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  1. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    I get into habits of watching my phone for hours at a time when I should do something productive. I have had the stomach virus this past week and I got a notification yesterday on my IPhone that I averaged 6 hours per day.....scared the BGeez out of me!
  2. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    The only fish I’ll regret forever is a huge smallmouth. I was fishing with Seagaur Carbon Pro 100% fluorocarbon line in 12 pound test using a wiggle wart. My buddy Zipstick and I were fishing and we passed by a gentleman sitting right exactly at the spot we wanted to fish. We went about a mile or so past him and started fishing. Around 2 hours later we ran back upstream and he was still in the exact same spot, not even 10 yards difference. We turned around and went back downstream. About an hour later it started to rain softly. We decided to go back up closer to the ramp. We noticed that he wasn’t there anymore and decided to fish the hole the guy had been fishing. As we approached from downstream, Nick shut the motor off and trolled upstream quietly to the spot. We had made about 3 or 4 casts and we’re working our way up to the riffle and I noticed a big black carp right up against the bank just out of the current. I told Nick, look at that big carp. He didn’t even look over. Threw my wart 2-3 feet in front and to my amazement the carp came directly to my bait and flared his big red gills to swallow my bait. Turns out that big black carp was a huge smallmouth. As soon as I saw the wart disappear I set the hook. All in one big motion he made a big head shake and snapped my line on the hook set. I estimated that fish to be 22” or more. I gave up Seagaur at that point and for years only fished Yozuri Hybrid. I’m back fishing Seagaur InvizX now. I don’t think I will ever fish 2 pound test anymore no matter what, unless I’m at a trout park or something like that. Even after all these good comments, I don’t think it is necessary. Happy Posting and I’m back into posting retirement.
  3. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    So I’m assuming you’re using the most optimal tippit size (in your opinion) for that scud. Which puts you at 25% ratio. So I’m guessing that if you used a slightly heavier tippit, the amount of strikes would probably decrease, but would it help you land more fish in the end?
  4. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    So you primarily sight fish these big ones?
  5. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Now that’s interesting.
  6. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Sad that both of these fish are dead.
  7. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    So what pound test is a 7X tippet or a 6X?
  8. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    No Doubt I believe the younger browns probably primarily feed on insects but the bigger ones primarily feed on other fish.
  9. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Tell that to the brown with the 12” rainbow shoved down his throat and still biting jerkbaits 😂
  10. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Agreed. I once read a story about a guy who would sneak up on small stream smallmouth by crawling on an overlooking bank and observing the school. He tried to obviously target the big fish. He had a live craw for bait. He stated the biggest problem he has was keeping the little ones from getting it before the big one was able to reach it. So how would you eliminate that problem? Maybe by a bigger offering.
  11. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Dang Man, you trying to derail this thread! 😂
  12. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Is that because there are fishermen fishing scuds than there are people fishing jigs or jerkbaits?
  13. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    I gotcha 10-15 years ago I tied a lot of hair jigs. It was a pretty big hair jig compared to what you guys are throwing. I did notice that the smaller trout would come up and nip at the tail. At first I thought about devising a tiny stinger hook. But all the decent size fish inhaled it without hesitation. I guess I’ve always wanted to catch the bigger fish and not worry about numbers. Do you think you have a better chance at catching a big trout on a small or little profile jig?
  14. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    And lesson learned! 😏
  15. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    We are all desktop warriors, and I’ve just had a half bottle of good cab
  16. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Same goes for you.
  17. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Not that I have time to go fishing at Taneycomo anytime soon.... I would say forcing people to fish the same weight jig that wasn’t matched to the line weight would be going against the intention of the contest. The rules should be more like. 1. Any size jig and line you want 2. No fish under 14” counts 3. Total weight of best 5 fish wins 4. Fried Walleye and Cheesecake to the winners!
  18. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    You are the pink worm whisperer!!
  19. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Fair enough. Like I was telling Seth, If you’re striving for a perfect fall rate on a perfect sized jig, I would ask if 4 or 6 pound test with a slightly heavier jig wouldn’t accomplish the same thing. You would obviously at least double the breaking strength of the line. The other question I would ask is with a slightly heavier heavier line would you only have half the amount of strikes? If you’re fishing for stocker rainbows, yes...I understand the 2 pound test. I’m sure the generation plays a huge factor as well. I would think the more generation the less likely line diameter would make a difference. Question for Duane, what size does he use for his sculpin pattern jerk baits? Everyone has their own version of what they are fishing for. I wouldn’t want to risk losing a big fish because of light line. By the way, I give Al crap about his 8 pound test on the Meramec!😂 Also, I was under the impression you couldn’t fish plastics on Taney up by the dam?
  20. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    Seth......1 Phil, spaz1729.....0 Use bigger line and a heavier jig to produce the same fall rate.
  21. Mitch f

    Big One Got Away

    This post brought me out of my posting retirement. I’m going to go right back into my posting retirement as soon as I’m done with this post. A guy from Taneyfest or Jigfest or what ever you call it catches an over 30” brown and loses it. 3 hours later the same fish is caught again with a 12” rainbow shoved down his throat. And you still fish 2 pound test??
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  23. Mitch f

    Tackle HD Hellgrammite

    It’s now officially on Amazon as well. Just search for “Tackle HD Hellgrammite”
  24. Mitch f

    Tackle HD Hellgrammite

    I think it would work well!
  25. Mitch f

    Tackle HD Hellgrammite

    You are a smart dude Old plug!! A larger size Hellgrammite will be out this spring. Maybe a smaller as well.
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