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PECo



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Lake X 02/09 Reply with quote

I caught my first largemouth bass of 2012 while jigging through the ice, today:



Whoo hoo! Very Happy It was a beautiful day, but the ice is getting sketchy:


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Elixir



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Very Happy
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil,

Nice strong markings on that bass!
Oh! and it's cute also! Laughing

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hila2006



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree SD, beautiful little feller. Nice job Phil, be careful out there bud.
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perfect hook set



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coloring of bass especially lmb depends on water clarity and / the depth of the fish.
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PECo



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The water was clear down to only seven feet. We caught all of the fish near the bottom in 20 to 22 feet of water. There isn't much weed cover on the bottom of the lake.

My buddy jigged up five short largemouth bass and four sunnies. I got the one bass and two sunnies. While the sunnies were colorful and iridescent in the sunlight, they all looked a little pale, like they had been bleached. Several of the sunnies were of decent size. Here's a nine-incher:



The bass were all vividly patterned, but not very green. However, the brook trout that I jigged up yesterday was absolutely beautiful; golden and speckled, with some pink speckles.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job! What type of jig did you use? How are you getting those panoramic shots? They look good!
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PECo



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My buddy (okay, it's jonnyfly00 aka Jon) used a Lindy Rattl'N Flyer Spoon in Techni-Glo Red, I think, baited with small mealworms. It was definitely the jig of the day. He hooked a couple of the bass on the outside of the mouth with the big red treble hook that's on the jig. Big treble hook = fewer missed hooksets, I guess. Wink I used the same waxworm-baited Hali Ahven Diamond Jig in Firetiger that I've been using all season. You would have kicked butt with your Macho Minnow, Derek! Laughing

I've been taking the panaoramic photos with my iPhone, using the free Microsoft Photosynth app. It works really well, although there'a a learning curve to using it.
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil,

Forgot to ask you -> What was the water clarity at X and how deep?

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PECo



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The water was clear down to only seven feet. We caught all of the fish near the bottom in 20 to 22 feet of water. There isn't much weed cover on the bottom of the lake.

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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil,

Oops! Yeap -> you did say that!

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DirtyDawg10



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wish I did get a chance to bust out the macho minnows this year
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Michael



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice bluegill! Chubby bluegills 8"+ are good eating.
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PECo



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worry about eating most fish from most Connecticut inland waters. I'm willing to take a chance with stocked walleye and trout, and most fish from spring fed waters. While I think that the Farmington River is relatively clean, the only fish that I'll eat from the Connecticut River are the sea run white perch or striped bass that come up the river to spawn.

Although several of the sunnies that we pulled up were pretty big, they all looked pale to me. I wouldn't eat them. Wink
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