Monday, June 25, 2012

Got a good one tonight!

I only got three fish tonight in the float tube, but I got another good one.  The most gratifying part about the night, was I had a spot in mind that I was going to, and the first cast at that spot this big girl grabbed it.  She jumped out of the water twice, and then buried herself in the milfoil.  I got a lot of pictures with her to help show her size.  This was the biggest MN bass that I have caught!  I got my PR for MN just this month too.  The milfoil is really taking over this time of year, and I am still learning to fish it.  I was worried I lost the fish when she buried herself but, luckily she wasn't struggling when I went to grab her, I didn't know how big she was until my hand disappeared in her lower jaw.  What a great fish!   I carefully measured this one, my tape said 22", when I closed the mouth and got a strong 21 1/2!  Can't wait to get back on the water! 
Biggie - sized head.

21 1/2 inches!

On some fish you get a raw thumb, my hand got grazed!

In the foil!

Big belly!

Thick back!

19 1/4 looked small after the monster...

Monday, June 18, 2012

I love Minnesota Bass fishing in June!

19 1/4
 I was in the float tube for about 7 hours today!  My wife was out of town, so I took advantage of it.  I went to a familiar lake, and found some cover to toss to.  I actually caught some good ones today, and lost at least one that would have matched the top fish today.  I was tossing a plastic up shallow, and seemed to find pockets of fish. I My top fish today were 21, 19 1/2, 19 1/4, 18 1/4. 18, 18.  I counted twenty fish total, so the quality was definitely there today.  I had to go into the slop and get the big one.  I lost another fish that could have been bigger, she bulled through the weeds to deeper water, changed directions a couple times.  As she was taking a circle around my float tube I saw her and the hook came out.   The 19 1/2 incher actually spun my around in the float tube three times, I thought it was a way bigger fish, and it came out of a spot without any cover.    
19 1/4"

21" chunker

21" Big Head

21" side view

18 "

18 1/4"

19 1/2"

19 1/2

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Nice MN bass bag

18 1/2
Okay, this was my first time fishing MN for bass this season and it was worth it!  It was a great outing even though I only caught nine fish, the quality was outstanding.   I started by fishing slow with plastics, and didn't get away from it.  I didn't catch my first fish for awhile, and then I found the right part of the lake and the fish were on.  I wasn't even the first person to the spot I wanted to go, but I managed to catch my biggest Minnesota bass in a spot that always seems to hold fish.  It was a fat, tall 21 and 1/2 inch beast!  I got quite a few shots of it, and honestly, none of them do this fish justice.  I actually thought that it was a northern, because it was staying down.  I hooked him  pretty deep, but the hook came out easily.  The head was enormous.  There were several vacant beds in the area, and I kind of wonder if she had been scared off by the two guys that were there before me.  They were hovering around the spot for quite a while.  I noticed that they drove up behind me while I was taking pictures too.  I lost several other big fish this morning too.  One of them jumped three feet out of the water, and I am guessing it was around 5 lbs!  That would have helped this mornings bag.  So, the biggest five today were 18 1/2, 19 1/4, 21 1/2 (Swamp Donkey), 19, and 18.  I almost didn't take a picture of the 18 after the big one because I didn't think it was that big.  I reluctantly put it on the Fish Cat measuring basket, and to my surprise it was 18 inches.  The fish really didn't bite after 10:00, and there were a lot of boats on the water.  I must say I am still very pleased with the performance of the Quantum Tour paired with Dobyn's  Savvy Series microguide rod.  It casts a long ways!  Tomorrow, I will try and report on another Metro Bass lake.  I hate to say it, 'cause I don't want to jinx it, but I think tomorrow could be even more fruitful!
19 1/4

same fish 19 1/4 belly

21 1/2 incher choked the Powerhawg!
Belly of the Beast!

Huge Head, 21 1/2 my biggest MN bass!

TALL, THICK  21 1/2 incher!

Side view of the big gal!

18 incher

19 incher