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#1694464 - 12/28/09 09:57 PM Not the biggest, but memorable catches
moondawg
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Biggest bass thread got me to thinking.

I don't remember the biggest bass I've caught, I've never weighed my fish. But I remember a few good catches, and some details of the catch. Sometimes the details/fight of the catch are better than the weight.

I caught a decent sized largemouth at Sunk Lake one spring. My brother and I stopped by to fish it on the way home from the Lower Hatchie lakes. We were just about to leave and I said "one more cast..." and threw a 1/8 oz blue/chartruese spinnerbait. As it landed I actually saw the bass swim to it and strike! I reeled it in and upon reaching for it, it bumped against the dock...and dropped back into the water, with my spinnerbait. Man, what a fight!

A few years ago, I was fishing at a dock at Boone Lake in Bluff City. I was fishing a fat-rap shad crankbait. I'd cast and reel it all the way in, leaning over the rail...when a fish grabbed my lure, but I didn't set the hook. I did the same retrieve again, and the fish struck again...this time getting hooked. Turns out it was a nice sized rainbow trout! It was a handful!
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#1694612 - 12/29/09 05:32 AM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: moondawg]
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I remember when i was about 14 I got up before dawn and rode my bicycle with pole and 5gallon bucket about a mile to my grandfathers friends farm pond. Floating rapala, twitch twitch pause- the summer water exploded as the fog lifted up off the pond- a tad over 7lbs this is still the biggest large mouth I have ever caught- I was hooked for life...
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#1694715 - 12/29/09 07:42 AM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: bigluresonly]
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Most memorable catch I had was when I first moved to Tennessee. I asked a local bait shop owner about walley fishing here. He told me his secret, and finished it with "You won't catch a lot, but what you catch will be nice ones."

This was caught the first night after about 5 minutes.

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#1695683 - 12/29/09 07:12 PM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: jakeway]
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nice wally jakeway,
i remember me and a buddy of mine were floating the caney when he caught a 16-17 inch brown when all the sudden we saw something following it, at first i thought it was its swimming buddy or something. he reeled the fish in closer to the boat is when we saw it was another big brown trying to eat it. kinda reminded me of jaws, chomping its mouth on the surface. it finally clamped down on its tail and would not let go..this was happening at the side of the boat. this fish did not care that we were there, it just wanted the food.
my bud said to get the net, but my net was too small. by this time he had tried to grab it by the tail but it let go of the brown, but it was still swimmin around i threw out my rgular bait and it wouldnt even look at it, so i threw out a 8 inch rainbow swim bait, it bit it once but didnt hook it and that was last time ive seen em. i guess this would be the one that got away story, but ill never forget that mouth chomping on the surface trying to eat a 17 inch brown. very memorable moment.
oh btw we floated down couple hundred yards to gather what just happened and forgot about the brown, it was still swimmin with the lure in its mouth. felt bad for the poor thing,it was all scratched up n stuff.
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#1696137 - 12/29/09 10:38 PM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: shorefisherman]
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Last year was very memorable for me. Fishing out of Indian Creek on Center Hill caught 2 largemouth back to back throws on a spinner bait one was 6.4 and the other was 7.2 lbs. Did not catch another fish that day but in 3 days I boated 4 fish over 6.
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#1696153 - 12/29/09 10:49 PM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: moondawg]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: moondawg
Biggest bass thread got me to thinking.

I don't remember the biggest bass I've caught, I've never weighed my fish. But I remember a few good catches, and some details of the catch. Sometimes the details/fight of the catch are better than the weight.

I caught a decent sized largemouth at Sunk Lake one spring. My brother and I stopped by to fish it on the way home from the Lower Hatchie lakes. We were just about to leave and I said "one more cast..." and threw a 1/8 oz blue/chartruese spinnerbait. As it landed I actually saw the bass swim to it and strike! I reeled it in and upon reaching for it, it bumped against the dock...and dropped back into the water, with my spinnerbait. Man, what a fight!

A few years ago, I was fishing at a dock at Boone Lake in Bluff City. I was fishing a fat-rap shad crankbait. I'd cast and reel it all the way in, leaning over the rail...when a fish grabbed my lure, but I didn't set the hook. I did the same retrieve again, and the fish struck again...this time getting hooked. Turns out it was a nice sized rainbow trout! It was a handful!
There's a dock at Sunk lake?? I thought that it was mainly a gar and shad water that nobody ever fished?
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#1696273 - 12/30/09 04:02 AM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: 4onaside]
moondawg
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: moondawg
There's a dock at Sunk lake?? I thought that it was mainly a gar and shad water that nobody ever fished?


I'm pretty sure it's Sunk Lake. I'll have to go check, now that you mention it. \:D

There a boardwalk there or something like that. And that area is affected by flooding of the Mississippi river. So who knows, if the waters get high enough...there's no telling what's in there.

This was in March, and the water was pretty clear.
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#1697378 - 12/30/09 04:48 PM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: moondawg]
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 Originally Posted By: moondawg
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: moondawg
There's a dock at Sunk lake?? I thought that it was mainly a gar and shad water that nobody ever fished?


I'm pretty sure it's Sunk Lake. I'll have to go check, now that you mention it. \:D

There a boardwalk there or something like that. And that area is affected by flooding of the Mississippi river. So who knows, if the waters get high enough...there's no telling what's in there.

This was in March, and the water was pretty clear.
I've never laid eyes on it, but I have fished Crutchers before,and have hunted Tully right there at it, and I read what I said about Sunk(I've been by it on the road) in the West Tennessee Fishing map guide. I knew a guy that fished it years ago, and did not give it very high marks. All that, however, has nothing to do with whether or not there is a dock there. LOL
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#1700191 - 12/31/09 09:50 PM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: 4onaside]
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Was salmon fishing off of a pier at the opening of a river out side of Olympia WA. The tide was just right and the salmon were stacking up.

Must have hooked up on about 50 fish that day. Lost about 20 of them as they got up in the pilings and cut my line. Had to make a run to Walmart to get more "buzz bombs" after I cleaned out my tackle box...anything silver they were hitting (spoons, flatfish, buzzbombs, etc).

In the end I took home a 5lb silver and a 8lb chinook.

One of the things that made it very memorable was hooking up on the silvers and them fighting on the surface...
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#1700528 - 01/01/10 06:57 AM Re: Not the biggest, but memorable catches [Re: 44fanatic]
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Cool thread.
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