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Finally a fish ohio smallmouth! WOO HOO

Discussion in 'Southwest Ohio Fishing Reports' started by bronzebackyac, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. bronzebackyac

    bronzebackyac Crick Smallie Fisherman

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    After about 10yrs and 5000 casts (probably more) I landed my first smallmouth over 20 inches. I have caught 2-20+ in Michigan, but I could not seem to get the monkey off my back in OH. All spring I have been throwing buzzbaits in the morning after having good luck last fall with them on the creek. I was fishing Paint Creek out of my kayak with my wife and a friend and caught an 18'' within the first half hour of fishing on a Chart. Buzzbait. It was about 3 lbs and I was really pumped up with that catch. I tried casting it some more, but it was too bent up and it did not work right, so I switched to a $.99 Wally World White Buzzbait. In an area above a nice riffle I hooked into something huge about 15 feet from my boat. At first I thought I was a Musky or something different, because it was so long. Then I got a good look and realized that it was a smallie. I was set up good for a fish this size with fireline crystal and a 6 6'' med hvy casting rod with a Energy PT baitcaster, but I told myself that I was not getting this fish in the yak. If anyone has ever fished out of a kayak, they know it is not easy to land big fish. It took plenty of drag and I wore it out and landed my PB smallie. 20.5''. It weighed somewhere between 4 and 5 lbs I would guess. It was nice to have my wife witness my catch, but I was even nicer to catch my PB on TOPWATER. Man, I can't think of a more exciting way to catch bass. I was shaking for about an hour after that. I told her she was going to have to come more often. An 18'' and a 20.5'' in the same trip and the first trip with her in a year. I have a pic on my cell phone, and I need to find out how to get it off of there. As soon as I do I will post a pic. I did let my wife know that my quest for big smallies is not over. My goal now is a 22''er. That should keep me busy for a while. ;)
     
  2. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

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    Congrats, sounds like an awesome trip. Can't wait to see pics!
     

  3. creekwalker

    creekwalker Moving water...

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    Congrats on the Fish Ohio smallie. Yeah, that'll get your blood pumping. I'd have been worried my Wally World buzzbait would fall apart :D

    How early in the morning was it?


    Looking forward to the pics.

    CW
     
  4. bronzebackyac

    bronzebackyac Crick Smallie Fisherman

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    Caught it about 10am and caught 2 more after it for a total of 4 smallie on a buzzbait. By 11am the topwater bite shut off.
     
  5. fishingredhawk

    fishingredhawk Ohio Hawg Hunter

    Congratulations! That is a catch of a lifetime from an Ohio creek!
     
  6. Great catch, and great report, the play by play was exciting, would love to catch that from a yak myself!
    LMJ
     
  7. bronzebackyac

    bronzebackyac Crick Smallie Fisherman

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    Check out the other pics in my gallery that I just got off of my cell phone. There are several nice smallies, a fish ohio drum and a 20'' largemouth in there.
     
  8. Flathead King 06

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    nice fish...I caught my fish ohio smallie back in april from C.J. Brown reservoir in the marina on a 2" mr. twister...was 21" and weighed 4lb 6oz
     
  9. bronzebackyac

    bronzebackyac Crick Smallie Fisherman

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    That's a dandy. Any pics? What color twister were you using?
     
  10. Flathead King 06

    Flathead King 06 click...click...click

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    caught it on a 2" white mr. twister around the rock wall of the marina at C.J. Brown, thought it was a really big whitebass at first, but then it started jumping around and then I knew it was a smallie
     
  11. bronzebackyac

    bronzebackyac Crick Smallie Fisherman

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    Nice fish. The color of that fish is amazing.