angler. 

I might need two naps.

Congrats

:smiley:

A-Jay

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35 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

No doubt you're fishing some fertile habitats.

150 plus bass, a thick fish every 3 minutes, for three trips in a row, 

makes for one busy angler. 

I might need two naps.

Congrats

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

@PhishLI has talked to me about being dialed in and I understand what is meant by that now: I can't usually dial in because I'm pond hopping and often going days between fishing, but this week, I fished three mornings in four days at the same pond and I found the bass on the first day and they didn't move, so I went straight to them each subsequent morning. By next week, the new reeds might be rising and the bass might not be there or even if they are, I might not be able to wrench them free of tough, new reeds. 

 

I used to dial in in Canada, where I'd camp on a lake for a week and frequently catch 100 smallies in a day because I knew where they were after searching the first day. 

 

P. S. - I've needed four naps, Andy.

 

P. P. S. - Please send me some gobies!!!

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On 5/16/2024 at 11:01 AM, ol'crickety said:

I fished my third morning this week, up at three again and launching at four.

At 3am i am on a potty break and then back to bed, at 4am i am in REM sleep.

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Congratulations.  154 bass over three days is quite a bit of fishing. 

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I was just thinking --

 

My overall average catch rate over a typical season is about 2 bass per hour.  At 4 hours per trip (also typical), and 2 trips per week (which is usually the most frequent that I can manage), it takes me a little more than 2 months of fishing at my most active to catch 154 bass.

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@MIbassyaker: Fishing's been hot, for sure. After the long, cold winter, the bass are eating while they can. I lived in Wisconsin for 30 years and so I know your climate. Coastal Maine is very slow to warm in the spring due to the North Atlantic. When we finally warm, the bass feed and feed before the spawn. As I was paddling back this evening, there were bass rising everywhere on the pond. I would have fished for them, but I didn't want to walk the woods in total darkness.

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@txchaser: Yikes! How many bass shredded your hand???

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On 5/30/2024 at 10:07 PM, ol'crickety said:

@txchaser: Yikes! How many bass shredded your hand???

Ha! I was pretty sure that's what your hand looked like; it was just a random pic from the internet.

 

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1 hour ago, txchaser said:

Ha! I was pretty sure that's what your hand looked like; it was just a random pic from the internet.

 

 

I wear gloves most sessions nowadays. Sometimes I'll shed the right glove to tie a knot and not don it again, but I grip for a photograph with the left hand.

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Wow! That is just an incredible report and some gorgeous bass! They look so incredibly healthy and strong (besides being big!).  That water is so cool looking as well. It just looks so placid and serene. I love the backgrounds in the pictures as much as the bass themselves.

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@pdxfisher: I love that you love the backdrops! They are healthy bass. Maine bass spend a lot of time in their feed bags.

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