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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:26 am • # 81 
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Chris_in_Louisiana wrote:
Striped Mullet: Never had one of those take a fly before


There are a few articles on fishing for them. My fishing buddy's first saltwater fish on the fly was a mullet!

I had one take a gurgler once!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:50 pm • # 82 
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I attempted a bit of carp fishing yesterday at a local lake. Only thing caught was a jogger's thigh on a back cast.

Really glad he had a sense of humor about it and was able to remove the hook without a trip to the ER.

Could have been a lot worse...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:35 am • # 83 
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Been catching mostly largemouth lately, on spinning gear. Its been a month and a half since I took a flyrod out.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:24 pm • # 84 
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Ice has melted and temps are back in the 70s!

This afternoon I took a few EP Minnow style streamers I tied during the freeze to a local spot in hopes of finding some largemouth. While the largemouth weren't in the mood to play, a number of black crappie were!

This was completely unexpected in this "pond" (more like roadside drainage) that is crystal clear and maxes out at 18" depth. Never thought I'd find crappie in there.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:05 pm • # 85 
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I'm glad you clarified "black" crappie as you probably know 75 percent of people think there is only a white crappie or a black crappie and something in between called a perch . I dont know where they ever got perch to associate with Crappie ???


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:01 am • # 86 
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GPS coordinates please.

I haven't caught a fish this year.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:33 am • # 87 
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strummer wrote:
GPS coordinates please.

I haven't caught a fish this year.


It's not too hard to find. That fuzzy light colored strip in the background on the left hand side is I-10. That said, I'd imagine the fishing should be a little better in your part of the country right now.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:34 pm • # 88 
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Got one!

It was a slow day for everyone...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:02 pm • # 89 
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Headed back out to the spot I found the crappie last Tuesday after lunch today. I was throwing the same small EP Minnow pattern as last week and landed a few bluegill early on. Had one decent bass miss shortly after. Then saw a massive wake form behind my fly on the following cast. The fish missed on the first strike, but it kept coming. I drove the hook home on the second strike and FISH ON!!

Though I momentarily thought I had a 10 lbs bass on, it quickly became apparent I was dealing with a different beast. Hell of a fight on my 3wt Echo Base, but after 15 minutes I slid this dinosaur ashore. My adrenaline must have still been elevated as these are the best two shots I got.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:36 pm • # 90 
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That's a nice bowfin, or grinnell, they fight like a fish 3 times their size. About 20 years ago I caught what was for 18 years the Texas State Record bowfin on a 4-wt, it strained the tendons in my right wrist and I had to use my left hand for casting for a couple of months.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:29 pm • # 91 
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Cool!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:42 am • # 92 
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I caught one ice fishing with jig rod- hell of a fight. A lot of people target them in CT.
BTW- how do you like your Echo Base rod?
Nice catch


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:14 am • # 93 
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Appreciate it guys! It put up a hell of a fight!

Cliff Hilbert wrote:
That's a nice bowfin, or grinnell, they fight like a fish 3 times their size. About 20 years ago I caught what was for 18 years the Texas State Record bowfin on a 4-wt, it strained the tendons in my right wrist and I had to use my left hand for casting for a couple of months.


Oddly enough, I realized I probably should have gotten this fish weighed after I had already released it. The #1 fly rod spot in the Louisiana record books is 6.66 lbs. However, the #2 spot is only 4.07 lbs (Spots 3-10 are actually vacant for this species). This fish definitely could have unseeded the #2 fish. Oh well...live and learn.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:18 am • # 94 
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Skunkedalot wrote:
I caught one ice fishing with jig rod- hell of a fight. A lot of people target them in CT.
BTW- how do you like your Echo Base rod?
Nice catch


No one really targeted them in the parts of upstate NY where I grew up, but I know there's a decent fly rod fishery on Lake Champlain as well.

As for the Echo Base, I love the 7'6" 3 wt. It is a great all around rod and easily outperforms its price point (even cheaper now as they've rebranded them as the Echo Lift and placed most of the old model on clearance). I briefly had a 10' 7 wt as well, but wasn't nearly as impressed with the heavier model. That said, the guy I sold it to claims it is 10 times the rod he replaced (either a cabelas or white river model).


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