Smallmouth Bass in Michigan on Memorial day!

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Smallmouth Bass in Michigan on Memorial day!

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Smallmouth Bass in Michigan on Memorial Day at least that's what I think they are Image
I love to get old reels, work on them until they run as smooth as silk and the take them fishing using pre-1960 plugs, mostly surface fishing for Largemouths after dark.

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Ha!....Yes, VERY small mouths, Bill! Hope you got those on light tackle! could still make for serious fun!
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Skin them, score 'em a bit & fry 'em up, Bill. They may not jump as much but pull a lot harder and taste way better, when cooked correctly, than any ol' brownie. :fished Them are a couple of biggen's, I'll bet the fight was fun! :cool
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I control the water level in our lake. It got too high a week or so ago and we pulled the boards that hold back the water. Carp go downstream from the lake this time of year to spawn in some of the flooded fields. Our water dropped 6 inches in the past few days so I put the boards back in on Sunday morning. Carp sense the falling water level and head upstream immediately. I checked at 3:30 in the afternoon and they were lined up like cordwood, unable to make it all the way across the riffles to the dam. I called my friend who came down immediately and quickly speared nine big ones. He buries one under each of his tomato plants. Boy do those tomatoes grow! The two I held up in the picture measured 34 inches long each. Felt like they weighed 20 pounds as I was struggling after a few seconds to keep them up.
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Bill, wouldn't you have loved to have competed with one of those with a 25N?

The lake I live on was seeded with sterile grass carp several years back to keep the vegetation in control. Caught a 36" on a light spinning rig surface fishing for bass last year. When I hooked into this one I thought I had the world record bass on. May have been a carp, but what a battle and what fun!

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Warren always tells of the time he hooked a very large Grass Carp on a Zara Spook. Tremendous fight. As I recall the hooks finally straightened out. That reminds me, I picked up an early Baby Lucky 13 at the Effingham show and after waterproofing it put on new Mustad trebles. Took it fishing for the first time two days ago. No bass, but the biggest Bowfin I have seen exploded on it (I estimate close to 15 pounds). Talk about strong, after a short but violent fight I reeled in my 1920's bait with the new hooks straightened out--LOL
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Bill, you must write an autobiography. It will be about 10 volumes.
BTW I am still bummed you aren’t coming to Harpers Ferry. Now I have to hang out with Elder.
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you must have done something bad Betty in a former life you are paying for now -- LOL
I love to get old reels, work on them until they run as smooth as silk and the take them fishing using pre-1960 plugs, mostly surface fishing for Largemouths after dark.

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In NE Arkansas, bowfin were called commonly grinnel, but the higher minded anglers referred to them as cypress trout.

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Well, we survived without you, Bill, but not nearly as much fun! Good thing about hanging with Betty is that she does NOT have alligator arms! Don’t think I picked up a tab the whole week! Thanks again to all who made it such a fun time.

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