Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
DogFish9, Inglikestofish, garzas23, Yoshi13usa, F100
108901 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 89627
hopalong 78895
Pilothawk 76960
John175® 68915
JDavis7873® 67392
Derek 🐝 61294
FattyMcButterpants 60906
Tritonman 58274
LoneStarSon® 54734
Mark Perry 53670
facebook
Forum Stats
108901 Members
60 Forums
833158 Topics
12106300 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#12583082 - 01/17/18 02:23 PM John Hope thoughts on trophy fish
KenTx1962 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 961
Loc: Richardson/Zavalla
I spent Saturday with a young guy in my boat talking about big fish and telling him about John Hope and his work tracking big fish. He had never heard of John and that conversation got me re-reading this piece from a couple of years ago. I know some of you have seen it, for those that have not I think it's a pretty interesting read.

John Hope article link
_________________________
www.KenSmithfishing.com
Subscribe to Video Updates here https://www.youtube.com/user/KenSmithFishing
Inside Line Staff Writer www.insideline.net
Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits www.baits.com
Mercury Marine Pro Staff https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/
Team Lew's www.Lews.com
Humminbird www.humminbird.com
Seaguar Pro Staff www.Seaguar.com


Top
#12583118 - 01/17/18 02:40 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
Ken A. Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 10166
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Great article Ken. The most fascinating thing to me is the story he told of the fish that traveled 18 miles in one day to return to where it had been caught.

Top
#12583121 - 01/17/18 02:41 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14471
Loc: Hurst, TX
I consider his book(s) the Bible of bass fishing. Based on science, observation and time on the water. I used to make it a point to sit in on every seminar he did during the old boat shows.

Top
#12583145 - 01/17/18 02:56 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
KenTx1962 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 961
Loc: Richardson/Zavalla
I don't think he's on the forum, buy I heard Tommy Martin tell a story and if I remember the details right he caught a fish on Toledo that traveled 27 miles in a day...if he's on here or someone knows him well ask him about us and see if he can give us more details.
_________________________
www.KenSmithfishing.com
Subscribe to Video Updates here https://www.youtube.com/user/KenSmithFishing
Inside Line Staff Writer www.insideline.net
Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits www.baits.com
Mercury Marine Pro Staff https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/
Team Lew's www.Lews.com
Humminbird www.humminbird.com
Seaguar Pro Staff www.Seaguar.com


Top
#12583174 - 01/17/18 03:12 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
Okie Poke Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 18967
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Wow, sure enjoyed the read. Now I'm ready to go out and catch some of those shallow bass during winter....Thanks!
_________________________






Top
#12583209 - 01/17/18 03:32 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
beartrap Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 1548
Loc: south georgia
was fishing a tourney on lake martin(Al.) years ago,caught a 4lb bass out of brushpile in front of a dock in Blue Creek...this fish had unusual scar/depression on it's back...weighed in the fish and released it at Pineywoods landing up in north part of the lake....two weeks later caught same fish out the same brushpile ironically on the same bait(jig &pig)...no mistaking it was the same fish because of the unusual marking/scar....this fish in two weeks had to swim approx. 15 miles including several miles of open water plus turn into a creek and another 3-4 miles up the creek into an inlet with several docks...
had a very similar story from guy who used to put tournaments on in southwest Louisiana...his story involved a fish that taggedby a student doing research for a class project...this fish was tagged and released at weigh-in site and two weeks later caught again at same spot it was originally caught.....this fish has swam approx. 14 miles and had to make several turns in and out of canals and bayous to get back to where he was caught...
obviously fish and animals have some sort of homing instinct because there's too many instances such as the two above.....

Top
#12583224 - 01/17/18 03:47 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
GROD Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 1786
Loc: Eagle Mountain
Good read

Top
#12583285 - 01/17/18 04:26 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
coachfish Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 200
Loc: Murphy, TX.
So my question would be, when water temperatures hover in the mid to high 40s, do those fish still remain in the 8-12 ft. range? If so, I’m staying shallow.

Top
#12583303 - 01/17/18 04:41 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
collincountytx Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 16446
Loc: Dallas, TX
Great book. I’ve read it again recently. His words in the book are a little different as presented in the article

_________________________

The Longhorns are back

Top
#12583310 - 01/17/18 04:43 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14471
Loc: Hurst, TX
Here is a direct link to the page to order the book. I suggest anyone who pursues bass to read it at least once


https://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/trackin-trophies/96f56779-2f7b-4eb2-872d-49f07aefefa5

Top
#12583334 - 01/17/18 04:57 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
KenTx1962 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 961
Loc: Richardson/Zavalla
It's not just animals, you can release a 17 year old boy miles from the house in a mall and at some point, generally when he's hungry, he can find his way back home
_________________________
www.KenSmithfishing.com
Subscribe to Video Updates here https://www.youtube.com/user/KenSmithFishing
Inside Line Staff Writer www.insideline.net
Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits www.baits.com
Mercury Marine Pro Staff https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/
Team Lew's www.Lews.com
Humminbird www.humminbird.com
Seaguar Pro Staff www.Seaguar.com


Top
#12583356 - 01/17/18 05:10 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/10/06
Posts: 4485
Loc: Sulphur Springs TX
Funny thing is Myself and Jason Hoffman and Dennis Canada had breakfast this morning and we were talking about this tracking thing with DC big fish and Johns fish and some of the fish I tagged back in the days and how they moved.

I tagged a couple years ago out of white oak and turned them loose in Wolf and three days later they were back in White Oak on beds.

Dennis gave us some real insight on how his big bass never left wolf branch. She stayed in there year after year and I think he caught her 3 X.

He and John Hope did some things together back in the days. In fact JH put the transmitter in DC fish. We were still talking about all of this at lunch time.

Funny how you get to talking about fishing and the good old days and time just fly's by. Dennis and I have been good friends for many of years.
_________________________

www.mitchellsguideservice.com
www.lakeforktxguide.com
www.mercurymarine.com
www.zmanfishing.com
www.keelguard.com
www.Xcitebaits.com
www.viperxplures.com
www.lews.com
Owner/Designer Of Viper XP Jig/Lures
57-DD PB 13.83
Lake Fork Guide Since 1982

Top
#12583368 - 01/17/18 05:21 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 3788
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: KenTx1962
It's not just animals, you can release a 17 year old boy miles from the house in a mall and at some point, generally when he's hungry, he can find his way back home


Yep, 30 year old daughter's can find their way back home after being gone for 11 years too, lol. Oh wait, cancel the lol.
_________________________
I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I don’t have a curfew I have a driver’s license,a car and I have a bass boat.


illegitimi non carborundum

Top
#12583372 - 01/17/18 05:22 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
OneFishAway Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/17/15
Posts: 447
Loc: Parker County
Good read.
_________________________
FTM-PTB-EGH

PB 8.8 Joe Pool

Top
#12583374 - 01/17/18 05:24 PM Re: John Hope thoughts on trophy fish [Re: KenTx1962]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14471
Loc: Hurst, TX
I remember being new to Fork after coming home from the service. Sherry Ruslink took me under her wing. I spent many hours following her around the lake learning the boat lanes. After knowing her a year her and my wife at the time realized Sherry’s daughter and my wife were close friends in Jr Hi.

Anyway I remember her introducing me to John Hope and the talk about cover vs structure. I also remember them telling me that if they put me in a perfectly square pasture at mid day and said they would be back in an hour that when they got back I’d be anywhere at the edge of the pasture. Now if that pasture had a singular pole in it or even a tree, when they came back in an hour I’d be up against the cover.

His ideas and concepts are so easy to understand. Even the anaology about people getting up and using the same path every day to go to the fridge for food. Flusher feeding bass will do this same thing.


Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >



© 1998-2018 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide