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9/4/12 11:23 A

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My brotherand I went last Thursday, I caught a lot of blue gill, we noticed Bass were following them up to the boat, My brother took a little one placed a hook in it, five minutes later he cought a nice 16 inch bass, and ten minutes after that a 13.5 bass, I stuck to my bluegill and crappies. Man we had a ball can't wait to get back out there!

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9/3/12 7:34 P

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I'm usually a big fisher-person and go out once or twice a week, but this summer has not been my year, I might have been out 7 times total? I'm still trying to eat fish once a week for health reasons, would like twice per week as I have been able to do in years past due to the number of fish I've caught, but most are coming from the store these days.

I am going to try to get out once this week though, for panfish. If the rain and my allergies don't stop me, I'll be at a private lake with a friend and it is like shooting fish in a barrel most of the time, huge bluegill and perch, plus abundant bass up to twenty inches (BIG for Michigan). If I can't go to the private lake I hope to get to the local lake, the private one is for fun, to take my buddy's kids fishing, and is catch-and-release. I'd like some for the dinner table which I could have from the local lake.

Anyone have any big fish stories for the summer catch? My personal best this year was the 30 inch walleye.

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5/7/12 3:25 P

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Sounds like ya'll had a really great run.

It's always fun to catch bass cause if they're in the mood, they can and will definitely give you a run for your money!!

Glad you were able to experience it, plus, they make for some great eats too. Always a bonus.

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MANDALORE's Photo MANDALORE Posts: 1,251
5/7/12 9:44 A

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My youngest brother and i go to this lake its about halfway between us.
Been catching the crappies, some nice 12 inches in there.
We went Saturday morning brought in some more Crappies, I even tried for some blue gill, with no luck they just weren't biting, another lake i fished the night before i came home with a nice mess. fact of the matter i have never caught a bass ever, This year i have brought in four, nothing to brag about the biggest I caught was 11 inches right where we were catching the Crappies, then we went to the weeds my brother caught a nice 15 inch bass, the limit on the lake is 18 inches, but it made for some nice pictures!

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4/29/12 5:05 P

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I know, old topic, but somebody might enjoy reading it. I did.

My fish story involves a catfish also. A few years back I was out fishing for bass at a local lake, on the shore. I had hiked a fair piece along the paths and was at a shallow bay, I had a couple of rods with me but was by myself fishing. I tossed out a purple bass worm and saw a school of bluegill with my polarized sunglasses, so I put down the bass rod and proceeded to rig up the other rod to go after the bluegills. Not 1 minute later the bass rod is scooting along the ground toward the water. I grabbed it just in time, and had the fight of my life, no bass on the line there. The rod was seriously underpowered for what I had hooked, with 8 pound mono, so I played the fish gingerly, took 20 minutes to get it to the shore. I had the biggest catfish I'd ever personally seen, but no landing net! The bank was a bit steep where I was at, there was no way to hoist that fish, so with one hand on the rod I tried to reach the fish. That's when the line snapped, just as I got a hold on the fish. I'd never handled a big catfish before and was unaware of the dangers to myself, but the fish was spent, so I heaved it up the bank and held it triumphantly over my head. 31 inches is a trophy from that lake, in Michigan, perhaps not a large fish by river standards or down South, but for me it was a personal best. And it happened when I wasn't catfishing.

I still fish that lake from shore but for catfish primarily now, using bigger gear and 20 pound line. And I bring a net.

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2/22/11 2:26 P

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In Sept 07...my DH Glenn, my Stepson Jeremy and I entered our first catfish tournament at our hunting club. It was like fishing with the 3 Stooges!!!

It was dark...must have been about 9:30pm, we were sitting on the dock and had some tikki tourches lit so we could watch our poles. I looked to my right and there's Glenn fast asleep. I looked to my left and there's Jeremy fast asleep. Suddenly Glenn's fishing pole begins to bend. I nudge him and let him know he had a fish on. He grabs the pole just as the fish takes off across the other two lines. So now we are all tangled!!! We were knocking over our chairs trying to get untangled and trying to keep our lines from being burned off in the tikki tourches. Jeremy & I finally managed to get our lines in and I yelled to Jeremy to get the landing net...Duhhhh!!! No one brought it down to the dock. Glenn was yelling "It's a BIG ONE...It's a BIG ONE!" and I do have to admit that it was putting up a pretty good fight. He finally horsed it over to shore where he pulled it up onto the rocks then his line broke!!! There was this little catfish flopping on the rocks sliding back towards the water. Glenn's yelling to his Son..."GET IT, GET IT" Jeremy is like "Are you crazy I'm not getting spiked". Luckily Jeremy did save the fish before it flopped back into the water and the excitement was over. I ended the antics by smacking Glenn in the head with the smelly cat fish bait as I threw my line back out...it was hilarious!!!

P.S His fish was 1 lb 13 ozs the winning catfish was 5 lbs 13 ozs.


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2/22/11 2:21 P

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Here's another Fish Tale...

About 10 years ago my DH and I were fishing out on Lake Erie for perch with a pack of boats around us. I was sitting there minding my own business when I felt a stinging on my butt! I let out a loud scream cuz I was surprised and it hurt. I had to lean over a seat and pull down my shorts so my DH could remove a Bee Stinger from my butt.

Wonder what the other boats around us thought we were doing....LOL!!!

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1/7/11 4:30 P

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Ok...I know you guys have some good fishing adventures and experiences. So come on let's hear them.

Here's one of my Fish Tales...

My DH and I have fished Lake Erie for many years and know that the conditions can change in just minutes. Our favorite place is one of Lake Erie's Islands, Kelley's Island. As a matter of fact we were married there 13 yrs ago. We have spent many weekend hang out and fishing around Kelley's.

So to the Fish Tale...Several years ago we were fishing north of Kelley's. We kept our ear to the weather channel because there had been some storm warnings for the main land. We stayed within a mile of the Island so in case the storm came our way we could make a run for it. As we sat and fished we could see the black ominous clouds passing over the main land. We had our marine antennae up and it started to crackle from electricity in the air. The whole atmosphere changed there was a greenish haze over the water. As we would cast out our lines, the line would hover in the air instead of going straight into the water. It was very erie. The storm finally moved on and so did the green haze. We later found out that there had been tornadoes on the main land during that storm.



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