Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

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Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby minstrel » May Thu 18, 2017 8:09 pm

The story:

Headed to Opeka today after calling of yesterday due to the crazy winds. When I got there it was still making fishing difficult so I started throwing some lures with my Beck lure throwin' rod. No takers. I decided to see how the wind was on the Marina side since it can be totally different and there are multiple angles you can try to find a calm(er) spot without howling winds in your face...

By late aft the wind had calmed enough to work a senko so I was doing that after lure work failed to bring about a bite. I look downa t one point and there is a minnow swimming about. It got close enough in to shore that I grabbed it and put it on my wacky hook with a bobber.

That left me with just my other rod so I started throwing the white chatter again while watching the bobber. I'd yet to catch anything with it but loved the action and knew it at least had potential. After fan casting a bit I decided to give it a shot parallel with the shore ans the remaining wind made for a long cast. The second time I got about a third of the way in and my chatter stopped dead as it got crushed by a big fish that instantly roiled up to the surface :shock: I was so panicked not to lose it but all went well. Taped it at 19" and weighed it out at 3.87 lbs:

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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby catchafew » May Thu 18, 2017 8:24 pm

You're killing it.
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby Brett » May Thu 18, 2017 8:29 pm

Nice fish and congrats.
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby Ryguy83 » May Thu 18, 2017 8:34 pm

Very nice, bloody tail too so it was on a bed for sure
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby Skifish1 » May Thu 18, 2017 8:52 pm

Nice slob
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby coyote » May Thu 18, 2017 9:58 pm

A beauty.
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby minstrel » May Thu 18, 2017 10:16 pm

After the quick measure/weigh/picture pitstop, there was a strong spirted release :D It was however much to the chagrin of the Chinese lady fishing next to me who kept saying 'you give me and I make for dinner'! :(
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby Aux Pleins » May Fri 19, 2017 2:29 am

Fat fish!
Nature and shit.
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby busse bass man » May Fri 19, 2017 5:12 am

Nice fish. Bedding for sure
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby joetrain » May Fri 19, 2017 5:28 am

Confucious say "You no give ,make more bass."
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby FISHdank » May Fri 19, 2017 6:43 am

Good oooooo bass!
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby Brandon » May Fri 19, 2017 7:36 pm

Nice Bass Minstrel!! Those winds were something. I entertained the idea of fishing but decided to be lazy after work instead. Chatter bait action, can't beat it.
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Re: Lake O Lunker Alert 5-18

Postby bassman29 » May Fri 19, 2017 8:17 pm

Shweet bass
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