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Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) #13416571 01/26/20 01:40 PM
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Although we didnt' target largemouth during this time of the year, I employ the teachings of Don Harper (breaking down lakes), to find whitebass in deep water pattern in the wintertime. Wow, is Don right on! What a pleasant surprise to catch 5 LMB including these 2 lunkers yesterday at Stillhouse Hollow. I mainly fish with spoons and soft plastics to catch whitebass, hybrids, and stripers; but Don's teachings and theory applies to most freshwater patterns, just at different depths.

We hit one area (#16 from the map), and got onto Whitebass steadily; finding plenty of bait and Whitebass. We caught over 100 keeper whitebass (only kept 6 for Clint's dinner), and these two (6 and 7 pounders, plus a 4 pounder) in 50’ of water. Steady action all morning on soft plastics, and went to spoons when they got more aggressive once the wind picked up. Of course, LVS was critical in figuring out what they were interested in as well as thumping them in.

My three personal best fish have been caught with Don's process, the last 2 trips yielding 7.5# and 7# in the winter time. Catching them this deep offshore is new to me...
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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416628 01/26/20 02:29 PM
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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416632 01/26/20 02:31 PM
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Very nice fish. Sounds like a fun day!


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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416655 01/26/20 03:03 PM
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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416666 01/26/20 03:12 PM
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Don is my best friend. We have fished together for years. i have fished with him in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and of course Mexico. He is the fishing teacher!


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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416672 01/26/20 03:18 PM
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Wow, Tim!! You guys are on some good fish. Thanks for sharing the excellent report. Glad you are getting to go out with Clint. Skunked Again was not part of this trip.


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Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416742 01/26/20 04:50 PM
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Great report!

Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416746 01/26/20 05:03 PM
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It’s always amazing to me when LMB come out of that depth. We had a similar situation on Fork.

Congrats on what looked like a really fun day to be on the water.


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Great day...excellent report!

Re: Caught these 50' while fishing for Whitebass (Don Harper's the man!) [Re: Skunked Again Fishing] #13416785 01/26/20 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by T Bird
"Tough Man" Tournament Championship is there today (Sun.). Doubt any have seen this post. hammer


Is it our responsibility to not mention where and how we caught fish because there might be a tournament somewhere?


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Originally Posted by Duck_Hunter
Originally Posted by T Bird
"Tough Man" Tournament Championship is there today (Sun.). Doubt any have seen this post. hammer


Is it our responsibility to not mention where and how we caught fish because there might be a tournament somewhere?

I'll be sure to throttle back my information so that others who could benefit can't smile


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Originally Posted by Duck_Hunter
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"Tough Man" Tournament Championship is there today (Sun.). Doubt any have seen this post. hammer


Is it our responsibility to not mention where and how we caught fish because there might be a tournament somewhere?


You've taken my words and meaning totally out of context.


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is this the OT?


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Should eat good

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