Got out at 12:30 p.m today at the river... threw everything Spinners, plastics, Cranks, Jerk baits.... Caught a total of 5 Large mouth bass... I worked them hard today but the fishing seemed really tough. It seemed as the fish just weren't there today.. with a lot of moving around and a lot of pressure on the back and wrist ... Managed to pull in 5 largies.. but Only Two of at least the 12 inch. qualifying size. the baits that did end up producing well were the YUM Crawbug 3.25" grn Pumpk/Texas Red And a Strike King 3/8oz. White shad pattern Willow Leaf Spinner bait. I threw everything at them today but guess I came up alittle short... Because the two Qaulifying Bass i needed to be 12" or above for exactly 12" ... Just happyI pulled ina Qualifying bass. Looking forward to the next one.
My two Qualifying Large mouth.. both same length...
Date messed up on camera again but Displayed on todays paper...
Are you letting these fish go or are you keeping them ? If you are letting them go then you are doing a bad job of fish handling. Letting the lay on the ground and then on a newspaper while you take pictures is not doing the fish any good. These are some real nice fish and it would be a shame to have them die after being released.
George, even if the fish swam away the stress factor from being out of the water for enough time to measure and photograph could very easily cause them to die later. Also the removing of their slime got by being handled and layed on newspaper can and will cause them to develope skin disease. You need to do some reading on the correct way to treat fish you are going to relaese.[/b]
Ok... I agree that the fish could have been handled better but George is a very promising up and coming angler who will likely outfish most of us soon. And he's even called me out for mishandling a carp!
Lesson learned, and point taken. End of topic. Besides... the fish would have looked better next to a Sun-Times but would have jumped away because of Jay Mariotti.
Keep up the good fishing George - and let those bass thrive and survive.