Breaking in the New Year – One Smallie at a Time

Welcome to 2008! I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a better way to break in the New Year in Minnesota than catching a ridiculous number of bass on a luke warm day in early January. So needless to say when I saw the forecast showing the possibility of 40 degrees I had to round up the troops. Joining me on our rare trip to smallie heaven was some good friends and fellow Gopher Bassmasters Ryan Brant, Rich Lindgren, and John Haynes.

After a not so quick stop to Cabela’s we arrived at our first honey hole. To be honest time went way to fast. Everything was perfect, the weather was great and the fishing was non stop action. Ryan and I were both very close in the tallying and at one point we couldn’t make a cast and not catch a fish. There were a lot of nice ones weighed in but lucky for me I weighed the heaviest in at 3.6 lbs. Ryan secured most fish with 72 and I trailed with a very close 71. Between the four of us we caught and released 210 smallmouths. Rich also caught a huge carp. I believe the scale read over ten pounds! Most of all the fish were caught on tubes (green pumpkin). Yum and Berkley Power Tubes seemed to be the preferred choice today. We were rigging them with 1/8 – 1/4 oz. Cabela’s Tube Jigs. I was using 8 and 10 lb. Berkley Sensation Line (low vis green).

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