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Old 07-19-2005, 11:49 AM
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On Sunday night I hooked and (almost) landed the largest bucketmouth I've ever gotten on a fly rod, and possibly ever caught. I say almost because as I was about to lip him, the fly popped out. I was ticked at myself because I was pullling hard on the line to get her towards me and that made the fly pop out. She was 2" across at the eyes and must have gone 5+ pounds. Damn it, I'm pissed at myself for pulling too hard. I was so damn excited because when her head came up I saw how big she was and I just wanted to land her fast.

I was using a big ugly yellow streamer I tied this winter that also got me a couple huge smallies (17"+) and a nice landlocked (19") a few weeks ago up in Maine. It's my new go-to fly.

Just had to share my frustration...
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:23 PM
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If you touched the leader or the fish it counts as a release, the only thing you don't get is a photo.

Congratulations on your PB LMB, they are a blast on the fly rod
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:24 PM
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I've been fortunate enough to catch a few six pounders while living for a year in Alabama back in 1993. I was working at Auburn University and spent a good deal of time fishing local ponds. Both fish were taken at dusk on separate days, but both fell for the same rabbit strip fly.

I seem to remember seeing some other bass in those waters that were easily eight and maybe even ten pounds. They weren't interested in what I was chuckin'.
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Thanks Adrian. I thought that only counted with big fish like tuna and marlin though... It didn't help that the area I was fishing was chock full of weeds (both pads and hydrilla) and the fish had about 50 pounds of weeds hanging over the leader. It dove into them a couple of times and I didn't want to let it dive again. Oh well, at least I know there 's some big fish! It's a new spot for me this year and the biggest one I've pulled out of there prior to this was only 16", though one day I did catch 25 bass, most in the 12-14" range.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:13 PM
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Nice fish! It's great to get a photo or at least a measurement of a big fish, but you'll always have the image in your mind and that's what really counts. Of course, the best part is that those fish can grow even larger over time .

And since you asked, my best flyrod largemouth was maybe 3-4 lbs (on a topwater fly ). I might try to beat that this weekend by fishing deep in the milfoil. I haven't given that a fair try yet and I know the big bass are down there.

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great bass on anyweight or any tackle for that matter......
I know I've been whipped once or twice by a fish I couldn't turn at least you saw him. Still a catch in my book.
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great bass on anyweight or any tackle for that matter......
I know I've been whipped once or twice by a fish I couldn't turn at least you saw him. Still a catch in my book.
Thanks, you guys are making me feel a bit better. There's just something about actually hoisting the fish up and taking a look at it in the light though.

Quentin, most of the hits I've gotten in warmer weather are when the fly first hits the water. It doesn't matter whether it's a surface lure or whatnot, the bass slam it as soon as it hits. I've had the picture of that fish in my head since I saw the eyes staring at me from between a bunch of weeds. Wow, what a fish. I can't wait to get another! I've been tying some more big ugly flies over the last few days too. We'll see how they work out. I'm trying to do a striped perch imitation. If I had a digital camera I'd post a pic.
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My biggest LMB : just over 5 lbs (21.25"). I was using my 4wt and tossing a small yellow popper. His belly was concave; the pond is getting low on forage, and he struck that little "bluegill sized" popper. If his belly wasn't "shrunk" he should've gone 6 lbs! He made one strong run, jumped once, then became dead weight. That 4wt was plenty, and it kept him out of the weeds! My 8wt will work better on the big bass.

A 5lb bass is nice, but it's not "big" down here in the south. I think an 8lb or 10 lb bass is "big."
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