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Thread: Big Mouth and Small Fly

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Franklin, TN

    Default Big Mouth and Small Fly

    This past weekend a friend and I were trying out my new custom fiberglass 3 wgt on some local bluegill. We were catching fish on almost everything we tried. At one point I had a bluegill attack the fly from one direction and what looked to be a nice bass attack it from the other. The bluegill won the race. Right after I finished telling my buddy about the race it happened again and this time the bass won.

    Notice the #12 BHPT soft hackle on the lip of the bass. My buddy was more flabbergasted by that than by the size of the fish.

    This girl measured 22 in long and head the largest head I have ever see on a bass. After a few quick pics, she slowly swam away. Needless to say, we went back on Wednesday and we both wanted to fish that bank again.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Seymour Tn


    All I can say is !!!!
    Thats awesome! Thanks for sharin!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009



    Thanks for posting the photos.

    I've had the same thing happen to me ff for bluegill, catching a small one, then a bass going after the bluegill.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Birmingham, AL


    I have a friend that has caught some really big bass fishing a pheasant tail off the back of a popper. It amazes the heck out of me. Congrats on a nice bass oi your new rod.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008


    That's awsome! To catch one that big on a 3wt takes some great skills!
    I broke in my 5wt on some small bluegills and large mouths yesterday. Caught the bluegills on white poppers with red eyes, and the bass on all black pops with white eyes.

    Mark <::::><

    "We try to be perfect, but we're only fishermen. We wade out into the water, we don't walk on top of it."

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Halifax, VA


    That's pretty neat when that happens and apparently it's more than you would think. The old "big bait, big fish" thing doesn't always hold. Sometimes you have to finesse them, especially when they've been pressured.
    Here's one I caught on a 6.5 foot 3 weight while crappie fishing with a #14 BHPT:
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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