Did someone say redears?

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  1. Fishbreath

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    It was just last week that I complained about a tough bite and not a single redear at San Vincente. Queue graciously reminded me that it was still early and more would be in soon. Despite the windy forecast today, I decided to give it a try. My little tin boat blows around like a styrofoam cup when it is windy, so I decided to do something I haven't done in years. I anchored up. Not knowing what to expect, I tried one rod suspended about 10 feet deep and the other on the bottom at about 26 feet. The winner was the suspended rod with this beauty. Same fish both shots.

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    Just as I finished getting that one photographed and measured, the other rod went off. I threw the first one in the live well and grabbed that rod. It was practically a twin, so I photographed them together.
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    At that spot I never really decided which was better, bottom or suspended. They seemed to alternate.
    The next spot was almost all suspended fish. This fish I'm pretty sure is a female. She still has her yellow belly.
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    If I had a complaint today, it was that it was hard to find one under 12 inches, so I could bring it home to eat. This next fish is my only bluegill for the day after last week being all bluegill and no redear. As you can see, it just barely made the under-12-inch rule.
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    Not going to hurt the population if you take > 12” fish. Increases opportunities for giants.
     
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    Thanks. I had an unusual encounter back at the dock today. I asked another fisherman how he did, and he said he caught eight and showed me the size with his hands. I told him that would be a good size to eat, mostly just to see his reaction. Surprisingly, he said that he kept five of them. I congratulated him.

    Edit: I should have made it clear. We are talking about keeping five bass.
     
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    Very nice work on some pie plates!!!
     
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    Those are some tanks! Great work and nice photos.
     
  6. Fishbreath

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    Thanks. I love catching those that size, but what keeps me going back is that I think I still have a legitimate shot at getting new personal best redear and bluegill.
     
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    That's what I'm talking bout Larry! Trophy sized Redears!

    Great job as usual.
     
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    I got a questions for you Larry... As you go there more than anybody else I know.

    When was the last time you saw the lil ones? Hand sized or smaller? I never see or hear of any dinks coming outta there these days.

    Does that class of fish still exist in San V today? Along with those missing crappies? Or just the ones big enough to fight off a bass?

    My thinking is about the over population of bass there. I've seen and heard of plenty BIG head bass being caught and not much on the shad activity.

    No biologist.... just putting 2 and 2 together.

    What's your thoughts?
     
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    Forget your P.B., I'm thinkin state record!
     
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    The lake has a bunch of strange things going on! Seems like a lot of 1lb-3lb bass, fewer in the 4lb-7lb class...very few small bluegill and Reds, and almost no baitfish, unless that's what I'm seeing at 70'-100' deep? Crappie..havent seen one there in many moons!
     
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    Beautiful redears!! Nightcrawlers?
     
  13. Fishbreath

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    Probably the bass guys like mcfish are more attuned to the bait fish situation, and I agree with the comments he made in response to your post. The quaggas compete with shad for plankton and may the be reason for no shad to speak of. I did catch a redear about six inches long yesterday and was surprised. I wished him well when I released him. You are right. You don't seem many of those. I agree with your comment about too many bass. Queue mentioned once that the overpopulation of bass helped facilitate the growth of the panfish by keeping that population in check. It works for me. I don't need to catch a sack full every time out, but I do like the opportunity to catch more large ones (speaking of redears and blugill, not bass.)
     
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    Thanks. Yes, pinched night crawlers.
     
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    Those are fish to be proud of.
    The panfish , crappie and bluegill may have suffered during the low water during the 8 yrs of construction , Just a thought.
    Flooded brush and trees (el cap) sure makes fishing much better.
    The topwater in the mornings are sure missed.
    A fresh stocking of shad and panfish , would sure be nice.
    A new gene pool may help. Can't believe a city of this size couldn't afford 1 biologist , there are many great young minds.
     
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