In Minnesota I caught a largemouth 20 3/4", it weighed about 5 1/2 lbs on Big Lake just south of Cloquet. That was on a Ugly bug my friend Dan Gapen gave me. I caught a Bass on a plastic worm that was just under 9lbs from the Flint river at Albany Ga. The Minnesota bass was a better fighter. I have pictures of smallies I caught on Lake Vermilion. Many have to be close to 6 pounds. They don't count because I was using live bait.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988