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My Personal Best Largemouth So Far!

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Caught this hawg from shore on my second cast on a Texas rigged dark brown 5" finesse worm. Didn't have the scale or tape measure with us - DOH! But this felt like a lunker, could barely reel it it and was for sure the biggest Largemouth I've ever caught.

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Congrats on a great catch!

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great fish from shore and if I remember correctly way to be patient as this fish hit the t-rigged worm RIGHT at the bank and you maintained your presentation all the way which paid off in helping you land your PB largemouth. Good stuff.

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Nice fish!

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Nice job keep em coming ;)

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WTG!!!!

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I have completely skunked the past two or three times we've gone out - I selfishly blame that on the fact that I've been working a lot which makes for a slightly grouchy and impatient version of myself...and I know that sooo much of successful fishing consists around the ability to be patient and slow in your retrieve. Tonight I was advised by a local to hit up a 400+ acre pond-pretty darn tiny and definitely shallow. Deepest part of the pond was 14 feet; but I checked out the survey map before we went and there was a spot between two islands that had a drop from 4 feet deep to 14 feet so we mainly targeted that area and it wasn't hard to find on such a small body of water. We both weren't expecting this pond to be very productive and it was our very first time there so we weren't exactly sure what the the outcome was going to be. I fished with my usual Texas rigged with a bullet weight, wide gap hook, and dark brown Zoom Curly Tail. Got quite a few bites but wasn't able to set anything-that's for sure the hardest part about fishing for me knowing just the right time to pull back and set the hook. So anyways, we were out til the sunset turned deep pink and then fell over the treeline but he ended catching three largemouth total and I caught this one little 1.1 lb dink. Still felt good to catch one though!

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It appears that you're doing well and WTG! I agree with the "slow down and relax" theory... especially when fishing soft plastics, I always catch more and bigger fish when I'm taking the time to pick apart every bit of structure that the bottom has to offer. As for timing on the hook set, when you're using a relatively small presentation and slowly crawling it across the bottom, ASAP works best for sure. On bigger baits like 10" worms on the bottom or quicker moving top water soft plastics, it's often best to pause one count after the strike while reeling the slack up before setting the hook. Hope that helps and congrats on the nice fish!

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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It appears that you're doing well and WTG! I agree with the "slow down and relax" theory... especially when fishing soft plastics, I always catch more and bigger fish when I'm taking the time to pick apart every bit of structure that the bottom has to offer. As for timing on the hook set, when you're using a relatively small presentation and slowly crawling it across the bottom, ASAP works best for sure. On bigger baits like 10" worms on the bottom or quicker moving top water soft plastics, it's often best to pause one count after the strike while reeling the slack up before setting the hook. Hope that helps and congrats on the nice fish!

Big O

www.ragetail.com

Omg Big O thanks for the reply!!! Holy hell look at the friggin beast you just caught!!!! <picks jaw up off the floor> THAT is what I aspire to catch one day holy crap that much be such a fight!! Thank you so much for the advice, that helps a lot. Just trying to understand what is going on beneath the surface of the water helps immensely when it comes to knowing when to set the hook IMO so far. I can't get over the fish you catch!! Half the time I assume I'm just snagged and the only times I tend to actually set a hook is when I think a fish (typically bass as opposed to pickerel which there are also a lot of around here but that I like a lot less b/c of the lesser fight), inhales the worm deeply and I can really feel a tug tug tug type of movement then I just yank back real hard and keep my line tight...but I feel like I also lose a lot of sets because I'm not ever entirely sure when I'm getting a bite or if I'm just snagged on weeds. Either way, I'm extremely thankful for having this site as a resource because even in the short time I've been a member here, I have learned a lot of valuable logistics to fishing this infamous species. Thank you so much once again for the tips and I wish I had more hours in my day to read all the articles and posts!

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This is an excellent forum with many knowledgable fishermen and the majority are extremely helpful to everyone. I hope you have a great time here and keep on catching those fine BASS!

BTW, since I'm only 4 foot tall... All of my fish look a bit on the hefty side, LOL

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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So the past two or thee consecutive trips out, I have totally skunked. Like, not even so much as a hook set on a blue gill. We went out last night to the newest pond we've discovered largemouth in and I fished a white curly tail grub in a drop shot rig for the first time. I read the "Always Lucky" article here so between that and the fish I've been seeing the bf catch on one, we decided it was time we rigged one up on my rod. My first cast out in some 14 foot water around some structure we spotted with the finder, I jigged the heck outta that grub and booooooooom, I get a strike that is unmistakenly a strong bass. Kept my line taut, my tip down, and reeled like hell. With the help of ICU on the net, I was able to bring the fish in. Looked bigger than my PB smallie but was over a half a pound shy. Still good to catch a bass! 2.16 lbs. Was so excited forgot to measure it lol.

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Great job baby and congrats on your first dropshot fish! Hook was set deep in the corner of the mouth you did it perfectly. And your official PB :) WTG!

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WTG! Those are some nice ones!

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Yeah, Big-O is ONLY about four foot tall - at his waist line. My best guess is 6' 4" and about 240, but he's carrying a lot of body fat- say three pounds. For those of you who have seen the commercial featuring "the most interesting man in the world," I can say only that they forgot to interview Big-O.

Drink wisely my friends

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Great catch, well done!

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Those are some great catches for sure. Awesome job.

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Yeah, Big-O is ONLY about four foot tall - at his waist line. My best guess is 6' 4" and about 240, but he's carrying a lot of body fat- say three pounds. For those of you who have seen the commercial featuring "the most interesting man in the world," I can say only that they forgot to interview Big-O.

Drink wisely my friends

Long Mike, I only look big because I wear Big O clothes but I do drink WISELY :D And basslayingbeezy... that's another beautiful fish FO SHO!

Big O

www.ragetail.com

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Went out to our new favorite spot a couple of nights ago and almost consecutively caught these two largemouths pretty early on in our trip. Very good for morale even though they weren't anything like the 4.2 lber ICU caught last night! First fish was a solid two and half lbs if I'm remembering correctly, and second one was just under two lbs.

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