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    Decided to hit the upper James River yesterday with a buddy and went in with pretty low expectations as I haven
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    not sure what happened to the write up....

    Decided to hit the upper James River yesterday with a buddy and went in with pretty low expectations as I havent fished that stretch in almost 2 years and never in the winter....hit a tapering point first thing and my buddy caught a nice 13 inch crappie off a blade bait so at least we got the skunk out of the boat :) we moved a few 100 yards down the river to fish a channel bank with rock on it and I picked up a ned rig to flip next to a tree and as we floated down I made mention to my buddy what was on the graph...I was like that looks like a little bait ball with one big fish sitting behind it so I just off of dropped my ned rig down to the bottom not really expecting anything but as soon as the bait hit the bottom....thwack...set the hook and told him I think this is a pretty good fish...get the fish to the boat and it was a 21 1/2 inch smallie and weighed just under 5 pounds! I ve been trying to catch a citation smallie forever now and man I couldnt describe the feeling of catching that fish! we managed a few more smallies on blade baits and I caught a nice chunky large mouth to end the day on a 110 +1 off the same point we started on...I also found a really nice school or crappie hanging out on a submerged lay down that I was able to find on my SI....learning to read your graph can lead to such better fishing! We pulled 10/12 nice sized crappie of the lay down and called it a day
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    • #3
      Apparently there is a glitch if you use an apostrophe, it cuts you off.

      Nice feesh!
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      • #4
        Sweet. How far up the James were you?
        2013 Frog Only Tournament Winner
        2010 Tie for VA-Outdoors Angler of the Year
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        • #5
          Really nice smallie! Congrats

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            Up around Lynchburg Larry
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            • #7
              great work, aaron. some nice fish in that bag.
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              • #8
                That's an awesome smallie! I need to do that one day! Good job dude!
                Eric

                2004 Fishers of Men VA-East Division Champions

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                • #9
                  Beast of a smallie, WTG!

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                  • #10
                    Saw your pic on the cover of this month's Woods and Waters.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bryan 2 View Post
                      Saw your pic on the cover of this month's Woods and Waters.
                      guilty :)
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