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Lightninrod and Randall catchin Hawgs at Varner

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Today I took Lightninrod out to Varner looking to catch him a big one. He said from the start he just wanted to fish for big ones and nothing else so that's what we did.

We started out looking for bedding fish but couldn't find anything eight pounds or over although we passed plenty of four and five pounders and a six pounder or two. Since it didn't look like we were going to find a big fish on the bed we started fishing stageing areas outside of spawning areas where I knew the big fish were.

We got one small fish  :(and after a couple hours of sitting on one small spot trying to force feed a big one with a jighead and worm Dan was starting to wonder just how long I was going to keep us there without another bite.  ;D But I knew the fish were there and one of us was going to get a big bite sooner or later. Well finally one bit and I didn't get a good hookset and the fish came off quick. I cast back to the same spot again and set the hook on a big fish. Dan did a great job of netting the fish and we brought it in. We didn't weigh it but it looked over eight pounds.

We stayed a while longer and finally moved on to a few other spots that were like this one. Like the first spot we sat in one spot and made repeated casts to the same small spot with worms on jigheads. Dan's was a wacky jighead and mine was a shakey head. After a couple more small fish here and there Dan finally hooked into a good one. Its the fish in the photo and I can't remember exactly what it weighed but it was between five and six pounds. I Didn't get Dan a ten plus pounder like he wanted but still not a bad day with two good ones and three small ones in a half day of fishing.    

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Here is a photo of me holding Dan's big fish and my big fish from today.

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Nice fish!  I miss Lightninrods' posts here.

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Nice fish and I also miss lightinrods posts, not that yours are bad Randall.  It's about time Lightinrod got off his boss' pond.  

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I've wondered where Dan has been   ;)

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Great pics!

8-)

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Come on Randall I am counting on you to get Dan over the hump.

I know you can get him a 10!!!

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Nice pics and sweet fish, Randall.  If this is what Lightinrod has been doing I'll take it any day over posting on the forum.   ;)

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Great job guys!

If someone could PM me what happened with Lightninrod, I'd appreciate him.  He was one of my role models and I really looked forward to his posts.   :(

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Man!  Didn't know I was missed.  Thanks to all of you for your kind words.  I've been 'quiet' lately due to the cold and wet weather here for the last few months.  I know, I know...many of y'all suffer through much colder weather than I but being a South Floridian,  my blood is a little 'thin'  ;).

Just haven't caught much lately that's pic-worthy and was a little depressed.  Randall cheered me up though :).  Anytime y'all can, go on a Lake Varner trip with him.  You will learn a lot and have a chance at some double-digit Bass too.  I paid close attention to him Matt!

Did catch a big gill and posted about it yesterday.

Thanks again everyone.

Dan

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Awesome!  Glad to see you're back Lightninrod.   8-)

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