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Went fishing with Surferdude814 at my local creek, which was really really low and stagnant, and then the Cape Fear river in Erwin. At my little creek I caught a few bass and we missed a lot more but it wasn't as active as I like it to be so we loaded up and headed to the fear. Baseball cap Cap Fisherman Fish Recreation


We wanted to see if there really were spots in there, and after a little while, Austen caught one! I missed a lot of bites on my trick worm but failed to land any. In my defense, Austen had to resort to a beetle spin to catch one, which is basically like fishing with a gill net because it will catch anything that swims by! Pretty sure they are illegal in most states right? :D Any ways it was small but tongue patch and lateral line confirms in my mind that it was indeed a spot, but I'm looking for a second opinion? Thanks Y'all! Water Vertebrate Fisherman Fish Recreational fishing
 

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In my defense, Austen had to resort to a beetle spin to catch one, which is basically like fishing with a gill net because it will catch anything that swims by! Pretty sure they are illegal in most states right? :D
Hey now.... I have not seen a sign anywhere outlawing beetle spins. And they don't just catch baby fish. As you can see in the video below. And it's not the only bass of size I have landed on one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DrshTTCus8

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It's a totally different beast on light gear.

I fish with M plus rods and 12# plus test. They have their place. But anyone can bring in fish on that stuff. I found that you do not need big baits to catch big fish. So on open waters, I have been leaving the big stuff home. Last few trips I have my UL, L and then my live bait rod. Just need a small perch and it's out there on a slip bobber.

As I talked to people at the camp in Maine. I found a couple that used fly rods. Just put a 6' leader or your favorite fishing line(6#), split shot and hook. Then toss a night crawler on there and send it down. I had been using a spinning rod. Oh what fun a smallie is on a 9' - 6 to 8wt rod. Not only is the rod great. It's the 1:1 vs 5:1 retrieve rate. We also casted plugs and beetle spins(of course). Up there they liked 4" stick baits and some crank baits too. But must people fished with worms or trolled for lakers when I was there.


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Bucket stocked? I know you've lamented the decline of largemouth fishing on the Cape Fear due to the proliferation of the spots.
Sorry, I was being technical....the state stocked them. But not in the cape fear proper. They stocked them in advents and parker creek on the north side and the upper and lower little rivers on the south side. So , they stocked them in the cape fear basin but not the cape fear. The fish made it to the the cape on their own. I guess you could argue that they did stock them in the cape fear but technically speaking they didn't.

Same as smallies in the uwharrire. They were never listed as being stocked into the uwharrie. They were actually stocked into Barnes and cedar creeks and they got to to the uwharrie on their own but now everyone says they were stocked into the uwharrie.
 
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