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Fountainhead 9-13-2008

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Saturday started out pretty bad. All together I lost 4 at the boat. Two of them that would make you sick to the stomach. After the last one I was screaming "I'll be back %*&h@#(*#$, and you'll be sorry!" I checked all my gear and everything looked good. They weren't breaking my line, and I was really slammin the hooksets, so I dunno why they were coming off.

I finally ended up with one 20 min before we left on a blk/blu jig. It was nice, but the other two will be haunting me for a while. ;D

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Nice job buddy! You can't win them all! Better to have hooked and lost then to have never hooked at all! Sorry if that doesn't make sense, got serious case of the mondays. Nice fish though!

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Sorry to hear about you loosing them, but it is better to have fought them and loose them then not hook any.  I lost one nice one Saturday around 4lbs so I feel for you, he threw my Manns -1 right next to the canoe.

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Nice fish.  I was out there Friday afternoon until dark.  Caught the tale end of the rain, but what a beautiful day.  Landed one just over 2 lbs and a small keeper.  Hit on a 7" curly tail casting along a bank and the other on a spinner dragging along the edge of school of bait fish.  

I figured there was something feeding on the schools (which there were a lot of) since they kept bubbling the surface, but I don't know the proper technique.  I figure a white spinner closely matched the fish, but it took a while to land the one.  Can anyone advice?

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that sucks but do not beat yourself up they always look bigger when you lose them at the boat.

That doesn't sound too bad you do not have to go to a counselor like Matt Strykul....yet ;D ;D ;D

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Thanks for the comments guys.

I figured there was something feeding on the schools (which there were a lot of) since they kept bubbling the surface, but I don't know the proper technique. I figure a white spinner closely matched the fish, but it took a while to land the one. Can anyone advice?

Okrod, I've caught a few like this but on cranks.

that sucks but do not beat yourself up they always look bigger when you lose them at the boat.

;D the thing is I never saw either, but they were pulling drag like crazy and that doesn't happen too often. I keep my drag pretty tight.

To make sure I wasn't going crazy, I said to my buddy "hey look" and pointed to my line as it started creepin off to the side, and he gave me a look like "What you telling me for, set the hook!" So I slammed it and fought for a few seconds then *POP* :'(

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      I came across a article about this years ago, since putting the info to use I loose a lot less fish. Use a 7ft or longer med/hvy or hvy with a really fast tip. Set the hook hard and apply a lot of pressure during the fight, with a jig set up this should be easy. Also when jig fishing I crank the drag way down and keep lots of pressure on the fish. They seem to throw the hook on a head shake, so if you apply pressure they don't seem to shake as much.

             The article was by Rick Clunn.

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drag?? If your using a baitcaster tighten it all the way down and keep your thumb on the spool as much as possible, nothing should be taking drag keep reeling til the fish is in the boat ;)

This works alot better with braid ;)

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HAhahaha yes Steve, I'm still going to counseling for that fish I missed (aka those 4 fish) during that tournament. I still think about it too much!!!!!!

Good work Slomoe. I'll be fishing there this weekend, I'll report back if I catch anything.  ;D

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I missed two fish that Saturday in the reservoir also, one I lost on a horny toad and one on a spinner. They were both decent fish and I was pretty confident I had them both hooked well. That was a brutal day for fishing, it got hot by 8:00 am and that sun was merciless. I ended up boating two fish but the two that got away really made that day nightmarish. I mean how do you lose a bass on a spinner?

Anyway a nightmarish day fishing beats any day working, even if you have to sweat to land two. Sorry to hear about your lost fish, maybe there were just a couple big crafty bass that day messing with the fishermen.

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;D Yeah, I think your right.

I used to lose a lot of fish on the spinnerbait until I started using trailer hooks.

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Went out today to prefish, caught 6, 3 keepers, two that were 13 1/4 and one more that was a dink.

Great day, except the hub on our prop slipped and we could not go above idle  >:( luckily, found a prop thanks to my Dad. I must have called 15 stores that sold outboards/parts and NO ONE had a 9.9 yamaha prop. Dad found the only place in NOVA 8-)

We fished from 630-12, but we FISHED from 630 to about 10 when our motor screwed up. One whole hour and then some of trollin back to fountainhead  ::)

Fish were shallow......jigs and trigs.  ;) Hope this holds up for tomorrow, want to finish the season out with atleast one 6 fish limit ::) We're kind of jokes  ;D

Absolutely beautiful day out there, though it was cold in the morning, it was so nice once the sun came out. Fish were bitin and it was a nice day out, what more could I ask for.

I'll report on how we do tomorrow after the tournament.

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Even with a screwed up motor, you did better than we did.  ;D

good luck tomorrow.

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I mean our trolling motor was fine, so fishing was easy it was just getting from point A to point B.........then BACK to point A ;D

Thanks for the good luck I really hope we do well.

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has the fall bite started yet at fountainhead?

         Not yet........It'll be a couple of weeks.

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What a day. ::) One lousy keeper, and the rest dinks. So much for gettin a limit.

Cool thing was that first place was a 5 fish bag, and it's 6 fish for limit. He had 19 lbs and a 6lb kicker. Second place had 18 something, with a six pounder as well. Both of them were doing the same thing, fishin the channel edge. Crank, c-rigs, and probably jigs. We went by both teams a couple of times, second place was sitting in one spot all day on the channel edge, wehave seen him there previous tournaments as well.

My goal is to be more consistant and make the classic next year. ;)

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phhhh that tournament doesn't matter.Now you catch a nice limit next sunday during the Gaston tournament then you'd be in business. ;)

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What a day. ::) One lousy keeper, and the rest dinks. So much for gettin a limit.

Cool thing was that first place was a 5 fish bag, and it's 6 fish for limit. He had 19 lbs and a 6lb kicker. Second place had 18 something, with a six pounder as well. Both of them were doing the same thing, fishin the channel edge. Crank, c-rigs, and probably jigs. We went by both teams a couple of times, second place was sitting in one spot all day on the channel edge, wehave seen him there previous tournaments as well.

My goal is to be more consistant and make the classic next year. ;)

   Who won it?  Matt, that is an excellent goal. If you make the classic I will hire 3 hooters girls that are holding signs that read "GO MATT STRYKUL!!"

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Rob I'm going to hold you to that!!!!!!!.  ;D At one point this year, we were in 20th place, and we didn't fish 3 tournaments, maybe even 4 this year....They take the top 15, and the 16th and 17th place that have fished every tournament. I just have to get better, and weigh EVERY fish that we catch. We had tournaments where we only caught 2-3 fish and didn't weigh.

I don't know the guys' name who won it. Dillinger/ Keller got 2nd though.

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And Steve, the gaston tourney is on the 5th of october ;)

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