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Old 09-11-2019, 10:36 PM
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Default South branch smallmouth and a surprise pike!!

Hey guys!! Hit the south branch for some smallmouth in my favorite section in Flemington. Caught a ton of them including this beautiful 22 incher!!, all on Ned rigs. Had a surprise guest as I looked down into the water and saw a Pike every bit of 40 inches!! Sad part was when he turned to swim away had, what looked like, a white Jitter bug stuck in the side of his face. Has anyone here ever seen pike in the south branch? I imagine he got washed down from budd lake.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:25 AM
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Nice smallie!!!I've never seen em that far down....seen
them in the upper stretches....yrs age a couple dozen
were removed from the Califon area as they were
feasting on the troutskis...
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:58 AM
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Niiiiicce. Was he in the weeds?

Never thought there would be a pike in the SB. A game warden once told me there's a musky at a waterfall in that area.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:03 PM
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Nice bass !!
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:15 PM
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Niiiiicce. Was he in the weeds?

Never thought there would be a pike in the SB. A game warden once told me there's a musky at a waterfall in that area.
Yea I was standing right in the middle of them and he was sitting right next to me
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:16 PM
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Nice smallie!!!I've never seen em that far down....seen
them in the upper stretches....yrs age a couple dozen
were removed from the Califon area as they were
feasting on the troutskis...
A couple dozen!! Thatís wild!
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:28 PM
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Ya it was easily ten plus yrs ago...what's wild
is seeing a three foot plus pike in a section of
river that's only ten foot wide....!!!

So did you site fish em???that would be sweet
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: South branch smallmouth and a surprise pike!!

Could also come down from spruce run, including budd lake.
Dont tell the trout guys. As bigfishy warns, they seem to have a bounty on anything that hungers for 9 inch trout

That's a superb smb too. Sweet catch.
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