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I caught 38 this evening, but hooked and lost two four-pounders. Most of my 38 were in the two-to-three pound range and nearly all were caught on an underspin with a Rapala Crush City Mayor in green pumpkin. There's a narrow, shoreline slot where I hooked three fine bass last time at my pond. @PhishLI said that big bass would orient to that slot and he was right...as always. The first one I hooked jumped and threw the lure. The second one zigged and zagged and broke free.

 

My fishing wasn't sharp after 3,000 miles of driving in the last, eight days, but it was great to be on the pond with the singing loons and soaring osprey. The bass are below. The last one was a normal bass, but I accidentally hit the shutter button after I'd moved the camera to telescope mode. @Glenn said he doesn't trust judging the size of bass that aren't on a bump board or a scale and I can see why. That bass looks huge, huh?

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9 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

If I had just spent the last week driving 3000 miles, I'd probably still be in bed.  I don't know how you do it.

 

 

 

I was going to go big bass hunting in a bog tomorrow morning, but I just can't. Too tired.  

 

Thanks, @GreenPig. As you know, I've been leaning on my underspins for a long time now. I didn't even cast a Whopper Plopper today. I like how the underspins go everywhere.

 

The bass hit them a hundred different ways. They love to inhale the underspins and just swim along at the pace of my retrieve, like you're walking a dog on a loose leash. 

 

I took a bunch of other photos, but they were all about the same size, so I settled for the representative bass above. 

 

Thanks, @Bird! I've fished my pond enough to know where a bass is likely to hit on a retrieve. It's satisfying to think, "Right about now." and it happens. However, when I was crossing the pond at the end of my trip, I found some bass in the middle of the pond. With no sonar, I don't know why they were clustered, but they sure were. 

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Thanks, Alex. I'm glad I'm home too. I was snarled in three hours of NYC stop-and-go traffic, which is as un-Maine-y as life can get. Coming home, when I saw the Maine sign with "The way life should be," I gustily agreed.

 

I struggled last night, losing a lot of bass, partly because there are a lot more weeds. One bass I managed to land ran through three kinds of weeds, including lily pads that are lot thicker now. Thicker is the new normal. I'm going to retie before every trip going forward.

 

Even after I fight and unhook them, they're still bonkers. I watch YouTubers release their Florida bass and film them as they slowly swim away. There'd be no filming the bass I release. They're all sound and fury, signifying ferocity. 

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3 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

I watch YouTubers release their Florida bass and film them as they slowly swim away. There'd be no filming the bass I release. They're all sound and fury, signifying ferocity. 

every fish I catch is the same way, always get an impromptu shower. I often wonder if these youtubers keep them out of the water so long they really "need" the recovery and swim off slow. 

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22 minutes ago, Functional said:

every fish I catch is the same way, always get an impromptu shower. I often wonder if these youtubers keep them out of the water so long they really "need" the recovery and swim off slow. 

 

I bet you're right. The fish are so oxygen deprived from being posed for the cameras that they're stunned/half dead when released. 

 

@TnRiver46: Gar make muskies seem civilized and muskies are maniacs. 

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2 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

Sorry! Meant to put this in latest pics thread. Moving now hopefully 

 

No problem. It made me chuckle and I wondered if others would post their catches in this thread too. 

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What a Blast!!! Thanks for sharing ! 😀

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Great report! Those fish are amazing and those pictures of the sunset are just beautiful!!

 

The shallows of the Columbia are weeding up a bit  and I usually just throw a swimbait on a jighead but maybe for the summer I should give those weedless underspins a whirl.

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