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It's better to be lucky than good. Matched my PB TODAY! Pic!

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Man o man I have been in a small drought for finding big bass. We have had a lot of rain and the ponds look like chocolate milk. Welp, I have a few ponds that I fish from the bank but I also have 3 that I put my boat in. One is great. I've caught my PB of 7.13 last year at this pond as well. I had 3 hours last night and so I hit it up. It was muddy...not orange but still. After an hour I had thrown a black zoom worm, a black/blue Ned rig, a black and blue jig, then with a rage craw trailer and was getting ready to throw a spinner bait but then..... With a black 4" lizard, I casted into a spot that I had caught a 5 on the spawn last year. It's under heavy cover and I can't skip sitting down so...

 

My lizard landed on the bottom of the tree limb. I get this a lot but this time my lizard was dangling in the water. Well, since it was slow fishing and I hadn't had a bite, I let it set there and pulled it up and down letting it tap the water and go in and out. Since it was up in there deep I thought "hey maybe I'll get lucky" so after about 15 seconds of this I let it fall to the bottom (2 feet deep here) and I pulled it back and let it rest on the surface and this big fat girl took it!!!

 

The entire limb went underwater!!! I set the hook so hard that my back is a little stiff this morning!!!! She fought and fought hard! I knew it was a new PB! Maybe over 8 this time! She went under the boat and I knew it was over but my 30 pound braid and 5/0 hook stayed true. She finally gave up the ghost and I netted her. She was just 3 ounces from last years PB! 7.10. I haven't checked my notes and pics but she may Just be that PB from last year. I just wanted to share. It's been a tough grind for a week for me. A total dinkfest but that's why we go back right?!!

For the record her tail was mangled and had open sores  on the belly side as well as her stomach. I was sure the spawn was over as its so late in the year but she was in an area that holds beds and was in 2 feet of water but I just don't know. This water has been in the 70's for a month now. Besides her bite I didn't get a bite at all. Nothing. Hence the title I'll take lucky over good any day!

 

Have a great day guys!!! 

 

 

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And yes she went back in. Big catch and release guy here. I have also got full video of this. May slap it on YouTube. I'll post a link if I do. It even shows the limb going into the water lol. 

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Cool Story & Solid Bass

Congrats

A-Jay

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Nice catch! i have been there many times (too many, ill admit it) trying to make the perfect cast and grab a branch. I have done the same as you, where i play with it a little on the water. Then im so mad at myself for the bad cast i try to get it out, or paddle over in my kayak and get it out. Next time i will be sure to give it a little longer and play with it more. Never know how many times i may have been close to have a fish grab it, but i spook them and never give them the chance. Congrats! And i agree, ill take luck any day of the week (good luck atleast)

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very nice fish and nice story on the catch!

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Update: Since Ive gotten to the office, I have reviewed my notes and pics from last year. It seems that she the same PB from last year. Thats ok! Shes doing well it seems!

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I want to see that video!

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Awesome catch! I also matched my personal best this year. 5.40lb's exactly both times. Different lakes though so it wasn't the same fish. 

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Nice one!

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Doesn't sound like luck to me, you knew where a big fish frequented and even though it was difficult to present a bait in that location, you did anyways! Good job that is a gorgeous fish!

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Great fish, story, and a picture, too.  Congrats.

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Fistbump!

I always take advantage of a little limb dangling myself - haven't had it pay off like that, though.

Curious how you knew it was the same fish?

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Sweetness! Cool story.

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12 hours ago, flyingmonkie said:

Fistbump!

I always take advantage of a little limb dangling myself - haven't had it pay off like that, though.

Curious how you knew it was the same fish?

Monkie, I keep a log of when and where and a matching pic for this reason and this is the only time I've ever had to use it. This girl had a ding or dent on her head near one of her eyes and I just don't think it had always been there. Both fish had the same little ding. 

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@FishHard247 Would love to see the video!

Jeff

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Good going and nice bass!

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I cant get it onto youtube but if you want, pm me and ill text it to you lol. 

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Wow, that is a nice one! I hope I can catch one like that sometime soon. I have no boat or kayak currently so I am forced to stick to bank-fishing. :/

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congrats on such a beauty

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