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Seamus76

Hello From Chesterfield Va!

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Just lost the biggest bass I've never caught yesterday and thought I should join a forum to look for some support. I'm already haunted by it.

I've been living in Chesterfield for about 4 years and recently got back to fishing as my kids have gotten old enough to participate. I've always been a bass fisherman and mainly have still water experience but I'm ready to dive into the James and learn about small mouth. I've also gotten into fly fishing for pan fish over the years and I want to try catching bass with it now. I'm tying flies that I think will work, mainly minnow shapes. Anyway, on to my heartache.

I arrive at Briery Creek at 6AM and headed out on the canoe. I had my rods set up with a top water plug on one and a spinner bait on the other. I also had my son's Zebco Slingshot with a wacky worm set up. Within minutes "walking the dog" produced some short strikes. After a few minutes without any other hits I grabbed my son's rod and dropped the wacky worm. Third cast of the worm with some heavy jigging pulls and it was on. Immediately the fish was pulling line and the drag was letting it get away. I made a lot off progress getting it towards the boat and it gave me a jump. I can still see the slow motion image of it trying to shake the hook. This fish was no less than an 8 pounder, body and mouth were huge. It wasn't able to shake the hook but out it did take off on me again. At this time I had to reel as fast as possible to catch back up and thought it was gone but sure enough I had tight line again. I slowly made ground again and was right by the boat. Suddenly it was like trying to lift a cinderblock and snap!

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

 

Too bad about loosing the big one, but at least now you know where she lives . . .

 

A-Jay

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Welcome to the forums! Those big lost fish always haunt me too!

Jeff

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Welcome aboard!

 

We've all been there with "the big 'un that

got away"... Like Jeff said, they can haunt

you for a long time. I know I still see them

tail dancing just past my net, looking me in

the eye and spitting the hook and worm

back at me. 

 

I swear I hear gurgling laughter as they dive

back into the depths...

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Greetings and Welcome to the forums :)

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

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Welcome Home!

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Great having you with us.

 

In the future, use the drag to play the bass to tire her out and lift her into the boat with your hand via her mouth or under her belly.

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