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23 mins ago, SalmonAndStriper Stalker said:

I saw that photo. if that was the alleged 25lb fish then idk. looks like a nice 8lb fish to me. the other photos tell its real size

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I agree. I caught a 16 LB laker years ago in Montana that was much bigger than that one. 

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2 hours ago, zak-striper said:

Eastern MA? Arlington B&T in has a pic of a big brown that a kid caught last spring while fishing with his father. Wondering if that's the same fish.

I am not sure. That was central MA. He got it certified at Jerry’s B&T in Milford. It weighed 10lb on the boga right when he caught it. We have video of that. It lost a few oz on its way I guess. 

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Got 4 Lakers this afternoon.  Nothing big.  All about 3lbs or so.  Blade baits.

 

Still looking for my first Smallie of 2021.

 

Tight lines!

 

Frezzy

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49 mins ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

How do those big fish fight? 

What would they be compared to other fish fighting wise?

Lakers? Mostly like pulling in a heavy weight, although sometimes theyll get a little sporty in.the shallows. 

 

Of all the chu species, i think smallies offer the best fight (or salmon if you hook a bigger one).

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4 hours ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

How do those big fish fight? 

What would they be compared to other fish fighting wise?

The ones I have been catching are real fun, you can tell right away there not your usual resy lakers.   Yesterday I took my 10lb. light rod for the challenge....in 10 min I had one on (the one w/ my foot in the pic)....I had to walk it along shore for a while before landing it.   It also took a run & peeled off line.  That was the shortest but fattest of the bunch, stomach bulging w/ bait fish (the pics don't do justice).

 

As for smallies, I saw a HUGE one caught yesterday....I can't imagine a fatter one!   They were rising & chasing bait to shore, along w/ lakers.   The guy w/ the smallie also had a large laker on but turned near shore, shook it's head & snapped his line!

 

Some landed are coughing up shiners....I also tried silver & white spoons for hours just to see....all my fish were caught on gold.

 

BTW: the guy who caught the big on in the pics was using a FW baitcasting rod, & caught it in an area not considered prime, but right next to one.   You can walk for miles along shore....

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For those using inshore gear, or brighter braid do you use a longer than typical mono leader?  Are these fish more prone to spooking than stripers?  I've got my inshore rod spooled with 15 lb chartreuse suffix and I don't wanna spook the fish.

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11 mins ago, CoffeeHangover said:

For those using inshore gear, or brighter braid do you use a longer than typical mono leader?  Are these fish more prone to spooking than stripers?  I've got my inshore rod spooled with 15 lb chartreuse suffix and I don't wanna spook the fish.

Thats a good question, how long of a leader are people using here?

 

The problem I have with a long leader is it slows down the cast by knot hitting the guides, especially with really light lures

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12 mins ago, CoffeeHangover said:

For those using inshore gear, or brighter braid do you use a longer than typical mono leader?  Are these fish more prone to spooking than stripers?  I've got my inshore rod spooled with 15 lb chartreuse suffix and I don't wanna spook the fish.

I use hi-vis yellow braid at the Chu all the time with no issues at all.  I run long flouro leaders though.  Usually between 10-15' for my leaders.  The only time I use a mono leader is for topwater Smallies.  I use either and FG or Alberto knot to connect braid with leaders and have no issues with reeling the knot onto my spool.  

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1 hour ago, frezzy said:

I use hi-vis yellow braid at the Chu all the time with no issues at all.  I run long flouro leaders though.  Usually between 10-15' for my leaders.  The only time I use a mono leader is for topwater Smallies.  I use either and FG or Alberto knot to connect braid with leaders and have no issues with reeling the knot onto my spool.  

I use alberto knot as well but the knot still hits my guides. Wonder what I am doing wrong?

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I think I’m going to bring my kids there one day during school vacation week. Which areas would you guys recommend that have the most open exposed shoreline/beach where they won’t be hitting trees while casting? Would like an area where we can just keep walking and casting. We’re fine with walking a few miles. 

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36 mins ago, z-man said:

I think I’m going to bring my kids there one day during school vacation week. Which areas would you guys recommend that have the most open exposed shoreline/beach where they won’t be hitting trees while casting? Would like an area where we can just keep walking and casting. We’re fine with walking a few miles. 

Plenty of room now. Water is low

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