Largemouth on small hooks...

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Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby minstrel » Mar Tue 07, 2017 9:00 pm

I was out in the wind today using up the last of that giant bucket of minnows.

I started out where I've been catching the crappie by the fence that walls off the golf course. I was working a lot of water since the heavy winds/waves were moving my bobbers quite briskly left to right. After getting no action in an hour+ I figured it was time to make a move. I pulled in one line and secured it, only to look out and not see the 2nd bobber. It was fairly close in I thought so I figured it got snagged on the bottom, it instead ended up being snagged in the lip of about a 14" bass with a seriously pudgy profile:

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I still moved on looking for a less windy area (that was never found) and hooked in to an even larger bass off the "point" area between the marina and the church. He was pulling like crazy and just after I got an eye on him he let go of the hook and vanished. I'd guess he was 16ish? Much more substantial than even the first piggy bass.

I had gotten a new pack of hooks and I believe left them on the counter when I got my minnows. The only others I had in my bag was a pack of very small hooks (sometimes they seemed too small to even hook a minnow properly!) that I pressed into service. Worked out for the first bass, but I think for the 2nd bass the minnow covered up too much of the hook and so it just let go at one point... oh well.

It was fun to see the big boys come out to play for some early March action.
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby joetrain » Mar Wed 08, 2017 5:13 am

Those are some nice bass. I think I might pony up the money for a yearly boating pass there.
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Wed 08, 2017 5:24 am

Nice outing again sir.
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby urbanHog312 » Mar Wed 08, 2017 10:27 am

always need a good chop with that style fishing. good stuff!
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby Darkstar72 » Mar Wed 08, 2017 11:53 am

I've caught some of my biggest bass crappie fishing with a minnow hooked on an ice jig under a float.

It's a hoot to bring them in on an ultra-light rod too.

Glad you got some bass action!
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby Brandon » Mar Wed 08, 2017 12:47 pm

Nice work minstrel. Gotta get over there!
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby FishinMatt » Mar Wed 08, 2017 1:00 pm

Nicely done. My go to minnow hook for crappie is a small mini mite jig. They will easily bend out on bigger bass, but hold up well if I play the fish with a light drag. Sometimes I will miss or lose bigger fish with them, but that is part of the game. Go to big and I catch less crappies.
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Re: Largemouth on small hooks...

Postby JustinCarf » Mar Mon 13, 2017 10:47 am

That's a fat short bass! Nice work!
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