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Old 06-20-2013, 12:01 AM
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Wanted to spend all weekend chasing the brown fish and the blue-cheeked redeye.

Got on the water Saturday with hopes of finally getting a bigger smallmouth. However, as most of my fishing trips are, it was not ideal. For some reason the fishing was extremely slow, except for the rock bass. I made the comment early on that I have never caught a rockbass. I ate those words the rest of the day as I caught probably 386,423,510 of them, some even beat out the smallmouth for the fly. I now hate rock bass. A LOT!

I got on the board early with a decent brownfish.
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And then it happened, my first rock bass.
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And then another, then another....(only took pics of the larger ones)
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It was still a nice float...
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Caught a nicely colored up longear sunfish...
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I did stay in the brownfish enough to keep me interested. Caught 15 or so on the day, although most were still in middle school. And I thought I was having a bad day...
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More pics...
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It was a good time and I definitely need to get redemption on that creek.

Sunday morning I wanted more abuse and decided to hit up the canyon for some redeye action. The tube hatch was out in full force....
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However, a little hiking, swimming, and falling and you can get away from all that. It wasn't a stellar day, but I caught some redeye and a gazillion green sunfish and redbreasted sunfish. I hooked into one redeye that had to be 10 inches and very chunky. I lost him right at my feet. I would go on to lose some other smaller ones before I could get a pic, but I did get a few.
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This place is heaven on earth, but man is it tough on the feet, boots and shins.
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These were everywhere on the rocks. It would be cool to fish one of the hatches there...
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:02 AM
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At one of the big pools, Mr. No shoulders decided to swim across and freak me out.
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I just assume all snakes are moccasins to play it safe. Apparently a buddy knew the difference.
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I went on to catch several smaller redeye and more panfish. The scenery and company were good, but man am I glad to be home and on level ground. You can only walk on those boulders for so long.

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Caught this little guy in the pool above:
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Came across this little branch stream on the way out, I may need to investigate it further next time.
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I started out chasing brown and blue, and in the end, my shins are brown and blue.
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that is some beautiful water. if you're a catch and keep kind of guy, rock bass (or goggle eye here in missouri) make some pretty good eating.
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Your fishing trip posts are always just plain great! Beautiful country and great photographs to show it off.

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Thats some gorgious water and those redeye bass are something else! I need to add that area to my list of trips to go on.
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Thanks guys. It's easy taking good pics with scenery and fish that beautiful. I have never eaten rock bass, but I'm not above trying it. I am heading back into the canyon this weekend for some more coosa bass action. I just hope my feet are up to the challenge!
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What a great post!

That fish with the giant gash is an amazing example to show how resilient these things are.
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what?! never eaten rock bass, Matt! come by the house sometime and i can unload some from my freezer. taste just like bluegill
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Great Stuff! love the moving water.
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That was a great trip report .The snake thing freaks me out even though i see them all the time i still don't like them.
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