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#12217512 - 04/26/17 11:35 AM New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!!
1911flyguy Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/20/12
Posts: 6
Hey Guys just wanted to reach out, I'm pretty much a rookie bass fisherman compared to most but definitely have the bug not originally from Texas so looking for any tips help finding spots guys to fish with etc... I'm in Arlington Texas willing to go all over the metroplex for meet ups etc... Here is a pic of my first ever Topwater fish and Texas PB... Maybe 2.5-3lbs He put up a heck of a fight, it was such a rush : )
Thanks in advance for any help guys!
Anthony

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#12217671 - 04/26/17 12:53 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
Indianation65 Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 8212
Loc: Richardson, Texas
Nice catch, good shot, camera angle and sun/shadows, very nice!

Tips? Just one, and I'm learning it now since I just started bass fishing 2 years ago. Do plenty of reading/researching, or asking about the best baits to use for "all conditions." That way, you will narrow down your spending for "non" necessary baits. Of course, once you are in a store with a fishing section, sometimes you can't help yourself when you see something new, that looks cool, and has a pleasingly low price, but they do add up!

Welcome! IN65

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#12218193 - 04/26/17 05:47 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: Indianation65]
"Old School" Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2615
Loc: Big D
Spooks catch big bass!!! Congratulations!

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#12218716 - 04/26/17 09:22 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
RussPrater "Bass Commander" Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 1418
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Bank fishing bass tournament trail for your enjoyment.
Since I created this, I've learned of several spots to bank fish and met several people that have taught me 90 % of all I know!!
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#12219651 - 04/27/17 12:24 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
SubarashiiSpider Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/18/16
Posts: 16
My best advice for fishing around "the city" is to just find any ponds/drainage ditches/etc. with water. 99% of the time, they will have bass of some size- if you're lucky they could be hogs. I'm in Richardson, which is just above Dallas. If you want sandbass, crappie, etc. there are several big lakes above Dallas that provide good fishing as well.

Also put some time into your spots. For example, I don't have a car- so I take the bus to a nearby neighborhood pond that sees a LOT of pressure, there's almost always someone fishing and on the weekends there can be groups of 10 around this pond. However, to fight the pressure I started going at night, twice a week, almost every week, trying every tactic under the sun, and simply sticking with what works- I have landed bass up to 5-6 lbs from this neighborhood pond as a result, where others have completely skunked out.

Good luck, and welcome to TX cool if you're looking for a partner or fishing buds, you might want to make a post in the partner finder section at the bottom of the forum.

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#12222732 - 04/29/17 11:42 AM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
1911flyguy Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/20/12
Posts: 6
Thanks to all you guys who responded, helpful tips should keep me busy for a bit : )

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#12223864 - 04/30/17 09:06 AM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
Gitter Done Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 10908
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
welcometo the TFF.


Also nice fish.

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#12224049 - 04/30/17 12:19 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
banker-always fishing Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 42247
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nice fish. welcomeTo the Texas Fishing Forum. cheers
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#12224139 - 04/30/17 01:49 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 810
Loc: McKinney
Nice bass! I have never fished in the Arlington area, but almost all cities in DFW have scores of local parks with ponds in them, and almost all of them have hungry fish in them. Just get out there and explore and you never know what you will find.

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#12235073 - 05/07/17 04:26 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
Fish Comedian Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/23/07
Posts: 252
Loc: Red Oak TX
Nice one . welcome to the forum.
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L.A.

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#12238138 - 05/09/17 02:31 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
BankBassin Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/14/11
Posts: 1187
Loc: Allen, Texas 75002
Here's a tip that works well for me at ponds "in the city".

Downsize. So many of the baits that you see being used on big lakes are simply too big for most pond fish. If you want to get your confidence up and get numbers, downsize. I rarely throw anything over 1/4oz of anything when fishing ponds. Jigs, crankbaits, swim jigs... nothing more than 1/4 oz. Some people will tell you won't catch as big of bass and I'll call BS on that every day. Some of my biggest bass have all come on smaller baits.

I live up in Allen. There's a ton of places to fish around me. I've caught a 4+ at almost each pond using nothing bigger than 1/4oz baits.


Edited by BankBassin (05/09/17 02:31 PM)
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#12240210 - 05/10/17 07:41 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: 1911flyguy]
progolferv1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/08/16
Posts: 186
I have always loved the top water bite. So grab when you are not paying attention and then boom, scares the [censored] out of you

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#12245185 - 05/14/17 01:58 PM Re: New Guy here/First ever Top Water Bass!!! [Re: Fish Comedian]
Frank I Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 25759
Loc: Texas
welcome

Nothing beats a top water fish, good job..... thumb
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