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Well I had to call in sick yesterday (sick of not fishing). Spent most of the day in the river watching snow fall and wrestling with lots of smallmouth! Sizes were not great but I got 2 or 3 16s, lots of others, all on topwater. I imagine the coming weather will probably end my winter fun.

Cool stuff, saw 11 trumpeter swans, there was a big hatch of flies sitting on the banks next to the river (don't imagine they made it through the night). Th snow falling on the grass was beautiful, better than most days at work!

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river rat316

That sounds awesome!! Still hitting on topwater huh? what type of topwater were you using? How hard were they hitting it? I am real jealous I havent gotten into a good topwater bite since before the weeds started floating up to the surface this fall!!! I hit the river for about 45 minutes on saturday ( ended up spending 2 days in bed with the flu immediately after my excursion) all I could muster up were 2 decent eyes on a zulu jerk bait t-rigged (3x strikeking) I love the action these baits have and will be a killer topwater bait in the summer because they float! Its nice to be catching anything in openwater this time of year though! Had to laugh also (because of our recent topic about people overstating weights of fish) had a guy tell me that morning he caught 3 smallies over 4 pounds and the bigest was, as he stated well over 5 maybe even 6 pounds. I had to turn my head and try as hard as I could to not start laughing, thought of giving him the BLB thumbdown! cool.gif

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That's funny I get sick everytime i go, my lady gets mad when I tell her I'm going to the river, thankfully she is understanding. I guess I laugh at most "fishing stories" as well, I come from a long line of lier's, so everything is a grain of salt.

I use spooks, don't like how poppers work in current, never had a problem getting at least a few smally's attention. Yeah they hit pretty hard until it started cooling down, then it was time to go home, can't imagine being out there in this wind!

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