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I saw Butch Brown on another video on YouTube catch a 17lbs. pig.  Then I found this one too.  Unreal......

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-mkjcR3TUI

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I saw one also that he said was 19.8.  The bait he uses is bigger than some of the dinks I've caught.  LOL  

Where in the world would he catch these monsters?  Looks like somewhere you would see Jeremy Wade.  ;-)

Joe 

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Castaic Lagoon, Cali

 

That dude is on another level from the guys that are on another level.

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I think it is about mentality too. I dont think he went out there with a tournament mentality or even to catch as many bass as possible. I feel that he had a musky fishing mentality. Meaning that he might go out and not see any big bass or even catch them after a thousand casts the same with musky.  I know I dont have the patience for big swimbaits but he shows how they produce big fish.  Location matters too though. 

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Monster fish! I caught one that could be compared to this beast, I have a BR member witness lol, but my mono snapped after she got caught up in weeds. I go to this spot 2 times a week trying to hook into her again I keep getting her sisters though

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Butch is fishing his signature DEPS side swimmers the past few years and doing good, trying to duplicate his annual catch of over 100 DD bass using Huds.

We have gone through a 5 year period of not having regular planted rainbow trout in some SoCal lakes, including the lagoon. The lagoon gets an occasional plant in the winter months, not like the in the past when plants were weekly. Casitas doesn't get any DFW stocked 6" to 12" rainbows anymore and that has had an impact on our trophy bass fishing.

In about a month it should be swimbait time again out west and Butch will be making more videos!

Tom

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They are unreal fish too! Just look at the girth of those bellies. Those bass must be over 10 years old and look gorgeous.

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He's caught at least three that size to the best of my knowledge. A 19.8, an 18.5, and that 17lber in the video.

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He's caught at least three that size to the best of my knowledge. A 19.8, an 18.5, and that 17lber in the video.

Butch Brown's PB is 19.3 lbs to the best of my knowledge.

My top 5 are;

17.4 Casitac

17.4 Castas

17.6 Castiac

18.6 Casitas

19.3 Castaic

Butch catches close to a100 DD's a year, since 2000 and I am lucky to 5 a year since 1995. Next time I talk to Butch will ask him how many 17+ he had caught, my guess a lot more than I have!

Tom

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Tom I'd love to hear how you caught your 19.3! Didn't it come n a jig. It would be very interesting to know how you got her from cast to working the jig and feeling the bite to the boat. Very few people could tell a story about a bass that large being caught!

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Butch Brown's PB is 19.3 lbs to the best of my knowledge.

My top 5 are;

17.4 Casitac

17.4 Castas

17.6 Castiac

18.6 Casitas

19.3 Castaic

Butch catches close to a100 DD's a year, since 2000 and I am lucky to 5 a year since 1995. Next time I talk to Butch will ask him how many 17+ he had caught, my guess a lot more than I have!

Tom

 

Not that I don't believe you, but do you have any pictures of any of your monsters?!?!

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All 5 giant bass listed are jig fish caught between Jan to Mar, pre spawner's, that is when the girls are catchable out west.

The mount is my 19.3, the live bass photo isn't very good quality, although it's somewhere on this site.

Butch gets his bass into the boat a lot faster then I can, much heavier tackle.

These giant bass are strong and will jump occasionally. I fish with light line 10# to 14# FC with a 5 power jig rod, Daiwa TD HTSA older reels that I plan to retire this year and my own hair jigs with custom pork trailers. The depth is usually about 12' to 20' range, casting around 90' to 120', due to clear water and wary big bass. I use my reel and sweep hook set, only way to get a hook set at long distances.

Lot of hours between big bass strikes, decades on the water.

Keep attention to details, knots, hook points, line, best rods you can afford and smooth casting retrieving reels, a high quality FC line.

Don't loose focus on each cast, it can be exhausting trying to keep your concentration.

Good luck.

Tom

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CRACKERS......   bigger than my cats!

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Tom why don't you comment about why you chose  your screen name WRB? I'm sure there a few curious members that would like to know .

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Tom why don't you comment about why you chose  your screen name WRB? I'm sure there a few curious members that would like to know .

 

World Record Bass?

 

In search of? Lost it?

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I will post one of Tom's pictures tomorrow.  I have it on my work computer!
 

Jeff

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I know Butch is a "legend" and all, I cant discount that or the fish he has caught ..... but from the videos I have seen I don't care for the attitude.

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I know Butch is a "legend" and all, I cant discount that or the fish he has caught ..... but from the videos I have seen I don't care for the attitude.

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I don' t get the attitude comment from his videos. Everyone I have seen he comes across as a blue collar guy that really gets excited with big fish. His excitement almost gets in the way of finishing the video. What behavior have you noticed that I haven't picked up on?

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Guys, gals, kids, I been seeing bigger bass swimming by me than my PB of 10#. If I see and have bigger bass here than you have to have them where you are too. You need to fish for them different. These bigger gals don't do the 9 to 5pm shift. My PB was caught around 5am in the twilite two feet from shore. I was making parallel to the shoreline casts along side the drop off. After fishing from the springtime prespawn everyday for 3months till I get burned out. I was eating, sleeping and fishing. I'd be up at 3:00am fishing by 3:30/4:00am when it's still dark. In bed by 8pm then repeat it 24/7 for three months+ till I can't drag myself out of bed anymore. I feel sometimes I caught this bigger bass too soon. I never expected to catch this big gal nor lose two more in the process. Then I'm a water watcher too besides watching behind my lure all the time too. I notice these big bass appear like ghosts then there gone. Now why do we have bigger bass? There not being caught because I feel in the smaller bodies I fish at no me really targets bass correctly anyway. I see everyone throwing one spinner bait for hours for nothing. Or live night crawlers being used knotted up on a hook. Most bass fisherman don't know to hook the nightcrawler by the head and let the length dangle the way it would

if it was dropped in the water naturally not knotted up. These big bass didn't get big by being stupid. There very smart. To back up my we have bigger bass here story is we have a lake in Lakeville with an Indian name. They have a weed chopper there they use when the weeds get out of have. The chopper killed a 12# bass. No one person caught on

that we have big bass here too and there not being caught. I started fishing in the

early morning to get away from the crowds of fishermen at one of my spots at night. I

just couldn't catch anything bigger than 4# to 5# bass at night. I figured all the noise was driving and keeping the bigger fish away. Fishing in the early am I got rid of the drinks and started catching the larger bass. I was averaging more numbers of 2#, 3#, 4, 5#, 6# bass. With some smaller ones inbetween but not that many like at night. You need to look for the right combination of conditions to fish at. One spot that has open water or a channel, near weeds for cover or a rocky point, or the flats, etc. In one spot or area were you can cast to these spots from shore or a boat. But I prefer to fish from shore. Where I can be very stealthy. Plus there's nothing disturbing the water. I handle my rod setups and tackle box very quiet making no noise. I'm so quiet it's like I'm not there.

Once you find your place and spot to fish at fish it hard. Your fishing more often will pay off. Keep going, stay motivated, never day never just have fun fishing. Sooner or later you will get a surprise. I start with topwater lures in the dark. Then it's deeper cranks since my channel is 10' deep. Then I go to shallow cranks next. After that it's any different lure, size and color. Throw a variety of lures and practice your presentations too with each different lure. Keep on honing all the different presentations.

The bass will interrupt you more and more. Try all your lures that's why we have them.

Each one is unique to its own presentation too. Whether it's a slow reel, a twitch, a 1, 2, 3, pause etc. Try every presentation till you learn what's the best presentation for success with that lure. It's our skill level that matters. Never give up. Bigbill

I leave my ego at home. Remember your polarized glass and scan the water too. Don't beat yourself up inbetween, keep your eye on the prize.

From the bigger bass I'm seeing here you have to have bigger bass where you are too. All these many baby bass aren't coming from the smaller bass the bass population is kept up from the bigger bass.

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