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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Absecon, NJ
March 19, 2017
Time: 18:15
Outside Temp: 50F
Water Depth: ~24" - 36"
8lb Fluorocarbon
68" Fiberglass spinning rod/reel




 

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CAUGHT AGAIN!

 
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beauty!....but are you continually targeting her?
Heck ya, lol! For now that is.

I was more curious to see if she would return to the same spot after letting her go about 10 feet to the left. So, yes, I'm back to see if I can catch her one more time for, as you can also appreciate, catching a fish, no matter which one it is, is what keeps us coming back.

As well, I want to see if there are any males hanging around the nest or if I'm going to catch her again. Like I said up thread, she is more than likely the same fish I caught two years ago...but it's been (2) years so, catching her a few more times is like playing catch up, hahaha! What I would really like to do is catch her when she's pregnant, like she was the first time I caught her, and see what she weighs in at! Yes, I realize I'd have to leave her alone in order for her to do that.
 

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Same pond, different hole:

 

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Swamped my right boot fishing this one out of the cover:

 

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Heritage Pond, Absecon, NJ


 
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I get nervous getting hits in this cover for my percentage for extricating BASS isn't very good. This time though, I was able to guide this guy up and over, and around branches:

 
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Catfish like corn too:


BTW, I fixed the pole so that about 8" of the tip was sticking above a branch, thinking that if something BIG hit it hard, the lack of leverage would keep the pole in place. Well, I was wrong, lol! This four pound pack of muscle lifted my pole vertically like a rocket, and proceeded to pull it through the branches into the water!
I'll have to say though, this was the best fight ive ever had out of this pond, over ANY Bass I've landed, including the
6 lb 12 1/4 oz! Gaining ground on him, then him running against the drag a couple of times...just awesome!
 

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One of the first five BASS I ever caught and exaggerated guesses on its weight! Although, it WAS a good size fish, it was more likely in the four to five pound range...I'm speaking to my brother in California in the video:

 

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Looks to be on the upper end of 5, maybe 6. Pretty fat with eggs. Just release her carefully. Keep those genetics going.

Looks like all those big bass they restocked from the AC reservoir 20+ years ago are established well. These must be the descendants of those fish. I remember the originals, they were all huge (8+, and then some).
 
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Looks to be on the upper end of 5, maybe 6. Pretty fat with eggs. Just release her carefully. Keep those genetics going.

Looks like all those big bass they restocked from the AC reservoir 20+ years ago are established well. These must be the descendants of those fish. I remember the originals, they were all huge (8+, and then some).
First I heard of this, nice! Yes, she was released long ago. If you note, that video was back in December, 2014. Who knows, she may as well be the HAWG I caught that this thread is based on!

I'm a west coast transplant, San Diego, CA (don't ask, lol) and arrived in 2005 after being deployed to Iraq. I was involved in the rock climbing circles for 30+ years which came to an end for obvious reasons down here in Atlantic County. I tried selling SoCal to my wife from 2007 - 2011 but her family back here won over.

When I arrived back in Jersey, and having a midlife crisis at 50 and turbocharging my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart wagon, I needed something else to occupy my time. So, one day while overlooking Heritage Pond, I recalled my brother being a big bass fisherman back home so, I picked up the phone and gave him a shout. After being shown how to Texas rig a plastic worm, and catching my first bass, the rest is history...i was "hooked"!
 

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Just picked up a small 5'4" Ugly Stick/Reel combo from Dicks last night. Decided on this over the 6' to navigate tighter quarters. Should be fun.
 
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