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#1 Leo

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 01:59 PM

You're not supposed to catch a lot of bass in November. Even down here in the south where a November day might only be as cold as 50F. The bass don't eat much when it's cooled down. They don't have too. They also aren't spread around the shoreline like in spring and fall. This is hit or miss fishing. You either find them while they are hungry and clean up or get the big skunk-ola.

My brother and I tried right before Thanksgiving and caught a couple right as bad weather moved in. The fish were tearing into the shad for about 15 minutes. The cloud cover moved in, the fish went down and that was the end of the action.

Especially on these 50 degree days if you don't have some sunlight on the water the bass don't drive the shad to the surface. The clouds moved in, we couldn't find them after they sounded deep and that was the end of the action.

I told my brother, if the weather stayed overcast and drizzly for about three days those fish are gonna be real hungry when the weather breaks. It didn't look like it was gonna break three days later but they was a small chance it just might get pushed a little north of the lake we fished. We took a chance and God smiled on us. We had that little break in cloud cover and rain. The fish went beserk!

We caught some up top smashing the shad. I tried a new lure I'd suggested our local hardware store start carrying. A DOA Baitbuster (Shallow Runner Model), this is primarily a saltwater lure but I figured the bass would tear it up if they were eating shad. I was right. This is my new favorite for pitching in bass eating shad. No doubt about it. Awesome lure. You can buzz it on top, reel it in slow and work it like a jerk bait or cast it into the fray and just let it sink. All three methods worked!

I have caught bigger bass but not on this lake. I just couldn't break the five pound mark there. This new DOA lure broke the bad luck streak. Gonna buy some more for sure.

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We lost the sun and down the bass went again. This time we concentrated harder at finding where they were holding deep. My brother tied on a Tsunami Pro Jig and started plying the depths. After he got three hits in a row doing this, I said, "Give me one of those!" We got a few more hits casting and working these deep but when we started getting numerous hits close to the boat, I tried vertically jigging this lure in 12 foot of water. That was the magic secret! I caught six of my nine bass for the day vertical jigging. Including this very respectable largemouth.

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My brother caught twelve. I caught nine. All except two were over two pounds. The average fish was close to three pounds. Our combined catch for the day was close to fifty pounds. That's an awesome days fishing anytime of the year but it in November it's absolutely stellar.

I watched a couple deer walk the banks of the lake. I didn't feel guilty about not hunting that day one bit!
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:10 PM

Leo sounds like fun to me. That's a nice bunch a bass catchin (notice I didn't say fishin). :bigthumb: My hands get numb fishing in those temps but it's funny how I don't notice it if I'm reeling something in more than my bait.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:02 PM

Leo sounds like fun to me. That's a nice bunch a bass catchin (notice I didn't say fishin). :bigthumb: My hands get numb fishing in those temps but it's funny how I don't notice it if I'm reeling something in more than my bait.


I think the water was a little colder in Alaska and it sure rained more. I will say this. It's amazing how warm your hands stay when the rest of your body is warm and dry. That West Marine foul weather suit I'm wearing makes this cold weather fishing downright enjoyable. I really wish I had gotten one of those suits years ago because I absolutely didn't know how much of a difference it would make. My Gortex stuff serves me well but in a boat this stuff wins hands down.
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:10 PM

We use to go down below the dam here on the Ohio River in Jan and Feb to cast for Sauger and it was fun except when you would have to brake the ice out of your eyelets.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:51 AM

I think the water was a little colder in Alaska and it sure rained more. I will say this. It's amazing how warm your hands stay when the rest of your body is warm and dry. That West Marine foul weather suit I'm wearing makes this cold weather fishing downright enjoyable. I really wish I had gotten one of those suits years ago because I absolutely didn't know how much of a difference it would make. My Gortex stuff serves me well but in a boat this stuff wins hands down.


I appreciate staying warm and dry and if that suit does that then it's worth every penny. My warm hunting clothes that are just that are worth the money to me. I know some of the clothes I have are falsely advertised as a cold weather item. Staying dry is another matter. :( :rofl:
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:25 AM

Nice Fish Leo!!! This time of year I really miss my boat and chasin the bass around. Our water here got really hard about a week ago, will be ice fishing them by Christmas I hope

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:11 PM

Nice fish! Been ice fishing here.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:43 PM

Way to go Leo. Those bass are sure easier to photo than a wild turkey.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:35 AM

Way to go Leo. Those bass are sure easier to photo than a wild turkey.


Sure agree with you on that one. But here are some things to get better fish pictures too.

1. Get the sun behind the camera.
2. Use the fill flash even in bright sunlight.
3. Get the camera below the eye level of the person holding the fish. (ie. Don't stand up and take a picture of someone holding a fish sitting down.) Cameras with flip out viewfinders are really helpful for this and keep you from laying in the boat to get the angle right.
4. Frame the shot to include the entire fish and just enough of the subject holding it to not cut off any of the face or head of the person. It may be beautiful where you are fishing but the scenery shouldn't overwhelm the subject. Many folks include way too much of the surroundings and that diminishing what you are really trying to photograph. They are afraid to get really close for fear of "wasting a shot". Go for it! Get as close as you can to the subject. Wasted digital photos cost nothing and are easily deleted.
5. Depend on the photographer to tell you when you are holding the fish broadside enough. Pictures of fish that are more back or belly are almost never as appealing. One exception is a really big catfish but take the broadside photos too.
6. If you have a circular polarizer it's a good idea to use it. The polarizer can really clear up shots on fish because they are very effective at eliminating the reflective glare of a wet fish.

You can take good pictures by accident. This is true. But you can take a lot more with a little extra effort.
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 02:04 PM

Nice catch Leo! :clap:




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