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18.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 10/06/12

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 6 years ago

18.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 10/06/12
18.0" Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing on Saturday October 06, 2012 at 00:00 near Walled Lake in Oakland County, Michigan (MI), United States North America using a 4 inch black ripple shad on 3/8 oz scrounger jig a Swimbait by Berkley

Fished for two hours on Walled Lake Saturday evening. The water temperature now at 58-60 F after a bit of rain and due to cold fronts passing through. Wind basically out of north about 10-15 mph. This was not an easy fishing trip due to the wind. I had to position myself to make casts relative to the cover based on the wind direction, not optimum casting & retrieve angle.

I caught 3 Largemouth Bass (shown here & next post in comparison to each other) and 2 northern pike (shown here). Bass were 13-18 inches and the pike were both about 24 inches. The long casts were difficult to make with a spinner, so I went to the spinning rod.

Note in these two side by side pictures the difference in weight of these fish ( my previous post showed them vertical). I caught the one on the bottom last year. I can tell because he has one bad eye – and my family has now named him Blinky. In fact, he is the fish I am holding in my profile picture at this time (but I am showing you his good side). The bass on the top was caught five minutes later making the same cast – look at how much healthier that fish is than Blinky! Both fish are almost exactly 18 inches but as you can tell very different weights. Now don’t get me wrong, Blinky is an old friend of mine and I hope to catch him again, but I sure hope I catch a few more fish like Bertha on the top as the month goes by!

All but one fish were caught on a 4 inch black ripple shad on 3/8 oz scrounger jig. I have not had confidence in using any size swim baits but, I had to change lures due to the wind and the fact that I thought this combination would work better at a slower retrieve in the lake. I was very happy with the results as it seems the size of my catch went up. I do not think that is entirely due to the size of bait, more the retrieve speed, but I am gaining confidence in this style of bait. I will say that I think the fish would not have taken the spinner on this trip so the decision to change really did pay off.

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Ray N

nice big bass!

Posted by Ray N Elite Member over 6 years ago

Dennis Huskins

Great big well fed Bass. They will get Lazy as it gets cold. They don't want to loose energy on the chase. They are calorie burned vs calorie consumed oriented. Slow and looking injured is best. No more top water to speek of. Even live bait static is good (I can't do it!) Lures or nothing for me.

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 6 years ago

Ever Aguilar

fat bass

Posted by Ever Aguilar Expert Member over 6 years ago

Bill Greenwald

BIG BERTHA!!!!

Posted by Bill Greenwald Elite Member over 6 years ago

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