Lurking smallies

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Lurking smallies

Postby Skifish1 » Oct Mon 28, 2019 10:54 pm

Few of the better ones I was able to coerce late summer and fall from N. Illinois and S Wisconsin rivers and creeks...

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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Mon 28, 2019 11:50 pm

Brutes, all of them. Awesome display of bronze
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Tue 29, 2019 3:19 am

Brown fish and brown underwear. Just assuming you went for a celebratory burrito afterwards.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby urbanHog312 » Oct Tue 29, 2019 8:22 am

tanks dude awesome job.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby DasGoby » Oct Tue 29, 2019 8:27 am

Very nice fish man! I did not get it done in the big smallie department this year.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby catchafew » Oct Tue 29, 2019 12:26 pm

Beautiful collection of smallies.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby ohoffm » Oct Tue 29, 2019 5:49 pm

catchafew wrote:Beautiful collection of smallies.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby Busse Jim » Oct Tue 29, 2019 9:11 pm

HEDDONFROG wrote:Brutes, all of them. Awesome display of bronze

x 2 !! :thumbup: You need to post more :lol:

Man, i wish Busse had some Small mouths, love to have seen that stocked in the north pool instead of trout. But i have, caught got the only one! :D

Joe, bring that Bronze out, use your flash on those low light days
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby badger75 » Oct Wed 30, 2019 1:56 am

Seriously beautiful fish!
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby jmdog2003 » Oct Wed 30, 2019 6:46 pm

I don't think there's a prettier and more imposing fish than a big bronzeback
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby Skifish1 » Oct Wed 30, 2019 11:12 pm

DasGoby wrote:Very nice fish man! I did not get it done in the big smallie department this year.


Keep at it Gob i assume you are still living in michigan should be plenty of opportunity in the great rivers that flow west into the lake. Id have to say i caught less bass this year but certainly better ones probably mostly to dumb luck next year may be different. That and fishing harder to reach places and different tribs of the rock river. Big river is bigger fish even if i never fished the rock itself.
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby Rambler » Oct Thu 31, 2019 11:02 am

BEASTS!!
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby jonny2can » Nov Fri 01, 2019 5:10 pm

Damn nice fish.. bet they put up fun fights.. hard to tell but looks like water current wasn't moving too fast in most pics where you caught them??
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby Skifish1 » Nov Sat 02, 2019 7:22 am

jonny2can wrote:Damn nice fish.. bet they put up fun fights.. hard to tell but looks like water current wasn't moving too fast in most pics where you caught them??


It's what I like about smallie fishing Jonny really varies where and how you catch them. Couple of these came from fastest rockiest water I could find, some from shaded eddy, some from up against a cut bank with protection. But most everywhere in moderate current or very fast current with resting spots. At least that's the pattern in warmer months. Water temps in the 40s late fall or early spring that's a whole other story never in fast current.

Plastics, crankbaits, topwaters, bladed baits, stickbaits depending on their moods and what the river is presenting you
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Re: Lurking smallies

Postby mike son » Nov Sat 02, 2019 11:28 am

Some tanks for sure! You ever add up all the miles you float in a season?
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