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#1 Nov-09-15 2:47PM

TyF
Northern Snakehead
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: Mar-23-11
Posts: 216

New River Smallies

Ive been back at school for a little over 2 months now and have been able to get a decent amount of fishing in. I brought my truck down this year so I have a lot more freedom to go whenever I want. Ive mainly been fishing the New River. It was a bit difficult for the first month I was here. I could get the numbers but there wasn't much size to them. I finally figured them out in the past month and have been doing fairly well. I am pretty sure I have caught a fish over 16" each trip for about a month now including one that tied my PB which has been a ton of fun! Here are just a few of the fish I have caught this month.

This one was about 15"
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2125_zpsvimks3e4.jpg
17.5"
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2122_zpsydcwkjhr.jpg
2 on one pointer (first time ever doing that)
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2109_zpsccxvhnqi.jpg
This one went about 14" and ate a 7" musky lure right at shore. by the scrapes on the side I think I was fishing in the right areas.
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2104_zpsq8upkgrd.jpg
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2103_zpsbx8un9og.jpg
This one tied my PB at 20.5" and about 4.5 pounds
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2111_zpsmzusuhlw.jpg
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/IMG_2115_zps3p0ksdg7.jpg
and this one I caught yester and was about 18"
http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m481/tf000/FullSizeRender_zpssgqhobcq.jpg
Hopefully I can continue to catch smallies throughout the winter and get myself my first musky! I have had on on my smallmouth before but there was no way I was going to get him in!

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#2 Nov-09-15 3:49PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: New River Smallies

Niiiiice!

Thanks for the pics!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#3 Nov-09-15 4:52PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1514

Re: New River Smallies

That 20+ is awesome!  Sweet river.


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#4 Nov-10-15 4:52AM

AndrewDo124
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Alexandria
Registered: May-27-08
Posts: 963

Re: New River Smallies

thats amazing! great pics! I've only fished on the new river once. Hooked into a musky but couldn't land it. my buddies surrounded me in their kayaks and just watched me fight this fish only to have it break off within 5 feet of my kayak. one of my most memorable hookups and definitely a fish I want to land! Good luck! can't wait to see how you do.

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#5 Nov-10-15 6:03AM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 1082

Re: New River Smallies

Nice job on figureing out the New

I've used many 15-16" smallies as musky bait (not on purpose, but as I'm reeling in).

So, what did you figure out on the New?  I see jerk baits & big swimbaits - what out, that last lure will attract a musky.

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#6 Nov-10-15 6:10AM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 959

Re: New River Smallies

Real nice smallies, WTG!


tight lines

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#7 Nov-10-15 8:31AM

TyF
Northern Snakehead
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: Mar-23-11
Posts: 216

Re: New River Smallies

Thanks guys! I cant wait to get a musky in my hand!

hookup wrote:

So, what did you figure out on the New?  I see jerk baits & big swimbaits - what out, that last lure will attract a musky.

Almost all of these fish were caught exclusively on that pointer (except the 20.5 was on a lucky craft Sammy). Where and how I work it depends on the conditions that day. When it was a bit warmer quick jerks with short pauses casted across current was the ticket. As it got colder the pauses got longer, I had to cast to less current, and the fish got bigger. Now I am almost casting down current and letting the pointer swing into an eddy close to the shoreline without jerking it at all. Once it is in the eddy I make a few short quick jerks then pause for about 10-15 seconds letting the slow current keep the bait slightly moving from side to side. The fish almost always come within 5 seconds of the jerks. Now I will usually get 3-4 bites a day with most of them being decent size fish.

I have been throwing jigs and tubes around to see if I can get anything but they have caught less fish and the fish were small.

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#8 Nov-10-15 10:12AM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 1082

Re: New River Smallies

Typically what I do further north with a jerk bait.  Haven't had much luck locally with a jerk, but will keep this in mind.

We scored on big top water hard baits a couple weeks ago.

Last edited by hookup (Nov-10-15 10:12AM)

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#9 Nov-10-15 11:18AM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1522

Re: New River Smallies

Nice fishes! Thanks for sharing.


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#10 Nov-10-15 5:57PM

bassman
Northern Snakehead
Registered: May-01-07
Posts: 137

Re: New River Smallies

Bear in mind that a smallmouth over 20" is citation worthy in VA . . . you need to take a picture with a ruler to verify.  Should be able to find info on the DNR website.  And keep going for that musky!

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#11 Nov-11-15 11:07AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: New River Smallies

TyF wrote:

Thanks guys! I cant wait to get a musky in my hand!

Wait until you see one come at your lure!


Time to go fishin' again!

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