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I've been catching some nice fish during my vacation this week. Thursday morning I head down towards a section of the Fox to scout out some possible wading spots and a couple of creeks.
As I take notes and pictures, I also notice there are small pounds along the creeks. Thinking back to the flood and amount of water that went through the area a couple of months back, I couldn't help but wonder if anything form the river had gotten into these ponds.

After a few of 12" and 13" LMB from throwing a Crabby Bass Whacker under some over hang trees, over a log, and along a weed patch. Running short on time, I decide to cover the wind blown side of the larger pond with a BPS Egg since I can cast past the middle of it. After ripping some weeds and 1 LMB, I made a cast to the dead center of the pond and retrieved. I was feeling a few bumps along what felt like weeds when the Egg got slammed! I set the hook and felt the jolt of energy and it leaps out of the water. It's a TANK smallie! After a few minutes of fight, I have it near the muddy shore and I am now holding a 20" long smallmouth with a 12.25" girth and probably weighing just under 4lb. WOW!

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CSimon2 replied the topic: #9762 09 Aug 2013 15:03
I bet that almost 4 lb smallie fought like an 8 lb largemouth! Congrats on the tank and the COTD!
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JC1Crappie replied the topic: #9757 09 Aug 2013 09:26
thanks guys!

I was surprised to pull this out of that pond I thought it was a huge largemouth at first!

I think it either got in there during the flood or someone tossed it in since it's only 150ft from the river.
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nicksantos33 replied the topic: #9756 09 Aug 2013 09:21
Great Fish!
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SoonerBass replied the topic: #9753 08 Aug 2013 22:09
Awesome smallie, and you're even wearing your DA Shirt, must of known you'd get a COTD.
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jmdog replied the topic: #9748 08 Aug 2013 20:54
Good grief man that's a SOW
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Fluke replied the topic: #9738 08 Aug 2013 14:42
The EGG strikes again! GIANT smallie!
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #9737 08 Aug 2013 14:33
What a week for smallmouth you are having!!!

Way to go!!!!
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redhook62 replied the topic: #9736 08 Aug 2013 14:25
That is so cool. What a week you are having!
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pondboy replied the topic: #9735 08 Aug 2013 13:46
AWESOME did you get a measurement
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JimmyMack814 replied the topic: #9733 08 Aug 2013 13:08
Great job JC, what a fish! That is what Mark Zona would call a "Smallasaurus" or "Bassquatch"!
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #9731 08 Aug 2013 12:42
That beast looks like he fought big time! Way to go!