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Big Bass-Large mouth

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by jtakeman, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Any other bass fishing people here?

    I caught this big girl today on a little lake near our house. She bit a carolina rigged 8" floating worm. We named here miss piggy!

    23 inches long and girth was 19 inches.

    Definetly made my early fathers day a good one(my son held her for the pictures)!

    Oh' YES she was released in fine condition to be caught again another day!

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  2. thewoodlands

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    Nice catch that's what I call a hog!

    zap
  3. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    sweet!!! nothing like a hawg, what did it weigh in at , looks like about 6-7 lbs with the measurements.
  4. BrotherBart

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    There would be a stinky skillet in my house right about now.
  5. kartracer

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    That's really nice,especially for a northern large mouth.Congrats..Try some senkos,if you haven't.Just dead stick them and hold on.
  6. quads

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    Wow! A great fish! Largemouth bass are my favorite fish to go after, and that is a fish of a lifetime!
  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Using this calculator here:

    http://www.bassresource.com/bassfishing/fishcalculator.html
    and
    http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/s...D=85&catalogId=10001&langId;=-1&storeId=10151

    It could be over 9lbs. But to be safe I will say over 8lbs. Prespawn she would have been a bit more.

    We use the Senko's wacky style when the water warms up later in the summer. Slow bottom works best in the colder late spring temps. Better luck with jigs, worms and lizards. Never tried the dead sticking with one, I will give it a shot next time we go for LMB.

    I have caught several large ones in this lake. One of 2 lakes that has monsters in it. My biggest one so far is over 9lbs. Caught in the fall on a spinnerbait. She was chasing bluegills in the shallow creek when I fooled her. My son got a 6lbs plus on a drop shot when he was 7. One of these days we will get them in fiberglass reproductions for our collection.

    My son and I live to fish on the weekends. This one will added to the memories. One of the main reasons I let them go(We feel better when they swim away). Second is We don't eat much fish. Except salmon, trout and stripped bass. We keep 'just' enough for the freezer!

    Thanks guys! Next weekend its off for some smallies in a local reservoir!
  8. Uper

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    VERY nice catch and admirable that you released it! Any advice for a beginner going after small-mouth? I've seen 'em jumping out on the river and lake by my house and would like to try my hand at it. Thanks.
  9. rdust

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    Awesome fish! That is a catch of a lifetime in these parts. I've caught a few around 21 inches in my life and those are nice fish. I would've taken a a bunch of pictures/measurements of that one and it would be getting replicated for a wonderful mount!
  10. smokinj

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    Thats a Monster..
  11. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have had good luck with crayfish imitator's(Tubes and small jigs). 4 to 6 inch worms on a drop shot work pretty well. Some days we nail them with medium crank baits too! If you must use a live bait. Hard to beat a shiner.

    Patiance is neccesary and a lot of trial and error. You have to put in lots of time for the big ones. Keep it fun and good luck to you!
  12. basswidow

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    Nice bass for sure. A solid 8/9 lb'r. I'm glad to see I'm not the only addicted bass fisherman on this board. My wife is the real "Basswidow "and she says I have more pictures of fish then I do of my own family.

    Make those memories all you can. My oldest son was my favorite fishing buddy - he's 24 now and out on his own. He comes home to fish now and then.

    I've got an 11 year old who's just now getting in to it and a 4 year old to groom up next - so I'll always have some father son fishing to do. I have some great memories of fishing with my Dad.

    Looks like a great fathers day. Do you tournament fish too? I am gonna fish the Bass Open on Lake Champlain in July - you have any tips you can pass?

    I grew up fishing in VA and on the Potomac - I didn't think there were any big bass up north - but there is. I've have found a mess of them over the last 3 years. It never gets old.

    River smallmouth fishing is special. Fighting current makes them a tougher fight then Lake smallies. I like a variety of baits - but one that is a sure fire is : A zoom fat albert grub in watermelonseed on a 1/8 oz slider head or jig head. Swim it like a minnow and bump bottom every now and then. A 4 inch senko will work - But I hate senkos!!! Rapals x-raps XR8 in olive are great too.

    Trophy fish are far too important to the fishery to be considered for the frying pan or wall. Fiberglass replica's are the way to go and big bass don't taste good. They are needed for spawning the next generation of big fish and relasing them is the RIGHT thing to do. You're teaching your son right too. Kudos.

    Post some more if you get a chance - I enjoy them.
  13. jtakeman

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    Thanks basswidow, We are definetly addicted to the LMB and SMB in our local waters. If it were up to me and my son we would spend the family vacations on the lakes. Eat-sleep-Fish.

    Here is my son's biggest of the day. About a 3 1/2 pounder. All dad does these days it take the pictures for him. He wants to start testing with a bait caster. But dad isn't that brave yet.

    Do you know of a good starting baitcast reel???

    I will see if I can dig up the 9lbs pictures from 2007. And some of the other good ones I have caught over the last few years. There are many good fish in NW CT.

    We firmly believe in catch and release! We also believe in slot limits and lengths. Most of the trophy lakes have them now and they are making a difference in more larger fish. We also always leave the area cleaner than when we got there. Most importantly is to pick up any piece of line we see. Why can't people get that it is bad for the wild life in the area???

    Fish On!

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    The surest way to ensure failure with a baitcaster is to start out with a cheap piece of junk. I am a fan of centrafrugal brakes on baitcasters - over the magnetic brakes. I like Shimano curados - citca's too.

    Get him started on a 6'6" MH with some 17 lb mono and tie on a spinnerbait or something easy to cast. Make sure the reel is adjusted and teach him the ropes - and how to thumb it. Short casts - and then work your way out farther. If he gets it bird nested - make him pic it out and he'll learn. If he's fishing water with 9lb'rs - he should be throwing with a baitcaster.
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    Basswidows right, don't buy a cheap baitcaster. When I was on the fence about switching to a baitcaster I borrowed a cheap p.o.s. from a friend (who hated it) and never had any real success. I gave up on baitcasters for a year or so. 1 gift card to bass pro was all it took. I bought a decent Quantum (Accurist, no longer in production) and after a couple of hours with it I was hooked. I still prefer Quantum but have heard nothing but good things about the Curados. I also prefer a 6'6" MH rod for most bass fishing.
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    My oh my thats a lunker for the north country. Glad you let her go. I try to release the bass and just keep panfish. That ole girl may have pushed 10lbs pre spawn.
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    Twin Lakes?
  18. jtakeman

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    Here is on of the 9lbs I caught on the same lake in the fall. It was a few years back and my son could NOT hold her for the pictures. I held here as far away from the camera as possible but still didn't get a good picture. I will catch her again some day when she is the state record! :lol:

    Length was 24 inches and girth was 20 inches. Approx. 9.3lbs on a cheap scale. One of these days I will get a good scale!

    There is another lake near me that has plenty of big bass. On one trip a friend turned a 28" fish back. Pretty sure it was close to 12lbs. If this lake didn't charge $20.00 to launch we would fish it more often. I am sure there is another monster fish in this lake. Maybe this year we'll get one. Seems to be a good year so far for the LMB.

    I'll post some pictures of the smallies if we get any good ones this weekend.

    By the way I am an Abu Garcia user. The entry level reels are marginal. But the upper levels are very nice. I will fit him next time we go to a store. I will let him look at the Shimano's and the Quantum's too! Something easy to start with. I would hate to scare him off of them. He wants the distance dad gets. I bet he chooses Quantum because KVD is his favorite fisherman!

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  19. jtakeman

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    To many boats and pressure(for me anyway) on twin these days with the peeps fishing for the monster browns. I got her in Winchester lake. Most days we are the only boat out there! The other lake that has the monsters is lake McDonough. Mudge pond has some gorilla's in it too!

    You fish in CT much??
  20. Jags

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    What a piggie! nice and healthy looking too. That lake must have a great food source to be growing that many northern strain bass to that size.

    Thanks for letting that big girl go. She is a massive breeder with a good blood line to keep the cycle going.

    Jags - with a confirmed 9.5 pound northern strain Large Mouth that was caught (on 6# mono :bug: ) and released (unharmed).
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    No , I lived 5 minutes from twin lakes 17 years ago. I fish a lot now but I did not back then. Nice fish!
  22. basswidow

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    Glad he's a KVD fan - most kids love IKE.

    Another huge bass - I love your son's hands on the belly for reference.

    My biggest northern strains have been in the 6 lb range. I've caught a few 9's in FL. My Dad lives on the St. Johns. It's bass fishing heaven. 9 lb'rs in CT is awesome. Way to go.
  23. jtakeman

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    How are the lakes in NJ? Never got a chance to fish there. We have been to NH and VT. Some lakes in mass too. But we spend to much time working and not enough time fishing.

    Someday we hope to fish Okeechobee and some of the channels. I hear Florida has some Peacock bass in the channels. My wifes parents winter in Ocala and we may take them up on a winter visit some day. Someday we will get there. As long as we can spend some time on a lake!

    Can't wait smallies tomorrow!
  24. jtakeman

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    jags were did you get the 9.5 pounder? Nice fish! On 6# even! I don't think I could stand that. I use 10# cranking and 12 to 14# jigging and rigging. I still use mono too. But very tempted to use some of the super lines. Just gotta get used to that sound they make!
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    Wow, that's like one of those fish they catch down south! It must be an old one to have grown that large up North.

    Matt

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