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    Quote Originally Posted by Ornery Bob View Post
    I'll second what etucker said. There are a lot of bucket brigade people who think fishing for the "sport" of it is for spoiled rich people and taking home as many pounds of fish as possible is the only sensible thing to do. You're paying money to get into this fish market and you're going to leave empty handed?
    Sad but true guys

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    It's a price worth paying.

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    I sure hope they reopen up the lake. It is such a beautiful lake to enjoy.

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    So you all know the show In Fisherman, they rated Irvine one of the best blue cat fisheries in the nation.
    That alone would be worth dropping some coin on it for proper management by a food bio and team.

    I have had some of my best top water bass fishing days there in my life. It was August, muggy and overcast. The LMB were eating the full size Zara Spook with reckless abandoned. 2-3 blowups per retrieve. They were waking while chasing the damn thing. Epic. Also can beat the frog in the fall in the sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkbait View Post
    So you all know the show In Fisherman, they rated Irvine one of the best blue cat fisheries in the nation.
    That alone would be worth dropping some coin on it for proper management by a food bio and team.

    I have had some of my best top water bass fishing days there in my life. It was August, muggy and overcast. The LMB were eating the full size Zara Spook with reckless abandoned. 2-3 blowups per retrieve. They were waking while chasing the damn thing. Epic. Also can beat the frog in the fall in the sticks.
    Irvine lake is the Best "Feed lot" for Blue catfish. Which means if you stock regularly 10-15 pounders they will continue to grow to 90 lbs. But you always have to keep stocking those 10-15 pounders or your big fish will eventually die off in about 15-20 years. So if the county takes over and doesn't stock those fish, you've got about another 15 years after they re-open it to catch a trophy Blue catfish. (after that Irvine won't be any thing special in the way of a trophy Blue cat fishery!!!!) Yea I've been keeping track for 50 years!!!!!
    Last edited by etucker1959; 03-08-2017 at 08:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkbait View Post
    So you all know the show In Fisherman, they rated Irvine one of the best blue cat fisheries in the nation.
    That alone would be worth dropping some coin on it for proper management by a food bio and team.

    I have had some of my best top water bass fishing days there in my life. It was August, muggy and overcast. The LMB were eating the full size Zara Spook with reckless abandoned. 2-3 blowups per retrieve. They were waking while chasing the damn thing. Epic. Also can beat the frog in the fall in the sticks.
    Oh man, right before it closed, I had a really fun afternoon/ evening in the rain, the bass were pounding the buzzbait, then choking the big worm and chatter into the night- I hope we get to fish it again!
    Too bad those giant blues in LMV bought the farm with the golden algae
    Last edited by bassnet; 03-08-2017 at 10:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etucker1959 View Post
    Irvine lake is the Best "Feed lot" for Blue catfish. Which means if you stock regularly 10-15 pounders they will continue to grow to 90 lbs. But you always have to keep stocking those 10-15 pounders or your big fish will eventually die off in about 15-20 years. So if the county takes over and doesn't stock those fish, you've got about another 15 years after they re-open it to catch a trophy Blue catfish. (after that Irvine won't be any thing special in the way of a trophy Blue cat fishery!!!!) Yea I've been keeping track for 50 years!!!!!
    Those triple digit cats gotta be lurking in San V, anybody targeting them yet?

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