I thought it was the state record bass! it nabbed a topwater sizmec toad as I buzzed it by some pads, I reared back and held on trying to keep it from wrapping around the pad stems and mabye getting away. The fish was too pwerful though, it just pulled me sideways, it felt like I was going to be pulled down like a bobber! Then it buried deep into the weeds and I felt no fight! Oh no! I was shaking by now and hoping mr giant bass didn't get away! I slowly worked in line til I was almost right above it, then it finally came up, lots of weeds, but the big fish was still there! only it was a pike. Kind of a let down when I was waiting to see a 8-10pound bass, but still a nice fish anyhow.
-------------------------------- What is in my bucket today? MT Bucket
The state record for largemouth bass is 8-15. I have had northern take my scum frog a number of times up close to shore as soon as it hits the water. Every time I start shaking. The best hit was on a camping trip south of Fairmount on a lake right next to the border of Iowa. I did not catch the pike but I did see it. I was using a plastic worm (can't rememger the name, three hooks, weedless with the mono leader) and as soon as it hit the water a foot from shore this northern hammered it. As fast as it hammered it it did a big role Just to tease me and then came bolting out staight under the boat and snap!!!
thought i had the state record bass on! - - -
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