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Now: the numbers just aren't there any more, of course, but I have NEVER seen Whaley deliver such consistency of size since I have been fishing it!!!

I was on with Jeff and Pete L ( last minute replacement for Gregg).......

in summation, we caught 28 Bass and Picks, by far mostly bass, and the main weapons were tubes, Blade baits and small swim baits.......

the magic depth today was about 12 to 13 feet!

we had one stretch where there must have been 10 straight bass that fell in the 2 and half to 3 category and for Whaley that is just unheard of! where have these guys been all season long?? I felt like I was out on "OLD" Mahopac for a while! LOL.......


in the Morning , at 9, we did see a bite in the 7 to 8 foot weedy areas, and a technique that Pat and Mike used last saturday, jigging between the pockets, was producing well.......

but when that ended, the deeper tube bite came in strong, along with a spirited Blade bait bite, and as said, the main action in 12 to 13, and up to about 16, 17 feet depth......

water temps were a "balmy" 46 degrees, up about 5 degrees from a week and a half ago, and that undoubtedly had a good effect on the fish.....

Pat: if you see this, thanks for the heads up on the jig pattern, however, the deep pattern was back and yielding some very nice quality fish......

Weather, of course, was gorgeous, almost no wind, water was on the clear side indeed.....

sure beats sitting home on Sunday and watching the miserable Ny Football teams ( watch: they probably both won today! LOL)........

as usual, the company was great and the laughs were there, typically at my expense.......

Whaley was sure up to the Gauntlet today......I saw that some other guys did not fare as well despite the weather......

Joe Pido got on the water a little on the later side, with his cute little son, unfortuanately , Joe really missed the better part of today which was mid to late morning.....

no digital on board today, Pete did take a couple of reg pics..........
 

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John...
Thanks for the report...and I am thrilled that you guys stuck some weight there too, such a change for "cookie-cutter' Whaley.

As I worked, I cursed myself for not having gone out fishing today since it was SO nice out, but alas, I am real busy and 'behind' from having taken my prior trips earlier this Fall[and last weekend too], so today I had to 'pay the piper' and work
 

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Another enjoyable day on the water. Have to admit , John knows this lake almost as well as wampus. Always a great time with John and Jeff , and we even met up with Mike H and Joe P.
Whaley is becoming a regular NYBASS hangout.

As for the fish , the numbers were lower than usual , but the size was great!!

Hopefully the weather will hold and this won`t be the last trip of the season.

Pete
 

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where have these guys been all season long??
We say that alot here to!! Especially these big smallies, they are really non-existant all summer long. Fortunately, they start biting the best about the same time most boats are put up for the year :D
 

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It was great to see you guys today.........Joe P. I didn't
know that was you,sorry.

As far as fishing......we got 3 picks and 4 bass,from 10am
to 2pm........I have a loooooong way to go before catching
up to you John.......lol. A beautiful day on the water,it
doesn't get any better...........talk to you this week Pete.
 

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Quality not Quantity

The fun never stopped but the bite shore did. LOL Might be the last outing for me this season. As alway's a great day out on the water with John and Pete.

Jeff
 

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Thanks for leaving some fish for us

My son Ethan and I spent about 45 minutes waiting for someone to open the the 'locked' gate. My cell phone was acting up, and I had Hugefish ( who was at Welch) call Rocco to open the gate.

Rocco came to our rescue and told us that the gate was 'dummy' locked and couldve been opened, LOL, oh well......

On the water at noontime, the fishing was slow on the south side, met up with John , Pete and Jeff to find out what was happening. After a brief chitchat, I went back south to a couple of deep docks, the ends sitting in 20 ft of water. Dropshotted 3 bass ( Zoom Trick Worm Green pumpkin), up to 2 lbs.

After saying adios to John and Pete around 4 pm, I plucked 5 bass , including one pushing 3 lbs, pitching a BPS tube just targeting laydowns and grass clumps in 4-8 ft heading back to the ramp. A couple of pickerel hit my son's Senko.

The bite was very soft, just weight, no tug at all. But they really liked the tube, they swallowed it. I swung the rod so many times today, it was funny. And the fish had no fight at all...

Like John said, beautiful weather, virtually no wind. Had a laugh at my son trying out his sidearm cast........

I thought that was you, Mike H...should've said hello......good to see John, Pete and Jeff.....perhaps for the last time this year.....

Joe
 

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Noel: judging from your reports and some of the others recently, and looking at yesterday with us, I am really starting to believe in the bigger fish opportunity late in the year......

I can understand with the smallies more easily because they thrive in cooler water...however, this business with the Largemouth.....one possible theory is the decline of the weeds at this time of the year....not only being knocked down, but the fact that the remaining ones are in a state of decay.....

possibly, these bigger bass which are more hunkered down through most of the season, are now in more open water where they are more catchable....I say open, meaning not roaming , still at the bottom but away from weeds......

what it probably tells us, is that there are a damn sight more bigger fish in those weeds than we ever catch or entice even with our various techniques.......
 

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JOHN G said:


possibly, these bigger bass which are more hunkered down through most of the season, are now in more open water where they are more catchable....I say open, meaning not roaming , still at the bottom but away from weeds......

For what it's worth, along with your points, I believe that at this time of year, the lakes have quieted down and these big/spookier fish lose some of their inhibitions and feed a little more actively. All the noise and commotions from the summer season are now gone and the lakes become more peaceful and tranquil.

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Ted, that is a very valid point.....in addition to the virtual lack of Lake Traffic yesterday, it was very calm also for most of the day....

really, a picture of serenity......


one of the best things about this late Fall fishing, almost like having your own private lakes.....
 

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Very jealous of all of you as I "painted" all weekend. The only bass I saw were my two trophy mounts that had to be temporarily moved off of the wall.:mad:
 

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now these are trophy mounts of what, deer heads? Human beings? they surely weren't bass with your defunct Slider technique! LOL.......

Leigh: this week I have more damn social commitments from Thanksgiving on, will be hard for me to get out....I am hoping that the weather holds up for this WED, my best opportunity even though I am off from WED through the weekend.....

Sunday I will be down at Javits prepping for your boat show! HAHAHA....nah, will be down there for the annual Dental Convention......not as much fun as looking at tackle and gear but fun nonetheless......
 

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Actually John, they are BASS. One is an 8.5 taken out of Okachobee on a weightless bubble gum worm about 20 years ago. The other is a 10.2 taken at Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi on a Slapstick about 10 years ago. To my knowledge, the 10.2 is still the lake record. I even had a photo in the LEE COUNTY annual parks and recreation guide that year. OK..so I'm a murdering SOB! PS: I have the catching of the 10.2 on video that my buddy was shooting.
 

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yeah, but you didn't catch them on Sliders, so they don't count! LOL....

excellent job Leigh......I see that you have fished in a lot of parts of the country!!!!!
 

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Very jealous of all of you as I "painted" all weekend.
Leigh the reason I missed this trip is I promissed to take my wife to the "Cat Show" at the County Center....had to be nice to the kitty's to....(fill in joke here)


will be down there for the annual Dental Convention......not as much fun as looking at tackle and gear but fun nonetheless......
Did you just call a Dental Convention fun!!!
Starting to wonder about you.....LOL :D
 

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Gregg - He needs to find some new dental procedures , so he can buy that new yacht!!!!!!
 

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gonna try again this Saturday with LPBassman......brrrrrr....its gonna be cold......
 
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