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Lake: John Martin Reservoir
Fish: Largemouth Bass

Turtles, tarantulas and a PB Colorado bass

Post By: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/5/2021 11:53:23 PM     Points: 25    
I was able to enjoy a family day of chasing reptiles (herping) out in Otero County and fishing at John Martin Reservoir. Fish and pelicans were busting shad in the backs of a few coves. We caught largemouth bass, white bass, wipers, crappie, drum, and channel cats all while casting to the boils.

The largemouth was 22 and my PB here in Colorado.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 8/6/2021 8:26:09 AM     Points: 751
I hate the heat out there, but have become very fond of that lake in my few trips. Multi species just waiting to be caught. Sounds like a great day - all except that hairy dam spider....
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 8/6/2021 9:19:21 AM     Points: 278
Great Largie! Congrats! Keep em coming! 🎣🍦🤙🍻
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 8/6/2021 10:21:01 AM     Points: 7369
A spider like that still gives me the creeps, congrats on a quality largie.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/6/2021 10:47:17 AM     Points: 25
Yard dogs- I hear ya on the heat. 93 degrees at 6 pm. It is a great multi-species lake. All of them hit a floating rapala, including the channel cats!

Bryan- I finally was able to channel my inner bharper... 😜👍 It reminded me of a Lake Casitas bass.

Not to old- thanks regarding the bass. It was a case of being fortunate enough to come upon a feeding frenzy. Those tarantulas will really get active in September looking for mates...
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 8/6/2021 11:06:21 AM     Points: 2297
22" will probably get you into the bharper bassmaster club. I'm still in the junior nibbler fan club this year.
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: 8/6/2021 3:35:07 PM     Points: 145
That is a Master Angler largemouth! Congratulations!!!
Got to love JM!
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/6/2021 3:56:17 PM     Points: 25
Barnacles- I might qualify for the bharper fanclub...

Kiva- Thanks man. It was a surprise for sure. Cool place. We really went out there looking for snakes. Im glad we brought the fishing gear. 😜👍
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: 8/6/2021 4:39:55 PM     Points: 324
Yep its getting close to the annual tarantula migration, can hardly wait.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/7/2021 8:44:36 AM     Points: 25
Jigornaut- The migration is really cool. Im glad that you enjoy it !
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 8/10/2021 9:24:07 AM     Points: 1707
Nice day out guys. Thanks for sharing. The biggest turtle I ever got was at ponds in Thorton. I pulled out probably a 30lb turtle out of the water it took my worm.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/10/2021 10:21:44 AM     Points: 25
FishHuntNow- was it a snapping turtle?
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 8/16/2021 7:49:07 PM     Points: 1707
Nice bass! John Martin seems to have it all! One of the only lakes I havne't visited in Colorado yet.
 Reply by: Big-Low      Posted: 8/17/2021 11:50:35 AM     Points: 6
Holding the turtle = smile
Holding Bass = smile
No one is holding the spider??? Hahaha!
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/17/2021 1:23:25 PM     Points: 25
FishHuntNow- Give Jmart a try! You can watch several fxrs fish out there on youtube and such.

Big-Low- You got it. That was a cranky spider that did not want to be bothered . .. Some are friendly and tolerate being handled. We will heading back to Otero County and the Comanche grasslands for their fall migration. 😜👍
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: 8/17/2021 3:10:20 PM     Points: 150
Yeah the only tarantula I've seen in Colorado was actually bluff charging me a few times and scared the heck out of me haha
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 8/17/2021 6:51:30 PM     Points: 25
Heres a friendlier tarantula.

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