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It’s almost prime time for me. I usually take off the first 2 weeks of May to go fishing. But I am only taking 1 week off this year because of COVID. With that mind, I took the family out for a practice run. My son fished for maybe 10 minutes. No one else was interested in fishing. :cry: I also stocked up on some necessities for the upcoming week of fishing. It's gonna be hot out there. Gotta quench that thirst. 😄😎

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Great looking family AO. You are blessed.

Digging on the Jameson, NRX and Stradic.

I’m going to take a week also and hit my fav NE and SE spots .


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Great looking family AO. You are blessed.

Digging on the Jameson, NRX and Stradic.

I’m going to take a week also and hit my fav NE and SE spots .


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Thanks! Jameson has a lot of nostalgic value for me... If you could have your first love (Jameson) with your current favorite (MaCallan), wouldn't you? 😄 With water temperatures finally hitting the 60 degree mark, fishing for warm water species should be good in the coming days.
 

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Nice hybrid. Love the shoulders on them
It's a white bass, but that lake does have hybrids too. I could have checked the tongue patches to be almost 100% sure, but there is no distinction in terms of the daily bag limit there. :devilish: So yeah, who cares whether it's a white bass or hybrid; I just had to be a pedantic jerk. 😄

PS: In Kansas, the limit for hybrids/wipers is only 2 fish, while there is no bag limit on white bass. It's good to know the difference between the two species there. 😄 But hybrids can cross breed back with white bass. It's very hard to tell which species some of those fish belong to. I have seen tongue patches that are separate, but so close together, it would be hard to argue whether they are two distinct patches or a single one. Those are the few fish that make it back into the water. :devilish:😄
 

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Cool stuff! I am wishing I had a boat right about now.

PS: In Kansas, the limit for hybrids/wipers is only 2 fish, while there is no bag limit on white bass. It's good to know the difference between the two species there. 😄 But hybrids can cross breed back with white bass. It's very hard to tell which species some of those fish belong to. I have seen tongue patches that are separate, but so close together, it would be hard to argue whether they are two distinct patches or a single one. Those are the few fish that make it back into the water. :devilish:😄
I wish Colorado had those regulations. People keep too many Wipers here IMO.
 

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Cool stuff! I am wishing I had a boat right about now.

I wish Colorado had those regulations. People keep too many Wipers here IMO.
A separate limit for wipers and white bass makes a lot of sense. White bass live 4 years on average, breed like rats, so they don’t cost much to stock/maintain. Wipers live longer, grow larger (have potential for trophy fish), and they don’t really reproduce*, so the cost to stock/maintain them is higher.

* Except for cases of crossing with white bass, and those don't grow as large as wipers, so they lose their value as wipers.
 

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5 wiper is plenty imo. Even 2 would suffice. But great catches, I'll be headed down shortly when boat arrives. No kansas yet?
 

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Congrats on the new boat! Will text you.
 

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Shows you how much I know! The white bass I’ve caught here in Arkansas are half that size or no where near the shoulders!
It's actually a small fish. But you are right, it's a healthy fish. I usually take a picture with my rod or other objects for size reference when it's a decent fish. There is no rod in that picture. ;) This is a chunky wiper:
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Yeah, it's dead... I caught it but friend ate it. He couldn't stand the thought of letting that many pounds of fish go... 😄
 

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I'll be heading out east the next nice (no wind) weekend. Maybe I'll see ya out there...
Wind is actually good for wipers and white bass. No wind is better for crappies. I don't mind either. I just don't want a cold front this time of the year. When the water is already warm, cold fronts may actually get the wipers and white bass going. I'll be out at least every weekend for the next couple of months, no matter what the weather does.
 

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Excellent! No need to go that far though-
 

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Excellent! No need to go that far though-
Ya can't play this as as a theme song of a 30 minute trip:
And did play that song when we set out last weekend (and most trips that are 3 hours away or longer). I kinda believe that you have to suffer that long drive to enjoy the reward. It would be no fun to just drive drive, catch your limit and come home. "The more you suffer..." 😄

I did some thinking the other day, and I'm gonna start playing this as the arrival theme song when I go far enough:

Should go well with a rising sun after an all nighter. Would be cooler on a horse though... 😄 I've had the departure them song for a while, but overlooked the arrival one.
 

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All nighters no way. Went to sleep last night camping at 745pm.
 

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I couldn't even begin to dream at 7:45 PM... Just barely awake. 😄
 

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I used to fish with this friend when I picked him up at 4am he hadn't even been to sleep yet. It was like that every trip. That fishing friend didn't last long-
 
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