50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

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50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby arpie » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:02 pm

Hi guys

It's been blowing a gale here in the last week or so, making it very uncomfortable to fish in my little yak ..... I drove around Green Point, Pacific Palms & the Keys the other day in the hope of finding a spot out of the wind but it was not to be .....

I reckon it's been pretty well 2 years since my last dedicated Bass Outing - and even then it was in Qld! .... living in Forster as i do, you have to drive a fair way to get to dedicated Bass Waters ..... so I tend to take the easier option & go SW fishing instead of Freshwater!! :idiot:

I had one spot in mind & thought I'd give it a crack! It is a small system - sometimes you get no fish, sometimes you get one fish - only once have I caught MORE than the one fish!
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I also have a box of Spinnerbaits (small medium & large, as well as the topwater 'clacker' ones) ..... do you think I could find them? They are in the garage 'somewhere' .....I'd hooked a small bass on one of the smaller ones some time back & was keen to have as many options with me as possible!

It was quite late (by bass terms) to be on the water .... after 10am - some would have been out at midnight, to hit the water the second it became 'legal' to target them again! LOL I slept in, had a shower, leisurely breakfast .... hehe, the truth is - Keith had the car & had gone for a run on 9 Mile Beach - so I had to wait for him to come back! :?:

Down dusty dirt backroads to 'my spot' ..... I get the yak in the water and start fishing. I ALWAYS start off with topwater (no matter the time of day) cos they will still bite - my previous PB there was from a topwater in mid morning, landing right on a snag - it went 45cm & scared the hell out of me when it boofed the lure! :lol: Funnily enough - that was on another KFDU social Comp - but I'd somehow covered up the Comp Number in the photo with the big fish & had to disqualify myself - as I didn't check the pic before putting the fish back! :beye: DUH! I check most pics these days! :grin:

Back to this outing ..... after putting the yak in .... I saw something hanging from a tree branch ..... going closer, I could see that a topwater lure was hanging down! hehe, first 'win' for the day!
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20 mins + of NOTHING - not one touch - on Topwater - which really surprised me, as there were lots of snags & shadowy bits to cast at! Oh dear - what to try next, I ask myself? I don't often use diving lures there, as there are so many big submerged trees/logs etc you are always catching up on them!! Hang the consequences - I'll try a 'diver'!! I had a nice gold/silver/orange med dive Crackjack in the side well of the yak. With the deeper diving lures - the BIB will BOUNCE off the branches/logs preventing snagging up, whereas the 'shallow' diving lures will often snag up, as the hooks drag across them!

I put it on & cast it 'between' 2 snags ..... I knew that there were HEAPS of unseen snags underneath .... Retrieving it really slowly, I could feel it bumping over submerged branches - and I felt a 'nudge' - and luckily didn't snag up on the log! Then I felt a 2nd 'nudge'! It didn't feel particularly 'big' at this point in time ...... then it grabbed the lure & it all started! :lek:

Surprisingly, the fight didn't last all that long, given the size of the fish!! I think I had it in the net within a matter of 4-5 seconds!! Mind you, I was using my 'racks rod' - my Matrix, with 18lb braid & 14lb leader, with the drag pretty well 'done up'!! :gu:

As it approached the yak, I could see it was a 'biggie'!! SO big, I think it was almost 'docile'!! Normally a fish of this size would take you under any structure that it can find!! Not this one!!
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In the net! (Phew!)
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It was BIG! That is NOT on zoom ..... that is the fish just sitting in my lap!
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And FAT!
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On the Lie Detector, it went 50cm! A Trophy Fish! :lek:
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A BIG smile on the dial
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I continued fishing for some hours - and didn't even SEE another fish, let alone hook one!! I tried topwater, diving, SPs on spin ..... I could feel the lures bumping over structure & maybe I felt the odd 'tap' that 'could have been a fish' - or was I just 'wanting it to be a fish'??

It is SO funny how BAD my casting got as I tried to get the lure closer & closer to the structure - and these are only 'some' of my stuffups LOL ...... all I can say is - if you DON'T have a 12ft+ extending lure retriever ..... you are going to lose a lot of lures!! :lol: I had to extend it fully to get THIS lure out of the tree! :oops:
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Some of my other monumental hookups ....
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Almost impossible to get the hooks out of these reeds!
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Who would believe this tiny tree root would hold on SO TIGHT?
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At the end of the day, once the sun had dropped off the water and the wind came up - the windchill factor was AMAZING! I had 3 layers on & was considering putting my rain jacket on, to stop the cold!! Make sure you take warm clothing if starting early and/or finishing later!!

All up, I was STOKED to be able to hook & land a 50cm Wild River Bass - it is the fish of dreams for all of us!! Not 'quite' a 'unicorn' - but close to it! In the systems around Taree & Wingham there are bass that go to 60cm ...... but only 1 that I know of has ever been landed!! :re:

Don't stop dreaming of big bass - get out there & give it a go. Cast to every snag, every shadow - and don't assume you have to go to BIG rivers to catch decent fish!! :wink:

Tight Lines & keep living the dream

cheerio

Roberta

Hmmmm .... Driving home yesterday afternoon - as I approached Tuncurry, I noticed the 50kph zone approaching & lifted my foot from the pedal, but I was still on Cloud 9, reliving the capture of my big bass - and I didn't notice that I was still 'somewhat' over the speed limit ...... when I saw a Cop Car turning the corner & coming towards me! Glancing at the speedo, I was still somewhat over & stamped on the brake ..... but he didn't chuck a Uie & chase me - so I think that is a 'good thing' .... or do you think I may still find a little surprise in my mailbox sometime soon? I hope not!! :roll:
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Re: Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Grimbo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:27 pm

Well done Roberta! Can't complain about a one fish session when it's a horse like that!
That'll definitely give you some solid points on the leader board!
Cheers for a great report.
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Re: Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby slim » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:37 pm

What an absolute horse of a fish. Well done Roberta that is a great report as always.
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Re: Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby allane » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:08 pm

Thats a monster definitely a fish to be proud of. Hopefully something of that magnificent will end up on my lure this season. I did manage a 38fl as well as a few 30s today but those were from the tinny :roll:
Started fishing at 11.30am. A hot sunny day but plenty of fish sitting in the shadows. Hopefully kayak next week.
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Re: Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Pollycraft » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:31 pm

Thumper! What a way to start the season.
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby arpie » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:55 pm

Thanks guys .... it WAS an amazing start to my bass season!! LOL Normally I don't fish for bass, so it was a DOUBLE bonus, really! :gu:

.... I did manage a 38fl as well as a few 30s today....
Well done Allane ..... did they have much fight? Or were they a bit sluggish?? Now get the yak out! :gu:

....Thumper!...
Thanks, mate - not one that I expected to happen, either! :lol:

....What an absolute horse of a fish...
Still can't believe it, Slim .... Starlo reckons the sluggish fight was due to the lower water Temp .... watch out in a month or two, he reckons!! :wink: :wink:

... Can't complain about a one fish session when it's a horse like that...
Thanks mate. I was STOKED!! :lek:

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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Rory222 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:41 pm

Is there any fish you can't catch??? You are a master no matter what the species. That is one horse of a bass!!!

Well done and see you tomorrow!
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Brendon » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:59 am

Great fish and a good read as always Roberta .
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Ozzybass » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:54 am

Crikey Roberta! :cool: :drib: :drib: Was that from the river you met me at a few years ago?
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Titfish » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:43 am

Well done Roberta. That sort of takes care of business as far as the bass season is concerned. A 50 first day.

Just so we can read about it and see pics, can you get an upgrade soon?

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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Mackayak » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:02 am

What a grate start would love to get one that size. :drib: :glad:
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Ads22 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:07 am

Smashing effort arpie. Now to nab a nice barra! I'm yet to fish for bass, but hopefully will get a go at it some time soon.
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Bwak » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:14 pm

Wow! Great read and a cracking bass! Well done!
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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby Ray7 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:07 pm

Wow a cracker of bass well done and a great report as well, love reading your reports keep them coming.

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Re: 50cm Cracker of a Bass on Day 1 of Bass Open Season!

Postby pazz » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:35 pm

Holy moly thats a solid fish.
Well done Arpie
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