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Bass of 2018


ANYFISH2

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ANYFISH2

I opened up my by bass fishing season this past weekend with the great company of @Wanderer.

The catch numbers were great by most respects.  Size was a little smaller on average than I had hoped, I kinda bragged up this little gem and size fell a bit short. 17 as approx the max size we boated on Sat.

Fished seem to be in groups concentrated in certain areas, very scattered in between.  Our best action came fishing away from shore, better fish as well.  Plenty of fish were crusing on the shorelines as well they definitely ran smaller though.

Wanderer was able to show me how to work a jig effectively as that has never been a tactic I am proficient at.  Thanks Wanderer.  I tried to show the ease and effectivenss of the Senko.  

It all  work well as we probably boated over a hundred fish for the day.

Everyone share your 2018 Bass experiences here, keep us in loop of what is working you!

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Wanderer

You and that Senko were dialed in, no doubt about that!  I think if the wind wasn’t as harsh we could’ve explored the deeper water a little better and maybe got the jig bite dialed in on the hens.  Either way it was a fantastic fishing experience.

Some day I’ll try a Senko - maybe. ?  

I think you’ll do very well there this weekend.  Thanks again for taking me with.  It was the best day of open water fishing I’ve had for some time, both fishing and partner wise.

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ANYFISH2

Thanks, a day well spent with a good person for sure.

Thanks again for the work you put in at the end of the trip!  Your fishing needs to get in better shape I think!?

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Wanderer
8 hours ago, ANYFISH2 said:

Thanks, a day well spent with a good person for sure.

Thanks again for the work you put in at the end of the trip!  Your fishing guide needs to get in better shape I think!?

Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. ?

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ANYFISH2
On 5/22/2018 at 7:51 AM, Wanderer said:

Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. ?

Thanks for the edit, thats what I meant to write!!?

 

Hit the same lake up on Saturday with Isaac and my buddy Chad.  Water temps seemed on the rise and fish more scattered.  Fishing is never really slow on this lake, however the numbers and size were even smaller than the week before.  Lots of 13" fish biggest being 2.5 lbs.

Plastics as always ruled the day, although this day, a 1/8th oz jig and creature bait ruled the day.  Weightless senko run by Isaac was the next best.  Hard baits struggled to pull fish.

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Oh come on, that thing is 15", just the camera angle!!?

 

Nice fish Wanderer!  Thats a pig.

I guess the secret is run muskie baits!!

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gimruis

I caught a few smallmouth on Mille lacs recently including this toad which was 20.5 inches.  Its probably the second biggest smallie I've ever caught.  Its getting tougher out there every time I go though.  The fishing pressure is getting to them.

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Violette Lee
On 6/2/2018 at 1:58 PM, Wanderer said:

Anybody else catch a bass yet?! LOL!

I did get one this morning on my Mississippi River shoreline that made me a little excited.  I was running through my Muskie gear and this nearly 21 incher grabbed my Top Raider on her third attempt.  It was pretty awesome watching her try for it.

Spawned out by the way.

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Where is a good shoreline to fish on the St. Croix?

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I’m sorry Violette but I don’t know much of anything about the St. Croix other than where it is.

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It was a great three hours on the lake this afternoon/evening. I am chalking it up to that front skirting the metro.

 

I caught my biggest bass in quite a few years. Came in at 5.94 lbs, just a toad of a fish. A 4.87 lber, 3 more over 4 lbs, 7 bass in the 3-4 lb range, and two sub 3 lb fish.

 

I left the lake grinning ear to ear because I know outings like this are rare.

 

 

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A 22-24+ lb 5 fish limit IS awesome!

 

Yah, that’s one for the memory bank.

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I have been smallmouth fishing in rivers a couple times the past several weeks and its been fairly ridiculous.  The water is so warm its like a bath tub too.  They are just smackin topwaters around wood, in the shade, and near current.

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Thanks guys!

 

My thumbs are feeling it today.

I know, I know.......poor me.

:)

 

Did pick up a new scale last weekend after being without one for a couple years.

It's cool to confirm that my guestimations about size are pretty accurate.

 

 

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Well, went out again yesterday, same place, same lures.

6 bass, with only one of them barely clearing 3 lbs.

That's fishing for ya.

:)

 

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When it jumped 10ft from the canoe for my first gander at it, I thought 7 lbs  because it was so chunky.

 

20 3/4 "

6.27 lbs.

 

It's been a good year for quality fish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Am I the only one around here catching bass?

😆

 

 

Finished up my season last week with only one fish caught on that 72 degree day, but it was 5 lbs on the nuts..........

 

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Coupled with my 2nd bass of the year, which was over 5, I sure can't complain about 2018's bass season bookends. ............

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Here's to hoping that 2019 is half as lucky as 2018!!!!!

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