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Had some free time to hit the GMR in Miami County today, glad I did! It was my.first time out since Sunday, and I was itching to get at it. This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of getting out on the water with a few fellow OGFers, and at the end of our wade, we hit a spot that I was unfamiliar with, but had been literally under my nose for ages... deep pools + fallen trees + underwater structure = I've been thinking about getting out there since Sunday!

I'll start with the disclaimer that I am not a very good river angler by any means. Im still extremely green, and trying to learn every trip out. I do feel however, that things are starting to make more sense to me. I wanted to stick to my confidence lures today (flukes and rebel craws) and I did that. I also brought a few Pop'rs with me to give those a go. I haven't had much success with them, but they seem to be highly successful this time of year from what I've read on here.

After about a 10 minute wade to get to the spot I wanted to start at, I got set up and started casting. Within 5 minutes, I was rewarded with a healthy 12" smallie that was resting under a downed branch waiting for dinner to float by. They must have been stacked up in that area, because back to back 10 inchers came right after that.

A few more casts there, and I elected to wade a little further down the path towards a large downed tree. After about 5 minutes, I felt a healthy pull on my line, so I set the hook, and my drag went screaming! After a few seconds, I saw a nice smallie leap out of the water (and put some butterflies in my stomach in the process!) I was sure she was going to shake loose, so I buried my rod tip into the water and worked her in. She was hooked pretty deep, so I worked the hook free, snapped a quick picture and got her back in the water. Looks around 16" which would be my PB smallie of the year.. she was healthy, fat, and felt a lot bigger reeling her in! A couple of casts later, I hooked on to something big, and it ran me under the tree and snapped my line. I can tell you whatever it was, it had to dwarf the 16 inch smallie!

I took this opportunity to tie on a rebel craw, and the fun was on from there! No other smallies, but in the course of a few hours, I hit well over 15 rock bass and a small crappie - my first gmr crappie ever. Biggest Rockie of the group was around 7" but it was fun getting on a good quantity of fish today! I packed a lunch in my bag, so when I was done fishing, I kicked back on a little island and ate while I enjoyed the scenery. Sometimes, I really do enjoy that more than the actual fishing itself.. to be out there enjoying our great natural resource that is the GMR - there's nothing like it! Ill post some photos of some of the fish here and stop rambling. Hope everyone gets out and lands some big ones in the near future!

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Nice Job Steve! Sunday was a blast out on the River with you! I would have never guessed fishing with you that you was green in a river. You was leading Me.... You was a great guide!
Sunday paid off well for Mike in that area you was in today, but I can not stay in an area for 6 hours catching a fish just once an hour. lol
The smallie you got today is a very nice River smallie, Exactly what you would expect, long and lean.
I am ready to hit the River with you again and this time for some Pike!
 

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Looking forward to it! The spot I was mentioning the other day should be prime for pike after this rain comes through!

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