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1 hour ago, BigAngus752 said:

Hanging out with the big girls!!!

I had to come back and look at this thing again.  That is a battleship. 

Thanks, man I could not believe the build on this fish when I pulled her outta this litle pond. I"ve always called that build a "tank," but "battleship" is SO much better and of course apropos. I'll use that from now on!

 

1 hour ago, gimruis said:

Way to go @Jig Rookie.  New PB fish are the bomb.

They are! My last PB was a few ounces smaller, April of 2019. Took me almost five years to stick a bigger one, feels great.

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On 3/14/2024 at 6:43 PM, Jig Rookie said:

Kinda rough weather in northern IL today but I've been on this 3-day weather pattern the last couple weeks (fishing the 3rd day of warm day/warmish night trend) and today is the target day. I decided to send this Jackall Gantarel knockoff (it's a super-slow sink, not a floater) and got lucky with my new PB! Went 20.75" and 5.77lbs. Water's less than 2ft visibility in this pond right now, off-and-on drizzle with 10-20mph NNE winds. I was using a moderate retrieve with pauses every three handle turns or so (reel, reel, reel, pause...let it glide off to the side and stall a couple seconds, then reel, reel...) She hit it right when I started reeling after a pause. She didn't TANK it, but it was a good double-tap.

Thanks for reading! God is great!!!

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hell yea!

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First time out this year. Semi private lake near the Wisconsin border. Grandson caught it on a minnow from shore and when I told him we have to throw it back, it's too big to eat, he started whining. I told him we could keep it if he wanted it mounted on the wall like papa's fish. It's getting mounted. 20" and I'm guessing every bit of 5lbs. 

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I thought for sure there'd be a good bite yesterday before the storms rolled in so I got out there. One cast, the rod about gets snatched outta my hand and I think Oh, this is a good one...until I feel the fight and finally lay eyes on her...

 

I guess swimbaits don't only catch bigguns 🤣

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59 minutes ago, Jig Rookie said:

I thought for sure there'd be a good bite yesterday before the storms rolled in so I got out there. One cast, the rod about gets snatched outta my hand and I think Oh, this is a good one...until I feel the fight and finally lay eyes on her...

 

I guess swimbaits don't only catch bigguns 🤣

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Just what was the bass going to do with that?  LOL

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On 4/14/2024 at 3:39 PM, slonezp said:

First time out this year. Semi private lake near the Wisconsin border. Grandson caught it on a minnow from shore and when I told him we have to throw it back, it's too big to eat, he started whining. I told him we could keep it if he wanted it mounted on the wall like papa's fish. It's getting mounted. 20" and I'm guessing every bit of 5lbs. 

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This is absolutely fantastic, great work Gramps. So good to see young kids catching--this kid will remember this day and be an angler for LIFE. I only hope I'll be able to put my grandkids on fish like this and give them lifelong memories of Grampa. 

Bravo,, hats off to you slonez.

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1 hour ago, Jig Rookie said:

This is absolutely fantastic, great work Gramps. So good to see young kids catching--this kid will remember this day and be an angler for LIFE. I only hope I'll be able to put my grandkids on fish like this and give them lifelong memories of Grampa. 

Bravo,, hats off to you slonez.

Last year, first day out, he got a 15" bass on his first cast. He reminds me of that every time I pick him up to go fishing. This will be the new big fish I will be reminded about. Taxidermist is going to get it back to me by Christmas. 

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We had a small tourney on Delavan Lake this past Sunday. Biggest fish wins all. Delavan has a 1 fish, 18" minimum limit. 3 fish brought in to the weigh-in. Biggest fish was 19-1/2", 3.67 lbs. Myself and another guy tied for second place with both fishes weighing in at 3.56 lbs. My fish was 18-1/4"  and his fish was 19".  So close and yet so far from 1st place. Sunny day with 9 mph winds. Gills were on the beds, water temp was 64 degrees. My fish was caught in 10 feet of water. Pic of my bass below

 

We also caught 4 bass under 18" and 6 northern pike between 16" and 24"

 

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