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I want to see some fish.

You guys "got it goin' on", but let's see what ya got.

8-)

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Wish I could help ya! I have not yet been able to make it up but after this weekend Erie is my plans.

flyhatch pm'd me yesterday, he is planning on going up this weekend.

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i am leaving at 4am this sunday

look for some pics on sunday night

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Roadwarrior,

Here is a Lake Erie smallie from 4/30/08 caught on a hair jig. 22" long by 17" girth, weighed 6lb-14oz.

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well we still  plan on heading up tommorow but there is a small craft advisary untill 10 am west winds 15 to 20 knots with 3 to 5 foot wave subsiding to 1 to 3 footers.

we will probaly hang out in the bay until we see whats up with the main lake.

ill keep ya posted

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Dwight Hottle.......That is a freakin' pig! That fish is just a goby meal or two shy of being a 7 pounder!

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Roadwarrior,

Here is a Lake Erie smallie from 4/30/08 caught on a hair jig. 22" long by 17" girth, weighed 6lb-14oz.

Welcome aboard!

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

She's a beauty.

8-)

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Holy cow!  You caught that in the lake proper?

I grew up on Lake Ontario fishing mainly the tributaries for smallmouth.  It never even crossed my mind to fish in the lake itself.  Too cold, no cover, rough water etc...  I figured lake fishing was primarily for the salmon fishermen.

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It was supposed to be a nice weekend for the big lake. Man I wish I wasn't busy today. I do have plans to be there next weekend though. I can't wait!!!

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well I am back

the big lake was too rough for our 17 footer, we gave it a go but no dice.

we spend the rest of day catching hungry largies, but did manage two smallies in the bay. This is my Buddy Ron with one of them.

even confined to wind free areas we managed a 16 healthy fish with the best 6 easly going over 20 pounds.

tubes and jigs and dropshotted worms worked well near packs of bait fish.

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sorry about the pic, croped and shrunk the heck out of it.

but thats what im  left with

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I see most of it, nice fish!

8-)

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Roadwarrior,

Here is a Lake Erie smallie from 4/30/08 caught on a hair jig. 22" long by 17" girth, weighed 6lb-14oz.

Thats a beauty!! Nice going...

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Roadwarrior,

Here is a Lake Erie smallie from 4/30/08 caught on a hair jig. 22" long by 17" girth, weighed 6lb-14oz.

Isn't it amazing how much different in physical appearance a 7 lb. smallmouth appears than a 5 lb. smallmouth?  It seems like a much bigger discrepancy than the difference between 5 and 7 pound largemouths.  That thing makes my pb 5 lb. smallie look like a minnow.

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Smallmouth tend to be shorter and fatter, hence the

nickname "football".  In a picture the difference is striking

because the 7 is literally much more massive than the 5.

Typically, a 7 lb largemouth is longer and thinner than a 5

and doesn't appear that much different in a lot of photos.

Also when 5s are not weighed on a scale, they look exactly

like 7s & 8s!

8-)

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You're totally correct there, I'm just always astonished when I see one that size how just truly WIDE they are.  I love smallies.  Spots kind of are the same in that regard actually... Short and powerful.

Smallmouth tend to be shorter and fatter, hence the

nickname "football". In a picture the difference is striking

because the 7 is literally much more massive than the 5.

Typically, a 7 lb largemouth is longer and thinner than a 5

and doesn't appear that much different in a lot of photos.

Also when 5s are not weighed on a scale, they look exactly

like 7s & 8s!

8-)

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I caught a 5-9 smallie that was 18 inches long literally. I wish I had the pics to show the girth of that fish. It was july at Erie so I don't thinks she was full of eggs. I think she have may have just gorged herself, her belly was huge and her back was a good 4 inches plus thick. Some Erie fish just amaze you especially the range of colors and striping!!!

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Here is a new PB from last week. Weighed 7lb-6oz and measured 22" long by 17" girth. She is still swimming.

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Dwight those are awesome fish. That hair jig? Would you care to elaborate on the presentation? No secrets of course just in general do you drag em, cast em let em sink and work them over structure or possibly cast to suspending fish and work it through the pack?

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I typically drift with the wind over structure dragging the jig tipped with golden shinners. Most of the time I work jerk baits. Here is a picture of my long time fishing buddy holding two smallies weighing 13 lbs caught last week.

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Nice smallies also. I just wished you had said I drag em over structure and there is something bout that hair jig that just makes em go nuts.  :'(D-mm-t. Maybe I'll have to give the shiners a go when I am just fishin for fun.

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