Figured I'd bump this thread with some recent fish stories.
Yes, Scott, this will sound very familiar to you.
Fished a little Saturday, caught one good bass. Didn't measure her officially, but I'd guess right around 18". I wanted to let a kid fishing nearby let her go and get her back into the water quickly so I didn't measure or take a picture (likely excuse right
). I was quite surprised at her size considering the lake I caught her was newly renovated. Only finished filling about a year ago. However, I do believe they began stocking before it was full, so this could have been a fingerling going into a virgin body of water and getting stuffed with all things wonderful in a new lake. Didn't catch any walleye or cats like I was hoping for, but was pleased with that fish.
Sunday, we hit a small lake in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. Between this buddy of mine and myself, we lost 3 what felt like BIG cats. Mine I had on my big baitcaster with 20# test braided line. Broke the knot after diving under a dock. I think I made the mistake of keeping this knot too long. It'd been on there from fishing for cats at another lake a couple weeks ago. Might have worn a bit. Sucks when something you know is big gets away like that. The other two that got away were my buddy's and both of them ducked under some submerged logs and he wasn't able to pull them out. We were pleasantly surprised with some very healthy bass while catfishing though. Tops was only 15", but they were footballs. My buddy finally landed one skinny 22" channel cat. Eater size. His friend caught a 25# flathead out of there about a month ago so our hopes were up. We had the most success with a live green sunfish (smaller the better) on a big circle hook, on the bottom. Tried crawlers too, but other fish kept stealing it off the bottom. Pretty fun little trip though.
Here's my buddy fighting the cat he actually landed. I gave him a hard time about his "kid pole".
And this is the only picture taken of me, but it's one of the smaller bass, albeit a very healthy one that's still swimming.