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Chrome Rapala Original Floatant in Schuykill River below a breeched dam. Under 4Lbs, but over 3 1/2. Caught it from the bank and had to hike to the spot. No Cameras or scales. Was able to get back to the spot in a jon boat later, but never caught one bigger than that one.

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I've caught a number of 4lbs 10-ouncers (haven't been able to break that elusive 5lb mark yet).  I've used 1/8oz green pumpkin finesse jigs tipped with green pumpkin MadMan craws, 3- and 5-inch Kalins grubs (smoke), deep-diving crankbaits (firetiger, purple), Zoom Frogs (brown top, white belly), and even spinnerbaits (3/4oz White Hank Parker).  Just can't seem to get the 5+ pound girls to bite.  

No wait!  I did HOOK one over 6 pounds on a deep diving Frenzy lure (perch pattern), but she straightened out the hooks, even on a loose drag, then finally jumped clear out of the water and threw the lure!  All I could do was hang on and pray.  She had total control.  It was like hooking onto a freight train!

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My biggest smallmouth to date was 5lb 2oz Caught on the Mactuquac headpond using a original floating rapala . my biggest last year was 4.75 lb caught on a punkin chartruse tube on the last cast of the day in a 2day tourny on the St.john River in New Brunswick Canada that fish took biggest fish for the 2 day tournament

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Mine was 5 and a half pounds. I caught it in the Juniata River, P.A. I was using a 3/8 ounce black and white rocket shad. It suprised me, I thought it was a carp. I was fishing off shore in Lewistown. So far it is the biggest I have ever caught.

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Here is my biggest smallie that I have wieghed.  It was 3 lbs 8 oz, caught on a Luckycraft Sammy 100 in ghost minnow.  It was caught 9-16-06.  Everytime I look at this pic, I think the fish looks small but, it was a fat chunk.  I weighed three times because I thought it had to be bigger than 4 but, to no avail, the scale read 3-8 every time.

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Here's my pb smallie caught in Lake Texoma Nov of 05. It was 4.4 lbs. caught on a deep crankbait and the kicker fish I need to win a small club tourny. I know it doesn't look like it but it was a couple hundred dollar fish. I was backseating with a friend and had mentioned how much I'd like to land a good smallie that morning. I love those smallmouth and am in *** of the guys who are close to great fisheries!

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My PB was on Lake Cumberland, KY early March 2000 prefishing for a ABA Tournament.  6.5 on a 1/16 oz black/blue jig with 3/0 Owner hook that I made dressed with a blue #11 Uncle Josh frog chunk.  Super Sloooooooooooow fall.

Kelley

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On the Ohio river in Pennsylvania with a zara spook about an hour after sunrise.

It was last year sometime in August in about 6 inches of water. I was casting up into a feeder creek and bringing it out to the boat. It was the biggest smallmouth I ever saw in person.

I caught probably a close second in 2005 on the Tonawanda creek in western New York near Pembroke out of a canoe with my brother using a terminator spinnerbait with a white skirt.

Mark

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I caught one from my kayak around 5.5-6,  no scale but I have weighed a couple over 4 and it was significantly larger in every way. It was on the rt9 bridge on the Ct River in Northhampton, Ma. I was throwing a 5" senko (pumpkin with small green flake), wacky rigged with a 1/0 Gam.drop shot hook. I would just put on a 1/16 lead worm weight on the line to add to the drop. This particular cast I let it drop in the eddy for quite awhile. The fish was just on once I reeled some slack.

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I caugth mine on Mount Desert Island in Maine on 4" Senko baby bass color with a 2/0 rigged weightless. She weighed 3lbs 13oz and I think she was full of eggs. I've now caught several just below that but have yet to break 4lbs. I'm determined to do it this summer. My woman had one on that I'm think was over 4lbs, but I can't be sure- it ripped her line across some rocks on the Union River in Maine and she lost it as it made a hard run. I felt terrible for her.

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MY BIGGEST BROMZE BACK WAS CAUGHT ON THE GASCONADE RIVER AT ABOUT 6pm DURING CLEAR CONDITIONS IN LATE AUGUST. IT ONLY WEIGHT 3 AND A HALF POUNDS BUT IT WAS A GREAT LOOKING FISH. I USED A WATREMELON COLORED, GARLIC AND SALT, FRENCH FRY. THE SMALLIES AROUND HERE LOVE EM. I HAVE CAUGHT QUITE A FEW USING THAT SOFT PASTIC TEXAS RIGGED.

THE RADIO GUY

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Mainebasser you should try the grand falls flowage that borders New Brunswick you will find your 4 pounder there and a good chance at a 5 pound plus smallie.The biggest bass caught in our tournement series was caught there and it was 5lb,2oz  but i know there has been bigger ones caught pre fishing there. You do not need a New Brunswick licence to fish there but we have to buy a Maine licence and a weed sticker to fish there.I'll be there April 15 and cant wait suspending jerk baits and slow worked tubes seem to work best for me there in april  see you on the water

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Well, it's 15 years later and A-Jay dominates the smallmouth conversation with 

huge fish and GREAT videos. He is King, no doubt!

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13 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Well, it's 15 years later and A-Jay dominates the smallmouth conversation with 

huge fish and GREAT videos. He is King, no doubt!

I enjoyed reading your account of that special trip here @roadwarrior

and I certainly appreciate the vote of confidence.

While I've been able to grind out some decent success recently,

I may have a ways to go to even get into that conversation.

With a mind boggling number of documented trophy brown bass to his credit,

in my mind, @Dwight Hottle has been wearing that crown for a while.

Probably always will.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

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Well, Dwight is a favorite and a well documented "Big Fish" guy, but your video

skills separate you from the rest of us. I am curious: Why do your 6 lb smallmouth

look so much bigger than others? The difference seems dramatic to me. 

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3 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Well, Dwight is a favorite and a well documented "Big Fish" guy, but your video

skills separate you from the rest of us. I am curious: Why do your 6 lb smallmouth

look so much bigger than others? The difference seems dramatic to me. 

I think A-Jay's 6 pounders look much bigger than ours because they are really 8 pounders....he is just too kind to rub it in! 

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9 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Well, Dwight is a favorite and a well documented "Big Fish" guy, but your video

skills separate you from the rest of us. I am curious: Why do your 6 lb smallmouth

look so much bigger than others? The difference seems dramatic to me. 

Thanks again ~

And without sounding like a braggard, I agree with you about the completely Freakish shape of 

some of those Lake Menderchuck Tanks. 

I'm always mentioning 'the frame', they are just so 'tall and thick'.

Almost seems like a different species.

The only 'constant' about that deal is the best examples of those fish

ALL come from lakes that have goby and are connect by a couple of different river systems.

btw - I really like making, sharing and watching back those videos.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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On 3/4/2007 at 8:45 PM, radiob said:

MY BIGGEST BROMZE BACK WAS CAUGHT ON THE GASCONADE RIVER AT ABOUT 6pm DURING CLEAR CONDITIONS IN LATE AUGUST. IT ONLY WEIGHT 3 AND A HALF POUNDS BUT IT WAS A GREAT LOOKING FISH. I USED A WATREMELON COLORED, GARLIC AND SALT, FRENCH FRY. THE SMALLIES AROUND HERE LOVE EM. I HAVE CAUGHT QUITE A FEW USING THAT SOFT PASTIC TEXAS RIGGED.

THE RADIO GUY

Beautiful River! I fished the Gasconade in the mid 70's when I was in high school visiting my sister, who was an Army nurse at Fort Leonard Wood. Also fished the Big Piney. Lots of fun!

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