Enough with the tackle. LETS SEE SOME FISH!

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Re: Enough with the tackle. LETS SEE SOME FISH!

Post by Polkfish1 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:25 pm

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Tried a little experiment. These mud minnows seem to be an important part of the forage where I fish this time of year. 3 colors-equal number of casts (roughly) for each color in sets of 10, rotating between the 3. Color chosen for first 10 casts each day chosen at random. Equivalent number of casts for each bait on each day. I thought I might run the test until I hooked into 30 bass total and see if the results differed from the expected 0.33 catch rate per color. But, alas I broke a bill on the ayu and I'm less interested in the experiment than I was at the start.

Result (# bass per color):

Ayu: 6

White/purple: 9

Gold shad: 7
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Post by JBcrankaddict » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:13 am

How’s this for some dock fishing fun? Watched this redfish shoot out from under a dock and crush my jerkbait, and the battle was on! 842c Conquest/Stile SS got the job done with some heavy drag and all out tug of war. Always nice to put the gear up to a strong test. He got really close to the dock on a couple of runs, but it was either let him break off or pull as hard as you can and try to get him out. I chose the latter. Kind of makes me laugh a little when I think of the gear we use for bass fishing in cover after something like this, it’s not even close :lol:

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Post by toddmc » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:35 am

Beast on freshwater gear!

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Post by hoohoorjoo » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:50 am

JBcrankaddict wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:13 am
How’s this for some dock fishing fun? Watched this redfish shoot out from under a dock and crush my jerkbait, and the battle was on! 842c Conquest/Stile SS got the job done with some heavy drag and all out tug of war. Always nice to put the gear up to a strong test. He got really close to the dock on a couple of runs, but it was either let him break off or pull as hard as you can and try to get him out. I chose the latter. Kind of makes me laugh a little when I think of the gear we use for bass fishing in cover after something like this, it’s not even close :lol:

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That's a bull, Jeff! Big fish on light gear are always fun. Congrats on putting your hands on that one. I assume that's a slot fish?
Try not to let your mind wander. It is much too small to be outside unsupervised.

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Post by MountainMan 83 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:16 am

Insane! I bet that was so much fun!

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Post by toddmc » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:32 pm

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Prespawn beast from Lake Havasu on the Ned. A great way to finish a solid day of fishing!

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Post by JBcrankaddict » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:04 am

Thanks guys, those big reds are always a fun surprise. They can scare you a little though when they eat that $20+ discontinued jerkbait by a dock :lol:
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That's a bull, Jeff! Big fish on light gear are always fun. Congrats on putting your hands on that one. I assume that's a slot fish?
Light gear is a blast and teaches a lot about how to actually fight a fish. Seem to always hook the big reds and jacks on the lightest combo since I’m usually trout fishing when the bite happens, but I definitely love when it happens! Our slot is 18-27”, and this fish was over 40”, so a little big.

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Post by JBcrankaddict » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:06 am

toddmc wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:32 pm
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Prespawn beast from Lake Havasu on the Ned. A great way to finish a solid day of fishing!
Great fish Todd. Havasu is a fun lake, I bet the Ned kills it over there!

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Post by toddmc » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:46 am

JBcrankaddict wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:06 am
toddmc wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:32 pm
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Prespawn beast from Lake Havasu on the Ned. A great way to finish a solid day of fishing!
Great fish Todd. Havasu is a fun lake, I bet the Ned kills it over there!
That setup in the picture is hard to put down because it is perfect for the NED. It is a Point Blank 6'9" MLXF with an SV105 with an R+ inductor spring. I like to fish a 1/10 ounce head. The Robo Ned worm weighs a little more and is easier to cast in the wind that Havasu had on Sunday. The water temp is still in the upper 50's in the a.m., and many of the smallmouth are the first to spawn. I only caught two largemouth to about 20 smallmouth. Most of the fish that I am catching are relating to a bed, but I'm not bed fishing.

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Post by dhottle » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:38 pm

Fishing a LC pointer 128 at Lake Okeechobee.





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Post by toddmc » Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:59 pm

dhottle wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Fishing a LC pointer 128 at Lake Okeechobee.





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Do you think that is a fish that has already spawned? You guys have those early spawns.

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Post by dhottle » Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:37 pm

Yes I would guess she had already spawned. Though in FL some fish will still spawn into April. They start early in November but most of the spawning is in Jan/Feb.

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Post by Polkfish1 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:26 pm

toddmc wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:59 pm
dhottle wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Fishing a LC pointer 128 at Lake Okeechobee.





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Do you think that is a fish that has already spawned? You guys have those early spawns.

It’s been over for weeks in my parts. Goes by so fast; faster ever year. My wife: they grow up so fast...; me: the spawn is over and done so fast...

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Post by toddmc » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:32 am

Polkfish1 wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:26 pm
toddmc wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:59 pm
dhottle wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Fishing a LC pointer 128 at Lake Okeechobee.





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Do you think that is a fish that has already spawned? You guys have those early spawns.

It’s been over for weeks in my parts. Goes by so fast; faster ever year. My wife: they grow up so fast...; me: the spawn is over and done so fast...
The spawn in Socal/the Southwest is just getting started. We also have storms for the next week. It looks like the main part of ours will be a few weeks later this year.

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Post by toddmc » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:27 am

dhottle wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:37 pm
Yes I would guess she had already spawned. Though in FL some fish will still spawn into April. They start early in November but most of the spawning is in Jan/Feb.
We had fish spawning on the 4th of July on my home lake (DVL) about a decade ago. It has a quarry that is almost 300 feet deep. A few deep and cold stragglers came up late out of the depths to spawn. I was bed fishing next to an FLW pro named Art Berry. I think he won a big tournament in Florida. We were laughing because we couldn't believe we were bed fishing in July.

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