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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Quebec bass season opener 2022

June 15th, bass season in much of Southern Quebec opened today. I had been eyeing the weather forecast for a few days, and luckily, today's weather held up for my first bass outing of the 2022 season.Headed up North with my float tube, and was very happy to find the entire lake to myself for most of the day.  

After tinkering with a new spybait, and trying a topwater lure without much success, I switched up to casting a #3 spinner I found while wading last season. With no name or markings, I assume it was a generic brand, just touched up the hook and it was good to go.

Didn't take long for me to start catching some decent smallies, and then, less than an hour into the outing and my season, I hooked into the day's first lunker. As I was fishing with a light rod in deep water, I had the luxury of playing the fish without looser drag, so less chances of losing them. 

I must say, this big bass put up and endless fight, likely the best I've experienced from a float tube, and pretty far up there in general as well.

Too a couple nice shots.

Measuring a nearly 22 inches, it is likely the longest bass I've caught. Surprisingly, it only weighed 4.5 lbs. Released it in god condition, to hopefully grow bigger until the next time we meet.

Next fish was another whopper, though it didn't put up nearly as much of a fight as the previous bass. Slightly shorter than the other fish, it weighed slightly more at 4.75 lbs, due to thick girth.

And another successful release.

Those were the two biggest bass of the day, most of the other dozen I caught were in the 1.5 to 2.5 lbs range.

Super thrilled to have landed these 2 giants only 1 hour into my season, and being on my float tube, alone on a small, remote lake, made the experience even more memorable.

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