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#12530660 - 12/07/17 04:19 PM Lake Fork DD Donkey in December
BigHead248 Offline
Angler

Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 303
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
Man this last trip to Fork was one I'll never forget. It wasn't a day for numbers, but I caught a new PR bass which happened to also be my first DD bass. I can't say thanks enough to Donald Harper for the map work he did. You'll see in the video it paid off.

Take a look and thanks for watching.


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#12530668 - 12/07/17 04:25 PM Re: Lake Fork Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
thefuzz Offline
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Registered: 07/31/10
Posts: 226
Loc: Dallas
Nice catch and Donald does good map work!
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#12530778 - 12/07/17 06:08 PM Re: Lake Fork Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
BCBassCat Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/10/17
Posts: 875
Loc: Sanger TX
Enjoyed the video. Good job!!

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#12530802 - 12/07/17 06:23 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
coachfish Offline
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Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 199
Loc: Murphy, TX.
Great video. Looking forward to getting Mr. Harper’s services as a Christmas present this year.

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#12530818 - 12/07/17 06:36 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 9951
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Congrats on a new PB! flag


Good job Donald Harper! thumb

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#12530832 - 12/07/17 06:50 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
skins84 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/09
Posts: 676
Loc: Emory Texas
Congrats on the awesome fish. I do know I wouldn't put a slot fish in my live well and for sure wouldn't have videoed and posted it.

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#12530845 - 12/07/17 07:02 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: skins84]
BigHead248 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 303
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
Originally Posted By: skins84
Congrats on the awesome fish. I do know I wouldn't put a slot fish in my live well and for sure wouldn't have videoed and posted it.


Thanks for the advice. It was in the live well no longer than 30 seconds while I got the ruler and scale out. I don’t mind putting that on camera. To ensure it survived and wasnt exposed too long out of water, I felt it was absolutely necessary to immediately place the fish in the livewell while I got the tools out to determine whether or not it was an over. The fish was immediately released after weighing and measuring.

If I need to get a ticket because I ensured a trophy bass would live to be caught another day then so be it.

Tight lines.

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#12530928 - 12/07/17 08:21 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
Donald Harper Offline
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Loc: Justin, TX.
Very nice job BigHead248. I am very impressed with your knowledge of working the mapping system to the fullest potential. The amount of time you spend on each spot determines what you will eventually come away with. I watched your other videos of you taking each spot and making sure all the irregular features on that contour was entered into your depth finder. The contours I gave you are the best there is on the lake. The study time you put forth payed off on your first trip. It just doesn't get any better than that. Congratulations on your big fish and there will be many more to come.
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#12530970 - 12/07/17 08:49 PM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 8207
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
Originally Posted By: BigHead248
Originally Posted By: skins84
Congrats on the awesome fish. I do know I wouldn't put a slot fish in my live well and for sure wouldn't have videoed and posted it.


Thanks for the advice. It was in the live well no longer than 30 seconds while I got the ruler and scale out. I don’t mind putting that on camera. To ensure it survived and wasnt exposed too long out of water, I felt it was absolutely necessary to immediately place the fish in the livewell while I got the tools out to determine whether or not it was an over. The fish was immediately released after weighing and measuring.

If I need to get a ticket because I ensured a trophy bass would live to be caught another day then so be it.

Tight lines.

Amen to that

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#12531432 - 12/08/17 10:00 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
BigHead248 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 303
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
After the comment about the slot fish in the live well and the other post that was generated shortly after mine asking about putting slot fish in a live well, I couldn’t help but think I really need to clear this up. The only purpose for the post and video was to share an experience and also to explain a little bit of what I did from an educational perspective.

I whole heartedly felt and still feel placing the fish in the live well so it was not left out of water while the ruler and scale was dug out was the best thing for the fishes health. Everything I did was conservation minded.

However, what bothered me the most was the possibility I promoted something that was incorrect and may get someone in trouble. As said before I know I did the best thing for the fish, but this being an educational post and video l wanted to ensure the “right thing to do” was not speculated amongst us and we all knew the exact truth on what one should do in this situation.

So, this morning I called the game warden and explained the video, the fish that was caught, and why it was placed in the live well. The game warden was very professional and informative and explained how he understood why I did what I did, but also explained how a fish is considered in the anglers possession once placed in the live well. His advice was NOT to place the fish in the live well and to keep the measuring board out and readily available to avoid the need for that.

Although this was supposed to be something educational about map work and also to share a video of an awesome experience, I think this was an unexpected lesson that is beneficial to many of us.

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#12531453 - 12/08/17 10:14 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
Danny L. Weems Offline
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Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 1440
Loc: Como, Texas
Good job on calling the GW and clearing it up here on the TFF.
Congrats on the DD and your new PB!
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#12531455 - 12/08/17 10:18 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
collincountytx Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 15563
Loc: Dallas, TX
Great fish, and no worries, the letter of the law says "immediate release" of non keeper fish. So there are those that could get upset even with a photo of a non keeper.
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#12531484 - 12/08/17 10:34 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
InTheClear Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1515
Loc: Southwest Texas
they should amend the language in the rule/law whatever it is?

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#12531502 - 12/08/17 10:43 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: BigHead248]
bassmanrudy Offline
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Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 878
Loc: Bossier City, LA
Great catch!! any DD makes for an AMAZING DAY!!! banana
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#12531517 - 12/08/17 10:53 AM Re: Lake Fork DD Donkey in December [Re: Danny L. Weems]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 9951
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: Danny L. Weems
Good job on calling the GW and clearing it up here on the TFF.
Congrats on the DD and your new PB!


+10 thumb

I would have probably done the same thing. Gladly pay the $100 fine any day I catch a DD!!

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