Friday, April 5, 2013

Big fish of the day... and the one that got away

Today it was my turn to catch the big fish of the day...


while Kelly actually got skunked for the first time in a long time.

Sadly, the real big fish of the day broke my line and swam away with the lure pictured above in its mouth. Based on the three seconds that I was hooked up, I think it would have challenged Kelly's rainy day bass for the biggest we've ever caught from the creek...

but I guess we'll never know.

14 comments:

  1. Nice Spot?, lol. I like to use Rooster Tails. Especially, yellow ones on an ultra-light Ulgy Stik with a spin casting reel. I haven't actually used a spinning rod in about 2 1/2 years but just in case, I've got it handy.

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    1. Ah Josh, technically speaking this fish is an Alabama Bass (Micropterus henshalli) which at one time was considered a subspecies of the Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus). At that time it was called the Alabama Spotted Bass (M. p. henshalli)... and I still use that name here on the blog. In a recent DNA based study, they were declared to be a full species which makes a lot of sense based on the geography of the watersheds where the two species come from, and the two species do look a bit different too. I think the Alabama Bass are a bit more colorful than true Spotted Bass. My biggest complaint is the simple common name they chose, "Alabama Bass," which just sounds like your talking about any bass from the state of AL... it could be a Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Redeye.... and be an Alabama bass. I really wish they had chosen something other than just the state name... like maybe Cahaba Bass or Warrior Bass (names of major rivers where they can be caught).
      I used to really love Rooster Tails too. For whatever reason I haven't used them much lately, although I did use one to catch a stocker Rainbow a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't touched a spinning rod for at least four years either, and then I ended up with a huge box of old lures that I just couldn't resist. It's been pretty fun diversifying our tactics, especially this past winter. You never know, you might have fun giving that old spinning rod some love.

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  2. Nice fish..looks like he's been eating pretty well judging from that football shape he has!

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    1. I think that belly indicates an ovulating (pre-spawn) female... and I would agree she's been eating well. This little creek has what appears to be a pretty healthy bass population. It's not overfished, it's not overpopulated by dinks, and there seems to be plenty of forage for the better fish.

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  3. Jay
    Nice bass, I’m guessing here but is that a famous Rapala in the mouth of that bass? I would also guess you were using 6 lb test line when you landed it. You were referring to the rooster tail in your comment; it is my second go to lure besides the small rapala in the spring for bass. I especially like the tiny 1/32 oz rooster tail http://btrussell-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/micro-light-fishing-deep-waters-of.html and all the tiny crankbaits by bomber for bass as well on the ultralights and micro lights. You are to be congratulated for beating Kelly for once. I have a feeling this will be short lived. By the way they are starting to add 15 to 20 inch trout in the tailrace now above the bridge at the tailrace. One problem no one can fish for the constant generation. I keep a check on the progress everyday but there is very little change at this time. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, you're right- that's my favorite Rapala, Husky Jerk size 6 "Tennessee Shad" color, fished on 6 lb test. I'm sure Kelly will reclaim her title soon enough. Thanks for the update on the Sipsey.

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  4. Nice fish Jay. By the way, I figured out how to consistently beat my wife in the big fish contest...leave her at home. Just kidding of course.

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    1. Howard, I'm pretty sure I would have to sneak out in the middle of the night to go fishing alone.

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  5. Nice work. Be ready for Kelly's catches to show up big time next time out! Ha

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    1. RD, you know I'm not accustomed to being the best fisherman in the household. I'm trying to enjoy my shining moment... as short lived as it may be.

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  6. Nice. You guys are starting off the year with some bang-up bass fishing.

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    1. Yes, we are. I really hope it doesn't end with bass either. I really, really, really want to land that first carp on the fly this year. I just need to find that special spot where carp don't just make random appearances at my feet.

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    1. Thanks, Kevin. We landed our first bass of the season on poppers yesterday... I'll probably post about that later.

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