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A good friend stopped by whom works for the FLW and said they were invited to Kentucy Lake for smallies. He said they were fishing anywhere from 50' up to 200'. He said it is like a big rock quarry where they were fishing. I asked him if they were catching bass at that depth did they have to take a syringe to their bladder in order to increase their mortality chances? I have fished in 50'-80' of water for smallies here in Maryland and have done well in some of our Lakes but, 200'? Is he pullin my chain? I just can't imagine fishing at that depth. I guess my question is, what is the deepest any of you have fished? Thanks, I am curious. I know, I know, another post from that idiot in Maryland, but, indulge me,LOL.

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Well, I have "fished" 300+ feet at Bull Shoals in north central Arkansas, but I was throwing a Lucky Craft Pointer 128. So, although I was fishing in deep water, I was "catching" in relatively shallow water. For a truely deep presentation, 40' or so is about it for me in freshwater.

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I learned to spit shot light line in the San Diego Chain of lakes, and its very common in the cooler months to fish anywhere from 40-70 feet.     The difference in  downsizing your line by 2 lbs can mean fish or no fish.

Some days 8lb will work and other days you needed 6lb test.    I also found that when rigging live crawdads, line size didn't matter as much, but rarely did I go above 12 lb test.    Magna Thin was my choice in the 80's for fishing the So Cal areas.      Most of my plastics where locally made by Western Plastics, primary bait of the 80's was a 4inch green weenie, which looks like a drop shot worm today.

Matt

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Yeah, when you get down past 40 - 50 feet I'm done.  

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I think there is some embelishment there.  I seriously doubt he is dragging a c-rig at 200ft.  I would think its more like RW's statement.  Fishing say 50ft in 200ft of water.  I dont see how the thermocline would be that deep.

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Most of the lakes I fish on a regular basis don't get deeper than 50 ft.  The deepest I fish is around 25 ft.  

I have however fished a few strip pits in SE Kansas that are extremely deep.  Like in a matter of 15 - 20 ft from the bank you can be in 100+ ft of water.

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I would guess I have fished in 50+ feet. It's really hard for me to say but I would guess I have caught bass in 20-30 feet. Possibly more.

30+ feet is the place to be right now at our deep lakes. It's actually more like 40+ at the deeper lakes. I've heard about people catching them suspended 60+ deep. I can't wait to dabble in that when I have a boat.

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Deepest you have ever fished?

The 60-fathom line.

Roger

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What?

1 fathom = 6'  

60 fathoms (60 X 6) = 360'

For bass?

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50 feet of water at lake mahopac in ny on a 1 ounce spoon on the bottom.

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I cant remember any time fishing below 20 feet or so, and I cant remember ever catching anything over 12 feet deep. The lakes around here just are not that deep to necessitate going to extremes. This is also the first year I have had a boat, so maybe it will change in the future.

Wayne.

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200', WOW. How do fish that deep?

The deepest I've caught bass was 45-50'. Smallies on Table rock.

The deepest largemouth at about 30-35'. Several places.

Deepest crapppie, 35-40'. Lake Shelbyville, Illinois

Deepest walleye, 50'+ Lake of the Woods.

That's about it, except for a few deep sea trips. That was trolling. Don't know how deep any of those outing were.

I wouldn't even know where to start if I were targeting the 200' range. I'd like to hear how they were doing it.

Cheers,

GK

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Deepest you have ever fished?

The 60-fathom line.

Roger

What?

1 fathom = 6'

60 fathoms (60 X 6) = 360'

For bass?

No RW, not for freshwater bass but as an answer to the generic question: "deepest you have ever fished?"

That's why I included the word "fathom", which is a saltwater metric.

Back On Topic:

Back in the early 70s I read Buck Perry's book called "Spoonplugging". Truthfully, I wasted literally years of bass fishing time

plying deep water (over 25 ft). I find deep water fishing to be higly successful for pike, walleyes and sometimes smallmouth bass

(not to mention a host of saltwater species). Contrary to popular belief, plying a broad shallow flat can be far more challenging

than pinpointing a drop-off with electronics, which to me, is a walk-in-the-park. In spite of my deep water success with other species,

if my livelihood depended on largemouth bass taken from water over 25' deep, I'd be pushing pencils at Grand Central Station.

Roger

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Gotcha!

Still, that's REALLY deep. What were you fishing for?

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Gotcha!

Still, that's REALLY deep. What were you fishing for?

With only a 24' center console, I was fishing the false canyon on the way to the Hudson Canyon (100 miles offshore).

We were fishing for bluefin tuna, but always welcomed mako shark.

Roger

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I just started fishing soft plastics and DT's this year. I was a bank hugger til then I still prefer skinny water but I rwally started catching an equal amount of bass in deeper water, bigger too! The deepest I have tried is right about 20 feet with no success yet I have been doing great ovewr weeds and weeds close to drop offs in water 4 to 12 feet deep , which in my limited attempts is deep for me, a goal to fish more consitantly deeper is for this upcoming season and to add jigs to the arsenal

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Deepest freshwater I have fished in is 275 ft.  Deepest I have caught any freshwater fish is 85 - 90 ft.  That was Kokanee.

Bass wise, probably 10 ft.

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I bottom out with Rolo,lol.

300-320 ft. about 40-60 ft off the bottom. NW corner, Stellwagen Bank, Cape Cod Bay.

Bluefin but again, like Rolo, noone turns their head at Mako or Thresher steaks.

I rarely fish deeper than 30 ft in freshwater.

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Largemouth and smallmouth off bottom in 60-70.

Halibut at 400

Mackinaw 170ft down over 300.

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Deepest I ever caught a fish?

60+ in Erie trolling for walleye's.

Deepest I ever caught a bass?

10-15 feet.

I really need a boat. :'(

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30-50 feet down at Bull Shoals, but around here its closer to 15-25 feet.

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