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New Years Eve - Champagne Or 8.4 Pound Bass?

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Hmmmm - How to celebrate New Years Eve? Bubbly or big bass? I'LL TAKE THE BIG BASS!

25" / 8.4 pounds. Surface water temp 46 deg. Caught on what was going to be about my last cast of 2011 - right when it just got full dark. She hit the RES on the fall - I hadn't even started the retrieve yet!

Happy New Year to the BR family !

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Nice fish. Darn near as big as the trout I caught this morning. Congrats.

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Thanks John - a good way to finish the year!

Now, let's see if I can catch anything at all tomorrow to start 2012... :lol:

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I might take the kayak out on the big lake for smallies. Can't believe I'm saying that, lol.

If they don't cooperate, I know where to find a quick limit of steelies.

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I might take the kayak out on the big lake for smallies. Can't believe I'm saying that, lol.

If they don't cooperate, I know where to find a quick limit of steelies.

I bet you're way under 120 water/air temp - suit up and be safe!

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Probably 50 F air and 40 F water. I teach a cold water reentry class, I know what's up, but thanks. I've even done it the wrong way - supervised, of coarse - jeans and a cotton hoody in 35/30 conditions. Probably the worst cold I've ever felt, but made for a great class.

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Nice fish, Goose! Happy new year.

Thanks Shane. It was a great way to finish the year!

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Dang Goose you are killing them with that RES! Happy New Years to you and hopefully you'll bring in 2012 with an even bigger one tomorrow!

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I hope I get a bigger one tomorrow! :)

OTOH - maybe my luck is now toast and I won't catch a fish until February ! :lol:

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Beautiful fish. Plenty of time left for some bubbly too :)

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Goose, how ya liking that craw pattern NOW?

Happy New Year.

p.s. I've got an order in for a few of those Red Eye Shads in Crawfish- Silent and Rattling.

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I don't even know what to say, man. You're on fire! You know what that means though... after two 6's and an 8, you'll go on a long streak of not catching a big one. :D:D:D

I went out today and got a skunk. Tried three new ponds that I didn't know about until last night. Missed a couple of good jig bites.

Stay after them until you freeze up!

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Beautiful fish. Plenty of time left for some bubbly too :)

I think I can scare up some sort of adult beverage to celebrate both the New Year and the hawg that closed out the old year! :)

Goose, how ya liking that craw pattern NOW?

I'm almost ready to believe that color DOES matter! :lol:

This is the only craw-pattern RES I have left - I guess I should order some more too. I had two craw patterns a couple weeks ago - one hung on the bottom and was lost. This one spent a day under water when I hung it up but I went back the next day with my canoe and got it back!

I don't even know what to say, man. You're on fire! You know what that means though... after two 6's and an 8, you'll go on a long streak of not catching a big one. :D:D:D

I went out today and got a skunk. Tried three new ponds that I didn't know about until last night. Missed a couple of good jig bites.

Stay after them until you freeze up!

Hey Hayden - you STILL caught more big bass in 2011 than I did - just trying to catch up!

Not sure when my lakes will ice-over but we have a cold front coming in that will probably drop water temps down a few more degrees. Yikes, I might finally have to abandon the moving bait and start dragging a jig....................which I do poorly.... :lol:

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I think I can scare up some sort of adult beverage to celebrate both the New Year and the hawg that closed out the old year! :)

I'm almost ready to believe that color DOES matter! :lol:

This is the only craw-pattern RES I have left - I guess I should order some more too. I had two craw patterns a couple weeks ago - one hung on the bottom and was lost. This one spent a day under water when I hung it up but I went back the next day with my canoe and got it back!

Hey Hayden - you STILL caught more big bass in 2011 than I did - just trying to catch up!

Not sure when my lakes will ice-over but we have a cold front coming in that will probably drop water temps down a few more degrees. Yikes, I might finally have to abandon the moving bait and start dragging a jig....................which I do poorly.... :lol:

When the weather is cold just let that baby sit. And sit. And sit. You'll nail a slob soon enough with the jig. Just fish it in a place you know has a pig in ideal weather conditions.

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Yeah - that waiting thing ain't my nature - I like to crank :lol:

Also, since the boat is put away for the season, these fish are being caught a LONG cast from the bank - out of range of jigs.

Still, I gotta start using jigs and that's one of my goals for next year. I'm trying to figure out what I want for a dedicated jig rod and will try to use it next year...

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Drop the coin and get a Dobyns Champion Extreme DX745c! Perfect 3/8-3/4 oz. jig rod.

I'm throwing a jig 50+ yards, but my Premier is "special". Zero spool tension. That distance is way out of hookset range unless I'm throwing braid, but it's fun to bomb a jig that far anyways. :D

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Nice fish Goose, you did better than me. I was offshore fishing for cobia and caught 1 little blue runner, water was too calm.

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Thanks guys and Happy New Year to ya'll !

I'll be headed out as usual this evening. Hopefully, I'll get at least one 12" bass to start the year :lol:

Hayden - a Champ Extreme (744 or 745) is one of my candidates - especially since you can get them with a full grip...

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Awesome awesome fish there Goose. Beautiful. Like Hayden said, your on fire. I halfway expect to have you start another post with a bigger bass while I'm writing this reply. :lol: Great job & Happy New Year.

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Awesome awesome fish there Goose. Beautiful. Like Hayden said, your on fire. I halfway expect to have you start another post with a bigger bass while I'm writing this reply. :lol: Great job & Happy New Year.

Thanks!

Re a bigger bass...........I just had a front come through this morning and would have loved to fish "the front of the front" BUT - I promised the wife I'd take down the outdoor Christmas decorations this morning. While I was doing that, it started pouring. No telling what the bite will be like this evening when I finally make it out...

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I just got a little sick thinking about taking down Christmas decorations. Did that a few days ago, what a beating. My wife put up the decorations and I guess I didn't pay real good attention to all the stuff we had. As I was packing up box after box I just kept thinking where the heck did we get all these santas.

Back to fishing though, it's a bummer that you didn't get to fish this morning though. I absolutely love fishing that front of the front nasty weather stuff. Hope you get a hog tonight as well.

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