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Took my brother, John, out for a day of bassing on my "Bertha" on Sat. 5/6/06.

After struggling on Friday, I knew that we would be able to put together a better catch, but I had no idea we would put together the best bass catch I have ever had. :cool: :D

Started by clamming in the bay which yielded a few fish, but it was obvious that the bite was not on fire. Switched over to trolling a pair of Stretch plugs in the afternoon to counter the wind against tide conditions. By trolling, we were able to hone in on a good body of bass away from any other boats.

Started hooking up bass and blues continuously with the plugs. We were literally hooking up every 1-2 minutes with both bass and blues.

Once we located a huge school of bunker on the surface, we went to work with the snagging hooks and secured a livewell full of fresh livies.

Using the bunkers, we then went on to absolutely hammer the big bass. We were hooking up doubles continously until we finally ran out of at least 2 dozen baits.

Went back to trolling and again had constant action until we located another bunker school for baits.

The second livewell full of bunkers yielded another couple of hours of non-stop bass action.

At the end of the day we probably caught and released 40-50 bass. All of the fish were BIG with at least 6 of them over 20 pounds, with 3 of those topping over 30 pounds. The average fish was probably from 12-18 pounds. :eek:

The last fish of the day that my brother caught was an absolute slob. She easily buried my 30 lbs. boga grip as if it didn't even have a spring in it. I am guessing the fish weighed 40 - 45 pounds.

All of our fish were released to hopefully give someone else a thrill in the near future and hopefully to pass their genes to their future offspring. Many of them were obviously gravid as they had distended stomachs that looked like cannon balls hanging down. We didn't find a single fish with any blotches, sores or lesions; they were all fat, bright and healthy. :D

Here are some photos from the day.

- Gr8ful









[ 05-08-2006, 12:16 PM: Message edited by: Gr8ful One ]
 

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We were right next to you toward the end of the day. You looked to be trolling so I'd guess it was between livewells LOL!

Nice work you guys looked to me like you were hammerin but wouldn't have guessed you had that many fish


We were the on the 40 ft "Court's Closed" anchored up and chunking in the area you were fishing, away from the other boats ;) We managed 14 or 15 bass keeping 4, 26 feet of water and they ate everything we threw, chunks, heads and clams.

Blue fish were a real nuisance with fish up to 10 or 12 lb eating everything in sight...
 

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Darrin:

I saw you guys out there. I didn't know it was "barners" on board, or I would have at least waved "Hello!"

The area between where you were set up and the dark green colored boat to the E/NE of you was the ticket. The bass were loaded in there thick!

That sure is a pretty boat you guys were on ... certainly a nicer and more comfortable set-up than my little center console. ;) :D

- Gr8ful
 

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Great report. I was out there in the 14 ft Grummin,came across the bunker but was only able to snag a couple and did not hook up.

Congradulations on the big fish.
 

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That's an awesome report. Just goes to show you can catch a lot of fish even with a lot of boats around. I guess you just have to find an out of the way spot.
 

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Awesome catch !

I have another 6 days of work.After that I will be on the water for 5 straight days of live lining & chunking.I can't wait !

Skip see you next week & on June 5th ;)

Art

[ 05-08-2006, 03:01 PM: Message edited by: The real Clamman ]
 

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lucky stiff :D

how is your better half's forehead?, she took a good headbutt from one of the guys on the way back thru that slop
 

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hey, gr8ful.

way to go! and I fully appreciate the catch and release philosophy. that's just real sweet.

I'm a big deadhead myself. used to have a 22' mako - the Sugar Mag. my bro and I have since sold her, getting fishing kayaks soon.
 

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Yes good job with the releases, we kept 4 and I felt bad but we selected the ones that were gut hooked. It boggles my mind that you can keep 2/man when you see the number of boats out there.
 

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Originally posted by Fishfinder:
That's an awesome report. Just goes to show you can catch a lot of fish even with a lot of boats around. I guess you just have to find an out of the way spot.
In this case out of the way meant less than a mile from where the main fleet was fishing. We did "out of the way" earllier in the day trying to stay outta there with mediocre results. It wasn't until we went over near the fleet that we found the mutha load. Had me made our move a little earlier we might have caught more.

Also, one thing to note is the trolling/livelining combination. We sat through slack tide while I'm guess Gr8ful and bro were trolling and catching fish ;)

But whose complaining. Any time you can put a double digit day together on 20 + lb bass you best not complain.

Sam don't worry those fish went to good use and we only killed what would have died anyway. Heck with 5 guys we could have kept 10 and we kept 4 so I don't think we should feel badly about it.

[ 05-08-2006, 07:12 PM: Message edited by: Darrin G. DGREENEMACHINE ]
 

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Originally posted by Darrin G. DGREENEMACHINE:
Originally posted by Fishfinder:
[qb] We did "out of the way" earllier in the day trying to stay outta there with mediocre results. It wasn't until we went over near the fleet that we found the mutha load. Had me made our move a little earlier we would have caught more.
 
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