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New PB...barely!!

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A couple of years ago, I beat my buddies PB by 2 ounces on the same lake.  Yesterday, I beat my own PB, again by a scant 2 ounces.

I caught the 8lb, 4 oz girl pictured below at 8:04 yesterday morning (honestly).  She hit a 6" Zoom Dead Ringer, Green Pumpkin color with part of the tail dipped in chartreuse Spike-it and covered with Fish Sticks shad attractant, Texas rigged with an 1/8 oz tungsten sinker.  I was throwing that on a 6' 6" BPS Carbonlite medium rod with a Shimano Spirex RD spooled with 8lb Berkley Nanofil and a leader of 8lb P-line 100% fluorocarbon.

She was in 3 feet of 81 degree water off the corner of a dock that I almost didn't fish.  Nearly all of the fish I had caught before her were in 9-10 feet of water on some offshore spots and I was making my way from one such spot to another.  As I was nearing an isolated dock on a point between the two spots, I fired out a cast to the front right side of the dock.  The Dead Ringer stopped sinking nearly immediately and I saw the line moving left.  I never felt a thing, she must have casually inhaled the worm like it was a green M&M.  I reeled down, set the hook and moved her out in front of the dock, at which point she came to the surface and yawned, apparently bored by being hooked with 8lb line :D.   She then decided that life was more comfortable under the dock and stripped off about ten feet of line as she went.  I was able to get her turned and led her out one more time.  She came to the surface a few times, wallowing, never able to get her body completely out of the water.  Her big mouth made it easy to lip her on the first pass by the boat.

After pictures & measurements (she was 24 1/4" long), she swam off as nonchalantly as all big fish seem to do.  She was in good health, not fat but not skinny and strong as an ox.

It was a fun start to a holiday weekend.

 

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That's a Big Headed Beauty of a Bass.

Congrats on the PB

They are Always a Blast

A-Jay

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Congrats on the PB!  I got you flipped!

Jeff

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good job I did the same thing other day was turning the boat to head out cast beside a dock and a 8lb slammed my crankbait in 3 feet of water 

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Excellent! Nice catch!

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15 minutes ago, Jdw2920 said:

good job I did the same thing other day was turning the boat to head out cast beside a dock and a 8lb slammed my crankbait in 3 feet of water 

It makes you realize how easy it is to miss a big fish...

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Congrats on a nice looking catch. 

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Congrats on the new PB. 

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Congrats!

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nice catch, congrats!

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Congrats on the new PB!!!

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