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#3215435 - 04/06/13 09:51 PM Interesting day
RUGER Administrator
Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Went to Martin today and did a little fishing.
I was using my ultralight with a Strike King "Bitsy Minnow" in the crawfish color.

For colored / murkey water this is my favorite color. I lost the only one I had the other day so I went and bought TWO of them so I would always have one.

I caught a bass on about the third cast.
Then on my fourth I hung a good fish and got it all the way to the bank.
It was a crappie and I swear I bet it would have weighed very close to 2 pounds.
Alas, it is just the "one that got away" though.

I moved to another spot to kinda get out of the massive wind.
I started whackin them pretty good then.

After I caught 4 or 5 I decided to cut the lure off and re-tie to make sure I didn't break off since I was using 6 pound test.

On my very next cast I got a bite and set the hook.
Broke clean off and there goes my first lure.

I stood there and couldn't believe it but tied on my extra one that I bought.
VERY next cast, bite, hook set, broke line.

I had my bait caster with me so I found a crawfish colored crankbait.

This is where it really got strange.
Ever heard the expression "rip their lips off" ?

On about my third cast I got a bite and set the hook.
I missed the fish but when I reeled it in I saw some "grass" on the hook.
Raised it up to clean it off and this is what I saw.

The fish's entire upper lip was attached. \:D

Finally tried a yellow rooster tail and they decided they liked that color.

Ended up with 18 bass and 1 trout.
Every bass was between a pound and a pound and a half, minus two.
One was considerably smaller and one was pushing 2 pounds. ( all weights estimated)

After I threw my 4th fish back a guy from across the "lake" hollered and told me to quit throwing all them fish back, he was on the way with his basket.

I gave him the next 7 bass I caught and he left with supper. \:D

Pretty good day.

Oh and went to walmart tonight and got me 3 more lures. \:D
Youth is wasted on the young.

#3215509 - 04/07/13 12:33 AM Re: Interesting day [Re: RUGER]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

Dang & i thought i set the hook hard lmao.fatherinlaw use to always laugh at me crappie fishing
prayers sent for our friends in need every day

#3215533 - 04/07/13 05:12 AM Re: Interesting day [Re: mike243]
TN Larry
10 Point

Registered: 09/17/03
Posts: 3394
Loc: Baxter, Tennessee

Sounds like a good day. Couple of thoughts though, you are setting the hook too hard with a crankbait if u did that. You don't have to set it as hard with a crankbait as u do a jig or Texas rig. My hook set with a cb is more of a long swift pull. Also, are you using fluorocarbon? If so, make sure to wet your knot. That might also be why your line broke. I have figured out a method to check for a burn by giving a slight tug on the line after tying. It won't break or weaken if tied right but will break if burnt.
I pray to fish until my dying day. When it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, when in the Lord's safe landing net & I'm at peace that in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep.

#3215566 - 04/07/13 07:25 AM Re: Interesting day [Re: TN Larry]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

I have had trouble with knots on bigger hooks breaking real easy.seems like the 1 I used for normal size hooks didnt work very well with larger dia rings.I now use a good swivel on bigger lures for that reason & also to free up the action
prayers sent for our friends in need every day

#3215783 - 04/07/13 01:39 PM Re: Interesting day [Re: mike243]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

I've caught trout on the Caney that had upper lip gone and completely healed over. I'll post a pic later; posting with iPhone sitting in Dallas airport.
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

#3215929 - 04/07/13 05:45 PM Re: Interesting day [Re: jakeway]
14 Point

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 7707
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee

Well that's a first. Never seen the whole lip get ripped off.
#3215962 - 04/07/13 06:23 PM Re: Interesting day [Re: Inkstainz]
Outdoor life
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/12
Posts: 891
Loc: Jackson Co. TN

Still overall sounds like a good day.

As for the lip getting ripped off--That's easy to do, it doesn't take much to set the hook of a crappie like Larry said. Also I always wet the knot and tug on it to make sure. And like Mike said, those swivels come in handy especially when you have a smaller line tying to a large eyehole.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt"

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody"

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