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Post Posted: 09:39am - Oct 11,15 
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Headed to the DPR in the predawn hours this weekend fully anticipating the location I targeted would be full of feasting largemouth bass. The three best whacks came before sunup and I managed to bury the hook twice.
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Once the sun was up, no more pike. The bass did come out to play but it was more of a grind than I though it would be. This lucky little fella appears to have escaped being t-boned by a toothy critter at some point.

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Got a couple of bonus brown bass too.
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Definitely can't say I killed it but did get some action. Two pike in the mid 20's, two smallies with the bigger one being 13" ish, and three small largemouths.

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Post Posted: 06:03pm - Oct 12,15 
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5 hours well worth it, that's for sure. Those pre-dawn pike pics are making me wanna set the alarm for 4 a.m. right now!! :gpost

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Post Posted: 12:09pm - Nov 18,15 
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Hi jmdog,
Great pictures and post as usual
Great catch as well
Happy Thanksgiving!
joeg

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Post Posted: 01:00pm - Nov 18,15 
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Looks like a good outing. I've noticed that you do a lot of river fishing. Are your go to baits usually various crankbaits or do you entice those fish with some jigs and plastics as well?? I don't fish many rivers, and when I do, the results usually are not that great. Figure you may have some pointers....

Alex

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Post Posted: 06:13pm - Nov 18,15 
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"Are your go to baits usually various crankbaits or do you entice those fish with some jigs and plastics as well??"

Depends on what you're gonna fish for and at what point of the season. Probably 90% of my crappies, for example, are caught on small jigs/ white grubs. For pike I generally stick to hard plastics or balsa lures. For bass it's usually cranks or 1/16th-3/16th oz jigs with plastics (grubs, craws, flukes.) This autumn I've been tossing 1/8th oz jigs and 4" grubs for smallies and haven't had to change it up much because they've been all over it.

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Post Posted: 02:15pm - Nov 19,15 
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to give the rivers some more attention!

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