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Catching Michigan Largemouths at Ice-up

Reeling in largemouth bass in Michigan.
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I was fishing a jig with a swim bait trailer, but was retrieving it more like a crankbait than a jig–no pumping, lift-and-drop action. Just cast, let it sink, retrieve slowly.

I felt the jig stop as though it were hung up on weeds, but when I shook it, it shook back.

So I swatted it, hard, and it bent my medium-action rod into a veritable parabola.

When I reeled it in–the fish stayed deep and didn’t come to the surface until it was upside the boat–my partner, Greg Mangus, announced: “you’re going to need help with that.”

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