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    Spent mon-wed at Fontana and it didn't disappoint. I love that place. The numbers weren't there quite as good as year but the size was and the scenery was spectacular as always. I suspect that the bite was a little slow at times due to the Indian summer and the fact that the lake isn't even close hangover. Probably average 30 a day or so. I managed to catch a 5 + pound Smallmouth, 4 + pound Smallmouth, a 3.5 lb spot and a 3.5 lb Largemouth. I was able to catch all three species everyday so that was a first for me.
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    Looks like you had a good time!


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    The one fish looks like an Alabama bass x smallmouth bass hybrid

    Nice fish

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    Quote Originally Posted by gambusia View Post
    The one fish looks like an Alabama bass x smallmouth bass hybrid

    Nice fish
    Both were full-blooded Smallmouth. the lighting in both pictures is terrible due to the clouds and time of day. We caught several meanmouths though.
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    Was that Eagle watching ya'all, waiting for a chance to grab your fish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutgirl View Post
    Was that Eagle watching ya'all, waiting for a chance to grab your fish? <img src="https://www.ncangler.com/forums/images/smilies_vb3/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
    Funny story about that eagle. My uncle was reeling in a small spot and it came up to the top of the water and that eagle swoop down grab the spot and took off. He ended up dropping the spot but he got caught up in my uncle's line momentarily but thankfully came unattached. I've had Al's swoop down and try to eat my topwater bait at night before but I've never had an eagle try to steal a fish from me
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    I'm glad the Eagle got away! When I was a teenager, long ago (!), I hooked a Kingfisher on the Mepps Spinner with the little rubber minnow on the back. I was pulling it really fast and near the surface and the Kingfisher went for it and got hooked. I was fishing from a dock on Fort Loudoun Lake. At first I fancied I could pull it in and unhook it. It quickly went crazy and started buzzing me. I was scared! I cut the line. I hope things worked out for the poor bird....???

    I've never had an Eagle try to take a fish off my line. I have seen Eagles take Smallmouths and Rainbows in Chilhowee Lake many times. I've seen 'em grab 1-4 pound fish and fly back to the nest. I resent Eagles catching bigger fish than me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutgirl View Post
    I'm glad the Eagle got away! When I was a teenager, long ago (!), I hooked a Kingfisher on the Mepps Spinner with the little rubber minnow on the back. I was pulling it really fast and near the surface and the Kingfisher went for it and got hooked. I was fishing from a dock on Fort Loudoun Lake. At first I fancied I could pull it in and unhook it. It quickly went crazy and started buzzing me. I was scared! I cut the line. I hope things worked out for the poor bird....???

    I've never had an Eagle try to take a fish off my line. I have seen Eagles take Smallmouths and Rainbows in Chilhowee Lake many times. I've seen 'em grab 1-4 pound fish and fly back to the nest. I resent Eagles catching bigger fish than me.... <img src="https://www.ncangler.com/forums/images/smilies_vb3/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
    I've had herons fly through my line before and get tangled up and I had to get them out but they were alright. I'm just thankful the eagle was only momentarily caught in the line and not the hooks. My dad had an owl come down and eat his jitterbug one night at a pond and we like to never got it untangled.

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    Try reeling in a pelican with a surf rod!

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    Hello good Anglers of NC,

    Heading up to Fontana this weekend with a friend. Does anyone know if they have started to stock the Hatchery Supported streams and creeks? The Stecoah is one I haven't checked out yet that I'd like to.

    Anyone have a report on fishing around Fontana Lake/Little T/Finger Lake/Nantahala River? Anything worth going after in a boat, or should we stick to primarily trout fishing?

    Any info/tips/tricks are greatly appreciated!

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    If I remember right they start stocking most creeks in March. You can find out which ones are stocked when by searching NC trout stocking schedule. Fontana is full of fish and a boat just gives you the ability to move around better to find them. The finger lake can be kayaked and I almost always see white bass busting the surface in there.

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