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I've been itchin to catch a fish on the big baits, so I headed out to "The Spot". I only brought one lure because I really wanted to get something on this bait. It wasn't what I thought of as ideal topwater conditions with off and on clouds and little wind, but I decided to stick with it. After a few casts this girl sucked the bait under very quietly. I almost missed it.

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I also fished the occoquan on Saturday. We boated 7, with the biggest about 3 pounds. Looks like the spinnerbait bite is picking up a little.

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Nice fish Allyn! That's a helluva swimbait, what kind of rod are you using to haul that sucker out there?

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Thanks guys

Nice fish Allyn! That's a helluva swimbait, what kind of rod are you using to haul that sucker out there?

Its the Okuma guide select 7'11" MH.

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Sweet fish Allyn. Cant wait til you nail a monster on that swimbait.

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looking into getting one of those swimbait rods, how do you like the Okuma?

I love it. Great value for the money. I've been told by another member here that you can double it up as a flippin stick with heavy jigs.

Sweet fish Allyn. Cant wait til you nail a monster on that swimbait.

Me too. ;D It may take a while though. I was really trying to figure out how to present it. I was doing a steady retrieve, deadstick, walk the dog. (I was just imagining...under water.....a school of tiny fish following this lure around the pond ;D )

I made a few passes by the opening of this small cove with no takers, when I came back later on, I just cast it out, started taking up the slack when it got slurped under.

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Great fish!

Yep, must be that time of the year (fall bite), because I was itching to catch my first fish on the swimbait too.  We went out last week to a little lake a friend told us about, and I actually ended up with 3 pig smallies on swimbaits!  2 on MattLures BabyBass (smallmouth pattern, nonetheless...little cannibalistic suckers!!) and 1 on a Huddleston 6" Rainbow Trout!  But, none of these fish "quietly slurped" these baits...they all 3 HAMMERED them!  ;D

Still waiting to catch my first toad largemouth on a hardbait...hopefully this fall.

Anyways...didn't mean to hijack this thread or steal your thunder  :-[

Awesome fish again!!

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nice smallie osbornj2!!!! I've never even thought about smallies and swimbaits. Must be because I haven't caught a smallie over a pound yet...

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Great fish!

Yep, must be that time of the year (fall bite), because I was itching to catch my first fish on the swimbait too. We went out last week to a little lake a friend told us about, and I actually ended up with 3 pig smallies on swimbaits! 2 on MattLures BabyBass (smallmouth pattern, nonetheless...little cannibalistic suckers!!) and 1 on a Huddleston 6" Rainbow Trout! But, none of these fish "quietly slurped" these baits...they all 3 HAMMERED them! ;D

Still waiting to catch my first toad largemouth on a hardbait...hopefully this fall.

Anyways...didn't mean to hijack this thread or steal your thunder :-[

Awesome fish again!!

Its all good, nice fish man. Smallies are very aggresive. I've got some of Matts baby bass and the 6" hudd i've got to break in too.  ;)

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nice smallie osbornj2!!!! I've never even thought about smallies and swimbaits. Must be because I haven't caught a smallie over a pound yet...

Andrew - yeah, they are a blast!  But, you can't be too humble with a pic like that as your avatar!!  That is a toad!!

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Way to slay 'em with the big bait there Allyn. Is this a trend ofr you or do you plan on making it consistent plan of attack?

Dude, still wishin' I was fishin'. Haven't been out in some time. >:(

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Thanks for all the comments guys, means a lot.

Kevin, I think the bigger question would be why haven't you been fishing?

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Kevin, I think the bigger question would be why haven't you been fishing?

Been so busy, getting ready for a 2nd baby. He'll be here next month, and I'm about done with all of the honey do's. I think the work has just begun however. Not sure if I'll have much free time for a while  after he comes. Maybe in the spring.

I'll try and get out there this weekend, the bite sure seems to be on. :)

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ahhh I see. I guess that is a good enough reason.  ;D

Here's to a happy and healthy baby.   We'll have to get up next season once he's all settled in.

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Had some more luck today. Caught two on the slammer. no real size but I'm gaining some confidence..

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That's too cool, nice catch. I'd love to get into swimbaitin ;D

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Thanks Matt, I was going to throw them down at fountainhead tomorrow but I guess they're having the classic this weekend.  :-/

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I'm going to buy a bbz one 8 incher.  I hope a 7.3:1 gear ratio reel isn't so fast that retreiving it will hurt and that it'll move super fast.  I have a lake I know of where there are bass that easily exceed 7 pounds.

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I'm going to buy a bbz one 8 incher. I hope a 7.3:1 gear ratio reel isn't so fast that retreiving it will hurt and that it'll move super fast. I have a lake I know of where there are bass that easily exceed 7 pounds.

What kind of rod and reel? Not only do you have to think about the gear ratio, but the drag and line capacity. BBZ is a large bait, I wouldn't even throw it on my current setup.

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probablly a daiwa heartland big bait special for starting (It's 65 dollars), and a daiwa hyperspeed zillion though a luna or a shimano high profile baitcaster would probablly be a lot better. I plan on using 35-40 pound mono.

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