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Well the water is still quite warm at 70 degrees. I caught 4 cookie cutter sized fish about 17 inches like Some would say lol

I lost a HUGE one and called it a day and went back to pick up my daughter from Violin.

 

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2 hours ago, Smalliebigs said:

Well the water is still quite warm at 70 degrees. I caught 4 cookie cutter sized fish about 17 inches like Some would say lol

I lost a HUGE one and called it a day and went back to pick up my daughter from Violin.

 

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Smaller fish but still a lot of fun to catch! Looks like a fun time.

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1 hour ago, FishnDave said:

@Smalliebigs What water temperature do you think those hybrids like best?

55 but honestly they are some mysterious SOB ‘s I haven’t been able to get even a bite in a long time like they went extinct lol then all the sudden your rod just about gets taken from you and the adrenaline kicks in and your heart is thumping and yer back in the saddle again for another rodeo. They are NUTS The 22 to 25 inchers fight very effectively in the current the 26 and above try sit on the bottom of the river like an anchor, very wild stuff. 
I know these things are a genetic nightmare gone awry but, they are something else when hooked up. They don’t paralyze when you lip them which is dangerous as hell with the hooks I’m using and their power, they could literally dislocate your finger right off your hand much less impale you past the barb. I have really come to enjoy these freaks but, you have to be willing to get totally skunked sometimes which is fine with me, when I was younger my hurry hurry mentality kept me from chasing them. Now that I’m old and fat I can slow down enough and chart my historical data and make the right choices and produce enough to keep me very interested.

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I have had high quality hooks impaled in my hand just as described.  Once.  I now carry the locking fishing pliers which lip the beast while the hook(s) are extracted.  It makes hybrid chasing a much safer endeavor….especially with multiple hook crank baits or jerkbaits.

Mike

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1 hour ago, Smalliebigs said:

They don’t paralyze when you lip them which is dangerous as hell

Yes it is !   

The best way I've found to grab them is over the top of their head and firmly/quickly clamp their gill plates closed.   They tend to relax and hold still when grabbed and held that way.    

But it takes a little practice.  If you miss on the initial grab.... you're probably gonna bleed. 

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