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Guys

I been wondering if anyone has an idea what the largest bag of 5 fish thats been weighed in under tournament conditions?

I heard its 30lbs but have a feeling it could be more.

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Welcome aboard!

30 lbs is a possibility in the Great Lakes region, but 6 lb fish are

rare and to boat five in a tournament would be a very special day.

Larger smallmouth are found in the Mid South, but generally, not

the numbers. I would guess the realistic maximum five bass limit

would be something less than 35 lbs.

8-)

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Best I have ever witnessed personally on Erie was 33 pounds 9 ounces. If I remember right his lunker was an even 7 lbs. Welcome to the sight!!!

Thanx for warm welcome!

I witnessed a 30lb bag the other day in a tournament and it honestly blew my mind! The fish were caught in a river inlet, prespawn, 55deg F, at South Africa's premier smallmouth bass impoundment.

I was wondering if we were getting anywhere close to the international standard of fish. Maybe if we smuggle some crawfish in we can boost the size of our fish giving us 50lb bags! Now that would be stunning.

Take care

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I have seen reports of a 29.92 lb 5 smallmouth tournament limit from Lake Simcoe in Canada.  That is the largest limit that I have seen documentation of.

Is there an documentation on the Erie limit?  Was it in a tournament?

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i witnessed a 30lb 7 fish bag from kevin vida an flw pro. we only caught 5fish that day for 11lbs but that was the end of october in michigan so i was stoked. it was one of his local tournaments he puts on every yr.

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In a tourney on Champlain about a month ago the day before one mine it a guy had 5 smallies for 27 change. That is the heaviest I have heard of.

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I have seen reports of a 29.92 lb 5 smallmouth tournament limit from Lake Simcoe in Canada. That is the largest limit that I have seen documentation of.

Is there an documentation on the Erie limit? Was it in a tournament?

Simcoe is where the BASS Divisionals are next year and they are saying it will take 28-30 a day. And 20 pounds a day won't do much for you. Just have to wait and see.

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Man, I wouldn't believe that until it happens. Consistant 25 lb days would be magical.

8-)

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In a tourney on Champlain about a month ago the day before one mine it a guy had 5 smallies for 27 change. That is the heaviest I have heard of.

Tin, if you are talking about the annual Lake Champlain International Bass OPEN that took place on August 31 out of Mallet's Bay on Champlain, the winning weight was 24.72-lbs.  This was all largemouth, and the lunker LMB 6.54-lbs.  The second place team weighed in all smallies 21.77-lbs, with a lunker smallie of 4.50 pounds.

Also, this tournament is a SIX fish bag, not five.  Serach Google for "LCI Bass Open" to see the full results.  I can't post a hyper-link here yet.

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In a tourney on Champlain about a month ago the day before one mine it a guy had 5 smallies for 27 change. That is the heaviest I have heard of.

Tin, if you are talking about the annual Lake Champlain International Bass OPEN that took place on August 31 out of Mallet's Bay on Champlain, the winning weight was 24.72-lbs. This was all largemouth, and the lunker LMB 6.54-lbs. The second place team weighed in all smallies 21.77-lbs, with a lunker smallie of 4.50 pounds.

Also, this tournament is a SIX fish bag, not five. Serach Google for "LCI Bass Open" to see the full results. I can't post a hyper-link here yet.

No I was on there in the last week of July.

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There was a tourney on champlain with a 6 bass limit of smallies last year at 27 + . My personal best was a 8 bass limit 35+ 2 person team.. During practice at a lake here in vermont I have pulled -30-40 bass in a day 4 plus pounds with 5 or so in the 5+ range. Its sounds crazy but if your a tourney fisherman in vt you know the body of water im talking about and you no its no lie..

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I believe the North American record is 29.92 by Bob Formosa and Jason Saliba during the Crackle Cup (now Bass Proshop Simcoe Open) on lake Simcoe.

I think it was 3 years ago. Last year they weighed 29.+ as well. There was also one on Erie over 28.50 2 years ago.

As for the BASS northern divisional next year (I'll be fishing it), a 3 day average of 20 should win but there will be some big daily  bags. Its a big lake that can really blow up and that will be the determining factor, the weather.

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Welcome aboard!

8-)

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Thanks Roadwarrior

It's nice to have a forum dedicated to smallies. I fish Simcoe almost every day and always looking for new techniques and baits.

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Before Ohio closed seasons began limits of 30+ pounds were not impossible. I have not seen many over 25 lately. I posted somewhere in this smallie forum a limit weighing 29.71 for five fish. The pics are there and the biggest fish was 6-4 and the others were well over 5 1/2+. That was a great day and have not had a limit of 5 over 25# since. Local Erie tourney guys can really put a hurtin on smallies. Most series now are going with three fish limits to eliminate dead fish floating around million dollar yachts. Good years produce huge numbers here for smallies. cruise this link and you can see how smallie limits have went down over the years. http://www.thex-series.com/tournamentresults/2003-X-Series/PresqueIsle=6-29-03-ALL.php

These are all three fish limits at Presque Isle. The best I can remember out of this series was 18# even for three. I can't find it on the site. It may have been 01 or earlier. I hate to think that I have actually been at this for that long. My how time flies!

Here is 29.71# http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1209829260/0

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Don't know the name of the lake but it was the St. Lawrence between Montreal and Cornwall. Recent tourny. 5 SM 30.35. 5 SM at 27 lbs weren't in the money. Big fish SM 7.15.

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I've talked to a few locals who fish Erie regularly and they all said if you don't have at least 25lbs in the spring you might as well dump your bag. They said the winning weight in spring tournies is usually over 30lbs

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Remarkable!

;D ;D ;D

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It's not the biggest, but there was a tournament out in Western Canada (British Columbia) a few years back where the winning weight was 27 lbs 6 oz.  

They grow 'em big out there, and the locals are too busy fishing for salmon and steelhead to notice.

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I have seen reports of a 29.92 lb 5 smallmouth tournament limit from Lake Simcoe in Canada.  That is the largest limit that I have seen documentation of.

Is there an documentation on the Erie limit?  Was it in a tournament?

Simcoe is where the BASS Divisionals are next year and they are saying it will take 28-30 a day. And 20 pounds a day won't do much for you. Just have to wait and see.

Lake Simcoe is definitely one of the hot spots in Southern Ontario. I get a chance to fish it all the time because it's quite close by to the urban/suburban area, about 45 minutes away. I usually fish the lower end of the lake on the Holland River for largemouth bass and they can grow up to 7-8 pounds in there.

When I get the opportunity to go out for some smallmouths, 4-5lbs is not uncommon at all. They come in numbers at that weight, but rarely do they pass 6lbs, although many 6's have been pulled out. The favourite technique is drop shotting. When I get a chance to fish it, we use a bait called the Strike-Zone Slammer. It's a killer drop shot bait.

I believe it'll take atleast 26+ to win it and 24 to have a shot at winning.

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Don't know the name of the lake but it was the St. Lawrence between Montreal and Cornwall. Recent tourny. 5 SM 30.35. 5 SM at 27 lbs weren't in the money. Big fish SM 7.15.

This thread http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1254166945 has some info on that tourney.

30.35 for a five-fish limit is just SICK. :D I wanna go there real bad!

Tom

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Hark all ye Pickwick Road Trippers

In years past, noted fishing guide, Roger Stegall won a tournament on Pickwick Lake with a five-fish stringer

weighing 27 lb, 6 oz, that's an average weight of 5½ lbs!!

When I was in my 30s, bass tournaments allowed 10-fish stringers. A local guide on Pickwick Lake won a bass tournament

with an incredible 10-bass limit weighing 52.5 lbs. This translates to an average weight of 5 lb, 4 oz for ten bass,

and his biggest smallmouth weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz. For the record, 7 lbs, 4 oz is the ceiling weight (plateau) for smallmouth bass,

wherever they grow.

Lake Simcoe, Ontario Canada

During the fall of 2006, Lake Simcoe broke its own Canadian Bass Tournament record with a five-fish smallmouth stringer

weighing 29.9 lb, just a tad shy of a 6-pound average, and mind you, Lake Simcoe is on the 44th Parallel.

Lake Erie

Until this stringer record is finally broken by Dwight Hottle, to my knowledge it still holds the crown.

It was a 5-bass stringer weighing 30.50 lbs, a staggering 6.1 lb average weight

Roger

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Roger,

Thanks for the honorable mention. PA forbids any bass tournaments during the prespawn period April 18th thru June 12th on lake erie & inland waters. That's prime time for me. A 28-32 lbs  bag of 5 fish would be very doable on the right day for a two man team during that period.

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