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    Default Alabama jewels....

    I couldn't take it any longer. How could any self-respecting Alabama native not have caught a redeye? Redeye bass, one of the smallest black bass, are often called the brook trout of Alabama. Arrived to find that the weatherman is full of it, as usual.


    I arrived on the water with but one goal in mind and it was to catch redeye bass. I tied on one of my trusty one bugs that I tied and began the float.


    I get to the point where I am almost guaranteed a redeye strike. Cast. Bam! My first.....oh, just a longear....


    I go quite a ways before even getting another strike. I keep casting and I feel like something is watching me.


    He kept a watchful eye on me until I was out of sight. I keep casting into typical "redeye spots." Then a tiny torpedo hit the one bug at lightning speed, I actually jumped a little. A few jumps and my first redeye bass.


    Thanked him and sent him on his way..


    A scenery pic.


    This creek is loaded with variety. I have never caught one of these before either. A shadow bass..


    I see some more rocks coming up. I get in position and get ready to make my first cast.


    I can just see the redeye I am about to fool. Cast. Wait, what the? Son of a....


    That trend continued all day. I would get into prime water, and my cast would be ruined by poor line management, trees, you name it. This creek was small and not conducive to casting. I probably only fished 30% of the water I wanted. For the most part it was one cast to make it count and move on to the next spot.

    A couple miles down and I see a tree bent over the water. There has to be a fish there. I cast right under it, without error miraculously, and I see the redeye hit. He bulldogs down and I try to strip it in and my line goes slack. Nooo!!!!!!!! I paddle back upstream and anchor to a rock and make a dozen casts before he hits again.


    Man these things are beautiful.

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    Love the white tips...


    A little further down I pick up a red breasted sunfish. Caught quite a bit of these al along...


    I was lucky enough to get another Alabama jewel..


    A little further downstream and I ruin these guys' swim..


    Green sunfish...


    This is one of the most scenic creeks I have floated...


    Another one..


    Back in ya go...


    Last one of the day....


    I'm content just to float the last stretch...


    This was weird. I thought raccoons could swim...


    It was a good day and although no giants were caught, ANY redeye is a trophy to me. Something special in the Alabama waters for sure and I'm glad I finally got to share it.

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    Great report! The more of these warmwater reports I read, the less I want to trout fish.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    Those are some beautiful fish. I love any kind of bass. What part of Alabama are you in. I was in Fort Payne and went to the Little River do you know if there are any in there. Great report. Thanks for sharing.
    Lynn

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    Lynn they are prevalent in the coosa drainage as well as some of the TN drainage. They inhabit only smaller flows and are intolerant to pollution. I was fishing around Gadsden, AL, but where I live in Madison I am unaware of any. If it's the Little River canyon you were at, they do have redeyes. Nice population of them in fact. Having fished much there, but it's on the list!
    Last edited by AL trout bum; 04-24-2012 at 03:46 PM.

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    Love the big red eyes on those bass. Looks like the kind of stream a small 3-4 wt rod is made for. nice post.

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    Very nice report with excellent pictures! Great Job and I enjoyed reading about your day. Those red eyes are amazing in color detail...
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    Great post...looks like your on your way to dialing it in... really digging the halo on the fins and the cool camo-ing of the shadow bass... the beauty is definitely in the details... Glad you got out and were able to explore something new.
    May you find a rise in every puddle... - WATERBORN

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    Thanks guys. These small fish remind me so much of brook trout. Mainly in their small size but breathtaking colors. They inhabit the same type of streams: upland, small, clear, un-polluted, etc.

    Troutman, they fight just like a smallie. If I ever hook into a true trophy (anything over a pound), I think it might win the contest for toughest fighting black bass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL trout bum View Post
    Lynn they are prevalent in the coosa drainage as well as some of the TN drainage.
    Coosa Bass (aka Redeye) are NOT native to the TN drainage so if found in the TN drainage they have been transported there. Coosa Bass are native to the state of TN (as it has some drainage to the Coosa in SE TN).

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