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Message started by Jimbo on Nov 10th, 2022 at 3:24pm

Title: Big Smallie
Post by Jimbo on Nov 10th, 2022 at 3:24pm
At Wally13's behest, I am attempting to shrink & paste HIS pic of a smallie (allegedly) harvested in Kawnipi Lake in Quetico.† If successful, I'll defer to Wally13 for the actual tale (yarn?) behind this (photoshopped?) pic.

Jimbo† 8-)
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Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Wally13 on Nov 10th, 2022 at 3:47pm
Thanks Jimbo for posting my picture. I wasnít sure how to shrink down a photo so I could post it on QJ. 

I found an old pic of a huge smallie my brother in law caught in Kawnipi back in the early 1980ís. We were trolling live crawler spinner harnesses ( back when live bait was legal) with bottom bouncers in 10-25 ft of water on a 4th of July trip. We came to a sharp drop off of 40 ft and abruptly turned my MN II to get back to shallower water. Just then this big suspended smallie hit and the battle was on.

We thought it was a big walleye,  but then it did a high jump as smallies usually do and then we knew he had a smallie. It was huge with immense length and girth.  He landed it and I snapped a photo with one of those old portable Kodak cameras. We had no scale or tape measure with us. So we will never know itís exact weight and size. But my brother in law stands 6í2Ē and weighs 240. So you can use his size as a reference point as to how big that smallie was.

Canít wait to get back up to Quetico in 2023 and enjoy the wilderness with my fav paddling buds and fish for walleye, smallies and lakers.

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Wally13 on Nov 13th, 2022 at 9:57pm
Guess no one is impressed with my brother in laws big smallie pic

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Old Salt on Nov 14th, 2022 at 4:01am
That would be an incorrect conclusion. It is more impressive live and in person, as Iíve heard you tell the story. The picture is blurry so some may think itís a hoax. Itís hard to tell how much lead this poor fish swallowed. Just kidding. Thanks for sharing this  8-)

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Wally13 on Nov 14th, 2022 at 1:44pm
LOL Old Salt Ö pic was taken with one of those cheap disposable Kodak Instamatic cameras we all used way back when.  Thatís why pic is blurry.  My brother in law thought he had the Ontario record when he pulled it up out of Kawnipi.


Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by solotripper on Nov 14th, 2022 at 3:39pm

Wally13 wrote on Nov 14th, 2022 at 1:44pm:
LOL Old Salt Ö pic was taken with one of those cheap disposable Kodak Instamatic cameras we all used way back when.† Thatís why pic is blurry.† My brother in law thought he had the Ontario record when he pulled it up out of Kawnipi.



  That was one big smallie for sure BUT maybe some of the CIS computer members can find the exact length since we know your brother-in-law is 6' 2".

Then use this chart. It appears to be a very chunky fish, so the weight estimate would be on the heavy side?

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I see them do it all the time on tv and the movies  ;) ;D

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by PhantomJug on Nov 14th, 2022 at 4:51pm
Unfortunately, wearing that t-shirt invalidates the catch.

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by solotripper on Nov 14th, 2022 at 5:55pm
Just for giggles, I downloaded the GIMP photo-editing app to see if I could figure out the length of that smallie.

Way over my technical skills but using the known height of the man, I found that height in pixels. Converted pixels to inches.

Then I measured the fish. Did the same thing.

  I might be way off BUT I get approximately 27.6 inches for that smallie. That puts it over 10 lbs.

Ontario record ( one I found) is 9.84 lbs and 24 inches. IF I did it right, that smallie is bigger than that or damn close. 

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Jimbo on Nov 14th, 2022 at 6:56pm

PhantomJug wrote on Nov 14th, 2022 at 4:51pm:
Unfortunately, wearing that t-shirt invalidates the catch.


Wally13,

What were you thinking?  It's been barely 103 years!  You expect us to swallow yet another Sox fraud so soon?

Hey, I got a very similar grainy shot taken with a Polaroid from back in the day.  I'll attempt to attach it to this post.  It's nowhere near a Ontario record, though.  I don't use conventional fishing poles to harvest the truly big ones.  Maybe ST can use his "pixels methodology" and size it up for me?

Later,

Jimbo   8-)

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Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by solotripper on Nov 14th, 2022 at 7:24pm

Quote:
Maybe ST can use his "pixels methodology" and size it up for me?


I tried but to get the BS pixie scale you have to PAY for the software.  ;) ;D

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Wally13 on Nov 14th, 2022 at 8:01pm
Awesome FISH Jimbo.  Landing it without a net too. Very impressive.

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by arnesr on Nov 15th, 2022 at 2:35am
Wally13, thanks for posting the pic and story. No doubt it was a monster fish. The real gem is in the story and the experience with whom you shared the moment.  It's amazing how photography/technology has improved, you were just kind of rolling the dice back in those days hoping you had some photographic evidence by the time the film was developed.

I keep thinking the fishing has gotten better in Quetico from what I remember in the 80's.  I am sure my technique has improved quite a bit since then, but surely there is less fishing pressure than years ago.  I too am looking forward to going back.

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Jimbo on Nov 15th, 2022 at 1:41pm

Wally13 wrote on Nov 14th, 2022 at 8:01pm:
Awesome FISH Jimbo.† Landing it without a net too. Very impressive.


Wally13,

Didn't have to use the beating stick, neither!† Any bigger and I would have grabbed one, though.† Mine is an old Louisville Slugger studded with @17 sharpened nails, each protruding the current legal max of 4 inches.† It's an essential tool for dealing with the truly big ones.

Notice my arm strength back in those days.† Could almost leap tall buildings in a single bound.† Would have, too, if I swung and missed at one of the real big bas___rds!

By the way, that 10 lb smallie of yours would make great bait if staked out in a shallow bay, just before the spawn.† They tell me there might still be a few PH's cruising the deeper lakes of Quetico.† As you know, however, landing a trophy these days generally entails venturing a few hundred miles further northwest.† Nevertheless, I'll send you the schematics for a proper rig and maybe we can have some fun dredging something up next summer!

If you'd like to reference previous QJ discussion from the archives re: proper techniques, etc., you might wish to check out this link:   (You need to Login or Register;

Later,

Jimbo† †8-)

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Solus on Nov 15th, 2022 at 5:08pm
This is the biggest smallmouth that I have seen caught. Pulled from the outflow from Sarah to Tuck in very high-water. A bad photo of a bad photo. Fish was so powerful that you could feel it jerk the 18.5' loaded canoe (stringer tied to stern) as we crossed Tuck.
Photo doesn't really do it justice. Fish is only extended to camera enough to keep it off the angler (she could not have held it with arm extended).

Sad to say we ate her (last night of trip and nearly out of food). Found four webbed feet (duckling? merganser?) in gut. Caught in August.
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Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by db on Nov 15th, 2022 at 7:03pm
I'm 6' tall. My feet are about a foot long and my chin to bellybutton distance is around 20"

Math is cool and all but...
"The real gem is in the story and the experience with whom you shared the moment."

Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by db on Nov 16th, 2022 at 8:28pm
The offer stands to to day.

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Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by Jimbo on Nov 16th, 2022 at 8:30pm
The smallmouth I'm holding in the (hopefully) attached pic, below, was caught in May, 1996, just after the ice had come off of Russell Lake.† It measured 23 1/2 inches and I estimated it to be 7+ pounds or so.† It might not be as big as the one in Wally13's pic but it was a trophy, nonetheless.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, it's often the "back story" that is most interesting about these pics.† So, here it is.

All day long I had been out-fishing my paddling partner... my brother.† He was not really a fisherman back then, so my accomplishment was not particularly surprising.† Essentially, we were catching LOTs of bass around structure on southern Russell Lake.† However, I was catching 2 to his every 1... a fact which he was none too happy about.† It wasn't until late in the afternoon that he finally figured out just how I had been doing it.† Using smaller baits, I always made certain that I pitched my lure to any new spot we fished a few seconds before his much larger lure hit the water.† Gary absolutely insisted upon tossing the same large tiger-colored Rapala.† He used it in all conditions, all day, EVERY day for the entirety of our 10 day trip.† Consequently, he was doing quite well with pike & some walleye but not so much with smallmouth.† Interestingly enough, he was somehow able to keep the lure from being bitten or broken off the entire trip.

Anyway, after supper, he's eager to show me that he can out-fish me using that same big Rapala.† He was even willing to put up an extra shot of whatever libation we carried "on the line" to entice me to get off of my butt and go back out.† So, I'm thinking "go for it, you dim-wit!† Nothing's gonna change."† So, out we go and, once again, we aim to fish structure around the main body of the lake.†

We hadn't even made it to the shoreline from our island when a serious north wind came screaming across the lake.† No rain but big gusts were soon churning up large white caps between us and our island.† Seeking any port in the storm, so to speak, we found a protected inlet where a small stream entered Russell from the south (we were in the bay due SW of the portage into Chatterton).† I had wanted to beat it back to camp to stay ahead of any major weather but Gary wanted NONE of that.† He kept saying, "I'm taking you down, a__hole!† We'll fish back in this quiet spot here and wait it out!"

I wasn't happy with his stubbornness and started to argue some more.† Meanwhile, he tosses his big old Tiger-colored Rapala straight up into the mouth the swollen stream.† Spring runoff was heavy that year so the current pushing it back at us was considerable.† Anyway, just as I am picking up my pole to toss my white curly tail on a jig head, my brother yells, "Flash, I need help!† I got me a danged big one!"† His lure had barely even touched the water when the fish exploded on it.† So, I see his pole doubled over and I'm thinking he has a serious Northern on the line, again.† Well, he plays it and plays it and plays it some more.† Next thing I know, his big-ass fish is flipping and tail-dancing and proving its not a big Northern at all.† Rather, it's a huge bronze-back with the girth of a football!

So Gary is all excited and not really thinking straight.† He eventually steers his line back to me where I can do something about his catch, now that it seems to have played out (it hadn't played out; it insisted on doing a couple more tours around the canoe first).† Finally, I get my hands on it and hoist it into the canoe.† The biggest smallmouth I had ever come across was now in MY hands.† My brother can hardly contain his elation.† I shout so as to be heard over the wind, "Quick, get a picture so I can set it back in the water!"† You see, the camera was up front with him and my brother doesn't really think about the consequences of my request.† Rather, he promptly obliges me by snapping a couple shots and we're done.† Satisfied, I immediately released HIS fish.

Before long, the white caps settled down and we paddled back to camp while the going was good.† My brother had, indeed, out-fished me, earning a couple extra shots from our communal jug that evening.† It was way past dusk and we were seated beside our small campfire watching stars and relaxing when Gary suddenly erupts with what I can only characterize as a "sad revelation."†

He jumps up and starts shouting at me, his yells echoing across the lake (not that anybody was within 10 miles of us at that time of year to hear him).† He accusingly says, "Flash, you sonofab_ch!† Do you realize that the ONLY existing picture of MY monster trophy bass is one of YOU holding it?!!"

I - somewhat uncharacteristically, if I must say - remained silent.

Gary stares at me a long time, then simply mutters, "Of course you realize it, you dog...."

My reply was fairly succinct, "Well, um, the thought HAD crossed my mind."

Later,

Jimbo† †8-)

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Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by solotripper on Nov 16th, 2022 at 9:59pm
I always stop to fish any streams that run into a lake.
There is usually a little Honey Hole there. You find it, you'll never know what's waiting there to grab a easy meal.


Title: Re: Big Smallie
Post by portage dog on Nov 16th, 2022 at 10:16pm
WOW!  That is amazing!  Jimbo with hair!!!  :D

Nice fish, btw!

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