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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Cool post and good pics. I have never eaten bass before...well striped bass but i may have to give it a try after seeing that sandwich you made. LOL.
    Keep up the tight lines and good fishin.

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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Quote Originally Posted by AnglingWes View Post
    Very good stuff. Pushed this report to the home page for you.

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    Awesome! Thanks Wes!

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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Very good stuff. Pushed this report to the home page for you.

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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Quote Originally Posted by dsa2780 View Post
    Bought a few new lures yesterday and decided to go out early to bank for whatever was biting. I hoped for stripers but was really just looking for some plugging action and for whatever was willing to hit. Walked to the river around 6.

    I'm a topwater noob and have been trying to coax a fish into taking my redhead pencil popper. Cloud cover and a slight breeze seemed to make the situation perfect for trying a couple of casts. I worked a shore line the first two casts and on the third cast, which was up against a man made riprap jetty, my plug got slapped hard. The fish was only about 3 feet away from the shoreline and soon went airborne, revealing that it was a smallie. It was foul hooked on the head and shook off when it landed.

    I followed up that blowup by quickly tying on a cotton cordell super spot in craw pattern. Second cast over that spot of the blowup and I feel the bass inhale my lure. Fought for about 2 minutes and the fish went airborne again. Landed her only to see that the treble hook had become lodged deep in it's gill, resulting in a bleeder.

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    Luckily, I like cooking with fish and already had planned on a striper meal for dinner, so I measured her up to legal size and ran her back to the house to put on ice.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1147.jpg


    Ran back to the river and proceeded to cast along the shoreline again. Saw and heard a big hog striper making that "slurp" and "smack" sound as it chased forage a bit out of casting range. Not more than 15 minutes after the first hook up, I cast back into the same spot and begin bouncing bottom and pulling it in. Line goes tight and the fish peels off into the current! I see a bit bronze tail heading upstream getting ready to go airborne. I put the brasstacks to him and began walking backwards up the levee, making sure no slack was given for him to jump. After a 3 or 4 minute battle, I landed him. 4 pounds of solid smallie muscle.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1163.jpg


    I'm not going to beat around the bush about this, but I like to eat smallmouth. They're a clean, firm fleshed white fish that tastes somewhere along the line of a rock cod or striper due to strictly eating crawdads. Minimal mercury content is also a plus when compared to stripers, who forage mainly on baitfish. They grill up nicely and I personally consider the Sacramento River Smallie population to be one of the least threatened in our waterways. Head over to any riprap bank during spring and you'll see what I mean. You can easily land 30 smallies to 3lbs in an afternoon of fishing on the right days. That being said, I decided I was done for the day, bled the fish, thanked the river for being cooperative and walked home.

    Notice how fat that fillet on the far right is. I got 4 sandwiches out of that one fillet! As always, nothing ended up in a trashcan. I either make fish stock, smoke the carcasses or turn it into vegetable fertilizer for the winter garden. Also reaped 2 nice bass collars to grill later on.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1179.jpg


    I'm not one who fries fish often, I much prefer to sear it in olive oil, or grill it whole but who could say no to a hot summer evening welcomed by a nice piece of crispy panko breaded smallmouth, fresh garden vegetables and homemade sriracha tartar sauce and yup, thick crispy bacon? Back to school for me tomorrow....


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    Now those are some SMALLIES, rite on bud! Thanks for the report.. That's a fine looking dish you made also..

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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Oh and that picture of dinner... Dam dude. Looks absolutely delicious!


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    Re: Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Quote Originally Posted by dsa2780 View Post
    Bought a few new lures yesterday and decided to go out early to bank for whatever was biting. I hoped for stripers but was really just looking for some plugging action and for whatever was willing to hit. Walked to the river around 6.

    I'm a topwater noob and have been trying to coax a fish into taking my redhead pencil popper. Cloud cover and a slight breeze seemed to make the situation perfect for trying a couple of casts. I worked a shore line the first two casts and on the third cast, which was up against a man made riprap jetty, my plug got slapped hard. The fish was only about 3 feet away from the shoreline and soon went airborne, revealing that it was a smallie. It was foul hooked on the head and shook off when it landed.

    I followed up that blowup by quickly tying on a cotton cordell super spot in craw pattern. Second cast over that spot of the blowup and I feel the bass inhale my lure. Fought for about 2 minutes and the fish went airborne again. Landed her only to see that the treble hook had become lodged deep in it's gill, resulting in a bleeder.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1144.jpg



    Luckily, I like cooking with fish and already had planned on a striper meal for dinner, so I measured her up to legal size and ran her back to the house to put on ice.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1147.jpg


    Ran back to the river and proceeded to cast along the shoreline again. Saw and heard a big hog striper making that "slurp" and "smack" sound as it chased forage a bit out of casting range. Not more than 15 minutes after the first hook up, I cast back into the same spot and begin bouncing bottom and pulling it in. Line goes tight and the fish peels off into the current! I see a bit bronze tail heading upstream getting ready to go airborne. I put the brasstacks to him and began walking backwards up the levee, making sure no slack was given for him to jump. After a 3 or 4 minute battle, I landed him. 4 pounds of solid smallie muscle.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1163.jpg


    I'm not going to beat around the bush about this, but I like to eat smallmouth. They're a clean, firm fleshed white fish that tastes somewhere along the line of a rock cod or striper due to strictly eating crawdads. Minimal mercury content is also a plus when compared to stripers, who forage mainly on baitfish. They grill up nicely and I personally consider the Sacramento River Smallie population to be one of the least threatened in our waterways. Head over to any riprap bank during spring and you'll see what I mean. You can easily land 30 smallies to 3lbs in an afternoon of fishing on the right days. That being said, I decided I was done for the day, bled the fish, thanked the river for being cooperative and walked home.

    Notice how fat that fillet on the far right is. I got 4 sandwiches out of that one fillet! As always, nothing ended up in a trashcan. I either make fish stock, smoke the carcasses or turn it into vegetable fertilizer for the winter garden. Also reaped 2 nice bass collars to grill later on.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1179.jpg


    I'm not one who fries fish often, I much prefer to sear it in olive oil, or grill it whole but who could say no to a hot summer evening welcomed by a nice piece of crispy panko breaded smallmouth, fresh garden vegetables and homemade sriracha tartar sauce and yup, thick crispy bacon? Back to school for me tomorrow....


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    Great read as always DSA

    Those are some NICE smallies too. Congrats man!!!


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    Early morning Smallie Slayage

    Bought a few new lures yesterday and decided to go out early to bank for whatever was biting. I hoped for stripers but was really just looking for some plugging action and for whatever was willing to hit. Walked to the river around 6.

    I'm a topwater noob and have been trying to coax a fish into taking my redhead pencil popper. Cloud cover and a slight breeze seemed to make the situation perfect for trying a couple of casts. I worked a shore line the first two casts and on the third cast, which was up against a man made riprap jetty, my plug got slapped hard. The fish was only about 3 feet away from the shoreline and soon went airborne, revealing that it was a smallie. It was foul hooked on the head and shook off when it landed.

    I followed up that blowup by quickly tying on a cotton cordell super spot in craw pattern. Second cast over that spot of the blowup and I feel the bass inhale my lure. Fought for about 2 minutes and the fish went airborne again. Landed her only to see that the treble hook had become lodged deep in it's gill, resulting in a bleeder.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1144.jpg



    Luckily, I like cooking with fish and already had planned on a striper meal for dinner, so I measured her up to legal size and ran her back to the house to put on ice.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1147.jpg


    Ran back to the river and proceeded to cast along the shoreline again. Saw and heard a big hog striper making that "slurp" and "smack" sound as it chased forage a bit out of casting range. Not more than 15 minutes after the first hook up, I cast back into the same spot and begin bouncing bottom and pulling it in. Line goes tight and the fish peels off into the current! I see a bit bronze tail heading upstream getting ready to go airborne. I put the brasstacks to him and began walking backwards up the levee, making sure no slack was given for him to jump. After a 3 or 4 minute battle, I landed him. 4 pounds of solid smallie muscle.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1163.jpg


    I'm not going to beat around the bush about this, but I like to eat smallmouth. They're a clean, firm fleshed white fish that tastes somewhere along the line of a rock cod or striper due to strictly eating crawdads. Minimal mercury content is also a plus when compared to stripers, who forage mainly on baitfish. They grill up nicely and I personally consider the Sacramento River Smallie population to be one of the least threatened in our waterways. Head over to any riprap bank during spring and you'll see what I mean. You can easily land 30 smallies to 3lbs in an afternoon of fishing on the right days. That being said, I decided I was done for the day, bled the fish, thanked the river for being cooperative and walked home.

    Notice how fat that fillet on the far right is. I got 4 sandwiches out of that one fillet! As always, nothing ended up in a trashcan. I either make fish stock, smoke the carcasses or turn it into vegetable fertilizer for the winter garden. Also reaped 2 nice bass collars to grill later on.

    100MEDIA$IMAG1179.jpg


    I'm not one who fries fish often, I much prefer to sear it in olive oil, or grill it whole but who could say no to a hot summer evening welcomed by a nice piece of crispy panko breaded smallmouth, fresh garden vegetables and homemade sriracha tartar sauce and yup, thick crispy bacon? Back to school for me tomorrow....


    100MEDIA$IMAG1189.jpg

 

 
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