2012 Recap

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2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Dec Mon 31, 2012 10:26 am

2012 was my best year for fishing out of my short time spent on this planet. Fishing, to me, used to be a once-a-month activity with the old man. I've always loved fishing, but back then, I'd cast out in the same section for 2 hours; not catching something every trip was the norm.

That all changed with my job, more specifically my boss. The man is a Fishing Fanatic (tattoo and all). He really opened my eyes to a science or basic, common sense of fishing; fan casting, lure colors, methods, you name it. The man really knows his shtuff.

I plan on really fishing heavily in 2013. I started 12' in April; 13' starts this up coming weekend. Maybe that be my New Years Resolution. Screw world peace.

I know my tallies aren't as impressive as say jmdog and his million fish he caught, but here they are:
133 total Feesh-
4 Bluegill, 1 Common Carp, 3 Catfish, 82 Largemouth Bass, 1 Longnose-Gar, 1 Trout (was a baby), 1 Northern Pike, 5 Shad (side hooked enough to actually take a picture, caught a little under 100 that came off as I was taking them out of the water), 31 Smallmouth Bass, 3 White Crappie and 1 Walleye

2013 I plan on tripling these numbers.

Collaboration of pics (too lazy to post all, plus I've already posted the good ones)
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby catchafew » Dec Mon 31, 2012 11:27 am

Congrats on having your best year.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Afalconsvick » Dec Mon 31, 2012 11:29 am

Nice collage. a good year indeed. Well done
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Mon 31, 2012 12:25 pm

I started tripling my numbers when I got the yak.. but heck probably fish better without it on the fox.

Do you Wade at all lefty?
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby ohoffm » Dec Mon 31, 2012 8:00 pm

Nice season and recap lefty. I would like to start keeping track but I am afraid at how low the totals would end up being. I can always think that I caught more fish without them. :D
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby jmdog2003 » Jan Tue 01, 2013 12:50 am

Looks like a spectacular season. There are some nice fish there. I can pretty much guarantee you triple those numbers in 2013. Put your time in and be willing to learn and you'll make it.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby coyote » Jan Tue 01, 2013 5:38 am

Good job Lefty your gonna kick but in 2013.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby JustinCarf » Jan Tue 01, 2013 9:32 am

Good job, dude! Keep at it, and you're sure to double your numbers!
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Afalconsvick » Jan Tue 01, 2013 1:37 pm

Great job! I remember seeing you earlier in the year when I was frogging and you were too. If you hit that lake at the right time it's phenomenal. I'd like to fish the Fox more but it's just a ride from where I stay..
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Jan Wed 02, 2013 3:09 pm

Thanks all!
Aux Pleins wrote:Do you Wade at all lefty?

I wear sandals and wade; Planned on investing in ACTUAL waders this year.....though I'd rather get a yak.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Afalconsvick » Jan Wed 02, 2013 3:31 pm

lefty_stratton wrote:Thanks all!
Aux Pleins wrote:Do you Wade at all lefty?

I wear sandals and wade; Planned on investing in ACTUAL waders this year.....though I'd rather get a yak.


I got some waders at Cabelas two years I believe. They were like $90 and worked great. For my first pair, I had no complaints.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Rich » Jan Wed 02, 2013 4:22 pm

Going back to a wader thread awhile back. L.L. Bean for waders. You can not beat their lifetime warranty with price. Breathing and $135 after all was said and done. Had Cabelas for my last pair, probably the same as yours. A few years of hard wear and they are a colander now, and obviously useless.
Get a yak and waders . Use 'em at the same time. The ultimate in 'I'm not losing yet another...'
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Jan Wed 02, 2013 8:30 pm

http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly- ... uct/98057/
Bass pro is running this, not too sure how long. What you guys think? Got a $60 gift card through BPS. Ratings seem to argue smaller than advertised, but all that's available is 2XL (I am a L-XL).
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby jmdog2003 » Jan Wed 02, 2013 9:24 pm

I fish the BPS waders exclusively mainly because I live close to the Bolingbrook location and their return policy kicks ass. If they leak within the first year they swap 'em out no questions asked.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Jan Wed 02, 2013 9:41 pm

jmdog2003 wrote:I fish the BPS waders exclusively mainly because I live close to the Bolingbrook location and their return policy kicks ass. If they leak within the first year they swap 'em out no questions asked.

I'm 20 minutes away from Bolingbrook. Do you fish in them during the colder months? I read EVERY comment and none really helped on how they handle the cold.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby jmdog2003 » Jan Wed 02, 2013 9:50 pm

Yeah I fish the same waders all year. Get 'em a bit larger and layer up.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Jan Wed 02, 2013 9:53 pm

jmdog2003 wrote:Yeah I fish the same waders all year. Get 'em a bit larger and layer up.

Awesome. Thank you sir; I'm thinking this is good to start with for now.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby Afalconsvick » Jan Thu 03, 2013 12:17 am

An Under Armour base layer compression type of pants would probably work great with the waders.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby lefty_stratton » Jan Thu 03, 2013 2:47 pm

Waders have been ordered and paid for. Testing these bad boys out as soon as I get em'.
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Re: 2012 Recap

Postby George W » Jan Fri 04, 2013 9:32 pm

Beautiful Fish and great summery Lefty!

My 2012 was nothing out of the norm, My High light pretty much being what you'd expect from the Chicago River. :oops:

Keep up the awesome pictures nothing better to look back on then old Fishing pics and Videos! Because one day life will slap you right in the face and you'd be wishin to be fishin then actually out there on the mission.

I wish you great success in 2013.

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