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Lloyd3 #597691 06/03/21 02:27 PM
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Heck, I’d brag about a five pound bass, a good bit more of it was a smallmouth. I got less interested in winching largemouths out of sticks and weeds with heavy tackle. I’ve eaten a fair amount of Texas crappie out of warm water. No stingers or buckets for me, right into an icy cooler made them plenty good for eating later.

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I have two good sized farm ponds on my property. One was built by my Grandad in about 1955. The other, on a place I bought, was built in the mid-70s. My nephew caught a 16 pounder out of the older one about 25 years ago. There was another 16 pounder caught a few years earlier in a farm pond about 1/2 mile away on another property. Both were weighed in my Dad's country store on GA certified produce scales. They grow big around he'ah, but 16 is still a long ways from 22 plus 4.


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Lloyd3 #597707 06/03/21 09:31 PM
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The largemouth world record is shared: https://www.luckylures.nl/largemouth_bass_record.php Many believe that if/when the record is surpassed, the fish will likely come out of a California lake (Dixon, Castaic, etc.).

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It might be worth remembering that George Perry's 22.4 lb fish was completely wild caught out of a backwater of the Ocmulgee River. Plenty of folks now are using the GA/FL strain giant bass to purposely grow their own record fish. Feed lot style management can produce fish the size nature never could. I read yesterday about some movie star having his own biologist to direct his big fish projects.

I remember Georgia's Paradise Public Fishing area before it was run by the State. The owner had one lake (Bobbin) he dumped surplus/damaged Stuckey's candy in so heavily the wrappers covered the lake banks. The water was pea green and thick with algae. There were some big bass brought out of there...Geo

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Geo, a buddy was turkey hunting on Horse Creek WMA and stumbled on the lake where Perry's bass was caught. It had a sign on the shore commemorating the event. I fished Patrick's Paradise before it went to the State. Caught zip but that was more or less indicative of my ability rather than the lake's quality. Pond 4 on Ft. Stewart was predicted by one of the premier hook and bullet magazines to be a prime spot for a new record before a track vehicle breached the dam and drained the pond. The army decided not to refill the pond. Gil

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Gil, the Ocmulgee backwater where the big fish was caught is called Montgomery Lake...Geo

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Geo, my buddy was staying with another friend who owned abutting property to the WMA. He made a killing off the property when Thomas Kaplan bought it to make the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve. The land has a high density of Indigos and Gopher tortoises. Gil

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The bane of bass fishermen in these oxbow river lakes in the South are the mudfish, bowfin, or grinnel. Whatever you want to call them they are frustrating. They'll tear up your tackle.


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