Bass under the dock at Ballinger

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  1. Rory McMahon

    Rory McMahon Active Member

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    I drove down to Ballinger today just to check it out, ive actually never been there. I hadn't planned it so i didn't have my fly rod with me. I walked on the dock, there were 3 guys using powerbait. One guy had 2 fish on a stringer hanging down in the water. I looked down to see this huge bass eying the trout. And when i say huge is mean HUGE. It would have to be close to 10 lbs. It was probably around 27-29".
     
  2. Jason

    Jason Trout Bum

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    Thanks for the heads up, since Ballinger is 2 blocks from me it makes a great after work spot to hit.
     
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    Ya i live like about two blocks away too so may have to stop by there
     
  4. Nick Riggs

    Nick Riggs I've been known to fish from time to time...

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    Someone just broke the Largemouth world record with a 29 in. fish. I seriously doubt there was one that big in Ballinger.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    There are some huge Bass in that lake. Used to see the gear boys pulling some big ones out back in the day when I used to fish with bait.

    Jim
     
  6. PT

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    I've caught quite a few in the 3-6 pound range there. I've spent very little time targeting them but when I would fish for them had quite a bit of "luck".
     
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    I'll bet that bass has a doctorite in fishing gear.....takes some smarts to get that big and cruise that close to people without getting caught.
     
  8. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    My advice is . . . next time you hook that little 6" stocker trout, let him swim for a bit. ;)
     
  9. hikepat

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    Had a Bass at Lake Desire for many years that would strip people stringer of trout. For years people tried to catch it. Far as I know no one ever did. Used to be pretty funny to some one pull a stringer out of the water to find their trout dinner gone.
     
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    Bass have a bad reputation as a non-native species but they got some smarts! The more I fish for them, the more I respect them.
     
  11. PT

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    They are a non-native species best served with a little lemon pepper cooked on a cast iron skillet with butter. Mmmmmmmmm.....
     
  12. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    I thought the bass in washington were considered dangerous to eat because of mercury.
     
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    I don't think a bass every once in a while is going to do anything to your guts. Besides there are plenty of clean bass lakes around here.
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    Statewide Bass Advisory: Women of childbearing age and children should consume NO more than 2 meals of bass per month. A study of 20 lakes and rivers in Washington State revealed that smallmouth and largemouth bass had elevated levels of mercury.
     
  15. PT

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    They wouldn't be my main course every night but a couple every now and then go down pretty well. Look at all the other crap we eat. The chicken we eat grow to adult/eating size in what.... a week.

    Can you say steroids?

    We camp at Lk Roosevelt every year and they are part of the health advisory Alpine put up. We eat smallmouth maybe every other day for a week and that's pretty much it for the year. But, boy do they taste yummmmmmmy. The diesel exhaust coming out of all those damn buses worries me even more.;)