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#11938465 - 11/17/16 10:34 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Awesome thread, some excellent reading thumb

Fouzman, I'm one of those that like fast action with a fly rod. So panfishing suits me better. I would love to hear your keys to catching big fish but I suspect it takes far more patience than I'm capable of grin Great post, I enjoyed reading it.

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#11942749 - 11/20/16 09:09 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: J-Moe]
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Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Awesome thread, some excellent reading thumb

Fouzman, I'm one of those that like fast action with a fly rod. So panfishing suits me better. I would love to hear your keys to catching big fish but I suspect it takes far more patience than I'm capable of grin Great post, I enjoyed reading it.


Patience? Nah, sometimes all it takes is a hook in the water and pure luck....I have heard a lot of stories from panfishermen that got hooked up with some pretty big fish quite by accident. Lots of broken fly rods and even then, some big fish caught.

Really, the ONLY thing that makes it quite impossible to catch that ten plus, is to not fish. Fish, and there's always that chance what's a tuggin' at your line might not be what you was expectin'....
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#11953113 - 11/27/16 09:49 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Here you go Fishbreeder...a Thanksgiving 10 pounder from my Nova pond. Not impossible to catch, but nearly so...and perhaps more difficult to raise.


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#11956258 - 11/29/16 07:13 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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#11957422 - 11/29/16 06:40 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Yep, I remember Bob Lusk once remarking that it may be more satisfying to grow a 10 pound bass than to catch one...and although I didn't agree at the time, I think I have come around to that way of thinking.

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#11960074 - 12/01/16 10:05 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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I am hoping in a few years I will catch a 10+ out of our 15 acre lake!!! We stocked it 18 months ago with Overtons Camelot/Lonestar Legacy bass. I havent fished it much but caught one in June ( a year from stocking) that was 13" and weighed 2 lbs. I was impressed.

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#12020365 - 01/04/17 04:25 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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I guess I am either lucky or blessed, my PB is 12.8 on conventional tackle with 5 more between 10 & 12.8 while my PB on my fly rod is 14+ with a dozen more over 10 but then again I have access to two limestone pit lakes and a dozen ponds all stocked with Florida strain LMB I am hoping to break the Texas state record for LMB on a fly rod this spring!

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#12021762 - 01/05/17 09:49 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Jackson, I'm a member of PWF and can tell you that 3 of my fishing buddies who are also members have caught double digit bass. The clubs stocking and management fundamentals are geared towards growing trophy bass

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#12023704 - 01/06/17 08:20 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Fly Fishing Fanatic!]
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Holy Mackeral! I mean....Bass.

Nice fish, heck, biggest bass I ever saw caught by a fly rod. I can't tell from the pics what the fish was caught on, popper?

Had a bunch of those fly fishin' nuts, I um, meant "purists," on a 50 acre lake I kept some really big blue cats in years ago. Mostly shallow, lotsa lotus pads, big sunfish and small bass.

They's having the time of their lives going around in these inner tube things and catching bass and sunfish. I sent one of 'em back to the "hole" where some big blues were eating caterpillars falling out of the trees, told the fellow "Try one of them green and yeller caterpillars you showed me." I didn't say nuthin' about what was back there.

He come back without his sunglasses, and his hat, just like the one in the pic above, was all wet. He'd hooked up with probly a 50 pound plus, and actually got to see the beast before it got away. He was one happy purist. BTW, is there a fly rod record for blue cat?

Anyhow, you can tell that the fish you caught is a healthy, well fed specimen, female, fairly young, and not been caught and released recently, or maybe at all. That fish could be pushed to well over 15 pounds in one growing season with the right amount and availability of food.

It takes both a fish culturist and a fisherman.
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#12028783 - 01/08/17 09:04 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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you would have as much luck on Fork, Palestine, Lake O the Pines, Ray Roberts, or as I learn more about Joe Pool, Joe Pool. the first key is studying lake maps, reading books about large bass habits and the fish the lakes accordingly. the second key is slowing down and fishing a potental spot / area all day. most of the time big fish wll not exhert a lot of energy chasing a bait, so use lures that stay is a strike zone longer or can be fished in and through cover effectively.

or become good friends with "fly fishing fanatic" and fish his pond.


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#12073232 - 02/02/17 02:38 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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I know of 3 lakes that I can 99% guarantee you to catch a 10 to 10+lb fish out of in half a days' time.

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#12193734 - 04/11/17 11:50 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
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Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
I know of 3 lakes that I can 99% guarantee you to catch a 10 to 10+lb fish out of in half a days' time.


Would love to hear more about such lakes.
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#12195281 - 04/12/17 08:00 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: salex]
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Originally Posted By: salex
Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
I know of 3 lakes that I can 99% guarantee you to catch a 10 to 10+lb fish out of in half a days' time.


Would love to hear more about such lakes.


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#12209841 - 04/21/17 08:28 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Large East Texas private property that I worked on for a few years right out of school had, at that time, 3 large intensely managed lakes. By that, I mean they had literally some if not most all of the very first original Florida strain bass tested here when they started bringing them in. The owner spared absolutely no expense on fisheries management for the past 30 years. We stocked at least 250,000 threadfins every year per lake(usually more), used 2-3 brood ponds per lake that were used for coppernose and red ear bluegill and even tilapia sometimes. We had brushpiles that were "maintained" every year usually by adding in more timber, fertilizer constantly applied for good blooms, vegetation management was also a constant. We had our own Smith Root shocking boat that is better than what most all of the TPWD boats are for our own surveys and fish removal.

On any given day, guests would catch 50 fish in a half day (8am-12 noon) that would average close to 6 pounds. We had what days that we called 8 8's and even 10 10's. Basically had 8 fish over 8 pounds, or 10 fish over 10 pounds. Yes, it happened more than once. There is a picture of a bass that has never been released to the public, and probably never will be, of a bass caught by one of the owners good friends on one of the lakes that would have beaten the current state record by 2.5lbs. And yes, I have seen the picture. That particular lake will punish you on a good day. Don't even show up with less than 50lb braid.

I know all this probably sounds like a far fetched story made up, but I assure you it is not. I worked there for two years and saw some of the most incredible, truly world class bass fishing there is.

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#12209934 - 04/21/17 09:22 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
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Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
Large East Texas private property that I worked on for a few years right out of school had, at that time, 3 large intensely managed lakes. By that, I mean they had literally some if not most all of the very first original Florida strain bass tested here when they started bringing them in. The owner spared absolutely no expense on fisheries management for the past 30 years. We stocked at least 250,000 threadfins every year per lake(usually more), used 2-3 brood ponds per lake that were used for coppernose and red ear bluegill and even tilapia sometimes. We had brushpiles that were "maintained" every year usually by adding in more timber, fertilizer constantly applied for good blooms, vegetation management was also a constant. We had our own Smith Root shocking boat that is better than what most all of the TPWD boats are for our own surveys and fish removal.

On any given day, guests would catch 50 fish in a half day (8am-12 noon) that would average close to 6 pounds. We had what days that we called 8 8's and even 10 10's. Basically had 8 fish over 8 pounds, or 10 fish over 10 pounds. Yes, it happened more than once. There is a picture of a bass that has never been released to the public, and probably never will be, of a bass caught by one of the owners good friends on one of the lakes that would have beaten the current state record by 2.5lbs. And yes, I have seen the picture. That particular lake will punish you on a good day. Don't even show up with less than 50lb braid.

I know all this probably sounds like a far fetched story made up, but I assure you it is not. I worked there for two years and saw some of the most incredible, truly world class bass fishing there is.


Doesn't surprise me at all. There are more than one of those places that most people never even hear about or see. Canton, down to Athens, over to Brushy Creek and down to Palestine. And you danged sure don't talk about them if you're lucky enough for an invite. Lots of old Dallas and ETX oil money control a TON of acreage in that region.
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