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Old 08-19-2013, 08:33 PM
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Fished the Housatonic today and caught a huge amount of these
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Smallmouth Bass. Did they jump alot? Love catching them!

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Guess you don't see them across the pond!
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Yup, small mouth, great fighting fish!!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:09 PM
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Thanks guys, the fish were all around 6" to 8". Pictures I had seen of small mouth bass were much bigger. They did go well for such small fish. A few of them did a fair bit of jumping.
I've never heard of them on my side of the pond.
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You were missing out on the other side of the pond. Those smallmouth can get much bigger. Pound for pound, I'd be hard pressed to come up with a harder fighting fish. Easily one of my favorite targets on a fly rod.
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smallie.....a great fish indeed!
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Eddie, I live on the opposite side of the state, but we have a somewhat similar fishery in "my river".
For me, those little immature smallmouth make for great sport on a hot summer day when all you want to do is go stand in the cool water. I've caught as many as 80 in a day on a 3 or 4wt rod.
When I want to catch mature fish, those over 10" in this river, I'll go out at dawn or stay late in the day. I rarely get mature smallmouth during the heat of the day here.
The Housatonic is a better smallmouth fishery (and those fish mature at a larger size if I remember correctly) but that's my experience here in the Quinebaug
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They can be great fun on light tackle, Eddie. The main visual difference between largemouth and " smallies " is that the mouth extends back beyond the eye on largemouth.
Bass fishing in this country is a multi billion dollar industry. Besides the sales of lures, rods, reels, and bass boats, there are tournaments that pay huge amounts of money. They get a lot of television coverage, and produce fishing superstars. It's the NASCAR of fishing. Personally, I'm content to be in cool water with my flyrod, enjoying the peace and quiet of the stream
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Eddie.......in the summertime, try some of those Betts chartreuse top water poppers!!! Smallies are lots of fun on top!!!
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Default Re: What kind of fish is this

We have both here now. The smallies have been here for decades and last summer someone dropped a bunch of large mouths into the saint john river. Last week I caught a nice 20'' smallie on a sub surface fly. That was tons of fun but I prefer the fiestiness of brookies.
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