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Finally got to scratch the inch after almost 2 weeks, launched at Crocker. Plan was to see if I could locate the muskies, which I've hardly fished for in about a month, since they moved from their spring haunts. It was not trollable due to heavy weeds until about 14FOW. Got rained on a bit (thunderstorm to the S), and had a fish on just after the shower, in about 15-16FOW, 3.5 mph, on a 19cm swim bait, which upon surfacing was clear was a big smallie.

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Unhooking the fish was difficult -- both trebles well in, so I put the fish on a stringer to revive, then got the rather hasty measurement and pic (self timer was not working, probably due to humidity). Appeared to be about 21 inches, personal 2nd best. Nobody around to witness for MA. Release was good.
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Attempted to cast the area for a bit, to no avail, then went back to trolling, got 3 others from about 14 to 16 inches, lost one that seemed to be in the same mid-teens range, and another had poor aim and was foul hooked. All the remaining action was on deep diving husky jerks trolled on a long line from 3 to 3.5 mph. No action slower. Seems the smallies thought they were muskies!
 

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Congrats, and nice job! What would you say? 4+lbs? My 23 last year was 6.25lbs, and so I'm going to guess this one at 4.25+lbs Apparently the musky weren't hungry for you, but those smallies were extremely hungry, or so it seemed at the time...
 

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Nice smallie! I don't think the length of a fish is in any way a good method to determining the weight of a fish, only that a 20" smallie is definately over 1lb, anything else would be too hard to tell. I've caught 22" smallies that were not even 4lbs, so clearly adding 1 inch would not add 2lbs. HOWEVER lol, you're fish does look like a 4lber and very healthy. Nice fish again!!
 

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I think that was just someones way of bragging that they caught a 6.25lber last year...
That is a beautiful fish though, i have been working that area alot in the past few weeks and there are alot of largemouth that think they are skis too!
 

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QUOTE(BCBpIV @ Jul 24 2009, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think that was just someones way of bragging that they caught a 6.25lber last year...
That is a beautiful fish though, i have been working that area alot in the past few weeks and there are alot of largemouth that think they are skis too!

lol Definitely not.
My 6.25 last year looked very similar body-wise to this fish, and LMP made a very good point about length/weight guestimation. I just thought because of the very similarity to my personal best fish from last year, that this one looked to be an easy 4+lbs.
 

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QUOTE(BCBpIV @ Jul 24 2009, 04:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Its ok to admit your bragging, I would be bragging if I could catch one that big!!! lol

Yeah, and you know what's really funny? He hit a Rainbow Chub Northland Bait Co crawler harness with a crawler on it!
Ask propwash all about that one.. lol It was hilarious.
 

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I'd certainly brag about a 23 inch, 6.25 lb smallie, too!


Can't say the muskies weren't hitting, because I didn't give them much of a chance. Upon getting that big one almost straight away I switched to smallie mode, thinking I could beat my best "limit," which it turns out I nearly did, even as brief an outing as it was.

I did weigh the fish on my old "De-Liar," and the fish weighed in at 4.5 lb. I weighed a 5 lb weight to check the scale, and it was pretty accurate at that weight, so that looks like a good weight.

Last year I caught a couple 19.5 inch smallies that weighed in at 4.25 lb, if I recall correctly, on the same scale. Speaking of smallies thinking they're muskies, one was caught on a 10 inch Muskie Special trolled at 4 mph just after dark. This one didn't look that much skinnier... go figure!

One 18 inch smalllie I caught last year was shaped like a rock bass --- the chunkiest smallie I'd ever seen, by far. So far in a little more than one season fishing this lake I've caught something like 6 of my 10 and 3 of my 5 biggest smallies, having fished more seasons than I care to admit.
What an amazing smallie fishery we have here !
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That's one jolly nice toad there, Junkster!

A lot of nice walleyes are caught while fishing for 'skis, too... I've actually caught my biggest 'eyes (29 and 27 inches, respectively) fishing for toothy critters.
 
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