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King County, WA

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08/09/2019
61° - 65°
Top Fishing From Boat
Largemouth Bass
None
Silver
Cloudy
Surface Lure
Morning
08/15/2019
5
1951

Haven't posted yet this season but figured breaking my personal best smallmouth record is a worthy occasion. Woke up early, for me anyways, and had an hour or so before work to hit the water from about 7-8am. Was planning on throwing weightless senkos in lily pad pockets for largemouth, but motoring over to my spot I noticed a small school of fish jumping and then what looked like a couple of carp surface in the middle of the scrum...wait, that can't be right.

Immediately killed my motor and glided in to about 50 yards...I've heard stories but never seen it in person until now -- maybe a half dozen monster smallmouth on the surface almost looked like they were working together to herd the prey. immediately dug through my tackle box for a topwater to match and tied on a big spook-style bait (duo realis pencil 150) that was brand new in box as I never had the guts to throw it before as it's a huge lure that looks like you could use to catch tuna.

Didn't want to scare the fish off so made a really long cast to the edge of where they were chasing and started trying to walk-the-dog back...was struggling to get good action on the retrieve as I didn't have the right setup and was about to just reel in to change to a different lure when I saw the back of a giant smallie break the surface about 20 feet away and make a u-turn and beeline straight for my lure jaws-style with it's back out of the water the whole time.

I think my heart might have skipped a few beats as the beast accelerated and then slammed the lure and went airborne at the same time. Epic battle ensued and took me forever to land as I don't carry a net and wasn't about to try and liplock with those huge razor sharp trebles everywhere. Finally fumbled around for a fishgrip, latched on and hauled mama bass into the boat...wanted to get the fish back into the water asap so didn't measure/weigh but snapped a couple quick photos (the cooler is 24" inches so I would guess 23-3/4" and between 6.5-7 pounds). Ended up catching another 19" incher from that pod with a jerkbait before they spooked and disappeared.

Few things I learned: 1. it's really really hard to take a good selfie with your cell phone in one hand and a giant fish in the other 2. it's also really really hard to walk-the-dog correctly with fluorocarbon line, especially when the line is already too light for the lure (had 10# tatsu spooled up) 3. I guess smallmouth do go after salmon smolts on occasion...I've caught a lot of big smallmouth locally and they spit up all sorts, but 90% of the time it's perch and once in a while stickleback or crayfish...never seen one spit up salmon and these were big smolts.


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bullpine
8/15/2019 6:00:30 PM
Wow. Jaws type suspense in your story telling. I really get the selfie photo problem. Caught a giant smallie on a top water one fall and it sounded like a giant loud toilet flush. It was a 22.5 inch at 7.35 pounds so figure how big yours might have been.
DockSkipper
8/15/2019 9:06:52 PM
Yeah, I might be a little conservative on the weight, though it didn't seem to quite have the largemouth-like girth at that length...where did you catch your big smallie? If we go by your fish, mine should be well over 7 even if it wasn't super fat.
The Quadfather
8/15/2019 6:54:52 PM
One of the best written reports of the summer! Thanks for sharing your story, and I love your enthusiasm.
That is how I often feel about fishing!
Have fun out there, and don’t be a stranger to reporting in.
stevertd2010
8/15/2019 9:57:52 PM
Yes on all your observations. I usually get about 2/3 of a big fish in the selfie if I am by myself and call it good. Especially hard when they are thrashing about and trying to get them back into the water quickly. I went up to !2# fluorocarbon at the end of my 25 lb braided. Haven't broken off anything yet in freshwater. 12 lb is almost the same size diameter as the 10lb. Everything loves to eat smolts. Sea run cutthroat munch them in large amounts. So although bass do, everything else just about also. Seen a lot of craw parts and some other small fish from smallies such as bluegill fry. Are you sure they were all salmon smolts?
DockSkipper
8/15/2019 10:42:29 PM
the ones they were chasing and that were jumping all over the place definitely looked like salmon smolts...big ones too, 6+ inches...
Andy
8/16/2019 2:43:29 PM
WOW, Nice fish, excellent report.
grubowski
8/16/2019 4:52:39 PM
Dang that would be fun. Sounds like an awesome experience.
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