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Old 07-30-2012, 10:28 PM
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Personal Best...Smallmouth

I was on Metzger Reservoir for about 2 hours before I caught the first fish and it was a channelcat that went 21". After I got him in and let him go, I thought I'd try the ultra-lite with a purple curly tailed jig. It was nearly sunset.

About the 4th or 5th cast I caught a nice 15" saugeye...another catch and release. There were 5 or 6 more casts and something hammered the jig. I could tell it was a good fish and he wasn't coming in for a while. At one point it jumped, so I kept the rod tip down in hopes of landing this one. The drag was set lite with the 6 lb. test line and I had plenty of water to let him tire out.

As I reached for the net, he made another run, so I took up the slack and quickly netted him into the kayak. This is my personal best, for a smallmouth. At 15 1/2", I've never caught one this size.





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Old 08-06-2012, 05:42 PM
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Very nice. I've never caught a smallmouth period. Congrats man!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:08 AM
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Great catch mate.. That's a huge bonus you got a small-mouth. Congrats...
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:20 PM
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I am most a catch & release kinda guy, but if I'm keeping fish it will be blue gill and crappie 98% of the time. My best small mouths are all in the 6lb. area with a couple low 7lb. fish. All are river fish, and most were caught with spinning rods or fly rods (a couple). Now days it's 80% flyrods for me, so I do loose a few more.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:11 AM
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15" saugeye is good and memorable experience! I never tried to caught this specific 15" saugeye but after your experience, I will try it soon.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:09 PM
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not a big fish by you guy's standards, but yesterday afternoon I caught about 25 large bluegill and a couple nice crappie. Plus three large mouth bass. One was about 16" long on a 3 weight fly rod. Like catching a 6lb bass on a spining rod! All were caught on a swimming nymph
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:53 PM
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15" saugeye is good and memorable experience! I never tried to caught this specific 15" saugeye but after your experience, I will try it soon.
What are the best and recommended locations to find 15" Saugeye?
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