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#1 Oct-11-19 12:52PM

Ernie
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10-11-19, UP

At POR today, the gauge said 1.1'. That's as low as I have ever seen it but it had been since 8/9 that I hit the UP so John and I decided to give it a shot.

It was a sleep in day due to the Nats win the night before...I stayed up for all the interviews! What a series!!

We were fishing before 9a...

https://i.imgur.com/OPGcHRd.jpg

We decided to fish deep holes close by but we could not get bit.

After a while, we were going to move when John got hit and declared he had a big carp on. No, it was a big smallie. Nope, it's a big catfish. Heck, it must be a big LMB...finally, it was back to a smallie until I saw the teeth!!

This was a big walleye that did not fit in my net. The moment the hook came out of his mouth, he boomeranged out of the net. No picture but if he was 25", I would be lying. It was a beast!! It was caught on a smoky colored curly tail grub. What a fish!

After we calmed down, we ran up river to try something different.

John got the smallie skunk off quickly...

https://i.imgur.com/MKdD05T.jpg

..with a beautiful, healthy 14"er!

He then followed it up with a 13"er.

https://i.imgur.com/xzFRDdp.jpg

I then got my skunk off with a 13'er!

https://i.imgur.com/PSqNeFj.jpg

Some of these fish had some beautiful colors!

After a long cast, I got slammed and had a great fight with this 17"er!

https://i.imgur.com/XVtmATw.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/99QNrFc.jpg

Great fight!

John then scored an 11"er and finished up with a 12"er.

John's walleye and his 1st three smallies were caught on the same grub. His last fish was caught on a smaller Kytec paddle tail.

My 2 fish were both caught on a Zoom Swimmin' Super Fluke Jr.

It was a bit windy at times but it really did not bother our drifts.

Water is really clear and skinny in some places but deep holes abound.

Great to be back out there!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Oct-11-19 1:05PM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Great report! Wish you could have got a pic of that walleye.


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#3 Oct-11-19 1:11PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Bryan wrote:

Wish you could have got a pic of that walleye.

You and me both! I felt terrible. I was staring at his teeth and saw the hook pop off and he was gone. I really feel bad for John. This was a beast of a walleye! But...I know where he lives.

I will never forget his play calling as he fought the fish.


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#4 Oct-11-19 2:02PM

drxfish
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Great day, Ernie!  It was nice to get back out and actually hook some smallies.  That Walleye was the only one I have heard or seen anyone catch in that section.  It took drag at first, so I thought carp (we saw a bunch there).  Then I saw a dark back, so maybe big smallie, then it kind of wallowed like a catfish, but the coloring was more like a largemouth, then when Ernie tried to get it in the net, it opened it's mouth.  The head was huge and you could see the teeth.  Ernie was telling me to get it closer, but I could not control it well on the ML rod I had.  It literally did not fit in the net when it straightened out and poof, it was gone...


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#5 Oct-11-19 2:04PM

Osprey
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Fish were a pretty color as was the water. Looks like you were far from shore, were you casting or dragging?


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#6 Oct-11-19 2:06PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Not much dragging...casting most of the time. Slow and somewhat erratic retrieves.

Smaller baits are the ticket.

We tried cranks, top water, spinner bait, jerks to no avail. Never tried a tube.

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#7 Oct-11-19 2:48PM

firemunkee
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

What a report. That walleye sounds like a beast!! Exciting recap


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#8 Oct-11-19 2:59PM

drxfish
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

My Fall clear water special was on point.  Cotton Candy Fat Albert grub.  Very specific time and conditions it shines.


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#9 Oct-11-19 4:05PM

Curly
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Time for a little bigger net?


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#10 Oct-11-19 4:10PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Curly wrote:

Time for a little bigger net?

Ha! It handled that big carp (earlier this year) just fine. I think I was out of practice...was too used to white perch.


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#11 Oct-11-19 4:49PM

Junger
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From: Potomac, MD
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Nice ones, wish we coulda seen that walleye!

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#12 Oct-11-19 4:53PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Junger wrote:

wish we coulda seen that walleye!

https://i.imgur.com/fzoJHH3.gif


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#13 Oct-14-19 11:13AM

hookup
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

I call the lost walleye a heartbreak

Sounds like things are picking up

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#14 Oct-14-19 2:01PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

hookup wrote:

I call the lost walleye a heartbreak

For sure!

hookup wrote:

Sounds like things are picking up

Not sure I agree...there are very few fish as noted by the very few bites. The water is clear as gin and you see very little life. Today I did see some bait fish and gills...


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#15 Oct-16-19 3:25PM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

This is from a very knowledgeable (scientific) source: "SMB fishing has been and will be tough in our local rivers for a while due to a bunch of poor year classes working their way through after crappy spring weather."

Ugh!


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#16 Oct-16-19 8:05PM

drxfish
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

Not sure what that means other than fewer small fish.  That mean a lot died?


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#17 Oct-17-19 5:34AM

Ernie
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Re: 10-11-19, UP

drxfish wrote:

Not sure what that means other than fewer small fish.  That mean a lot died?

No clue either. Susky has been fishing poor at best. Are they hiding? Did they go with the flow and are now  below the falls? Who knows? We just need more water in the river.


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