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Dudes & Dudettes ~ If you had one species that swims in Fresh/Brackish waters... what and where would it be targeted? I've pursued the Piscatorial grocery-list for well over 50 years now, and have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a modest amount of success with a vast number of species. From Peachbottom to Point Lookout /Harper's Ferry to Ocean City, now Florida, the one Species I'd choose would easily be the Smallmouth!! The place of "exercise" would easily be DALE HOLLOW reservoir in Tennessee/Kentucky. This impoundment has THREE World Records over 10 lbs.!(Biggest being 11 lb. 15 ozs.~ 27" -7/'55) I can't even imagine a behemoth Smallie twice the size of my PB(Liberty Res./6-2('72) on a Crawdad). That would be my choice for Last Tango In PARADISE..."How 'bout cha' BANDIT??":unsure:
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Snakeheads Shallow water in brackish water on top water . When caught on top water in shallow water 1-2 ft . I have had them jump a foot off the surface and then 6 ft. horizontal, 4 times in a row as fast a you can blink your eyes . It was 33in. 8# this year. My biggest Snakehead was 12 lb. 35in. Blackwater would be a good place to start to get warmed up to them. All you need is a kayak.However they all don't jump but do in shallow water ., more like Tarpon and on topwater, yuu donT land as many, they can throw the hook like a Tarpon too. In deeper, cold water with sub surface lures, they may not jump at all.
 

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Capt. Nick- Although I haven't caught a Snakehead (moved to FL '03) I remember workin' some pads(Pocomoke) w/a 1/2 oz. GOLD Johnson Silver-minnow, when I was 1st introduced to the MUDFISH !! Probably 4 - 5 lbs. of NASTY that actually broke off my weed-guard! Then to the Chicahominy for more encounters, now they are RAMPANT here in the Sunshine State. I would guesstimate the two species to be similar in aggressiveness. My biggest here is 12#.
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DALE HOLLOW reference, Billy Westmoreland was my inspiration with many over 8 #'s. This Friday, Oct. 1st, marks the 19th anniversary of his passing, less than a week after spending the day Fishing and having a major heart-attack THAT evening! He never regained consciousness.🥺 He was only 65 years young and was accredited for saving BPS founder(Johnny Morris/partner) back in '74, when their boat capsized/sank during a tournament event.
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They are very smillar to Bowfins that are native to the US. They are not plentifull in Md. but they are in NJ , Va.and De. I contacted Ed Allen's in Va. on the Chicohominy where I read they are plentifull and wanted to spend a few days fishing for them but never got a return message from them.The pictures of the Bowfins on their website are from years ago ,so maybe they are not plentfull there anymore. I've caght them in Fla & W Va and they are a powerfull fish. I catch smallies in the Susqy but never caught any large ones maybe 3.5 #. Andy has some pictures of some bigger ones he caught in the Susqy years ago that looked 4-5# . The biggest ones I've seen in Md.are caught in Pretty Boy reservoir with 7-10 # caught ocassionally . Pa. has a much beter fishery for them in the Susqy & Junuata rivers where 18-20 in. smallies are fairly common in spring and fall.. I have caught many in Pa . . Snakehads have been caught up to 16# in Blackwater and 20# in thr Potomac but they are rare.
 

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Capt.Nick, I caught a few 6+ Like this. I fished the Susqy for about 15-20 years before we moved to Eastern Shore. Best move we ever made. That is Herb's Tackle Shop in North East Md in the back ground.
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I bet there is a few more like that still in the Susky.
 

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That looks like one of the pictures I remembered you posting but I thought you also had another taken holding 2 smallmouths in Owens in Perryville . 6.6 # was my biggest for the Gunpower and that was Nov. 72 on a weed wing ,by Johnnny O'neil from SC. The first buzz bait before they coined the phrase buzz bait. How old were you there in that picture? I used to fish the ponds on the ES. My favorite area was Sussex county De. They had the best ponds that I fished for big crappie. yellow perch, bass and pickerel.
 

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That looks like one of the pictures I remembered you posting but I thought you also had another taken holding 2 smallmouths in Owens in Perryville . 6.6 # was my biggest for the Gunpower and that was Nov. 72 on a weed wing ,by Johnnny O'neil from SC. The first buzz bait before they coined the phrase buzz bait. How old were you there in that picture? I used to fish the ponds on the ES. My favorite area was Sussex county De. They had the best ponds that I fished for big crappie. yellow perch, bass and pickerel.
I remember the weed wing well. Great beginning of the buzz bait. I have no idea how old I was in that picture. Probably Mid. 20's. Yea when all of us old timers/when we were young got the word about the Delaware Ponds, we all headed to Delaware. They were great. I fished them all winter. Nick, do you agree that it was more fun fishing when it was all new to us.
 

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Yes . I still have one of the original weed wings from th early 70s . Bass Pro makes them but they are heavier than the originals and very hard to keep on top of the weeds . We used to use the German made Quick 331 5-1 ratio spinning reels to reel it fast nough to keep on top the surface . Most US spinning reels at the time were only 3.5-1 ratio and would wear you out trying to reel the weed wings fast enough .
 

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Yessir Nick- We used to BUZZ 'em over the heavy GRASS MATS on the Gunpowder/Dundee, we added the Uncle Josh pork frog to add buoyancy, helping to "slow it down". We Nailed 'em up to 6 #'s! Pickerel loved 'em too! :cool: Silver, Gold and later Bronze were our favorite colors.
 
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