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Oct 13, 2021 22:46:34   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best bass fisherman I know to get out fishing today. We headed out to the East Harbor after Bass. We took his boat, a beautiful bass boat, immaculately kept. He and I work hand and hand on a lot of projects so I see him and talk fishing all the time. Any really good info I have or have shared probably came from or through him.

The plan was catch some fish and teach me about catching bass. He’s a talker!!! I learned sooooo much about Bass fishing!

Hit the water about 10:30. I ran three presentations all day, Chartuise chatter bait with zoom shad trailer, Rage toad with 1/16th oz weighted EWG and a wacky rigged June bug Senko. Scott through all those plus a baby blue and white large blade spinner, a black whopper plopper, and a Texas rigged black with red speckle zoom craw.

We left the ramp and headed to our first spot. The edge of a 1/2 acre Lilly pad area I started off with the chatter bait and within the first 20 minutes fish on. I caught a nice 2lber and was just elated. If you’ve read my other posts you know I’ve struggled to catch bass. Continued to work that area and I continued to catch! Next one was 2-6. The third one is what I’m now using as my PB LM 3-5. Im sure I caught bigger when I was a kid but in the last 15 yrs it’s the biggest bass I’ve caught. I picked up 2 more both smaller than the 3-5 and Scott refused to weigh fish smaller than the biggest one caught. He was busting my balls because at that point we was still sitting at zero.

We headed down the rocky shore line and Scott hooked up. Little guy was like 8 inches but he wasn’t skunked. In my book. In his that was to little to count.😂🤷🏻‍♂️ Gave that area about another 45 min with no action then made a run out to rock piles.

Fished those for 45 min with no luck. But all the while he’s explain where to cast and why. And how to maneuver the boat. Just so much great info.

Made a run and fished some points, a couple channels with no fish catching but so much learning on my part. Had a couple come unbuttoned, poor hook sets!

Finally ended up in another Lilly pad area and we started throwing top waters. I had 2 fantastic blow ups but I totally fubared the hook set. Scott on the other hand nailed 2 nice 2&1/2lb rang fish on his rage toad. We then worked our way into a marina and he taught me about flipping docks. I had no luck but he caught another 2 with the Texas rigged craw.

At this point it was about 6:00 and we made the run back to our original cove. Fish where busting all over. I picked up a couple more about 2lb. One on the senko and on more on the chatter. Scott caught one on a chatter and 6lb slime dog (Northern Pike) on the whopper plopper.

I kept the dog and he’s dinner tomorrow. All Bass where released unharmed. Finally count I caught 7 bass had 4 more tail walk and come unbuttoned. Scott caught 6bass one Pike and had 3 come unhooked.

It was the best most fun day of fishing I’ve had since I was a boy. Weather was beautiful we laughed and caught some fish. Nothing better in this world!!!!
Most productive spot!
Most productive spot!...
First one
First one...
This was the biggest one.
This was the biggest one....


Buddies best of day. He’s looking for the 5lb+ big bass obsessed!
Buddies best of day.  He’s looking for the 5lb+ bi...
Northern pike battle.
Northern pike battle....


Not a lot on 1996 boats in the condition of his!
Not a lot on 1996 boats in the condition of his!...

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Oct 13, 2021 22:57:54   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
J in Cleveland wrote:
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best bass fisherman I know to get out fishing today. We headed out to the East Harbor after Bass. We took his boat, a beautiful bass boat, immaculately kept. He and I work hand and hand on a lot of projects so I see him and talk fishing all the time. Any really good info I have or have shared probably came from or through him.

The plan was catch some fish and teach me about catching bass. He’s a talker!!! I learned sooooo much about Bass fishing!

Hit the water about 10:30. I ran three presentations all day, Chartuise chatter bait with zoom shad trailer, Rage toad with 1/16th oz weighted EWG and a wacky rigged June bug Senko. Scott through all those plus a baby blue and white large blade spinner, a black whopper plopper, and a Texas rigged black with red speckle zoom craw.

We left the ramp and headed to our first spot. The edge of a 1/2 acre Lilly pad area I started off with the chatter bait and within the first 20 minutes fish on. I caught a nice 2lber and was just elated. If you’ve read my other posts you know I’ve struggled to catch bass. Continued to work that area and I continued to catch! Next one was 2-6. The third one is what I’m now using as my PB LM 3-5. Im sure I caught bigger when I was a kid but in the last 15 yrs it’s the biggest bass I’ve caught. I picked up 2 more both smaller than the 3-5 and Scott refused to weigh fish smaller than the biggest one caught. He was busting my balls because at that point we was still sitting at zero.

We headed down the rocky shore line and Scott hooked up. Little guy was like 8 inches but he wasn’t skunked. In my book. In his that was to little to count.😂🤷🏻‍♂️ Gave that area about another 45 min with no action then made a run out to rock piles.

Fished those for 45 min with no luck. But all the while he’s explain where to cast and why. And how to maneuver the boat. Just so much great info.

Made a run and fished some points, a couple channels with no fish catching but so much learning on my part. Had a couple come unbuttoned, poor hook sets!

Finally ended up in another Lilly pad area and we started throwing top waters. I had 2 fantastic blow ups but I totally fubared the hook set. Scott on the other hand nailed 2 nice 2&1/2lb rang fish on his rage toad. We then worked our way into a marina and he taught me about flipping docks. I had no luck but he caught another 2 with the Texas rigged craw.

At this point it was about 6:00 and we made the run back to our original cove. Fish where busting all over. I picked up a couple more about 2lb. One on the senko and on more on the chatter. Scott caught one on a chatter and 6lb slime dog (Northern Pike) on the whopper plopper.

I kept the dog and he’s dinner tomorrow. All Bass where released unharmed. Finally count I caught 7 bass had 4 more tail walk and come unbuttoned. Scott caught 6bass one Pike and had 3 come unhooked.

It was the best most fun day of fishing I’ve had since I was a boy. Weather was beautiful we laughed and caught some fish. Nothing better in this world!!!!
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best ... (show quote)

Awesome trip J, it's good to have a mentor, that will teach you the inside scoop. Congratulations on the current PB.Thanks for the great pictures.

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Oct 13, 2021 23:05:20   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
Fredfish wrote:
Awesome trip J, it's good to have a mentor, that will teach you the inside scoop. Congratulations on the current PB.Thanks for the great pictures.


Ya and it’s really fun to out catch him and give it to him a bit! He’s fished tournaments all over the country. At one point in his younger years was chasing the pro circuit but it takes money to make money in anything! Took us 8 months to get out hopefully next trip is sooner.

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Oct 13, 2021 23:09:15   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
J in Cleveland wrote:
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best bass fisherman I know to get out fishing today. We headed out to the East Harbor after Bass. We took his boat, a beautiful bass boat, immaculately kept. He and I work hand and hand on a lot of projects so I see him and talk fishing all the time. Any really good info I have or have shared probably came from or through him.

The plan was catch some fish and teach me about catching bass. He’s a talker!!! I learned sooooo much about Bass fishing!

Hit the water about 10:30. I ran three presentations all day, Chartuise chatter bait with zoom shad trailer, Rage toad with 1/16th oz weighted EWG and a wacky rigged June bug Senko. Scott through all those plus a baby blue and white large blade spinner, a black whopper plopper, and a Texas rigged black with red speckle zoom craw.

We left the ramp and headed to our first spot. The edge of a 1/2 acre Lilly pad area I started off with the chatter bait and within the first 20 minutes fish on. I caught a nice 2lber and was just elated. If you’ve read my other posts you know I’ve struggled to catch bass. Continued to work that area and I continued to catch! Next one was 2-6. The third one is what I’m now using as my PB LM 3-5. Im sure I caught bigger when I was a kid but in the last 15 yrs it’s the biggest bass I’ve caught. I picked up 2 more both smaller than the 3-5 and Scott refused to weigh fish smaller than the biggest one caught. He was busting my balls because at that point we was still sitting at zero.

We headed down the rocky shore line and Scott hooked up. Little guy was like 8 inches but he wasn’t skunked. In my book. In his that was to little to count.😂🤷🏻‍♂️ Gave that area about another 45 min with no action then made a run out to rock piles.

Fished those for 45 min with no luck. But all the while he’s explain where to cast and why. And how to maneuver the boat. Just so much great info.

Made a run and fished some points, a couple channels with no fish catching but so much learning on my part. Had a couple come unbuttoned, poor hook sets!

Finally ended up in another Lilly pad area and we started throwing top waters. I had 2 fantastic blow ups but I totally fubared the hook set. Scott on the other hand nailed 2 nice 2&1/2lb rang fish on his rage toad. We then worked our way into a marina and he taught me about flipping docks. I had no luck but he caught another 2 with the Texas rigged craw.

At this point it was about 6:00 and we made the run back to our original cove. Fish where busting all over. I picked up a couple more about 2lb. One on the senko and on more on the chatter. Scott caught one on a chatter and 6lb slime dog (Northern Pike) on the whopper plopper.

I kept the dog and he’s dinner tomorrow. All Bass where released unharmed. Finally count I caught 7 bass had 4 more tail walk and come unbuttoned. Scott caught 6bass one Pike and had 3 come unhooked.

It was the best most fun day of fishing I’ve had since I was a boy. Weather was beautiful we laughed and caught some fish. Nothing better in this world!!!!
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best ... (show quote)



Well,"J" sounds like you had a graduate course in catching bass. I was impressed with both your catching and activity, even though you did lose some that threw the lure. Guess that is to be expected. Just Sayin....RJS

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Oct 13, 2021 23:10:04   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Great day J, congrats and thanks for sharing!

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Oct 13, 2021 23:28:52   #
Pixiedog456005 Loc: Maryland
 
Congrats on a fun day!
Even learning was a bonus!

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Oct 14, 2021 00:30:34   #
NoCal Steve Loc: Yuba City, CA
 
Love your enthusiasm. Congrats on a great trip.

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Oct 14, 2021 00:47:21   #
saw1 Loc: nor cal Windsor
 
J in Cleveland wrote:
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best bass fisherman I know to get out fishing today. We headed out to the East Harbor after Bass. We took his boat, a beautiful bass boat, immaculately kept. He and I work hand and hand on a lot of projects so I see him and talk fishing all the time. Any really good info I have or have shared probably came from or through him.

The plan was catch some fish and teach me about catching bass. He’s a talker!!! I learned sooooo much about Bass fishing!

Hit the water about 10:30. I ran three presentations all day, Chartuise chatter bait with zoom shad trailer, Rage toad with 1/16th oz weighted EWG and a wacky rigged June bug Senko. Scott through all those plus a baby blue and white large blade spinner, a black whopper plopper, and a Texas rigged black with red speckle zoom craw.

We left the ramp and headed to our first spot. The edge of a 1/2 acre Lilly pad area I started off with the chatter bait and within the first 20 minutes fish on. I caught a nice 2lber and was just elated. If you’ve read my other posts you know I’ve struggled to catch bass. Continued to work that area and I continued to catch! Next one was 2-6. The third one is what I’m now using as my PB LM 3-5. Im sure I caught bigger when I was a kid but in the last 15 yrs it’s the biggest bass I’ve caught. I picked up 2 more both smaller than the 3-5 and Scott refused to weigh fish smaller than the biggest one caught. He was busting my balls because at that point we was still sitting at zero.

We headed down the rocky shore line and Scott hooked up. Little guy was like 8 inches but he wasn’t skunked. In my book. In his that was to little to count.😂🤷🏻‍♂️ Gave that area about another 45 min with no action then made a run out to rock piles.

Fished those for 45 min with no luck. But all the while he’s explain where to cast and why. And how to maneuver the boat. Just so much great info.

Made a run and fished some points, a couple channels with no fish catching but so much learning on my part. Had a couple come unbuttoned, poor hook sets!

Finally ended up in another Lilly pad area and we started throwing top waters. I had 2 fantastic blow ups but I totally fubared the hook set. Scott on the other hand nailed 2 nice 2&1/2lb rang fish on his rage toad. We then worked our way into a marina and he taught me about flipping docks. I had no luck but he caught another 2 with the Texas rigged craw.

At this point it was about 6:00 and we made the run back to our original cove. Fish where busting all over. I picked up a couple more about 2lb. One on the senko and on more on the chatter. Scott caught one on a chatter and 6lb slime dog (Northern Pike) on the whopper plopper.

I kept the dog and he’s dinner tomorrow. All Bass where released unharmed. Finally count I caught 7 bass had 4 more tail walk and come unbuttoned. Scott caught 6bass one Pike and had 3 come unhooked.

It was the best most fun day of fishing I’ve had since I was a boy. Weather was beautiful we laughed and caught some fish. Nothing better in this world!!!!
So finally it all aligned for myself and the best ... (show quote)


Alright J. That's what I'm talkin bout. A man that wants to learn, pays attention and catches fish with the knowledge that he's attained so far. Congrats brother. Hope we get to share a boat sometime. You ever in my neck of California, look me up and we'll do just that.

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Oct 14, 2021 06:09:09   #
Slimshady Loc: Central Pennsylvania
 
Good story J and it sounds like you had a good day with someone who likes to fish and teach others.

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Oct 14, 2021 07:23:19   #
Whitey Loc: Southeast ohio
 
Congrats J, sounds like you two had an awesome day on the water. I believe I would had to keep a few of those pound and a half to 2 lb Bass they're good eating 😁👍 and you're right that is a great looking older boat.

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Oct 14, 2021 07:30:33   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
saw1 wrote:
Alright J. That's what I'm talkin bout. A man that wants to learn, pays attention and catches fish with the knowledge that he's attained so far. Congrats brother. Hope we get to share a boat sometime. You ever in my neck of California, look me up and we'll do just that.


Wow Saw thanks got the invite. Not sure when but I’d live to take you up on that offer

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Oct 14, 2021 07:36:08   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
J in Cleveland wrote:
Wow Saw thanks got the invite. Not sure when but I’d live to take you up on that offer


For not got. 😂

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Oct 14, 2021 07:36:49   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
J in Cleveland wrote:
For not got. 😂


Love not live. I think I need to proof read better!

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Oct 14, 2021 07:39:52   #
J in Cleveland Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
 
Whitey wrote:
Congrats J, sounds like you two had an awesome day on the water. I believe I would had to keep a few of those pound and a half to 2 lb Bass they're good eating 😁👍 and you're right that is a great looking older boat.


Next time when I take the wife up there we will keep a couple. My buddy is all catch and release on bass. Plus he’s fished that area since he was 5 and kept talking about how the bass numbers are so much lower than they once where.

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Oct 14, 2021 10:08:46   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
You have thrilled my soul with your enthusiasm and great story line from this outing! Glad that you and your friend got to connect and ply the waters in a "teach and catch" mode! Love that gigantic smile...which means the heart inside is overflowing with joy!

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