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This fatty put up just a huge fight. He felt like a whale on the end of that line. @tdawg and I were using Green pumpkin baby brushogs aboard #bos-mon at our favourite honeyhole. Mostly just deadsticking the hogs but also on very slow retrieve and lift - twitch - drop presentations. The real trick was figuring out where they were schooling up as they kept moving about and pausing amongst the wide variety of creek furnishings present in the area. One prominent and usually highly productive feature was strangely vacant until very late in the day. #gpbh
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
Out once again at my favourite Honeyhole. This time with @tdawg. After he and I laid a beating on the Largies over two days last week using Senkos and Mann's Baby 1- the fish weren't touching plastic worms anymore so we laid out a banquet of Baby Brushhogs and the feed was on! Not quite as fast and furious as before but since these guys have been educated through our catch and release program it is understandable that it might take a bit longer to coax them into the boat. Then again they might just be camera shy. Fifteen in all, about 10 keepers, last year it took me until March 20th to have this many aboard Bos-Mon. Two months ahead of last year's pace! #bos-mon, #gpbh.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
Fairly soon after the first of the day, the largest of the day came aboard #bos-mon , once again on a Red Crawdad Mann's Baby 1 - #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus . The final total for the day was 18 Bass after three hours of fishing. At least five were keepers. My personal best LMB day so far and the single highest total day's catch for Bos-Mon so far. A great way to start a New Year! Five more days like that and Bos-Mon will have a new annual record. They were hitting the Mann's plus: 4" red Senkos #4rs , 5" Black with Blue Fleck Senkos #5bbs and 5 " White Senkos, #5ws. The largest fish hit the Mann's, the smallest hit the Red Senkos. All were lots of fun to catch.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/15/2017 9:33:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 01/15/2017 9:33 AM

Fishin DudeWow, a banner day! Sure does beat walking around a flea market.
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JimmyWow, that's impressive for winter fishing.
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CanuckYup! My worst day of fishin' is better than (fill in the blank) and this was definitely not the worst! I'm still pumped!
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Out solo on #bos-mon at my favourite honey hole to ring in the New Year. @tdawg had been up there a few days earlier and reported success so I was expecting a good day. The first hour was frustrating. Fish all around me but no bites no matter what I threw at them. Old reliable lures on fast retrieve and slow retrieve and dead stick - nothing. I was starting to think Tdawg had really taught them a lesson they had not forgotten. Then as if someone rang the dinner bell at 0900 this guy slammed a Mann's Baby 1- Red Crawdad #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus super slow retrieve and came aboard to pose as my first catch of 2017. Welcome aboard you beauty- now get back in there, fatten up and don't tell your buddies anything.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/15/2017 9:05:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 01/15/2017 9:05 AM

@tdawg and I launched before dawn determined to land the 100th Largemouth in #bos-mon for 2016. Due to the tide we had a four hour window on our favourite spot before we got stranded in there until the next tide rose enough to let us out. We had to navigate in under pre-dawn light and promptly ran aground due to a missing nav marker. We had prepared for that and got off easily enough. More careful navigation and we were on location alone just before the sun rose, two hours before high tide and four hours before we had to leave. One Bass was all we needed to hit the century mark for the year. I had every spinning rod I own pre-rigged with just about every lure that ever caught a Bass. Tdawg had his rods and lures plus a new experimental bass bait that we were both sure would work. He gave me the honour of tossing that out first and I happily watched as it seemed to get hit immediately upon impact with the surface. No luck. Tried a few more times - no luck. Switched to other tried-and-true baits, no luck. Finally around 40 minutes in Tdawg lands one with a dark Senko. One Hundred aboard the Bos-Mon! I quickly switched to a similar bait and landed 101, about two hours later this guy, 102, was welcomed aboard, once again with a dark Senko. Tdawg closed the morning with our 103rd of the year caught on a Mepps Spinner. Thanks Tdawg for a memorable New Years Eve. Notch up another success for the Coalition Bass Program.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 12/31/2016 9:29:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 12/31/2016 9:29 AM

JimmyCongrats on breaking the century mark!
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CanuckThanks. It was a fun morning out there. I also passed the 600 hour mark for total on-water time (195 this year) in Bos-Mon so it was a momentous cruise. All in all a good year. 112 game fish plus a few dozen panfish. The most productive year by far in the four years I've owned her.
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This has been a very good year for #bos-mon. My wife and I and our guests have landed almost 100 Largemouth Bass (39 for us and 60 for our guests) in 31 fishing cruises. Not bad for our third year in this area and fifth year of Bass fishing. Today @tdawg and I were out pursuing the century mark at our favourite honeyhole. He did his part to reach it but I failed to keep up so the tally for the year now stands at 99 with only one Saturday left to go. Stay tuned! I might make it. BTW - shorts count in my book because I throw them all back anyway. Happy Holidays!
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 12/26/2016 2:44:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 12/26/2016 14:44 PM

Out with @stikmann aboard #bos-mon. Our target for the day was stripers. First stop, no joy. Second stop, same thing so it was off to my old favourite honey hole to see if the Largemouth were starting to hang out there. They are but they weren't biting except for two shorts. My buddy landed this Snakehead - the first ever hauled aboard Bos-Mon. I just ate my share of him for dinner. Nice - tasty, firm fillet. I'll let @stikmann tell you what he caught him on because I can't remember.
fishing report photo of Snakehead photo taken on 11/19/2016 10:58:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 11/19/2016 10:58 AM

JimmySnakeheads are another fish I have not had for dinner yet, so many tasty fish, so little time!
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CanuckReminiscent of Striper. It was tasty but snakehead is such a slimy thing to fillet that I would rate it overall as not worth it.
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#bos-mon Day two of the #nhba tournament. One place I know I can find clear water is my nice little honeyhole near Woodbridge. But even that was clouded up by the very high water. Once the tide receded somewhat the clear water pushed out the muddy stuff and the fish started to bite. Even so this short was the best I could do by 3:00 pm. Caught on a green pumpkin brushhog #gpbh over wood.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 10/2/2016 12:44:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 10/02/2016 12:44 PM

TdawgGlad that you found some clear water. I couldn't hang around long enough for the tide to run out.
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CanuckIt took until well after lunch
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I had a blast #kayakfishing with my newest fishing buddies @canuck and @tdawg.

It seemed like the cows were on a diet this morning so I broke out my skunk buster early and scored the honor of most and smallest fish of the day.

Here's the smallest bass of the day.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 9/18/2016 7:21:00 AM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 09/18/2016 7:21 AM

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TerryBHow cute. I think I still have you beat on the smallest fish though.
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This is my first real catch. He didn't really put up much of a fight, he kind of just gave up as soon as I hooked him. After I got him out of the water, he started thrashing around, and flicked his blood all over the place as my father, @canuck was trying to get the hook out of his face. A Blue Catfish - of course.
fishing report photo of Catfish photo taken on 8/18/2016 3:45:00 AM contributed by Sara

Catch Date: 08/18/2016 3:45 AM

Skunk repellent! On literally the "last cast" after a morning where nothing worked and it was getting hot fast the #greenpumpkinsenko saved the day. Tide was dropping and while getting ready to motor out ti thought i saw a few bass along the grass beds. having to get to work i hesitated the one last cast because as we all know it easily turns into 5, 10..50! The one cast was enough and My Office remains skunk free for at least the last month. Anyway this 16 incher was barely hooked and as soon as i lifted him, he flipped himself right to freedom, hence the one and only lucky pic.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Tdawg
Mr. Billy Bass visiting My Office after chowing down on a #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus. A little fishing in My Office is a great way to start the day without going to the real job.
After a quick photo op, eased him back where he came from. Maybe he'll return Thursday after sampling a #greenpumpkinsenko!
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Tdawg
Use the net! Close to being the only pic of this guy. He hit the #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus about 20 yards out after a long cast to retrieve down a long well defined grass bed on a deep channel. Great fight in and out of grass and lily pads back to the boat. With all the thrashing close to the boat, without thinking just lifted him out when the net was right at hand. Another couple of seconds and he would have shaken free. Starting to enjoy the hands free action shots afforded by the SJCam4000 mounted to a selfie stick in a rod holder on my #nucanoefrontier
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Tdawg
Flipping a #greenpumpkinsenko in grass beds along lily pads on a flood tide produced this fiesty largemouth.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 3:56:00 AM contributed by Tdawg

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 3:56 AM

Site flipping a blue flecked Senko boated this fine fish on another great day on the water.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 3:33:00 AM contributed by Tdawg

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 3:33 AM

As we move dead slow along some grass beds, Canuck looks down the starboard side of the Bos Mon and says " Theres a nice one eh, thrown something at him. Being between rods, i grabbed one with a blue flecked Senko, spotted my target and made one of my more accurate flips when it counted most. Must have landed in his mouth, the line was moving before i could flip the bail! Fish on! International bass fishing operations at it's best! Expert netsmanship by Canuck had this fine fellow back in the creek in no time.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Tdawg
The last catch of the morning, once more on a #blackwithblueflecksenko. We ventured further up the creek in the gathering heat. We got to a point where we could barely turn the #bos-mon around to get out and stayed there for a while trying to entice any of the Bass we saw to bite. Frogs, other color senkos, Baby 1-. None of them worked. So we left shortly after the high tide and fished a bit more in a shady area we found. No success there although we saw quite a few more fish. Finally the nearly 100 degree heat forced us back to the ramp after almost 4 hours of fishing and almost 2 hours of cruising to and fro. Great morning of fishing followed by a great afternoon of snoozing in my air conditioned living room.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 4:56:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 4:56 AM

Another one caught on the #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus . Two things about this are a bit odd. First is that everybody I have talked to about crawdad patterns insists that red only works in the spring. Second is that we went up this creek with the intent of using Rage Tail Frogs in those lily pads you see in the background. I had them tied onto 65 lb braid line so we could horse anything out of that tangle. The Bass didn't read that plan - or maybe they did and just decided to not cooperate. #bos-mon
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 4:14:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 4:14 AM

JimmyYour black first bite shirt has got to be brutal in the heat we've been having!
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CanuckJust taking one for the team! A few people have mentioned that to me. they are correct. I need some white ones.
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This feisty little guy was caught on a #redcrawdadmannsbaby1minus . He was lurking at the edge of the grass bed just eating whatever drifted by on the rising tidal current. #bos-mon
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 3:57:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 3:57 AM

This is more evidence of my progress at soft bite detection and catching. I cast my #blackwithblueflecksenko up channel and just off the grass beds on the port side. As it dropped I felt a very slight bump and dropped my rod tip. Next thing I felt was this little guy running away with it and it was FISH-ON! #bos-mon
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/23/2016 3:45:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/23/2016 3:45 AM

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